Lonely Planet Writer

Here are the most expensive beach destinations in the US and Europe, according to new surveys

Whether you’re in Europe or the US, beach vacations can be pricey and two new surveys claim to have settled on the most expensive places to take your holiday.

Vacationers soak up the Mediterranean sun on Playa or Platja D'en Bossa. Platja D'en Bossa is one of the longest beaches on Ibiza, and features over 50 beachfront bars.
Vacationers soak up the Mediterranean sun on Playa or Platja D’en Bossa. Platja D’en Bossa on Ibiza, and features over 50 beachfront bars. Image by John Hicks/Getty Images

Unsurprisingly, the most expensive beach destination in Europe is Playa d’en Bossa, a popular resort on the Spanish island of Ibiza, according to the survey from French travel website Allovoyages.fr.

The survey looked at the cost of accommodation at different European holiday resorts for the month of August, comparing the average room rates for the cheapest double room in a hotel with at least three stars. A place to stay at Playa d’en Bossa will set a traveller back an average of €254 euros per night, according to the survey, followed by accommodation in Positano, a cliffside village on Italy’s Amalfi Coast (€243), and Oia on the Greek island of Santorini (€242).

Positano, Italy.
Positano, Italy.

Rounding out the top ten most expensive beach spots in Europe are: Formentera, Spain (€240); Saint-Tropez, France (€229); Porto Cervo, Italy (€224); St Ives, England (€223); Mykonos, Greece (€216); Gallipoli, Italy (€213); and Porto-Vecchio, France (€204).

In the US, another survey has revealed the most expensive waterfront destinations in the state of California, the western state known for its beach culture. Pacific Beach, a neighbourhood of San Diego, is the most expensive spot in the state, according to LosAngelesHotels.org.

Crystal Pier at Pacific Beach, California.
Crystal Pier at Pacific Beach, California. Image by Steve Skinner Photography/Getty Images

The survey compared the cost of lodging in all California beach towns over the summer. At Pacific Beach, travellers will pay an average of $267 per night for the cheapest double room in August. The survey compared only hotels or inns with at least three stars and a location close to the water. The next most expensive destination in Marina del Rey at $265 and Santa Monica $259.

Santa Monica Pier.
Santa Monica Pier. Image by isrealphoto

The rest of the top 10 most expensive locations in California are: Pismo Beach ($257), Santa Cruz ($248), Santa Barbara ($246); Monterey ($262); Carmel-by-the-Sea ($234); Coronado ($232); and Carlsbad ($226).