This New Study Is a Real Beach Bummer

PHOTO: Bay of Plenty NZ

Turns out a day at the beach is no day at the beach.

When one tries to think of cheap summer activities, it’s … a relatively short list, to be honest. However, going to a beach and literally just sitting on it is probably on that list, yes?

Actually, no. In this wonderful world where almost everything is expensive, you can add “going to a good number of popular beaches” to the list. A new study from parasol supplier, We Are Promotional, ranked 30 popular beaches based on the price of amenities, activities, refreshments, rentals, and (in some cases) admission.

The data shows that the most expensive countries to have a beach day in are the United Kingdom and the United States, overall. The most expensive beach for watersports was Coney Island, as the average cost for one activity is $260.71. The most expensive beaches worldwide rank as follows:

1. Renaissance Island, Aruba: $364.58

2. Coney Island, New York: $312.87

3. South Beach, Florida: $210.67

4. Bournemouth Beach, UK: $202.48

5. Biarritz, France: $176.81

Inexpensive beach days still exist, however, as the company also ranked the cheapest beaches, overall. They are as follows:

1. Huiquan Bathing Beach, China: $10.77

2. Rabbit Beach, Sicily: $15.73

3. Navagio Beach, Greece: $16.81

4. Valparaiso, Chile: $22.36

5. Ipanema Beach, Brazil: $31.13

Thinking about renting a sunlounger or a parasol at the beach, as you’d prefer not to be burned by the sun? There’s some data for that, as well, my friend. The study also ranked the most expensive beaches for parasol and sunlounger rentals, should you choose not to bring your own. These are the most expensive:

1. Waikiki, Hawaii, USA: $48.28

2. South Beach, Florida, USA: $33.79

3. Tropea, Italy: $27.11

4. Nazare, Portugal: $22.77

5. Lloret De Mar, Spain: $21.68

Beware the expensive parasols on Waikiki. 

Tips for the Cheapest Beach Day Ever

If you’re trying to have a beach day at the most minimal cost, great news—it’s still possible. You just gotta be a little street-smart about it.

Bring Your Own Things

It’s always a good idea to bring all of your own extras—sunloungers, parasols, equipment, etc. Clearly, if you choose to rent, it’s going to cost you, and it’s going to cost you a lot if you’re headed towards one of these pricier locations. There are plenty of cheap parasols available online, as well as hats that are also umbrellas, provided you’re brave enough to wear one. Portable sunloungers are easy to find online and at your local Target.

Bring Your Own Drinks and Food

Bringing your own food and throwing your own drinks in a cooler is always a better option than purchasing onsite–you can easily feed several people for the price of one expensive meal bought from a restaurant on the beach, and the price of one beer is usually more than it would be for an entire six-pack. So, grab a cheap cooler online, and fill it with items from literally any supermarket. Your wallet will thank you.

Don’t Go to Ice Cream Parlors

Ice cream parlors on the beach are expensive as heck. So if you’re going to buy ice cream, be on the lookout for local vendors on the street rather than spending an exorbitant amount at a parlor or restaurant.