Lonely Planet Writer

The cheapest and most expensive beaches to spend a day this summer

If you are desperate to spend the summer on the beach but don’t have much money to spare, considering heading to Vietnam, which has the most affordable beaches in the world, according to new research.

Luxury beach resort with wooden sunbeds and umbrellas on a Vietnam beach, Nha Trang.
Vietnam has the cheapest beaches in the world, like this one in Nha Trang. Image by Olga Shevtsova / EyeEm / Getty Images

TravelBird, an online travel company, has released its annual Beach Price Index, which breaks down the daily expenses of a beach holiday at 300 seaside locations in 70 different countries.

Vietnam came in first for cheapest beach holidays, while the most expensive beaches in the world are found in Norway. For holidaymakers who want to stay in Europe but can’t handle Norwegian prices, the best place to save a bit of money is in Germany.

Beach chairs with Red Cliff near Kampen on the island of Sylt, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
Germany has some of the cheapest beaches in Europe, according to new research. Image by ©Michael Thaler/Shutterstock

The find out what were the most affordable spots, TravelBird looked at the price of five popular beach purchases, including the cost of a bottle of sun cream, a bottle of water, a beer, lunch, and an ice cream, at each destination. The total cost of all five items determined the final affordability ranking of each locale.

Of all the beaches, the three cheapest spots are in Vietnam: Cua Dai Beach, Hoi An (£10.56 for all five items); City Beach, Nha Trang (£11.15); and Long Beach, Phu Quoc (£11.56). Since the ranking are tied to how much certain products cost, beaches in the same country were often ranked closely together. Egypt is also home to cheaper beaches, along with India and Germany.

Seychelles tropical beach at sunset - nature background
Seychelles is one of the more expensive countries for going to the beach. Image by ©TPopova/Getty Images

For the most expensive, three of Norway’s beaches took the top three spots, including: Kristiansand Beach, Vest-Agder (£51.82); Huk Beach, Oslo (£49.67); and Solastrand, Rogaland (£48.37). While Norway is the most expensive, French Polynesia, the Seychelles, Sweden and Denmark are also among the priciest countries to hit the beach.

See the full list of cheapest and most expensive beaches here.