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Maui vacation rentals rank as 4th-costliest in U.S.

By Erika Engle

LAST UPDATED: 11:49 a.m. HST, Jun 26, 2014

A weeklong stay for a family of four in a Maui vacation rental costs about $2,277.81, making the Valley Isle the fourth most-expensive market in the U.S., according to the travel site TripAdvisor.

Maui's food costs were the most expensive of the top 15 markets, at $41.14, 58 percent more than TripAdvisor's average of $26.03. A restaurant meal for four on Maui goes for $148.70, more than the $132.89 in Martha's Vineyard, the most expensive U.S. market for a vacation rental. The average was $116.46.

Accommodations on Maui came in at $1,971.97, whereas a week in Martha's Vineyard is $3,409.94 on the TripAdvisor index.

Markets with total costs higher  than Maui's, were Martha's Vineyard at No. 1, costing $3,661.13, La Jolla, Calif., at $2,497.44, and at No. 3, Miami Beach, Fla., at $2,465.12.

Of the 15 markets analyzed, the most affordable is Palm Springs, Calif., with a total cost of $1,256.41.

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