Port St Johns, Eastern Cape which ranked at number 152. Picture: siyanda mayeza

Amsterdam - Package holiday specialists TravelBird have released a study offering the most comprehensive information regarding summer holidays: a Beach Price Index of 250 of the world’s most popular beachfronts.

The Index calculates the cost of a day at each seafront, allowing travellers to worry less about the costs of their break and focus more on having an amazing travel experience.

To create the ranking, TravelBird began with a list of 900 of the world’s most popular seasides and whittled the list down to 250 of the best beaches from 66 countries worldwide.

They then calculated the cost of a day at each, factoring in average costs for sun cream, a bottle of water, a beer, ice-cream and lunch.

All prices are calculated by standardising the sizes of products, and with monetary transactions true to exchange rates on 1st July 2016.

The study revealed the 10 most expensive beaches are:

1 La Plage de Maui, Tahiti, French Polynesia

2 Mareto Plage Publique, Moorea, French Polynesia

3 Anse Vata, Noumea, New Caledonia

4 Anse Georgette, Praslin, Seychelles

5 Anse Soleil Beach, Seychelles

6 Beau Vallon, Mahe, Seychelles

7 Poe Beach, New Caledonia

8 Nishihama Beach, Okinawa, Japan

9 Yonaha Maehama Beach, Okinawa, Japan

10 Main Beach, East Hampton, New York, USA

The 12 cheapest beaches on the list consisted of a combination of four locations in Vietnam, followed by eight seaside hotspots in India.

Four South African beaches appear in the Index, with the following rankings: The most expensive was Hobie Beach, Port Elizabeth in position 118 ($34.47/ for a day), followed by Port St Johns, Eastern Cape which ranked at number 152 (€25.98/$29.33) and Ballito, KwaDukuza in position 165 (€24.85/R470).

Uvongo Beach, Hibiscus Coast ranked as least expensive, in position 173 ($27.35).

“In order to have the best holiday experience, it helps travellers to have as much information about their destination as possible. This is why we came up with the Beach Price Index.” states TravelBird CEO Symen Jansma.

“The Beach Price Index is a great barometer for not only the expected costs at a certain beach, but can also be used as an indicator of costs in that region at large. It helps travellers manage their budgets, expectations and ultimately get the most from their experience.”

Adapted from a press release for IOL