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A day at the beach these days isn't always cheap.

A day at the beach these days isn't always cheap.

That's the word from TravelBird, a travel data website. The firm's 2016 Beach Price Index calculates the cost of an average day at the beach, looking at 250 spots from 66 countries.
The analysis looks at the costs of sunscreen, a bottle of water, a beer, ice cream and lunch, with monetary transactions true to exchange rates.

Nine of the top 10 most expensive beaches come in with a daily average cost of more than $50 per person. The top two are both in French Polynesia: La Plage de Maui in Tahiti, at $60.13, and Mareto Plage Publique in Moorea, at $58.36. The first American beach on the list, not a big surprise, is Main Beach on East Hampton, Long Island, at $48.85 a day. Cua Dai Beach, in Hoi An, Vietnam, is the cheapest beach per average day, the study found, at $13.54.

Florida, despite its dozens of beaches, was only a bit player in the survey. Six beaches from the Sunshine State made the list, with West Palm being the most expensive, at $47.45 a day. Naples, at $42.09 a day, ranked 38th and was the only Gulf Coast beach on the list. Other Florida beaches in the top 250 include Daytona Beach, South Beach in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Smathers Beach in Key West.

Here are the Florida beaches on the list in comparison to the top and bottom locations:

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