World's cheapest beaches: how does SA compare?
TravelBird has released their latest global Beach Price Index, which ranks the cost of a beach day in over 70 countries
On the coast of central Vietnam, a few minutes from the small town of Hoi An, Cua Dai Beach offers beach-bound holidaymakers the best value for money.
Here, a day at the beach costs $13.18/R171.66, according to the annual TravelBird global Beach Price Index.
The Beach Price Index takes into account the cost of a tube of sunscreen, a beer, a bottle of water, an ice cream and lunch at 310 beaches in over 70 countries.
Note that the ranking doesn't include the price of hiring a sun lounger, although this doesn't always come with a cost in certain countries.
Such is the case in Vietnam, where simply ordering a drink will secure you a place on the shores of the South China Sea.
The three beaches offering the best value for money are, in fact, in Vietnam:
- Cua Dai in Hoi An ($13.18/R171.66 per day);
- City Beach in Nha Trang ($13.90/R181.08 per day); and
- Long Beach on the island of Phu Quoc ($14.42/R187.86 per day).
Northern Europe has a strong presence at the other end of the scale.
Kristiansand beach, in Vest-Agder county, Norway, is the most expensive beach, notably due to the price of lunch ($27.37/R356.41). In total, the cost comes in at $64.61/R841.35 for a day on the shore of the North Sea, looking out to Denmark.
The top three most expensive beaches are all in Norway, followed by Mareto Plage Publique on the island of Moorea in French Polynesia in fourth.
How does SA compare?
Four South African beaches were among the 310 included in the 2017 Beach Price Index.
Hobie Beach in Port Elizabeth was ranked among the world's 100 most expensive, coming in at #94. Here, a day at the beach costs $40.24/R524.11, notably due to the steep price of a tube of sunscreen ($19.54/R254.62).
Here's how the other local beaches stacked up price-wise:
- Port St Johns Beach in the Eastern Cape ($34.25/R446.08 per day);
- Ballito Beach in KwaDukuza ($32.75/R426.43 per day); and
- Uvongo Beach on the Hibiscus Coast ($31.93/R415.70 per day).
- Additional reporting by staff reporter.