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. 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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3. 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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4. California, USA

  • Flight time: 11.5 hours
  • Daily high: 23°C
  • Daily hours of sunshine: 9

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.

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

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.

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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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1 Weather Score for Alabama in May is 100% 100% Alabama, United States
  Weather Score for Angola in May is 100% 100% Angola
  Weather Score for Anguilla in May is 100% 100% Anguilla
  Weather Score for Antigua in May is 100% 100% Antigua
  Weather Score for Bahamas in May is 100% 100% Bahamas
  Weather Score for Bali in May is 100% 100% Bali, Indonesia
  Weather Score for Bonaire in May is 100% 100% Bonaire
  Weather Score for British Virgin Islands in May is 100% 100% British Virgin Islands
  Weather Score for Comoros in May is 100% 100% Comoros
  Weather Score for Cuba in May is 100% 100% Cuba
  Weather Score for Curacao in May is 100% 100% Curacao
  Weather Score for Dominica in May is 100% 100% Dominica
  Weather Score for Dominican Republic in May is 100% 100% Dominican Republic
  Weather Score for East Timor in May is 100% 100% East Timor
  Weather Score for Florida in May is 100% 100% Florida, United States
  Weather Score for French Polynesia in May is 100% 100% French Polynesia
  Weather Score for Guadeloupe in May is 100% 100% Guadeloupe
  Weather Score for Hawaii in May is 100% 100% Hawaii, United States
  Weather Score for Indonesia in May is 100% 100% Indonesia
  Weather Score for Kenya in May is 100% 100% Kenya
  Weather Score for Lombok in May is 100% 100% Lombok, Indonesia
  Weather Score for Madagascar in May is 100% 100% Madagascar
  Weather Score for Maldives in May is 100% 100% Maldives
  Weather Score for Martinique in May is 100% 100% Martinique
  Weather Score for Mauritius in May is 100% 100% Mauritius
  Weather Score for Mayotte in May is 100% 100% Mayotte
  Weather Score for Mexico in May is 100% 100% Mexico
  Weather Score for Mississippi in May is 100% 100% Mississippi, United States
  Weather Score for Montserrat in May is 100% 100% Montserrat
  Weather Score for Mozambique in May is 100% 100% Mozambique
  Weather Score for Puerto Rico in May is 100% 100% Puerto Rico
  Weather Score for Saba in May is 100% 100% Saba
  Weather Score for Seychelles in May is 100% 100% Seychelles
  Weather Score for Sint Eustatius in May is 100% 100% Sint Eustatius
  Weather Score for Sint Maarten in May is 100% 100% Sint Maarten
  Weather Score for South Africa in May is 100% 100% South Africa
  Weather Score for St Barthelemy in May is 100% 100% St Barthelemy
  Weather Score for St Helena, Ascension & Tristan da Cunha in May is 100% 100% St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
  Weather Score for St Kitts & Nevis in May is 100% 100% St Kitts and Nevis
  Weather Score for St Lucia in May is 100% 100% St Lucia
  Weather Score for Texas in May is 100% 100% Texas, United States
  Weather Score for Virgin Islands in May is 100% 100% Virgin Islands
  Weather Score for Wake Island in May is 100% 100% Wake Island
  Weather Score for Western Australia in May is 100% 100% Western Australia, Australia
45 Weather Score for Benin in May is 97% 97% Benin
  Weather Score for Brazil in May is 97% 97% Brazil
  Weather Score for Ecuador in May is 97% 97% Ecuador
