The 10 Most Expensive Vacation Destinations

by Anthony Losanno

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Travel costs have increased significantly since the pandemic. With pent-up demand, airfare and hotel rates surged to levels not seen before. But, there are some holiday destinations that have always carried a high price tag. From ritzy ski towns to glamorous islands and luxe safaris, these are the ten most expensive vacation destinations.

CNBC reports that analyzed the average prices for accommodations, transportation, food, and attractions in 100 popular vacation spots. According to its findings, these are the places to go if money is no object.

Monte Carlo

10. Monte Carlo, Monaco

Monte Carlo is expensive. I can remember entering the casino (€18 for entry) and being charged €40 to check in my umbrella (which was mandatory).

Grand Cayman

9. Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

Grand Cayman is a great place to get up close to stingrays. I didn’t find it as pricey as some other islands and I think you can do it on the cheaper side. We stayed at the Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa and enjoyed our time there (back in 2014).

8. Maun, Botswana

7. Cocoa Island, Maldives

London Eye

6. London, United Kingdom

We’ve been to London at least a dozen times and while it isn’t the cheapest city, there are accommodations and meals at every price point.


5. Maui, Hawaii

Maui is going to need time to heal after its devastating fire this week. The Andaz Maui At Wailea Resort is lovely. It’s also one of the hardest hotels to redeem World of Hyatt points at (we lucked out on our stay).

4. Park City, Utah

St. Regis Aspen

3. Aspen, Colorado

I went to a conference in Aspen and stayed at the St. Regis Aspen Resort. It was a great hotel, but I never left the building.

Gstaad Switzerland

2. Gstaad, Switzerland

I’ve been to Switzerland many times, but always in a city like Bern, Geneva, Zurich, or Lausanne. I’m not a skiier, so beyond looking at the beautiful scenery, it’s lost on me.

1. Gustavia, St. Barts

The research found that hotel rooms in St. Barts average $1,770 per night, while Park City had the highest costs for attractions (I’d have to guess skiing) at $333 per day.

Anthony’s Take: I don’t ski, so Aspen and Gstaad hold little interest for me. I still need to get to the Maldives and St. Barts someday. Do you agree with this list?

(St. Regis Aspen Image Credit: Marriott.)

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James August 12, 2023 - 1:51 pm

I would add Anguilla to the list

Vivian August 13, 2023 - 12:03 pm

Tahiti is pretty expensive as well.


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