Where to go on holiday in May 2017 for the best weather

Deciding where to go on holiday in May 2017 for the best weather? From popular holiday spots which are starting to warm up in the Mediterranean to the theme parks of Florida, we have a great selection of destinations to help you decide where to go on holiday in May.

Where to go on holiday in May 2017: top five destinations

Although temperatures in the Mediterranean in May remain cooler than the summer, it's arguably the first month of the year when you can realistically consider a beach holiday closer to home. Read on to discover our favourite places, near and far, when it comes to finding where to go on holiday in May for the best weather:

Where to go on holiday in May 2017 © sborisov - Fotolia.com

1. Cyprus

  • Flight time: 5 hours
  • Daily high: 26°C
  • Daily hours of sunshine: 10
  • Sea temperature: 20°C

Sitting in the eastern Med, which is quite a bit further south than the western edge, Cyprus is both warmer and sunnier than destinations such as the Canary Islands at this time of year, making it an ideal option when choosing where to go on holiday in May. Expect long sunny days at resorts along the south coast, from Paphos to Ayia Napa, with daytime temperatures in the mid-to-high twenties.

On the beach in Cyprus © smikeymikey1 - Fotolia.com

Heat and humidity is low, so if you're planning on doing lots of outdoor activities it shouldn't be too hot, however, the sea is still a little cool to be thinking about a beach holiday. If this is on your mind, the extra hour's flight to the Red Sea may be worth it when considering where to go on holiday in May for the best weather.

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2. Hurghada, Egypt

  • Flight time: 5.5 hours
  • Daily high: 31°C
  • Daily hours of sunshine: 11
  • Sea temperature: 24°C

Surely one of the best destinations to visit when deciding where to go on holiday in May in terms of its accessibility and reliably great weather is the resort of Hurghada on Egypt's Red Sea coast. Daytimes are hot and long with warm evenings and only moderate heat and humidity.

Soma Bay near Safaga, Red Sea, Egypt © Richard August - Flickr Creative Commons

This makes it an ideal time to explore everything Hurghada, as well as with neighbouring resorts such as El Gouna, Safaga and Makadi Bay, have to offer, from watersports and diving to other activities such as camping out in the desert under the stars. Another good reason to go in May is that you will just beat the crowds and avoid the searing heat of the summer months.

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3. Florida, USA

  • Flight time: 9.5 hours
  • Daily high: 29°C
  • Daily hours of sunshine: 10
  • Sea temperature: 27°C

Although the rainy season officially starts in Florida in May, don't be put off, as there's still plenty of sunshine and warm daytime temperatures, with just moderate heat and humidity making it a great option when narrowing down where to go on holiday in May for the best weather, especially for families. In and around Miami the seas are beautifully warm, though be warned, the sun is already really strong so high factor sunscreen is essential.

Sea World Orlando Florida © Fred Hsu

If it's the theme parks of Orlando you're heading for, it's normally hotter than the coast as it's inland and away from the cooling effect of the sea. It can be slightly cloudier than southern Florida, but you should still see nine hours of sunshine and temperatures creeping just above 30°C on average.

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4. Majorca, Spain

  • Flight time: 2.5 hours
  • Daily high: 21°C
  • Daily hours of sunshine: 9
  • Sea temperature: 17°C

Whether you're looking for somewhere to go on holiday in May that's lively and loud or blissfully peaceful, the island of Majorca is for you. From the notorious party town of Magaluf to the secluded shores of Alcudia, and sophisticated town of Port de Pollenca, Majorca is a truly diverse destination. Indulge in fine dining, shopping and spa treatments or hit the great outdoors hiking, cycling or trying activities such as stand up paddle boarding.

The old town of Alcudia, Majorca © GanMed64 - Flickr Creative Commons

While days are warm with no heat and humidity to worry about, the sea is still a little on the cool side, so you may want to hunt for a hotel with a heated pool. Evenings too can get chilly, dropping as low as 12°C, so pack an extra layer for after dusk. While the island doesn't bask in the kind of conditions that follow in June, July and August, it is a thoroughly pleasant time to go with good weather and plenty to do.