  Weather Score for Haiti in May is 97% 97% Haiti
  Weather Score for Jamaica in May is 97% 97% Jamaica
  Weather Score for Marshall Islands in May is 97% 97% Marshall Islands
  Weather Score for Northern Mariana Islands in May is 97% 97% Northern Mariana Islands
  Weather Score for Panama in May is 97% 97% Panama
  Weather Score for Philippines in May is 97% 97% Philippines
  Weather Score for Queensland in May is 97% 97% Queensland, Australia
  Weather Score for Samoa in May is 97% 97% Samoa
  Weather Score for Tanzania in May is 97% 97% Tanzania
  Weather Score for Turks & Caicos Islands in May is 97% 97% Turks and Caicos Islands
58 Weather Score for Barbados in May is 96% 96% Barbados
  Weather Score for Belize in May is 96% 96% Belize
  Weather Score for Cayman Islands in May is 96% 96% Cayman Islands
  Weather Score for Colombia in May is 96% 96% Colombia
  Weather Score for Egypt in May is 96% 96% Egypt
  Weather Score for Federated States of Micronesia in May is 96% 96% Federated States of Micronesia
  Weather Score for Georgia (USA) in May is 96% 96% Georgia, United States
  Weather Score for Grenada in May is 96% 96% Grenada
  Weather Score for North Carolina in May is 96% 96% North Carolina, United States
  Weather Score for South Carolina in May is 96% 96% South Carolina, United States
  Weather Score for St Martin in May is 96% 96% St Martin
  Weather Score for St Vincent & the Grenadines in May is 96% 96% St Vincent and the Grenadines
  Weather Score for Trinidad & Tobago in May is 96% 96% Trinidad and Tobago
71 Weather Score for Ghana in May is 93% 93% Ghana
  Weather Score for Guam in May is 93% 93% Guam
  Weather Score for Kerala in May is 93% 93% Kerala, India
  Weather Score for Malaysia in May is 93% 93% Malaysia
  Weather Score for Nicaragua in May is 93% 93% Nicaragua
  Weather Score for Togo in May is 93% 93% Togo
77 Weather Score for Brunei in May is 92% 92% Brunei
  Weather Score for Cancun & Riviera Maya in May is 92% 92% Cancun and Riviera Maya, Mexico
  Weather Score for China in May is 92% 92% China
  Weather Score for Congo-Brazzaville in May is 92% 92% Congo-Brazzaville
  Weather Score for El Salvador in May is 92% 92% El Salvador
  Weather Score for Fiji in May is 92% 92% Fiji
  Weather Score for Guatemala in May is 92% 92% Guatemala
  Weather Score for Guinea-Bissau in May is 92% 92% Guinea-Bissau
  Weather Score for Guyana in May is 92% 92% Guyana
  Weather Score for Honduras in May is 92% 92% Honduras
  Weather Score for India in May is 92% 92% India
  Weather Score for New Caledonia in May is 92% 92% New Caledonia
  Weather Score for Northern Territory in May is 92% 92% Northern Territory, Australia
  Weather Score for Papua New Guinea in May is 92% 92% Papua New Guinea
  Weather Score for Reunion in May is 92% 92% Reunion
  Weather Score for Sharm el Sheikh area in May is 92% 92% Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt
  Weather Score for Sierra Leone in May is 92% 92% Sierra Leone
  Weather Score for Solomon Islands in May is 92% 92% Solomon Islands
  Weather Score for Sri Lanka in May is 92% 92% Sri Lanka
  Weather Score for Suriname in May is 92% 92% Suriname
  Weather Score for Taiwan in May is 92% 92% Taiwan
  Weather Score for Vanuatu in May is 92% 92% Vanuatu
  Weather Score for Venezuela in May is 92% 92% Venezuela
100 Weather Score for Burma in May is 89% 89% Burma
  Weather Score for Costa Rica in May is 89% 89% Costa Rica
  Weather Score for Palau in May is 89% 89% Palau
103 Weather Score for Gambia in May is 87% 87% Gambia
  Weather Score for Goa in May is 87% 87% Goa, India
  Weather Score for New South Wales in May is 87% 87% New South Wales, Australia
