FLORIDA – Fort Walton Beach ranked second in a survey of the priciest Florida summer destination hotel stays this year.
Nearby Pensacola Beach is the priciest, according to a survey by Cheaphotels.org.
Five of the top 10 priciest summer locations are in Northwest Florida. In addition to Fort Walton Beach and Pensacola Beach, Miramar Beach, Destin, and Panama City Beach are in the top 10.
According to Cheaphotels.org, its survey compared the cost of accommodation across 40 popular Florida destinations for July and August. For each destination, the price for the cheapest available double room was established. Only hotels located close to a beach or in the city/town center, and with three or more stars, were considered.
With an average rate of $295 per night for the most affordable double room, Pensacola Beach emerged as the clear leader. Completing the podium are Fort Walton Beach and Anna Maria Island, with rates of $258 and $245, respectively, for the cheapest available room.
The survey also revealed that most destinations in southern Florida are significantly cheaper than during the winter months, in some cases dropping by more than 50%. Still on the pricier end of the spectrum, however, are the Florida Keys, where visitors can expect to spend over $200 for the least expensive room, Cheaphotels.org said.
The least expensive destination in Florida this summer is Miami Beach, where you can find a room for around $100 per night. Compared to rates during February, that’s 65% lower. Other affordable summer destinations with rates of around $110 per night include Hollywood, Port St Lucie, and the state capital of Tallahassee, Cheaphotels.org said.
The following table shows the 10 most expensive destinations for accommodation in Florida this summer, according to the survey. The prices shown reflect the average rate for each destination’s cheapest available double room for the period July 1 to August 31, 2022.
- Pensacola Beach $295
2. Fort Walton Beach $258
3. Anna Maria Island $245
4. Miramar Beach $240
5. Destin $234
6. Cocoa Beach $226
7. Panama City Beach $221
8. Islamorada $215
9. Palm Beach $211
10. Key Largo $210
For the full results of the survey, check: