Where to honeymoon in May

Find the best May honeymoon destinations with our round-up of the wonderful places you can visit!

Where to honeymoon in May | The Honeymoon Guide
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If you are planning a May wedding and jetting off on honeymoon or if you’re thinking about a magical latermoon that falls in May, there are so many wonderful options for a beautiful May honeymoon, no matter what your honeymoon type or what your budget is!

Whether you want a tropical beach honeymoon, a road trip honeymoon, or a safari honeymoon, we’ve got the best honeymoon destinations in May, so you know exactly where to honeymoon in May.

Wondering where to honeymoon in May but also need to know about other months? Discover our handy monthly weather page chart or discover a detailed breakdown of each month just like this one.

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Oceania / The South Pacific

Best May Honeymoon Destinations at a glance: Australia | French Polynesia | Fiji

For couples looking for a paradise beach honeymoon in May, the heavenly South Pacific islands are worthy additions to your short list.

It’s the dry season in heavenly destinations like Fiji and French Polynesia. Fiji is full of stunning resorts and some even have overwater villas, too.

French Polynesia’s most famous island of Bora Bora is home to stunning island resorts like the Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora.

It’s one of the best honeymoon destinations in May. Dive deeper into planning a French Polynesia honeymoon with our French Polynesia Guide

May is one of our favourite months in Australia. If you’re not fans of the extremely hot weather, then get planning a May honeymoon down under where the weather is beautiful in the vast majority of the country.

While you might get a little of rainfall in the southern part of the country, it’s a great time of year for Queensland, Western Australia and the Northern Territory.

Plan an adventure in Queensland, one of the best honeymoon destinations in May, for a romantic road trip.

Take the iconic route from Cairns to Brisbane to Sydney. Along the way, see the Great Barrier Reef, the Whitsunday Islands, Fraser Island / K’gari, the Sunshine Coast, the Gold Coast and Byron Bay.

Explore Sydney’s cool neighbourhoods, packed full of restaurants and bars. In Melbourne, take a trip down the Great Ocean and to Phillip Island to see the cute penguin colony.

Take one of the most romantic rail journeys in the world — the Ghan train from Adelaide to Darwin and explore Kakadu National Park and experience Australia’s vast Red Centre with a stop at the sacred Aboriginal site of Uluru. This area is rich in indigenous culture. 

Winter is on the way to New Zealand, but if you prefer milder temperatures for your May honeymoon, then it’s still worth considering. Prices are lower and there are fewer crowds if you don’t mind some rain.

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Africa & Indian Ocean

Best May Honeymoon Destinations at a glance: Botswana | South Africa | Namibia | Madagascar | Mozambique | Egypt | Morocco | Seychelles | Mauritius

If you’re wondering where to honeymoon in May, we’ve got some of the most spectacular safari honeymoon destinations in Africa. 

It’s a wonderful time to visit Botswana. The Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park are two of the best areas for game viewing in Africa.

It’s the peak time for water tumbling over the precipice at Victoria Falls, on the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia. This force of nature, also known as Mosi-oa-Tunya, is an essential add-on to a Southern Africa safari honeymoon.

This region is one of the best honeymoon destinations in May in Africa.

One of our favourite unique May honeymoon destinations is the vast wilderness of Namibia. Hire a vehicle and traverse this country on a road trip.

Go skydiving in Swakopmund and marvel at the sand dunes in Sossusvlei. Go stargazing in the Namib desert. Visit Damaraland, the Skeleton Coast and the Kalahari. See desert adapted wild-life.

Etosha National Park is one of the best locations for game viewing in Africa.

While October to April is the peak time for the famed Garden Route drive in South Africa, add it to your May honeymoon short list, as it is still a wonderful time to travel.

You may get some rain, but not so much that it should put you off travelling. It’s also great value with so much to see and do on a South Africa honeymoon itinerary.

Explore Cape Town’s Table Mountain, the vineyards of Franschhoek and the stunning coastline from Mossel Bay to Plettenberg Bay.

The rest of the country is warm, and May is the beginning of peak season for visiting South Africa’s iconic Kruger National Park. Book into a luxury lodge like Singita or a unique hotel like Kruger Shalati – the train on the bridge.

