These Are the Top 10 Most Expensive Beach Towns in the U.S.
If you want to stay near these beaches, you’ll have to pay a pretty penny.
The most recent survey conducted by CheapHotels.org compared all U.S. beach destinations based on the average minimum price travelers will have to spend to stay during the month of August in the cheapest available double room. Only hotels or inns rated at least two stars and located close to the beach were included.
The most expensive beach town in the U.S., according to the survey, was Montauk, on New York's Long Island. The average nightly rate for the least expensive double room in a Montauk hotel was a whopping $312. But maybe that’s a small price to pay for such pristine sands.
Nantucket, Massachusetts, and Cannon Beach, Oregon, averaged out at overnight rates of $285 and $262, respectively.
On the West coast, Santa Monica, California, ranked the fourth most expensive overall in the country at a nightly rate of $261, followed by Coronado ($221) and Santa Barbara ($209). California had the most cities in the top 10.
Other ritzy beaches on the list include Poipu, in Hawaii, and Kennebunkport, in Maine.
A full ranking of the top 10 is below:
- Montauk, New York $312
- Nantucket, Massachusetts $285
- Cannon Beach, Oregon $262
- Santa Monica, California $261
- Kennebunkport, Maine $246
- Long Beach Island, New Jersey $225
- Provincetown, Massachusetts $224
- Coronado, California $221
- Poipu, Hawaii $219
- Santa Barbara, California $209
If you’re headed to the beach this August, be sure to bring the debit card.