Most and least expensive countries for a visit to the beach

Tori Floyd
Editor

A day at the beach can end up pretty pricey, depending on where you decide to go and soak up some sun. Between the snacks, drinks and sunscreen, you can shell out quite a bit at some of the world’s most visited beaches.

But thanks to Travel Bird’s annual Beach Price Index, we’ve helped to narrow down which countries offer your the best bang for your buck when you want to go on vacation and spend some time on the beach.

The Beach Price Index looked at the prices for some of the most common items purchased at beaches: sunscreen, bottled water, beer, ice cream and lunch. They analyzed more than 300 beaches around the globe, and calculated the total cost for a day at the beach.

Averaging the costs of each beach in each country, this gallery shows the ten countries with the lowest average cost for a day at the beach, and the ten countries with the highest average cost.

Click through to see where the most and least expensive beaches in the world can be found.

Most affordable countries to visit the beach

No. 10 Most Affordable Beaches: Cyprus
Sunscreen: $8.32
Water: $0.71
Beer: $2.25
Ice Cream: $2.10
Lunch: $8.90
Total: $22.28
(Photo: Nissi Beach in Ayia Napa, Cyprus/CTO Zurich/Flickr)

Most affordable countries to visit the beach

No. 9 Most Affordable Beaches: Algeria
Sunscreen: $5.46
Water: $0.91
Beer: $3.32
Ice Cream: $1.33
Lunch: $11.00
Total: $22.02
(Photo: Beach in Algeria/Salim Shadid/Flickr)

Most affordable countries to visit the beach

No. 8 Most Affordable Beaches: Thailand
Sunscreen: $8.49
Water: $0.37
Beer: $2.72
Ice Cream: $0.93
Lunch: $9.17
Total: $21.68
(Photo: Nai Harn Beach in Phuket, Thailand/wales_gibbons/Flickr)

Most affordable countries to visit the beach

No. 7 Most Affordable Beaches: Dominican Republic
Sunscreen: $7.54
Water: $0.71
Beer: $2.24
Ice Cream: $1.70
Lunch: $8.48
Total: $20.67
(Photo: Playas Las Terrenas in Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic/Miguel Romero/Flickr)

Most affordable countries to visit the beach

No. 6 Most Affordable Beaches: Indonesia
Sunscreen: $6.96
Water: $0.43
Beer: $3.37
Ice Cream: $0.65
Lunch: $9.14
Total: $20.55
(Photo: Gili Trawangan in Gili Islands, Indonesia/Anna & Michal/Flickr)

Most affordable countries to visit the beach

No. 5 Most Affordable Beaches: Croatia
Sunscreen: $4.77
Water: $1.28
Beer: $2.31
Ice Cream: $2.89
Lunch: $9.19
Total: $20.44
(Photo: Zlatni Rat in Brac Island, Croatia/Nikolaj Potanin/Flickr)

Most affordable countries to visit the beach

No. 4 Most Affordable Beaches: Germany
Sunscreen: $3.41
Water: $1.77
Beer: $2.22
Ice Cream: $1.17
Lunch: $11.35
Total: $19.92
(Photo: Warnemünde in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany/Till Westermayer/Flickr)

Most affordable countries to visit the beach

No. 3 Most Affordable Beaches: Egypt
Sunscreen: $10.10
Water: $0.28
Beer: $1.34
Ice Cream: $0.75
Lunch: $6.90
Total: $19.37
(Photo: El Gouna in Hurghada, Egypt/BORShop Computing/Flickr)

Most affordable countries to visit the beach

No. 2 Most Affordable Beaches: India
Sunscreen: $4.91
Water: $0.33
Beer: $3.18
Ice Cream: $0.69
Lunch: $9.48
Total: $18.59
(Photo: Dhanushkodi Beach in Pamban Island, India/Chandra/Flickr)

Most affordable countries to visit the beach

No. 1 Most Affordable Beaches: Vietnam
Sunscreen: $2.28
Water: $0.42
Beer: $2.09
Ice Cream: $0.92
Lunch: $8.13
Total: $13.84
(Photo: Cua Dai Beach in Hoi An, Vietnam/Paul Arps/Flickr)

Least affordable countries to visit the beach

No. 10 Least Affordable Beaches: Finland
Sunscreen: $14.14
Water: $1.95
Beer: $6.65
Ice Cream: $2.18
Lunch: $18.40
Total: $43.32
(Photo: Hiukka Beach in Satakunta, Finland/Ninara/Flickr)

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No. 9 Least Affordable Beaches: Fiji
Sunscreen: $20.35
Water: $1.54
Beer: $6.04
Ice Cream: $1.74
Lunch: $14.41
Total: $44.08
(Photo: Nanuya Island Resort Beach in Nanuya, Fiji/Thomas Huxley/Flickr)

Least affordable countries to visit the beach

No. 8 Least Affordable Beaches: South Korea
Sunscreen: $23.20
Water: $0.83
Beer: $2.75
Ice Cream: $3.09
Lunch: $14.51
Total: $44.38
(Photo: Haeundae Beach in Busan, South Korea/Yazan Badran/Flickr)

Least affordable countries to visit the beach

No. 7 Least Affordable Beaches: Denmark
Sunscreen: $14.44
Water: $2.06
Beer: $5.65
Ice Cream: $3.43
Lunch: $23.16
Total: $48.74
(Photo: Marielyst Beach in Region Zealand, Denmark/Lars Plougmann/Flickr)

Least affordable countries to visit the beach

No. 6 Least Affordable Beaches: Sweden
Sunscreen: $17.57
Water: $1.98
Beer: $5.07
Ice Cream: $2.62
Lunch: $21.95
Total: $49.19
(Photo: Ribersong Beach in Skane, Sweden/Maria Eklind/Flickr)

Least affordable countries to visit the beach

No. 5 Least Affordable Beaches: Japan
Sunscreen: $18.65
Water: $1.30
Beer: $5.59
Ice Cream: $2.06
Lunch: $23.21
Total: $50.81
(Photo: Nishihama Beach in Okinawa, Japan/tonko43/Flickr)

Least affordable countries to visit the beach

No. 4 Least Affordable Beaches: Seychelles
Sunscreen: $26.63
Water: $0.98
Beer: $7.71
Ice Cream: $1.50
Lunch: $16.75
Total: $52.97
(Photo: Anse Soleil Beach in Mate, Seychelles/Jean-Marie Hullot/Flickr)

Least affordable countries to visit the beach

No. 3 Least Affordable Beaches: New Caledonia
Sunscreen: $21.42
Water: $2.01
Beer: $7.40
Ice Cream: $2.39
Lunch: $26.55
Total: $53.51
(Photo: Anse Vata in Noumea, New Caledonia/Mickaël T./Flickr)

Least affordable countries to visit the beach

No. 2 Least Affordable Beaches: French Polynesia
Sunscreen: $21.42
Water: $2.01
Beer: $7.40
Ice Cream: $3.76
Lunch: $23.96
Total: $58.55
(Photo: Moorea, French Polynesia/Mike Stout/Flickr)

Least affordable countries to visit the beach

No. 1 Least Affordable Beaches: Norway
Sunscreen: $21.52
Water: $2.68
Beer: $8.17
Ice Cream: $4.58
Lunch: $23.44
Total: $60.39
(Photo: Huk Beach in Oslo, Norway/bjaglin/Flickr)

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