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Where to Travel in May This Year

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Traveling in May is a golden opportunity for travelers looking to make the most of their trip. Whether you’re planning to relax on the islands of the Caribbean or stroll through the historic streets of Europe, here are some suggestions if you’re wondering where to travel in May, for an enjoyable and memorable vacation.

It should be noted that May often brings lower prices for flights and accommodations compared to peak summer months, meaning you can explore stunning destinations without breaking the bank. Plus, the weather in many popular destinations is pleasantly mild – not too hot, not too cold, just right for all kinds of outdoor activities, from leisurely city strolls to adventurous hikes. And because May is comfortably before the summer rush, you’re likely to encounter fewer crowds, allowing for a more relaxed and intimate experience at popular tourist attractions.

Punta Cana: best destinations to visit in May

May is the ideal time to visit Punta Cana, as you avoid both the winter tourist season and the onset of the rainy season at the end of summer. Beaches are less crowded than usual and most all-inclusive resorts offer some of their most competitive prices of the year. Plus, there’s hardly anyone fighting over poolside lounge chairs!

The sun is out and the translucent turquoise waters remain warm, with average temperatures ideal for snorkeling and scuba diving. This allows for intimate encounters with an underwater fauna teeming with life to discover the wild side of the Dominican Republic. Why not take a surfing lesson while you’re here?


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Visiting Paris this month of May offers a unique opportunity to experience the City of Light before the summer Olympic frenzy takes over. With the weather pleasantly mild and the days noticeably longer, it’s the perfect time to stroll through open-air markets, admire gardens in bloom, and relax like a Parisian on a café terrace. Our budget-friendly suggestion: a pain au chocolat pilgrimage!

Marseille: where to travel in May for sunny temperatures?

The charm of Marseille is at its peak in May, when the Mediterranean climate brings sunny days and cool evenings. This is the best time to explore the Calanques by kayak or on foot, without the oppressive summer heat. Not to mention swimming in the city’s many bays and beaches! Marseille’s restaurants aren’t as busy with summer crowds, so it’s easy to grab a bite to eat whenever and wherever you feel like it. Of course, Marseille is also the gateway to Provence… which is also deserted in the spring!

Plus, if you’re a cinema buff, you can easily head east to Cannes just in time for the famous film festival…

Tulum: best destinations to travel in May

Tulum in May is a picture postcard of Mexico! Average temperatures are warm, balanced by cool ocean breezes, just right for exploring the Mayan ruins, Tulum’s boho architecture, mysterious cenotes, and its many gourmet restaurants. And, of course, lounge on its white sand beaches!


Visiting London in May means being part of the city’s awakening from the gloomy English winter. How? By joining locals on pub patios for a cold pint. By strolling through leafy parks in search of the best view. By visiting the famous Chelsea Flower Show, one of Europe’s most famous festivals. It’s also a great opportunity to hit the roads of England, from the charming villages of the Cotswolds to the coastal paths of neighboring Kent, before the summer vacation officially begins. Maybe even throw in a day trip to the Channel Islands while you’re here!

Rome: where is the best place to vacation in May?

Now, Rome is a popular destination year-round. But with average temperatures ranging around 25 Celsius and none of the sweltering heat of Europe summers, the city vibrates with the abundant energy of spring at the start of the peak summer crowds. May means you can enjoy slightly less crowded visits to iconic sites like the Colosseum and the Vatican Museum, as well as discounted hotel rates. Discover the Eternal City in a different way and plan your itinerary around its historic cafes in search of the perfect morning cappuccino.


Lisbon in spring means sunshine that lasts into the evening, mild temperatures and a festive atmosphere that’s simply enchanting. In fact, it’s the best time to visit Portugal’s capital! Explore its hilly streets, the historic tramways and the stunning views from the many vistas to understand its unique geography.. For first-time visitors to Europe looking to see the main attractions, such as Sintra, fishing villages facing the Atlantic Ocean, and Lisbon’s museums, it’s the perfect time to avoid the long queues and discover the city like the locals do.

Costa Rica

Spring in San José is the rainy season. Well, maybe a little rain is in the forecast. And you’ll definitely need a 4×4 to navigate the sometimes muddy roads! But it’s also a chance to mingle with the country’s wildlife in protected national parks, which is among the richest in the world. Toucans, sloths, monkeys of many species, original birds, not to mention underwater specimens… It’s a great time to observe this world-renowned biodiversity, learn to surf in Santa Teresa and visit coffee plantations.

If your goal is to be in nature and go on tons of outdoor activities, we’d say Costa Rica is a great destination for you.

Croatia: what country is best to visit in May?

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May is an excellent time to visit Croatia, especially for sailing along the Adriatic coast and visiting the country’s national parks. The latter are now mostly set at a maximum number of people per day to avoid overtourism and protect these fragile environments. So it’s one of the best times to explore ancient towns, natural gems and island paradises in peace, with the start of the sailing season.


The Dutch capital is famous for its tulips in the spring, and although the city attracts many people during this time, it’s still ahead the peak season. In May, the weather is perfect for biking along the canals, venturing out of the city to windmills and historic villages, and enjoying outdoor terraces the local way.

If your schedule allows you to travel in late April, you can even extend your vacation to coincide with King’s Day, the Dutch national holiday. Expect an orange and festive long weekend!

San Salvador: where is best to go away in May?

A trip to El Salvador in May is an opportunity to enjoy the city’s cultural attractions without the heat of the dry season or the peak of the rainy season. Mild weather throughout the country makes it easy to explore the capital and take day trips to national parks and even volcanoes. We’re also told that El Salvador’s dream beaches are a mecca for surfers… This guarantees an authentic experience in the company of Salvadorans, meeting them and learning about their history. A destination of choice for an unforgettable spring vacation!

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