TripAdvisor Reveals Top Value Destinations for Summer Vacation Rental Stays

  • Published by Ozgur Tore

TripAdvisor announced the results of its TripIndex Vacation Rentals, revealing the most affordable U.S. spots for vacation rental getaways this summer.

palm-springs-condoThe TripIndex Vacation Rentals compares the price of a summer trip for a family of four in 15 popular vacation rental destinations throughout the U.S., including the combined average costs of a weeklong stay in a two-bedroom vacation rental property, a one-day bike rental, basic groceries, and dinner at a restaurant.

Head South to Save This Summer

Palm Springs is the most affordable destination on the list with a total TripIndex cost of $1,256, but has a slightly more expensive weekly vacation rental rate ($1,035) than Orlando, the second most affordable spot (weekly rental, $1,022).

Gatlinburg, Myrtle Beach and Sanibel Island round out the top five most affordable U.S. spots for vacation rentals, coming in with TripIndex totals of $1,399, $1,434, and $1,486 respectively.

Four of the five least expensive destinations are located in the sunbaked Southeast and collectively feature an average price that is 27 percent below the TripIndex average.

Ritzy Rentals

At a total cost of $3,661, Martha’s Vineyard is the most expensive destination on the TripIndex; the famous island is nearly three times pricier than Palm Springs, the most affordable spot on the list.

Nearly one-third cheaper than Martha’s Vineyard, La Jolla is the second most expensive spot with a total TripIndex price tag of $2,497.

Miami Beach, Maui and Chatham round out the top five priciest places for a summer rental respite, coming in at $2,465, $2,278 and $2,120, respectively.

TripAdvisor TripIndex Vacation Rentals:


Vacation Rental

Basic Groceries

Dinner Out

Bike Rental

Total Cost

Palm Springs, California






Orlando, Florida






Gatlinburg, Tennessee






Myrtle Beach, South Carolina






Sanibel Island, Florida






South Padre Island, Texas






Hilton Head, South Carolina






Cape May, New Jersey






New Orleans, Louisiana






Key West, Florida






Chatham, Massachusetts






Maui, Hawaii






Miami Beach, Florida






La Jolla, California






Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts






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