We’re big fans of a ‘shoulder season’ break. So many destinations are cheaper with much better availability and can be much more relaxing with fewer crowds. Often, travelling just outside of the peak season means the weather is a little less sweltering but deliciously comfortable and if you time things carefully, you can plan an incredible trip and skip the highest prices.

If you’re searching for the best places to visit in May or simply wondering where to go in May for sun, let us help! We’ve chosen some impressively diverse destinations all over the world from Central America to Africa and Asia.

Sossusvlei, Namibia


Namibia is home to staggering scenery that has to be seen to be believed, including some of the largest sand dunes in the world and Africa’s largest canyon. Captivating drives along the Skeleton Coast, dotted with shipwrecks, contrast with the chance for a self-drive safari where you can spot giraffes and other big game. Road tripping here feels like you have the world to yourself  - here are so few tourists that you’ll hardly see anyone.

There’s a short rainy season from November to March, so the best time to visit is between April and October when the game will be congregating around waterholes. 

Costa Rica

A beautiful patchwork of beaches, rainforests, volcanoes and mangroves, Costa Rica is a natural paradise. No wonder, then, that it's become a huge eco-tourism destination with opportunities for hiking, rafting or snorkelling adventures. Where else can you spot exotic creatures like sloths, monkeys and baby turtles in their natural habitats? It's easy to self-drive and easy to visit as part of a multi-centre trip with other countries in Central or South America.

Peak season (with peak crowds) runs from January to April and there are some very rainy months in September and October. In May and June, the country is in seasonal transition and will be lush and green. May is the perfect time to take a walk on the wild side in Costa Rica.


May is a wonderful month to visit Japan. The scenery is green and lush, but the cherry blossom crowds have gone and the humidity of mid-June has yet to begin. There are loads of local festivals and it’s an ideal time to glimpse Mount Fuji if you head to Kawaguchi-ko or into the Fuji-Hakone National Park.

Tokyo, one of the biggest cities in the world, demands to be explored. Wander from ancient temples to hyper-modern Electronics Town, discover Harajuku’s cos-play culture and grab b fresh sushi at Tsukiji market.

Interested in discovering more of the best places to visit in May?

Whether you like the sound of Namibia, Costa Rica or Japan or fancy a different destination completely, we can help you choose the ideal destination and put together the perfect itinerary. Simply call us on +44 1273320580 or request a quote by email. Looking for more inspiration? Take a look at our full guide to where to go when.

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