  Weather Score for Nigeria in May is 87% 87% Nigeria
  Weather Score for Oman in May is 87% 87% Oman
  Weather Score for Singapore in May is 87% 87% Singapore
  Weather Score for Thailand in May is 87% 87% Thailand
  Weather Score for Vietnam in May is 87% 87% Vietnam
111 Weather Score for Cameroon in May is 86% 86% Cameroon
  Weather Score for Equatorial Guinea in May is 86% 86% Equatorial Guinea
  Weather Score for Gabon in May is 86% 86% Gabon
  Weather Score for Hong Kong in May is 86% 86% Hong Kong
  Weather Score for Japan in May is 86% 86% Japan
  Weather Score for Liberia in May is 86% 86% Liberia
  Weather Score for Macau in May is 86% 86% Macau
118 Weather Score for Guinea in May is 84% 84% Guinea
119 Weather Score for Bahrain in May is 83% 83% Bahrain
  Weather Score for Bangladesh in May is 83% 83% Bangladesh
  Weather Score for Cambodia in May is 83% 83% Cambodia
  Weather Score for Djibouti in May is 83% 83% Djibouti
  Weather Score for Israel in May is 83% 83% Israel
  Weather Score for Jordan in May is 83% 83% Jordan
  Weather Score for Pakistan in May is 83% 83% Pakistan
  Weather Score for Senegal in May is 83% 83% Senegal
  Weather Score for United Arab Emirates in May is 83% 83% United Arab Emirates
128 Weather Score for American Samoa in May is 81% 81% American Samoa
  Weather Score for French Guiana in May is 81% 81% French Guiana
  Weather Score for Sao Tome & Principe in May is 81% 81% Sao Tome and Principe
131 Weather Score for Cape Verde in May is 80% 80% Cape Verde
  Weather Score for Peru in May is 80% 80% Peru
133 Weather Score for Chile in May is 79% 79% Chile
  Weather Score for Saudi Arabia in May is 79% 79% Saudi Arabia
  Weather Score for Sudan in May is 79% 79% Sudan
136 Weather Score for Antalya Coast in May is 71% 71% Antalya Coast, Turkey
  Weather Score for Bermuda in May is 71% 71% Bermuda
  Weather Score for Cyprus in May is 71% 71% Cyprus
  Weather Score for Kuwait in May is 71% 71% Kuwait
  Weather Score for Lebanon in May is 71% 71% Lebanon
141 Weather Score for Albania in May is 67% 67% Albania
  Weather Score for Algarve in May is 67% 67% Algarve, Portugal
  Weather Score for Azerbaijan in May is 67% 67% Azerbaijan
  Weather Score for Bodrum & Izmir Coast in May is 67% 67% Bodrum and Izmir Coast, Turkey
  Weather Score for California in May is 67% 67% California, United States
  Weather Score for Corfu in May is 67% 67% Corfu, Greece
  Weather Score for Costa Almeria in May is 67% 67% Costa Almeria, Spain
  Weather Score for Costa Blanca in May is 67% 67% Costa Blanca, Spain
  Weather Score for Costa Dorada in May is 67% 67% Costa Dorada, Spain
  Weather Score for Costa de la Luz in May is 67% 67% Costa de la Luz, Spain
  Weather Score for Costa del Sol in May is 67% 67% Costa del Sol, Spain
  Weather Score for Crete in May is 67% 67% Crete, Greece
  Weather Score for Croatia in May is 67% 67% Croatia
  Weather Score for Dalaman & Marmaris Coast in May is 67% 67% Dalaman and Marmaris Coast, Turkey
  Weather Score for Delaware in May is 67% 67% Delaware, United States
  Weather Score for El Hierro in May is 67% 67% Hierro, Canary Islands, Spain
  Weather Score for Formentera in May is 67% 67% Formentera, Balearic Islands, Spain
  Weather Score for Fuerteventura in May is 67% 67% Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, Spain
  Weather Score for Gibraltar in May is 67% 67% Gibraltar
  Weather Score for Gran Canaria in May is 67% 67% Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain
  Weather Score for Greece in May is 67% 67% Greece
  Weather Score for Halkidiki in May is 67% 67% Halkidiki, Greece
  Weather Score for Ibiza in May is 67% 67% Ibiza, Balearic Islands, Spain
