Monaco, Saint Tropez and Capri among the world’s priciest beach destinations 

world’s priciest beach destinations 

It’ll come as no surprise that the Principality of Monaco made the Top 10 in a ranking of the world’s priciest beach destinations, but it didn’t claim first place. Can you guess the resort that did? 

Earlier this month, published a list of the most expensive beach destinations around the world.  

The results were based on a simple set of criteria: the average price of the cheapest available double room during the month of August 2023 for hotels with at least three stars and with a location close to the city centre and beach.  

Given the enduring popularity of the Riviera’s golden duo of Saint Tropez and Monaco amongst wealthy tourists, both were bound to make the list, but neither took out the top spot. 

That, perhaps surprisingly, goes to Nantucket Town, located on the island of Nantucket, which is south of Cape Cod in the US state of Massachusetts. The average price-per-night here, according to’s rules, came in at $694 or nearly €640.  

Next in the list comes the glittering Amalfi haven of Positano, a cliffside beach village beloved by superyacht charterers – and owners – worldwide. The price-per-night here came in at $481, far below the elevated prices of the relatively isolated Nantucket Town.   

Italy’s first placed destination is followed up by Montauk, New York, which finds itself among an interestingly high number of US destinations to find themselves in the Top 20. Other big American hitters include Kennebunkport in Maine and Provincetown and Bar Harbour, both also in Massachusetts. 

Mediterranean continues to seduce visitors 

Despite US dominance – 11 of the Top 20 resorts listed are to be found there – the Mediterranean’s famous collection of luxury destinations is well-represented. 

Saint Tropez comes in fourth place, with the average night costing $440, while Capri ($399) secures seventh and the Principality of Monaco ($381) ninth, just beating out Santa Monica in California. 

Other Mediterranean hotspots to feature include Ibiza Town and Santa Eulària des Riu in Ibiza, Platis Gialos in Greece, and Amalfi and Santa Margherita Ligure in Italy.   

Explore the full list for yourself here.  


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