Soaking up the sun, beach balls tearing through the African heat, and sand castles are familiar images of a day the beach. Africans are spoilt for choice when it comes to coastal travel.

Travelbird, one of the largest online travel sites, has released its 2017 Beach Price Index, detailing the cost of a beach trip across the world.

The price includes an average cost total of lunch, ice cream, sunscreen, water and beer. Here’s how much it will cost you to soak it up this coming summer.

BeachSunscreen (SPF 30, 100ml)Water (500ml)Beer (330ml bottle)Ice creamLunchTotal cost
Kokrobite Beach, Greater Accra, Ghana£18,68£0,91£2,51£0,92£9,82£32,84

(R 536.96)
Hobie Beach, Eastern Cape, South Africa£15,67£0,58£2,26£2,01£11,76£32,28

(R 527.80)
Elmina Beach, Ghana£16,82£0,94£2,38£0,88£9,21£30,23

(R 494.28)
Port Sudan, Red Sea State, Sudan£10,24£0,82£4,64£0,90£13,12£29,72

(R 485.94)
Al Hoceima, Morocco£17,46£0,53£1,87£1,11£8,28£29,25

(R 478.26)
Essaouira, Essaouira, Morocco£15,54£0,66£1,92£0,98£9,54£28,64

(R 468.28)
Port St. Johns, Eastern Cape, South Africa£9,29£0,64£2,27£2,01£13,25£27.46

(R448.99)
Ballito, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa£10,81£0,79£2,30£1,90£10,46£26.00

(R 425.12)
Uvongo, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa£10,11£0,64£2,39£1,90£10,57£25,61

(R 418.74)
Soma Bay,
Hurghada, Egypt
£10,20£0,25£0,50£0,51£4,63£16,09

(R263.08)
El Gouna,
Hurghada, Egypt
£9,78£0,25£0,52£0,42£4,51£15,48

(R253.11)
Sharm El-Naga Bay,
Safaga, Egypt
£5,71£0,17£1,57£0,67£6,77£14,89

(R 243.46)
Sunken City,
Sahl Hasheesh, Egypt
£5,71£0,16£1,62£0,67£5,32£13,48

(R 220.41)
Marsa Nayzak,
Marsa Alam, Egypt
£5,30£0,17£1,57£0,66£5,47£13,17

(R215.34 )

Each item is calculated by taking the average cost from a local store, resort, or supermarket that is within walking distance. The standard lunch cost was calculated per head for a full meal cost within walking distance, which included one soft drink. Beer cost was calculated by adding the average of all beer brands and standard size. Water calculations were made by calculating an average of the three largest brands.

Ice cream costs were calculated by taking an average of pre-packaged branded ice cream prices in the capital city of each country and applying cost differences to each area, where permitted.

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Chwayita January

Chwayita January, or ‘Ceejay’ for short, is an Honours student in Media Studies and our resident social media and copywriting assistant. Ceejay is a self-deprecating aspiring writer, with a twang that will make you question her nationality.

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