MIAMI -- Key West is Florida's most expensive destination based on the cost of lodging, according to a survey from an online reservation company that operates the website MiamiHotels.org and sites for other cities.
The survey, which was published on the PR newswire this week, compared the hotel rates of various Floridian destinations using the typical "high season" from January to March 2013 served as the basis of comparison.
In Key West, hotel rates for one night averaged $254 for the cheapest available 3-star hotel room, the survey states. Ranking as the second and third most expensive locales in the state were Marco Island and Palm Beach. There, rates for the time period averaged $242 and $236 per night, respectively.
Marathon and Islamorada, two more destinations in the Florida Keys, landed inside the Top 10 as well. Downtown Miami ranked 12th most expensive with an average price tag of $213 per night, amking it more expensive than hotels in South Beach and Miami Beach, where rates averaged $179 and $143, respectively.
It bears pointing out that the survey is valid only for South and Central Florida. Because Northern Florida's high season tends to fall during the summer months, destinations like St. Augustine and Pensacola Beach didn't make it onto the list.
The following table shows the 10 most expensive destinations in Florida based on the average rate for the cheapest available double room (minimum:3-star hotel) there for the time period spanning January to March 2013.