Delray Beach Is Priciest Destination in Florida, According to Survey

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MIAMI, /PRNewswire/ -- Delray Beach, a sand and surf mecca along Florida's southeast coast, is the most expensive destination in Florida. That finding is according to the latest survey conducted by

The survey specifically compared the hotel rates of 30 popular Floridian destinations for February and . This time period was selected because it represents the high season for most beach destinations in the Sunshine State.

In Delray Beach, travelers will have to spend an average of $324 per night in the most affordable double room. It bears pointing out that only hotels rated at least 3 stars and located close to the beach/city center were considered by the survey. Sanibel and Fort Myers Beach follow Delray Beach as the second and third most expensive destinations. Both locales are averaging overnight rates of just over $300 this February and March. 

Key West, which was the priciest destination two years ago when the same survey was conducted, ranks fourth most expensive this year. A rate of $284 nightly puts it just outside the Top 3. According to Diane Muller, spokesperson for, the drop in ranking is most likely related to Hurricane Irma, which has made Key West and Key Largo 20% to 25% more affordable than they were last year.

A more surprising discovery is that Panama City Beach ranks as the least expensive destination in the state. While two years ago, a visitor had to spend $146, on average, for an overnight stay in the least expensive room, that rate has now dropped to $107.

The following table lists the 10 most expensive destinations in Florida. The rates indicated reflect the average rate for the cheapest available double room (minimum 3-star hotel) at each locale for the time period spanning .

1. Delray Beach $324
2. Sanibel $303
3. Fort Myers Beach $302
4. Key West $284
5. Downtown Miami $254
6. Sarasota $253
7. Boca Raton $246
8. Pompano Beach $229
9. Key Largo $224
10. Islamorada $224

For the full results of the survey, visit

Press Contact: Diane Muller, +1-805-308-9660


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