You could also combine South Africa with the surrounding southern African countries, too.

It’s the start of the dry season in off-the-beaten-track destinations such as Madagascar and Mozambique, ideal for couples who really want something adventurous and different to the norm.

We’re obsessed with Kenya and Tanzania, but it is the rainy season, meaning it’s harder to spot wildlife.

We’d recommend waiting until late June to maximise these wonderful African honeymoon destinations. You can go gorilla trekking all year round in Uganda or Rwanda, although again waiting until June, you’ll get less rain.

Things are heating up in Egypt and Morocco and it’s still a pleasant time of year to visit these North African gems for a cultural honeymoon in May.

Visit the Great Pyramids and the Valley of Kings in Egypt.

In Morocco, hike the Atlas Mountains, visit the blue city of Chefchaouen and explore the bustling Medina of Marrakech.

For beach lovers wondering where to honeymoon in May, it’s a fabulous month to visit one of the earth’s greatest paradises in the Indian Ocean, Seychelles.

The most beautiful beaches and lush flora and fauna await. Visit giant tortoises on Curieuse Island and take a leisurely bike ride on La Digue.

Dive deeper into planning your perfect island hopping Seychelles honeymoon. It’s one of the best honeymoon destinations in May on the planet!

Air connections from Johannesburg (with Air Seychelles) mean you can add on to an epic safari trip to this tropical paradise if you have the time.

It’s also a wonderful time to visit Mauritius. This pretty, remote island is ideal for a honeymoon in May.

Any rain has usually abated and the temperatures have yet to drop in winter (although it doesn’t get too cold in the tropics anyway!).

Have a look at the Oberoi Beach Resort Mauritius and LUX* Le Morne. Just two of our favourite Mauritius honeymoon hotels.

Dive deeper into planning a Mauritius honeymoon with our complete guide. Mauritius is also easily added to a May honeymoon in South Africa.

While the honeymoon resorts are stunning in one of our all-time favourite honeymoon destinations, Maldives, May is the rainiest month of the year.

Couples still travel there to avail of the low season prices, however, there is a risk of rain or adverse weather.

You can really be lucky with plenty of sunshine, too. Plus, it is rare to get extreme weather for long periods in the Maldives, but this cannot be guaranteed!

If you’re OK with taking a little risk, then let’s get planning your Maldives honeymoon or find out about some great alternatives to the Maldives.

Maybe an overwater villa in Bora Bora is on your list? We’ve already mentioned it’s one the best honeymoon destinations in May. We’ve examined the similarities and differences between Maldives and Bora and the same with Maldives, Seychelles and Mauritius to help you choose!

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South America

Best May Honeymoon Destinations at a glance: Peru | Ecuador

While it is coming into winter in the Southern Hemisphere, there are many May honeymoon delights in South America.

For couples planning a honeymoon in May, Peru should be on the top of your list. Tick off your bucket list and trek the iconic Inca Trail (book early as permits are limited!).

Peru has so much going on. Explore the country’s culinary heritage in Lima, search for pink dolphins in the Peruvian Amazon.

Learn about the way of life on the floating islands on Lake Titicaca. Take a flight over the Nazca Lines. See the country in the lap of luxury on the Belmond Andean Explorer train.

Argentina can be visited all year round, but the south of the country’s hotspots like Patagonia and the Lake District are getting quite cold.

You can still visit Buenos Aires, the wine regions of Mendoza, canyon country around Salta and the magnificent Iguazu Falls which will have mild temperatures are a highlight of a Argentina honeymoon.

You can hop to Brazil. It’s a great time to visit if you prefer to go outside of the more humid months and want to go when there are less crowds. The second half of the month is the start of the dry season in the Amazon, too.

For intrepid couples who are looking to get off the beaten track on their May honeymoon and have more time, you could also include Bolivia in your South America itinerary as it is a great time to visit.

From Salta, go on an exciting journey through the Uyuni Salt Flats to La Paz and even on to Lake Titicaca and Peru.