  Weather Score for Indiana in May is 67% 67% Indiana, United States
  Weather Score for Italy in May is 67% 67% Italy
  Weather Score for Kazakhstan in May is 67% 67% Kazakhstan
  Weather Score for Kefalonia in May is 67% 67% Kefalonia, Greece
  Weather Score for Kos in May is 67% 67% Kos, Greece
  Weather Score for La Gomera in May is 67% 67% La Gomera, Canary Islands, Spain
  Weather Score for La Palma in May is 67% 67% La Palma, Canary Islands, Spain
  Weather Score for Lanzarote in May is 67% 67% Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain
  Weather Score for Lefkas in May is 67% 67% Lefkas, Greece
  Weather Score for Lesbos in May is 67% 67% Lesbos, Greece
  Weather Score for Majorca in May is 67% 67% Majorca, Balearic Islands, Spain
  Weather Score for Malta in May is 67% 67% Malta
  Weather Score for Maryland in May is 67% 67% Maryland, United States
  Weather Score for Menorca in May is 67% 67% Menorca, Balearic Islands, Spain
  Weather Score for Montenegro in May is 67% 67% Montenegro
  Weather Score for Morocco in May is 67% 67% Morocco
  Weather Score for Mykonos in May is 67% 67% Mykonos, Greece
  Weather Score for Namibia in May is 67% 67% Namibia
  Weather Score for Naxos in May is 67% 67% Naxos, Greece
  Weather Score for Neapolitan Riviera in May is 67% 67% Neapolitan Riviera, Italy
  Weather Score for New Jersey in May is 67% 67% New Jersey, United States
  Weather Score for Ohio in May is 67% 67% Ohio, United States
  Weather Score for Paros in May is 67% 67% Paros, Greece
  Weather Score for Paxos in May is 67% 67% Paxos, Greece
  Weather Score for Peloponnese in May is 67% 67% Peloponnese, Greece
  Weather Score for Portugal in May is 67% 67% Portugal
  Weather Score for Qatar in May is 67% 67% Qatar
  Weather Score for Rhodes in May is 67% 67% Rhodes, Greece
  Weather Score for Samos in May is 67% 67% Samos, Greece
  Weather Score for Santorini in May is 67% 67% Santorini, Greece
  Weather Score for Sardinia in May is 67% 67% Sardinia, Italy
  Weather Score for Sicily in May is 67% 67% Sicily, Italy
  Weather Score for Skiathos in May is 67% 67% Skiathos, Greece
  Weather Score for Skopelos in May is 67% 67% Skopelos, Greece
  Weather Score for Skyros in May is 67% 67% Skyros, Greece
  Weather Score for South Korea in May is 67% 67% South Korea
  Weather Score for Spain in May is 67% 67% Spain
  Weather Score for Syros in May is 67% 67% Syros, Greece
  Weather Score for Tenerife in May is 67% 67% Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain
  Weather Score for Thassos in May is 67% 67% Thassos, Greece
  Weather Score for Tunisia in May is 67% 67% Tunisia
  Weather Score for Turkey in May is 67% 67% Turkey
  Weather Score for Turkmenistan in May is 67% 67% Turkmenistan
  Weather Score for Tuscany in May is 67% 67% Tuscany, Italy
  Weather Score for Virginia in May is 67% 67% Virginia, United States
  Weather Score for Western Sahara in May is 67% 67% Western Sahara
  Weather Score for Zante in May is 67% 67% Zante, Greece
211 Weather Score for France in May is 64% 64% France
  Weather Score for Georgia in May is 64% 64% Georgia
  Weather Score for Venetian Riviera in May is 64% 64% Venetian Riviera, Italy
214 Weather Score for Norfolk Island in May is 63% 63% Norfolk Island
215 Weather Score for Bulgaria in May is 62% 62% Bulgaria
  Weather Score for Illinois in May is 62% 62% Illinois, United States
  Weather Score for Michigan in May is 62% 62% Michigan, United States
  Weather Score for New York in May is 62% 62% New York, United States
  Weather Score for Ontario in May is 62% 62% Ontario, Canada
  Weather Score for Russia (Europe) in May is 62% 62% Russia (Europe)

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