Ideas & Tips for Both Early and Late May 2017 GetawaysGreg Mattson, ERV Editor - Updated: Aug 25, 2016
Spring is here (in the Northern hemisphere anyway) and the travel bug is giving you itchy feet! Time to get away...but where are the best May vacations?
Here's some food for thought on the best romantic travel destinations and vacations in May 2016 for getaways and honeymoons.
Texas Gulf Coast - before the heat and humidity (and hurricanes) set in, early May is an especially great time for couples to holiday in South Padre Island, Corpus Christi or Galveston, TX. College kids on Spring Break have gone home, and it's a nice quiet time before the summer rush begins.
Carmel, CA - great spot for couples, with a nice long, sandy beach, and all sorts of romantic B&B's and small inns close to the coast. May is also a very good time weather-wise to be along this stretch of the Central California coast,
Let's face it, Memorial Day long weekend vacations in the U.S. are tough. Just about everywhere is crowded, and prices for hotels and flights are not cheap. So, we have a great suggestion:
As you may have heard or experienced, Chicago gets brutally cold in the winter. And, it can get very hot and humid in the summer. Which makes "shoulder" seasons like the month of May particularly good times to visit Chicago and the surrounding areas of the state of Illinois.
We spent a week in Chicago & Galena, Illinois during a mid-May getaway recently, and except for 1 slightly chilly day, had very nice weather for our mini-vacation. You can expect high temps of around 69 F, and you'll notice other couples starting to make their way to shore of Lake Michigan for the beginning of summer.
Romantic Accommodation for May Vacations in Chicago - The Hotel Palomar has boutique rooms (some with whirlpool tubs), a nice top floor pool, and an ideal location in the downtown close to romantic restaurants. 2016 Rating* for Romantic Chicago Hotels: 96% of Couples Rate It Excellent/Very Good. (505 North State Street, Chicago, IL 877-731-0505)
If your planning a trip to Europe, May is one of the best months of the year. And late Spring is a fine time to be in Holland for a romantic Amsterdam Vacation. The tulips are in full bloom, the weather is warming up nicely, and lots of displays and cultural shows are kicking into gear.
While Amsterdam is not cheap by North American standards, it is probably one of Europe's more affordable cities. And a May vacation in Amsterdam is good for another reason - the summer rush doesn't come for another month yet.
May is one of the best months to go on an Alaska cruise. The season is just starting up, and many of the ports of call will be enjoying their last few minutes of peacefulness before the summer rush.
If you're wondering what to expect for weather on an Alaska cruise in May, it should be sunny and dry with daytime highs of about 55 F.
Best Cruise Deals for May Vacations:
The month of May is one of the best times to visit Bermuda. Expect weather that is warm (avg high of 75F or 24C), and relatively dry (May has the least amount of rainfall). You can golf and shop in comfort, and enjoy the famous pink sand beaches.
This romantic island in the Atlantic is also a fine choice for a honeymoon in May for couples looking for relaxation after the big day. There's plenty of romantic Bermuda resorts , great dining, and travel to Bermuda is a simple 2 hour flight from the east coast of the USA.
Best May Golf Vacations - for some couples, a romantic vacation in May could mean shopping and the pool for her, and hitting the fairway for him (or just the opposite!). Some of the best destinations in May for golf along with good weather for other activities are:
Toronto is one of North America's most diverse cities, and has much to offer for vacations and romantic getaways. There's sights like the CN Tower, a world-class selection of fine dining and ethnic restaurants, a harbor just waiting to be explored, and day trips to Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake.
One of the keys to enjoying the city is hitting the right weather, and May is one of your best opportunities. The frigid, damp cold winter winds have passed, and the city enjoys mild spring weather before the hot and sticky days of summer settle in.
*Based on Tripadvisor.com Ratings & Reviews from Couples as of Jan 2016.