Where is hot in May? 11 top destinations for a spring getaway

Spring into these pre-summer breaks (Pictures: Getty Images)

Travel is back on the cards in 2022, with restrictions across the world easing two years after the Covid-19 pandemic first struck.

This means that the summer holiday season will be busier than ever, with many looking to escape these shores and grab some tropical temperatures for the first time since 2019.

But if you want to beat the rush and get away before then, there are plenty of places with hot weather in the spring too.

So where’s hot and sunny in the month of May? Here’s our pick of the best.

Where is hot in May?

If you’re keen to nab some May sunshine, the following destinations are all open to travellers at the time of writing – and guarantee you some sizzling temperatures…

Cancun, Mexico

Aerial view of Cancun hotel zone, Mexico

Cancun has white sand beaches, historical sites, designer shops and famous nightlife (Picture: Getty Images)

  • Temperature: 28°C
  • Sunshine hours: seven hours
  • Flight time: 10 hours

If you’re looking for a far-flung beach break then Cancun should fit the bill.

Located on the limestone coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, you can combine basking on the Playa Mujeres beach with a trip to the Chichen Itza pyramid – a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Site – or explore XCaret, the archaeological site and water park in the Mayan jungle.

You can also shop till you drop at the boutique-laden Fifth Avenue, and round it all off with a trip to Coco Bongo – the club which became famous after featuring in the Jim Carrey hit The Mask.

Bangkok, Thailand

Wat Arun in Bangkok

A trip to Wat Arun is a must if you’re planning a Bangkok holiday (Picture: Getty Images)

  • Temperature: 32°C
  • Sunshine hours: Seven hours
  • Flight time: 11 hours 25 minutes

Although May is the start of the rainy season in Bangkok, you’re still guaranteed hot weather, with the temperature soaring into the thirties at that time of year.

The city is steeped in culture, with famous tourist attractions including Wat Arun – the city’s most iconic temple, in a city full of them – as well as the Grand Palace, official residence of the monarchy since 1782.

You can also take a trip to one of the Thai capital’s floating markets – such as Damnoen Saduak, in the city’s western province – to snap up a bargain or souvenir.

Either hire a boat and paddle through the stalls, or wait for the vendors to make their way to the banks.

Orlando, Florida

Sunset over Orlando at Lake Eola

Orlando is theme park central (Picture: Getty Images)

  • Temperature: 31°C
  • Sunshine hours: Nine hours
  • Flight time: 10 hours

If you’re after a half-term break then Orlando is the perfect family destination, being home to multiple theme parks including Disney World and Universal Orlando.

The parks are generally less crowded in May, with the school holidays having yet to start in the US.

And with the former offering the likes of the Magic Kingdom and Epcot, and Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure, and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in the latter, there is something to keep even the youngest holidaymakers happy.

While Orlando doesn’t have beaches, sunseekers can also take a day trip to surrounding areas – with the likes of Cocoa Beach and the famous Daytona Beach, which you can drive on to – around an hour away from the city.


Crane Beach in Barbados

Enjoy the pink sand at Barbados’ famous Crane Beach (Picture: Getty Images)

  • Temperature: 30°C
  • Sunshine hours: Nine hours
  • Flight time: Eight hours 55 minutes

Barbados is warm all year round, of course, but May is a good time to take advantage of its balmy temperatures before the rainy season kicks in around June.

And with the island being in ‘shoulder season’, the month between peak season (December-April) and low season (July-October), you may well find it more affordable.

Of course, the island – which is just 14 miles wide – is beloved by sunseekers for its pristine beaches, the most famous being Crane Beach with its pink sand.

But there’s more to Barbados than just sunbathing – you can expect snorkeling, swimming with sea turtles (May to October is the best time to spot them), exploring some of the island’s wildlife and natural features on safari, or taking a walking tour of the capital, Bridgetown.

Lanzarote, Canary Islands

Playa del Charco de los Clicos Lanzarote

Black sand and a green lagoon await you at Playa del Charco de los Clicos in Lanzarote (Picture: Getty Images)

  • Temperature: 24°C
  • Sunshine hours: Nine hours
  • Flight time: Four hours and 15 minutes

While most of Europe is still warming up in May, there are some parts of the continent where you can get some seasonal sunshine – and they include tourist favourite Lanzarote.

The perfect place for a getaway in the sun, the temperature hovers around the mid-20s in May but can poke as high as around 27°C – perfect if you want to top up your tan on the island’s famous Playa de Papagayo.

And the island has its fair share of great sights also – including the Playa del Charco de los Clicos, worth seeing for its black sand and green lagoon.

Dominican Republic

Samana Peninsula, view of Playa (beach) Rincon

Top up your tan on Playa Rincon (Picture: Getty Images)

  • Temperature: 32°C
  • Sunshine hours: Nine hours
  • Flight time: 13 hours 35 minutes

Dominican Republic has a colourful history, originally being named Hispaniola when Christopher Columbus visited it in 1492, before being colonised by the Spanish in 1496.

Over the centuries it’s changed hands from Spain to France, been annexed by Haiti and invaded by the US, and endured a dictatorship – but these days it’s the most popular tourist destination in the Caribbean, one which combines history with hot weather and some pretty great scenery.

