Driftwood Beach on Jekyll Island in Georgia might just be the best and most affordable beach this summer, according to new research from Omio.
The Berlin-based booking platform for train, bus and air travel analyzed up to 35 beaches in the United States and Puerto Rico, looking not only at the average temperature but also at the prices of ice cream, soft drinks and of beer to determine which ribs offer visitors the best value.
With the average price of ice cream just $1, soda $2.48, and beer just $5, it’s hard to top Driftwood Beach.
“Driftwood Beach has a distinct charm that sets it apart from traditional beach destinations. While Jekyll Island’s shoreline boasts white sands and inviting waters, the beach has become popular for a very unconventional reason: the abundance of driftwood”, underline the experts of Omio. out.
Nonetheless, travelers can pick up a cold beer for less at most other top 10 beaches, including Coligny Beach in Hilton Head, SC; Playa de Isla Verde in San Juan, Puerto Rico and Siesta Beach in Siesta Key, Florida.
Other wallet-friendly shores include Balneario Seven Seas in Fajardo, Puerto Rico; Caladesi Island State Park in Clearwater, Florida and Kiawah Beachwalker Park in Kiawah Island, South Carolina.
Rounding out the top 10 best and most affordable national beach destinations this summer include Henderson Beach State Park in Destin, Florida; St. George Island State Park in Florida and Cape May Beach in Cape May, New Jersey.
Ocean City, Maryland and Wrightsville Beach outside of Wilmington, North Carolina also do well.
Meanwhile, the highest-ranked beach on the West Coast is Cannon Beach, Oregon, which ranks 13th.
Click here to see a full breakdown from Omio’s research on the cheapest US beaches this summer.