Key West Most Expensive Spot to Celebrate Spring Break, Survey Reveals

Mar 02, 2012, 19:22 ET from

KEY WEST, Fla., March 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- College students who are watching their every penny better steer clear of Key West, Florida if they've waited until the last minute to book their spring break vacation. According to a new survey compiled by, the continental United States' southern-most city is, by far, the most expensive among the most popular spring break destinations in terms of its lodging cost.

On average, the cheapest available room in Key West during the three principal spring break weeks of March 5 through March 25 will cost as much as $204 per night. And those coeds whose vacation time happens to fall during the March 5 to 11 time frame will be paying even more. In fact, according the survey, they won't find a room below $250.

Other destinations in Florida are more welcoming to spring breakers in terms of affordability. In Miami South Beach, for example, the cheapest available room will cost vacationers $155 on average. Further north, Panama City Beach and Daytona Beach are slightly less costly still with their lowest available nightly rates coming in at $129 and $110 respectively.

One way for budget-conscious spring breakers to score a bargain is to venture out of Florida altogether. Myrtle Beach, Negril and Cancun are much less pricey options with room rates of around $30 per night.

The following table shows the most important spring break destinations along with their daily average rates for the cheapest available room during the period spanning March 5 through 25.

  1. Key West (Florida) $204
  2. South Beach Miami (Florida) $155
  3. Panama City Beach (Florida) $129
  4. South Padre Island (Texas) $126
  5. Punta Cana (Dominican Republic) $117
  6. Daytona Beach (Florida) $110
  7. Lake Havasu (Arizona) $54
  8. Negril (Jamaica) $31
  9. Myrtle Beach (South Carolina) $30
  10. Cancun (Mexico) $29            

For more information about this survey, visit