The springtime weather in May brings the energy of fresh starts, making it a perfect month to celebrate your new life together. In fact, May is traditionally one of the most popular months for weddings and honeymoons.
May honeymoons take advantage of warming temperatures and clear skies in dozens of destinations around the world. We’ve rounded up our picks for the 20 best honeymoon destinations in May to help you choose the perfect one for you.
A Bali honeymoon in May promises dry and sunny weather as it’s the island’s hottest month. Diving and hiking are two of the most popular activities here in May, but honeymooners in Bali can also take off to Gili Air or snorkel around the less-crowded north end of the island for a change of scenery. Swim with turtles or visit the island of Lombok to walk with giant Komodo dragons.
Borneo is a unique honeymoon destination in Asia that offers superb weather and the chance to experience one-of-a-kind adventures. The large island encompasses three countries: Indonesia in the south, Malaysia to the north, and Brunei taking up a small section of land in the northeast.
Jungle treks, rock climbing, the chance to see orangutans in their natural environment, and, of course, some pampering at the island’s all-inclusive resorts all await on May honeymoons in Borneo.
Grenada tends to be less crowded than other popular Caribbean islands, even in May at the tail end of the high season. Honeymooners can enjoy the fabulous amenities at one of the island’s top all-inclusive resorts, and enjoy gourmet meals at local restaurants that pay homage to the island’s thriving spice trade.
Temperatures tend to hover in the high 80s, perfect for soaking up the sun and enjoying outdoor activities.
Between February and May is considered the best time to visit the island of St. Kitts and Nevis. Average daily temperatures are hot but not sweltering, just right for lounging beachside with your spouse enjoying the first few days of married life.
Stretch your legs at Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park or step into a piece of history at Fairview Great House and Botanical Gardens, where you can learn about the beautiful flowers native to the island. One of this Caribbean island’s most outstanding features is its forested mountain ranges, which are thick with dense rainforests.
Crowds become less dense as the peak season draws to a close here, so if you’re planning a May honeymoon in St. Lucia, you might be able to score some great deals.
The weather is hot and dry for beachcombers, with average daily temperatures hitting the high 80s. Nature lovers will work up a sweat trekking into the rainforest to the dramatic 15-meter-high Toraille waterfall or scrambling up Gros Piton, the largest of the island’s two dormant volcanic plugs.
Take a break from the heat up in the mountains, where the air tends to be cooler and less dense.
Couples can take advantage of peak season weather at off-season prices on a May honeymoon in Jamaica. That’s because Jamaica experiences a short-lived rainy season from May until June. The rain shouldn’t keep you away during this time, since showers tend to be quick and give relief from humidity.
Enjoy sparse crowds grooving to live reggae music while eating delicious meals prepared with signature jerk spice. For a bit of pampering, head to the all-inclusive resorts at Seven-Mile Beach in Negril and nearby Montego Bay.
Strong winds cool the island of Barbados during this month, making it one of the best May honeymoon destinations for couples who like it hot but not too hot. You might also see the occasional short-lived shower as the island moves into the rainy season.
Luxury resorts tend to drop their prices slightly during this time, and crowds hold out for the sunniest, driest weather, so you can enjoy some peace and privacy on your honeymoon.
Carlisle Bay beaches provide sunbathers with quiet waters to wade into and a livelier section for watersports enthusiasts.
Seychelles is a collection of small islands off the east coast of Africa. An oasis in the middle of the Indian Ocean, Seychelles offers lavish resorts, endless brilliant turquoise water, and coral reefs in dazzling shades of purple, green and blue.
The rainy season has passed by the time May comes around, making the humidity much more manageable. Nature lovers won’t run out of things to do in Seychelles, from water sports to hiking to sunbathing and more. The visibility is especially good for snorkeling and scuba diving.
During your May honeymoon in Seychelles, be sure to visit Morne Seychellois National Park, home to the Seychelles Scops-owl and the Seychelles Kestrel.
Zambia is a perfect launch point for a safari honeymoon in Africa. While May might not be the best time to spot wildlife since the vegetation is thick after the rainy season, it does make safari tours quite a bit cheaper for honeymooners on a budget.
Other reasons that make Zambia one of the best May honeymoon destinations are the many luxurious all-inclusive resorts and hotels. Enjoy authentic African cuisine, relaxing massages, and sparkling pools as you soak up the exotic atmosphere.
Couples seeking a mix of adventure and luxury will love a May honeymoon in South Africa. Since this country is in the southern hemisphere, May here actually marks the beginning of winter. Days are warm and nights can be chilly, but the changing of the seasons draws animals out into the open and makes for prime wildlife spotting while on safari.
For couples who prefer to stay in the city, South Africa has a vibrant nightlife, with beach clubs, bars, dance clubs, and restaurants spread throughout Cape Town.
