It would take you far longer to get there, but spending a day at Venice Beach in Los Angeles is cheaper than a day on Vlieland.
Translation by Traci White
The international Beach Index 2018, which is carried out by travel site TravelBird, found that Vlieland is the most expensive Dutch beach, beating out Scheveningen, Blemendaal and Noordwijk. The Leeuwarder Courant reports that a beach trip on Vlieland, one of the Frisian Wadden islands, cost two cents more than visiting Venice Beach in California.
The index was based on the costs of basic items and foods that a visitor can buy in the vicinity: sunscreen, a bottle of water, a glass of beer, a popsicle, lunch, a beach chair and an umbrella. Plane tickets and travel expenses were not included in the overall cost calculation. According to TravelBird, that would cost 53.26 euros on Vlieland (31st place) and 53.24 euros in L.A. (33rd place).
IJmuiden cheapest in the Netherlands
The Beach Index evaluated 327 beaches around the world, including Dutch coastal spots like Scheveningen, Kijkduin, Bloemendaal aan Zee, Noordwijk aan Zee, Bergen aan Zee and Texel. All of the other Dutch beaches were more affordable than Vlieland: a day at Scheveningen costs 45.96 euros, and at 34.78 euros, IJmuiden is the cheapest in the Netherlands.
Visitors can spend a day on Terschelling, which came in 97th place in the list overall, for 45.35 euros. Schiermonnikoog, ranked 167th, cost 37.60 for a day, and Ameland came in 187th place and cost 34.40 for a day at the beach.
Out of all the evaluated beaches, Anse Vata in the New Caledonia (an archipelago in the Pacific Ocean) was found to be the most expensive beach in the world: a day there will set you back 78.57 euros. The more affordable oceanside spot is Cua da Beach in Vietnam, which cost 13.44 euros.
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