Delray Tops List of Most Expensive Florida Destinations

Delray's reputation as a destination is growing nationally and internationally

Delray’s reputation as a destination is growing nationally and internationally has come out with the 20 most expensive destinations in Florida, based on their lodging cost.
Guess who topped the list?
Palm Beach? Nope.
South Beach? Guess again.
Our very own Delray Beach, described by Travel magazine as the “small coastal town of Delray Beach, situated on the Atlantic Ocean between Boca Raton and West Palm Beach”, led the rankings.

 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 Florida beach destinations. The survey considered only hotels that are well located (i.e. close to the beach), that are rated at least 3 stars, and that have been well evaluated, on average, by former guests.

Delray Tops Sanibel

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.
Source: TravelMag.Com

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 $213
13. Pompano Beach $213
14. Anna Maria Island $193
15. Miami Beach $187
16. Key Largo $186
17. Deerfield Beach $182
18. St Pete Beach $182
19. Clearwater Beach $176
20. Treasure Island $175

So what does this all mean?
Well, we spoke to a couple of local hoteliers, who shared with us their take on the list.

First, these rates are being achieved, so if you believe in the free market, a lot of tourists are finding a lot of value in Delray Beach.

Second, the city must be doing something right to attract these rates during the height of the season.

Third, the Palm Beach County Convention and Visitors Bureau might want to start pushing Delray a tad bit more, with apologies to our neighbors Boca Raton, Wellington and Palm Beach.

Fourth, attracting some moderate priced hotel options might not be a bad idea. (The Fairfield Inn, which is underway at I-95 and West Atlantic Avenue might be just what the doctor ordered).


Hotels Galore in Boca-Delray: From Black Tie to Flip Flops

The magnificent Boca Resort

The magnificent Boca Resort

Whether you’re looking for a location for a large corporate event, a black-tie wedding, a world-class resort, or simply a place where a tank top and flip flops are the dress code, you need not look further than the Delray Beach/Boca Raton area.

With more than 100 destinations, the area will satisfy every preference for  a vacation, an event, or a fine meal. And, while it’s impossible to  list each one, we hope the following provides an overview of what we believe to be among the most unique.

Let’s start with some funky spots in Delray Beach. Crane’s Beach House ( is set in the heart of downtown, just off Atlantic Avenue. It features a tropical ambiance with colorful bungalows and individual rooms. A beach bar, swimming pool (with a beach), and regular entertainment.  Just the right spot to escape to  a tropical paradise, without going to the airport.

The historic Colony Hotel graces Delray's vibrant Atlantic Avenue

The historic Colony Hotel graces Delray’s vibrant Atlantic Avenue

A few blocks away, right on Atlantic Avenue, is the historic Colony Hotel & Cabana Club ( . Visitors will step back in time and enjoy this Spanish colonial-style hotel featuring an open-air lobby and bar. The perfect spot to “people watch” from your perch in this hotel you’ll want to write home about.

One of the newest destinations in Delray is the Seagate Hotel (, boasting true elegance right on the ocean. Featuring fine dining, beach club, and access to a golf course, the Seagate exemplifies luxury living just minutes from the action of Atlantic Avenue.

Hoping to step into a tropical paradise of lush landscaping, waterfalls, and meandering paths? No, you don’t have to go to The Keys. This, too, is available right off the avenue at the Sundy House (, another trip down memory lane to an older, simpler Florida reminiscent of a Florida beach town. Fine dining, unique accommodations, and a casual environment beckon you.

Want something right on the beach, and totally relaxing. Take advantage of Breakers on the Ocean ( The solution to chaos, this location features direct access to the ocean, mini golf, and suites with kitchens.

Perhaps you want something more traditional for a special event or corporate meetings. Check out the Delray Beach Marriott ( and Hyatt Place Delray Beach ( High-end restaurants, spas, beach access, and right in the center of the action on Atlantic Avenue in the city’s Art’s District.

Wander south to Boca Raton, where you’ll quickly find the city’s showcase – the world-famous Boca Raton Resort & Club ( Golf course, beach club, the finest restaurants in the world are among the features of this internationally known destination. Perfect for a large corporate event or a vacation with the family.

The Bridge Hotel ( is set right on the Intracoastal and not coincidentally adjacent to a scenic bridge. Outdoor dining is one of the appeals as is the elegant restaurant at the “top of the bridge” which offers scenic views of Lake Boca Raton and the ocean.

Another outstanding location in Boca is the Marriott ( , located in Boca Center. The perfect spot for corporate events, weddings, and short getaways.