Mozambique lies on the coast of southeast Africa. It has a tropical climate and the warm, clear water of a perfect honeymoon destination with the bonus of sparsely populated beaches.
Light breezes and clear skies make early spring a great time to visit Mozambique for a May honeymoon. June marks the start of the peak season, so a honeymoon in May is the perfect time to take advantage of some solitude and lower prices.
Visit the vibrant coral reefs of the islands of the Quirimbas archipelago. On land, nature reserves get you close to zebras, hippos, and giraffes. Outside the picturesque towns, stay at a lavish island resort.
Morocco is a gorgeous honeymoon destination. The capital city of Marrakech is full of elegant hotels set against beautiful backdrops of lush gardens, and you’re sure to find a unique memento to take home from the local markets or souks. Relaxing massages and skin treatments are available in the many hammam spas.
May weather in Morocco tends to be very hot with a slight breeze cooling the evenings down to a balmy temperature. This makes it perfect to enjoy a delicious Moroccan dinner al fresco.
Fiji is a dream honeymoon destination with many all-inclusive packages available year-round. Come swimming with manta rays or dive at Great Astrolabe Reef, one of the world’s largest barrier reefs.
May is considered the best time to visit Fiji, as flights to the Pacific island tend to be cheaper. Evenings are cooler but still very warm. The days tend to be more on the humid side, so wading into the crystal-clear water hand-in-hand is a great way to stay cool.
A paradise waiting for honeymooners in the middle of the South Pacific Ocean, Tahiti’s famous overwater bungalows have become synonymous with romance in the tropics. Watch the sun sink into the ocean amid vibrant pink, purple and blue hues, enjoy delicious fresh seafood, or get a relaxing couples massage. Scuba diving, snorkeling, and kitesurfing are also readily available for adventure-seeking couples.
A late May honeymoon in Tahiti gives you the chance to see the Matari’i Raro, or The Pleiades Festival. Celebrated at the end of the harvest period, it marks the changing of the seasons in the Papenoo region. This is your chance to witness authentic Polynesian culture, as traditional songs and dances are performed to pay homage to the gods.
Sri Lanka is another May honeymoon destination that offers an especially exciting event. The festival of Vesak takes place in early May and is celebrated by the locals with traditional street lanterns, delicious local foods, and giant pandals.
There is little rainfall in Sri Lanka in May and average temperatures hover in the high 60s. With spectacular nature and history, Sri Lanka is a honeymoon destination that offers both adventure and romance.
The island nation of Mauritius is one of Africa’s tropical gems in the turquoise Indian Ocean. The island boasts immaculate beaches as well as lush jungles and hiking trails in the interior of Black River Gorges National Park.
Mauritius is one of the best May honeymoon destinations, as weather is warm but less humid, prices are lower, and crowds are fewer. Honeymooners will be spoiled for choice with the island’s luxury all-inclusive resorts, which offer tantalizing honeymoon packages.
A honeymoon in May in New Zealand likely won’t include many days lounging on the beach, as the country is heading into winter at this time. However, New Zealand holds limitless opportunities to explore for couples who enjoy the outdoors and a bit of cooler weather.
Adrenaline-pumping adventure sports like bungee jumping will delight thrill-seeking couples. The amazing scenery provides an ultra-romantic atmosphere for honeymooners road-tripping around the north or south island (which is one of the most budget-friendly ways to see New Zealand).
Foodies will be able to have their fill of the country’s delicious wine and seafood.
What could be better than island hopping around the Mediterranean on your Croatian honeymoon in May? Couples can choose to spend their honeymoon aboard a sailboat, experiencing all of what Croatia has to offer in the spring. Going ashore for an afternoon of snacking and shopping is surprisingly affordable compared to other European honeymoon destinations.
In May, Croatia is warm and sunny with very few showers. Combine a week in Croatia with other nearby romantic destinations to make it the ultimate European honeymoon.
With popular cities like Florence, Venice, Tuscany, and Rome easily accessible from each other, the romance capital of Italy is a top May honeymoon destination that offers variety, action, and, of course, spectacular food and wine.
Springtime in Europe is warm and sunny, ideal for a visit to Lake Como or the Amalfi Coast, which is just starting to come alive in May.
The Mediterranean is a top honeymoon destination year-round, even as much of the world is still experiencing the final rainy days of spring, making countries like Greece another of the best May honeymoons.
You will find warm and sunny weather throughout most of Greece, including historic cities on the mainland and the breathtaking Greek islands. Consider experiencing the best of both by planning a honeymoon that includes top spots like Athens as well as romantic islands like Santorini or Mykonos.
Dine on a romantic meal of souvlaki with the dark blue hue of the Mediterranean as your romantic backdrop. Lounge on a beach, explore ancient sites, and toast each other with the incredible local wine.
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