From the wine region in Mendoza, you could fly to Santiago, the capital of Chile. Although like Argentina, it is colder in the south around Torres Del Paine, you could head for exciting adventures in the Atacama Adventure in the north.

Ecuador is also a fantastic option with the unique bucket list destination, the Galapagos Islands lying off the coast.

You can visit the Galapagos all year round depending on your interests, but May is a great time for snorkelling. Follow in Darwin’s footsteps and meet iguanas, sea turtles and flamingos.

Colombia has multiple weather patterns, meaning there is no bad time to go there, although the famous Caribbean coast gets some rainfall in May.

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North America, Central America & The Caribbean

Best May Honeymoon Destinations at a glance: Peru | Ecuador

With summer about to arrive, it’s a wonderful month for May honeymoon in Canada.

Embark on a Rocky Mountain honeymoon road trip and discover the wonders of Banff, Lake Louise, and Jasper.

Don’t forget to carve out some time for Vancouver Island. Vancouver city is also an excellent starting point for Alaska cruises, which start to sail in May.

On the east coast, take a trip to Niagara Falls from Toronto and explore the charming French-speaking cities of Montreal and Quebec, where you can indulge in all the delicious cuisine (ideal for a foodie minimoon, too!)

The USA is one of the best honeymoon destinations in May. Across the 50 states, the weather is usually great.

It’s not too hot yet in California where you can take one of the ultimate honeymoon road trips.

Explore San Francisco’s infamous Alcatraz prison before renting a car to tour the picturesque vineyards of Napa, the breathtaking Yosemite National Park, and the highlights of the Pacific Coast Highway such as Monterey, Big Sur, and Santa Barbara.

Experience the SoCal lifestyle in LALA Land, aka Los Angeles, and visit the stunning beachside towns between Malibu and San Diego.

Continue your journey to Las Vegas via Palm Springs and Joshua Tree National Park, and enjoy the heat and endless fun.

Stay in an iconic Las Vegas hotel. Take a helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon and explore cool museums.

Our favourite is the Neon Museum. Want to get planning a Las Vegas honeymoon? We’ve got everything you need to know about Sin City.

Hawaii is one of the planet’s most beautiful May honeymoon destinations, with gorgeous beaches, exhilarating hikes, and active volcanoes. Learn to surf on Oahu, take an epic road trip on Maui and go hiking in Kauai.

Find out more about how to plan a Hawaii honeymoon and discover why this Polynesian paradise is so beloved.

Hit the iconic Route 66 or venture through the wilds of Wyoming and Montana, including Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park.

Explore the wonders of Arizona, Utah, and New Mexico. Discover the eastern gems of New England for a honeymoon with a difference.

Stopover in New York City, one of our favourite cities for a May honeymoon and a great jumping off point to the Caribbean or other destinations in the region.

You could also consider Florida. From the theme parks of Orlando to the fun happenings in Miami to the wow beaches of the Florida Keys, there’s a lot to see and do in the sunshine state.

While it’s the end of dry season, a Caribbean honeymoon in May should still be on your list as it’s more of a shoulder month.

Consider the island of Cuba and delve into its rich history and pristine beaches.

Dance the night away in Jamaica, or soak up the sun in the Bahamas or the Dominican Republic.

If you’re in search of paradise, explore the idyllic beaches of Turks and Caicos or Antigua, or venture into the lush rainforest interior of St. Lucia.

We’re kind of obsessed with Mexico. Not only is extremely affordable, it also has diverse places to visit.

Most couples will seek an all-inclusive honeymoon experience on the Riviera Maya on the Caribbean east coast and Cabo on the Pacific west coast. We love Secrets Resorts.

You could also opt for a more bohemian boutique vibe in Tulum or food and history tours in Mexico City and indigenous jewels like Oaxaca.

Get a little more off the beaten track in Belize, where you’ll find the world’s second-largest barrier reef, including the Blue Hole, making it a top choice for diving and snorkelling enthusiasts.

May is a transitional month in Central America gems like one of our eco-friendly honeymoon heroes, Costa Rica.

You may experience some milder rains before the real rainy season arrives, but it’s still with considering for your honeymoon in May as there are some wonderful places to stay and things to do.

