The average nightly cost of a hotel on Nantucket is $694. This landed Nantucket at the top of TravelMag’s list of the most expensive beach destinations in the world. The magazine, which highlights all things travel-related, from exotic islands to budget destinations, conducted an analysis of beach destinations with the following criteria:
- Town offers at least 20 different hotels and inns
- At least one beach
Then the magazine only considered the prices of the following hotels within each town:
- Minimum 3-star rating
- Walking distance to beach or oceanfront
The analysis looked at rates for July 15 to maintain consistency. The analysis did not consider rentals such as Airbnb or vacation homes.
If you’re looking for a beachfront hotel in Nantucket, you’re looking to pay at least $694 for 3+ stars. Trailing Nantucket was Positano, Italy with an average nightly price of $481, about 30% less than Nantucket prices.
After Positano was Nantucket neighbor, Montauk, New York. Famously known as ‘the end’ Montauk sits at the tip of the Hamptons, which curves towards Block Island, RI and the Cape and islands. Montauk is just a short trip via ferry or seaplane.
Most expensive beach destinations in the world
11 out of the 20 total destinations are in the United States.
- Nantucket Town, Mass. (USA) $694
- Positano (Italy) $481
- Montauk, New York (USA) $478
- Saint-Tropez (France) $440
- Kennebunkport, Maine (USA) $406
- Provincetown, Mass. (USA) $404
- Capri Town (Italy) $399
- Bar Harbor, Maine (USA) $384
- Monaco $381
- Santa Monica, Cal. (USA) $360
- Rehoboth Beach, Del. (USA) $359
- Cape May, NJ (USA) $346
- Portland, Maine (USA) $317
- Ocean City, NJ (USA) $310
- Ibiza Town (Spain) $310
- Santa Eulària des Riu (Spain) $307
- Platis Gialos (Greece) $299
- Amalfi (Italy) $295
- Pismo Beach, Cal. (USA) $293
- Santa Margherita Ligure (Italy) $292
Out of those 11 U.S. destinations, 5 are in New England. These destinations all outranked tourist hotspots like the Amalfi Coast Ibiza, Spain.