Beaches by value

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Travel -

ON THE coast of cen­tral Viet­nam, a few min­utes from the small town of Hoi An, Cua Dai Beach of­fers beach-bound va­ca­tion­ers the best value for money. Here, a day at the beach costs US$13.18 (RM56.77), 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 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 (US$13.18 – RM56.77) in Hoi An, City Beach in Nha Trang (US$13.90 – RM59.87) and Long Beach on the is­land of Phu Quoc (US$14.42 – RM62.11).

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 (US$27.37 – RM117.90). In to­tal, the cost comes in at US$64.61 (RM278.31) 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.

Va­ca­tion­ers will need a well­filled wal­let for a day at the beach in Scan­di­navia. Swe­den's Ribers­borg Beach and Den­mark's Dueodde Beach, among oth­ers, are some of the other Scandi beach des­ti­na­tions where a day at the coast costs at least US$50 (RM215). – AFP Relaxnews

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