The Most Expensive Destinations in Florida

by Kathy Kehrli  |  Updated February 20, 2014

In its latest survey, has established the 20 most expensive destinations in Florida, based on their lodging cost. The small coastal town of Delray Beach, situated on the Atlantic Ocean between Boca Raton and West Palm Beach, leads the rankings.


Delray Beach (Photo: Rob Freund via Flickr)

Specifically, for each destination the amount visitors will have to spend, on average, for the most affordable double room during the February and March 2014 timeframe was determined. Collectively, these two months are considered the high season for most Floridian beach destinations. The survey considered only such hotels that are well located (close to the beach), that are rated at least 3 stars, and that have been well evaluated, on average, by former guests.

At an average price tag of $298 for the least expensive double room, Delray Beach revealed itself as the most expensive destination in Florida. Only a couple of dollars cheaper in the number two spot is Sanibel Island, known for its shell beaches and wildlife refuges. Siesta Key follows as the third most expensive Floridian destination with an average nightly rate of $284 for the most affordable double room.

It must be pointed out that compared to South and Central Florida, Northern Florida’s high season tends to fall during the summer months. As such, destinations like St. Augustine and Pensacola Beach didn’t make it onto the list of most expensive destinations.

The following table shows the 20 most expensive destinations in Florida based on their average rate for the cheapest available double room (minimum: 3-star hotel) during February and March 2014. All rates were established via the comparison website Kayak from January 27 to January 31, 2014.

1. Delray Beach $298
2. Sanibel Island $296
3. Siesta Key $284
4. Key West $276
5. Longboat Key $269
6. Marathon $262
7. Palm Beach $246
8. Fort Myers Beach $245
9. Marco Island $237
10. Sunny Isles Beach $235
11. Downtown Miami $219
12. Islamorada $215
13. Pompano Beach $213
14. Anna Maria Island $193
15. Miami Beach $187
16. Key Largo $186
17. Deerfield Beach $184
18. St Pete Beach $182
19. Clearwater Beach $178
20. Treasure Island $175