These Are the 20 Most Expensive Beach Destinations in the United States

Cheaphotels.org recently released its list of the 20 most expensive beach destinations in the country for -- and three of them are in the tri-state area. The rankings are based on the average rate for each spot's cheapest available double room for the month of August. Hotels or inns with less than a two-star rating and those not located near the beach were excluded from consideration. Here's a look at the most expensive destinations, in reverse order.

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CARMEL, CA - SEPTEMBER 12: A view of the coastline at the Walk, Run and Ride during Best Buddies Hearst Castle Challenge on September 12, 2015 in Carmel, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images)
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Bar Harbor, Maine comes in at No. 20 on the list. The average rate for the cheapest double room during the month of August is $174.
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Avalon, California comes in at No. 19 on the list. The average rate for the cheapest double room during the month of August is $176.
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Chatham, Massachusetts comes in at No. 18 on the list. The average rate for the cheapest double room during the month of August is $184.
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Huntington Beach, California comes in at No. 17 on the list. The average rate for the cheapest double room during the month of August is $184.
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Newport, Rhode Island comes in at No. 16 on the list. The average rate for the cheapest double room during the month of August is $187.
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Carmel-by-the-Sea, California comes in at No. 15 on the list. The average rate for the cheapest double room during the month of August is $193.
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Laguna Beach, California comes in at No. 14 on the list. The average rate for the cheapest double room during the month of August is $194.
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Cape May, New Jersey comes in at No. 13 on the list. The average rate for the cheapest double room during the month of August is $202.
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Rehoboth Beach, Delaware comes in at No. 12 on the list. The average rate for the cheapest double room during the month of August is $202.
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York Beach, Maine comes in at No. 11 on the list. The average rate for the cheapest double room during the month of August is $207.
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Santa Barbara, California comes in at No. 10 on the list. The average rate for the cheapest double room during the month of August is $209.
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Poipu, Hawaii comes in at No. 9 on the list. The average rate for the cheapest double room during the month of August is $219.
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Coronado, California comes in at No. 8 on the list. The average rate for the cheapest double room during the month of August is $221.
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Provincetown, Massachusetts comes in at No. 7 on the list. The average rate for the cheapest available double room during the month of August is $224.
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Long Beach Island, New Jersey comes in at No. 6 on the list. The average rate for the cheapest double room during the month of August is $225.
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Kennebunkport, Maine comes in at No. 5 on the list. The average rate for the cheapest double room during the month of August is $246.
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Santa Monica, California comes in at No. 4 on the list. The average rate for the cheapest double room during the month of August is $261.
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Cannon Beach, Oregon comes in at No. 3 on the list. The average rate for the cheapest double room during the month of August is $262.
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Nantucket, Massachusetts comes in at No. 2 on the list. The average rate for the cheapest double room during the month of August is $285.
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Montauk, New York comes in at No. 1 on the list. The average rate for the cheapest double room during the month of August is $312.
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