If you’re looking to top up your tan you can do so at one of the island’s many beaches, including the picturesque Bavaro Beach in Punta Cana, and Playa Rincon – both known for their white sand and turquoise water.

While you’re there you might also want to check out one of the island’s many waterfalls – such as those at Salto Alto – as well as poke around the tourist attractions in the capital, Santo Domingo.


A beach in the Maldives

The Maldives’ rainy season begins in May – but it’s still balmy (Picture: Getty Images)

  • Temperature: 28°C
  • Sunshine hours: Eight hours
  • Flight time: 10 hours 25 mins

The Maldives has a tropical climate all year round, although if you’re planning on visiting in May, you should bear in mind it’s the start of the rainy season – so you might experience more wet weather than usual.

However, there’s still plenty of sunshine to enjoy, with temperatures regularly topping the 30°C mark during the day.

As well as its beaches, the islands consist of 26 coral atolls that extend across 750km of the Indian Ocean – making them the perfect place for snorkelling and deep-sea diving.


Havana, Cuba

Fancy taking a classic car on a tour of Havana? (Picture: Getty Images)

  • Temperature: 30°C
  • Sunshine hours: Eight hours
  • Flight time: Eight hours and 40 minutes

May is the perfect time to visit Cuba, as it’s the island’s sunniest month – even though it’s the start of the wet season you’re guaranteed to get plenty of sunshine and high temperatures.

There’s no shortage of beaches and attractions to keep you busy here, from catching rays on Varadero Beach, to visiting such famous sites as the Bay of Pigs.

Don’t forget also to pay a visit to the vibrant capital Havana, which is steeped in history, mixing Spanish colonial architecture with museums, galleries, and quirky shops and markets.

You can even tour the city in a vintage convertible car if you want a break from all the walking.

Dubai, UAE

Dubai Skyline and Jumeirah Open Beach

Expect sizzling temperatures in Dubai (Picture: Getty Images)

  • Temperature: 37°C
  • Sunshine hours: 11 hours
  • Flight time: Seven hours and five minutes

The warm sunny weather never takes a hit in Dubai, where the temperature will rocket to the high 30s by May.

There will be no need to pack an emergency brolly as there will be no rain to speak of in Dubai – and there’s no shortage of things to do there either.

Make sure to not only spend your time under the sun but visiting the souks (markets)… there are spice souks, gold souks, perfume souks, fish souks, and many more.

You can also spend time basking in the sun at Palm Jumeirah Beach – but with such high temperatures just make sure you apply enough sunscreen and stay hydrated.


Tropical islands and luxury development on Mahe in the Seychelles

Seychelles has a string of islands to enjoy (Picture: Getty Images)

  • Temperature: 28°C
  • Sunshine hours: 12 hours
  • Flight time: 10 hours

May is one of the best months to visit Seychelles, an archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean – as it’s one of the calmer periods in the region, between the trade winds which hit the island every year.

You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to hitting the beach here, from the stunning Petite Anse on the main island, Mahe, through to the quiet, picturesque Anse Georgette on Praslin, Seychelles’ second biggest island.

Mahe is also home to the capital, Victoria – one of the smallest capital cities in the world, which is compact enough to explore on foot in a day.

There are plenty of sights to check out there, from the President’s Residence and Museum of National History through to National Park Morne Seychelles, with its hiking trails and exotic flora and fauna.

Cairo, Egypt

Giza Egypt Pyramids in Sunset Scene, Wonders of the World.

No trip to Cairo is complete without seeing the Pyramids (Picture: Getty Images)

  • Temperature: 31°C
  • Sunshine hours: 11 hours
  • Flight time: Four hours and 40 minutes

For those looking for something a little different from a beach break, the Egyptian capital has plenty to offer, including historic attractions and some pretty balmy temperatures.

May is one of the best months to visit, with warm weather and little rain – less than 1mm, making it one of the driest months of the year.

And you won’t run out of things to see and do – from a trip to the Pyramids and the Sphinx, to a trawl round the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, home to over 120,000 items including King Tutankhamun’s gold death mask.

While there are no beaches in Cairo, if you do want some suntan time you can take a day trip to Ain El-Sokhna, situated on the Red Sea, and about 90 minutes drive away from the capital.

Looking to make the most of the Easter half term? Then why not check out our top holiday destinations for April?

Know before you go

All the destinations listed above were open to travellers at the time of writing – with no countries on the Covid-19 ‘red list’.

Despite this, you should remember that any country’s travel rules could change at any moment, and that you would be subject to quarantine rules if you did not return home before the change came into force.

Most countries also have their own entry requirements relating to Covid-19, and you should check what these are before setting off – some destinations will only accept travellers who are fully vaccinated, while others may allowed unvaccinated visitors in with a negative test or proof of recovery from a recent Covid-19 infection.

You should also ensure you have appropriate travel insurance in place in case you test positive or fall ill while you are there and need medical treatment.

Bear in mind also that if you do test positive for Covid-19 while you are away you would be subject to the laws of that country – which could include self-isolating at your own expense.

Once again you should have the relevant insurance as well as contingency plans in place, in the event that you need to extend your stay.

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