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5. Antalya, Turkey

  • Flight time: 4.5 hours
  • Daily high: 25°C
  • Daily hours of sunshine: 10
  • Sea temperature: 20°C

Much like Cyprus, Turkey has an early spring, and by May daytime temperatures are already warm with lots of sunshine, even more so than in the western Med. The coastal resort of Antalya enjoys loads of sunshine and warm temperatures, although these do fall to the mid-teens overnight, so definitely pack an extra layer. Heat and humidity is low during the day, making it a good time of year to get out and about without it being too hot, which is a good thing as sea temperatures aren't ideal for swimming.

One of many hotels along the coast near Antalya, Turkey © Castenoid - Fotolia.com

There's also plenty to see and do, and if you're thinking about Turkey for where to go on holiday in May, consider visiting ancient ruins, natural mineral springs or, simply, enjoying a drink and some good food on the seafront. May is one of the quietest months in southern Turkey, so it's also relatively peaceful.

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Where to go on holiday in May 2017: alternative destinations

As well as the five destinations above, which all offer something for those deciding where to go on holiday in May for the best weather, there are a few other long haul options worth considering. While temperatures start to climb in Europe making it more accessible for UK holidaymakers, there are select destinations further afield and perhaps a little more niche that offer fabulous weather in May.

Arriving at Yosemite National Park, California © Dawn Endico - Flickr Creative Commons

Looking to the west coast of America, California is delightful with an abundance of sunshine in spring. If you're after somewhere to go on holiday in May that's a got a bit of everything, then this is for you. From expansive parks such as dramatic Yosemite and redwood-rich Sequoia and Kings Canyon (among many others), to bustling vibrant cities such as San Diego and San Francisco, California is crammed with things to do and see.

As a general rule, temperatures are higher the further south and inland you go in the state, with Los Angeles hitting 23°C with nine hours of sunshine, compared with San Francisco that peaks at about 18°C but with 11 hours of sunshine. Any holiday here is unlikely to centre around swimming in the Pacific which remains cold almost all year round. Instead, hit the trails, shops, restaurants, sights and activities of this colourful state.

If you'd like to get up close and personal with wilderness, then consider a safari in the African nation of Botswana. It's a very comfortable time of year to visit, with highs of 25°C, no heat and humidity, only a slim chance of a shower and nine long hours of sunshine. It does get cold at night though dropping to around 8°C, so cosy PJs recommended for sleeping out in the bush.

Game viewing in the shallow waters of the Okavango Delta © Tim Copeland - Flickr Creative Commons

Find yourself an eco lodge retreat in one of the various national parks, reserves and deserts, and let nature come to you. Prepare yourself to see some of the world's greatest creatures including lions, wildebeest, rhinos, giraffes, elephants and so much more.

Those in search of somewhere to go on holiday in May that's seriously hot and sunny, look no further than Dubai. It's already heating up nicely by this time with daily highs of around 37°C and no less than 11 hours of sunshine. The added element of very high heat and humidity sits on top of the high temperatures, often making it feel even hotter. The sea is positively balmy at 29°C and evenings are warm too, rarely dropping lower than 23°C.

This is a great holiday destinations in May for those who like it hot and want to go somewhere with every amenity and facility you could ever imagine to hand. From massive malls to water parks, indoor skiing, kids' theme parks and much more, Dubai is a haven for luxury lover and families with a little extra cash to splash.

Long Beach on the east coast of Mauritius © Guillaume - Flickr Creative Commons

Our final destination is another that requires relatively deep pockets - the island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean. It's less ferocious than Dubai at this time of year and perfect for many as somewhere to go on holiday in May for a beach break. Days peak at about 27°C with nine hours of sunshine and only moderate heat and humidity. The sea is warm at 26°C and there's only an outside chance you'll catch a passing rain shower. Go for the beaches, swimming, snorkelling and general indulgence.

Whatever guides your decision making process when it comes to choosing where to go on holiday in May 2017 for the best weather, be it price, distance, climate or a mixture of the three, there are numerous options close to home and further away depending on what it is you want to do. Read on to find out more about the weather in May at other popular destinations, and don't forget to see our latest holiday offers and May half term holiday deals from leading providers.

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Kirsten Henton

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