Unveil everything you need to know to plan a Costa Rica honeymoon.

Alternatively, consider a Caribbean cruise, where you can bask in warm temperatures and ample sunshine while stopping at a new destination every day and having fun gastronomic experiences along the way.

Some of the world’s best cruise ships sail around the Caribbean and it’s one of the best May destinations for a honeymoon cruise. Check out some of our favourite cruise lines like Royal Caribbean, NCL and Celebrity Cruises.

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Best May Honeymoon Destinations at a glance: The entire continent!

For couples wondering where to honeymoon in May, Europe has to be on your list.

As summer approaches, the region becomes one of the best minimoon destinations and best honeymoon destinations in May to consider, as temperatures are beautiful and the high summer crowds have yet to arrive.

The biggest issue you’ll have is choosing from all the exciting, romantic and wonderful May honeymoon destinations!

You might even decide to weave in more than one destination, as they’re so close together and the train and flight network is unparalleled. 

If you’re torn between the allure of London and Paris, but also craving some Mediterranean sunshine, fear not!

With convenient transportation options, you can easily combine the sophistication of these iconic cities with a visit to beautiful beach destinations like Mallorca, Sardinia, or Sicily.

Simply take the Eurostar from London to Paris or vice versa, then hop on a quick flight or train to your chosen island paradise.

Can’t decide between the beautiful Amalfi Coast and mythical Santorini? Why not visit both?

Simply catch a flight from Naples to the Cyclades Islands and enjoy the best of both worlds. From enchanting Mykonos, which is just coming alive for the summer season in May with the most beautiful hotels to hidden gems like Folegandros and foodie islands like Sifnos, you won’t be short of honeymoon island options in Greece.

For foodies, take a tour of Italy and feast on the country’s iconic cuisine in between the unparalleled museums and historical sites.

The hardest part is deciding which region to visit, from Lake Como and Tuscany to Puglia and Lake Garda. Visit some of the world’s most magically romantic cities. Explore the canals of Venice, the hills of Rome and the museums and osterias of Florence.

Love the idea of Portugal and Spain? It’s easy to cross from one to the other. Madrid and Seville in Spain, and Porto and Lisbon in Portugal, are just some places you can discover.

Croatia is a lovely alternative for an island hopping honeymoon with its beautiful cities and islands waiting to be explored.

If you’re looking for something off the beaten track, consider Slovenia and Montenegro.

For a unique honeymoon experience, consider a road trip along Iceland‘s Ring Road. While the Northern Lights season is over, you can swim between two continents at Silfa and marvel at the incredible waterfalls and lunar like beaches.

Ireland‘s Wild Atlantic Way is another wonderful option. Stay in a stunning castle hotel, have pints in a cosy pub and sea swim in the cold and wild Atlantic waters.

The historic towns of England, Wales, and Scotland, as well as the picturesque fjords of Norway, are also fantastic options for a northern Europe May honeymoon with a difference.

Explore the history of Europe with a tour of Germany and Austria, or visit Eastern European cities like Budapest and Krakow.

An inter-rail pass is a great option to see multiple European honeymoon destinations in May.

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Asia & Middle East

Best May Honeymoon Destinations at a glance: Indonesia & Bali | Singapore | China | Japan | Jordan

It is the start of the monsoon in many parts of Southeast Asia, which brings rain and humid weather. However, in many destinations, it’s more of a shoulder month and the rains gradually arrive.

One exception (and one of our favourite May honeymoon destinations of all time!), is Bali. This island in Indonesia is extremely popular, too as it’s such fantastic value.

Start in a beautiful beach resort in a hot spot like Seminyak. Enjoy the fun dining, beach clubs and magnificent sunsets.

Take a couple of days to explore some of the region’s best beaches on the Nusa Islands or the laid-back vibes of the Gili Islands.

Make time for the cultural heart of the island, the tourist town of Ubud with many of Bali’s highlights nearby, including beautiful waterfalls, rice fields and temples.

Visit Monkey Forest and get that Instagram worthy shot on the Bali swing.

Stay in a suite with your own private pool in the jungle. Finish up in another part of the island, like the Indian Ocean-facing Uluwatu.

The best thing is that all of this is super affordable for couples planning a budget honeymoon! Find out more with our complete guide to Bali.

Explore other parts of Indonesia, like Komodo National Park or the remote eco-resort, Bawah Reserve.

Singapore is a great addition to Bali, too.

From the famous rooftop pool of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel to the Michelin-approved dining and Universal Studios, there is so much to see and do in Singapore.

We’re kind of obsessed with Thailand, although it isn’t the best time of year to travel and is more of a shoulder month.

Stick with the east coast islands in the Gulf of Thailand for less rainfall.

Bali might be a better option and you can find out more about the how they differ. Same-same but different!.

If you want to chance Thailand, we’ve got everything you need to know about planning a honeymoon with our Ultimate Thailand Honeymoon Guide

A May honeymoon in Cambodia can still be on the cards.

Explore the history in Phnom Penh, see the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Angkor Wat. These temples, uncovered from the jungle, are one of Asia’s most iconic sites.

Visit the beautiful islands like Koh Rong. In neighbouring Laos, the rainfall is not severe, and it’s more of a shoulder month.

Consider one of our favourite island-hopping destinations, The Philippines. While it’s the start of the rainy season, you will see plenty of dry weather, too.

Vietnam can also go on your shortlist. Vietnam has multiple climate patterns, and it’s unlikely you’ll see adverse weather at this time, although you should expect a shower or even a thunderstorm or two.

From Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh, explore the history, food and beaches of this legendary nation.

Discover China, one of our favourite destinations for a cultural honeymoon in May.

From the Great Wall of China, to the Terracotta Warriors, to the Li River in Yangzhou, this fascinating nation is perfect for a May honeymoon adventure.

Eat all the delicious things in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong. China is one of our favourite destinations for a foodie honeymoon.

It’s also a perfect month to visit Japan, although note the first week of May coincides with a week of national holidays in Japan, making it very busy with domestic travel, so later in the month will be better.

Book the Shinkansen (bullet train) and traverse this captivating country from Tokyo to Kyoto and beyond. Find out more with our Ultimate Japan Honeymoon Guide.

In Malaysia, NepalBhutan, although it’s rainy season you could get lucky and see sunny dry days too.

It is getting hot and rainy in much of India and In Sri Lanka it is the wet season in the popular western areas.

You see less rainfall in the popular spots in the centre around Kandi. For the beach, you could stick to the east coast. The lesser visited yet lovely beaches around Trincomalee.

It is getting hot in the Middle East as summer arrives. May is a transitional month into summer, and it’s hot, especially in the Gulf.

Jordan’s temperatures are usually great in May. Visit Petra, Wadi Rum and soak in the Dead Sea.

Turkey has plenty of beach areas and lovely hotels and Istanbul is one of the planet’s most interesting cities. Tag on a few days in Cappadocia for the Instagram-worthy balloons that dot the sky.

Oman is hotting up. The bustling souks of Muscat, the luxury hotels by the beach and in the desert, turtles hatching in Ras al-Jinz and the most romantic desert landscapes.

May in Oman is best for couples who already live in hot climates!

In the United Arab Emirates, there is so much to see and do, but it is hot here, too.

Stay in a luxury desert hotel or a beach hotel in Ras Al Khaimah. Visit the beautiful Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, the Louvre and Ferrari World.

We love Dubai. Not only does Dubai have the most luxurious hotels, but it’s so much fun, you’ll be planning an anniversary trip.

If the heat gets a bit much, you have plenty of indoor pursuits, too. Discover more with our Ultimate Guide to a Dubai honeymoon.

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Where To Honeymoon In May Summary

In conclusion, the following is a list of where to honeymoon in May:

Thanks for reading our ‘Where to honeymoon in May’ article. Are you planning a honeymoon in May? Let us know in the comments which May honeymoon destinations are on your shortlist!

We endeavour to provide accurate climate information about the best honeymoon destinations in May. However, as the weather around the world becomes more erratic and unpredictable because of the climate catastrophe, The Honeymoon Guide is not responsible for disappointment regarding your trip because of adverse weather.

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