It's hard to believe but May is almost upon us. The evenings are brighter, and the days longer. Perhaps you have a few days during this month to take a break somewhere new as spring transitions into summer. From the cheery seaside town of Brighton to the bazaars of Istanbul, here are our top 10 picks for those seeking a May escape.
Think quirky adventures by day and long strolls along the pier by night. Brighton is truly in a league of its own, both eccentric and bohemian, providing an unbeatable break. It is without a doubt the UK's coolest beach town, with multiple restaurants and offbeat shops. Brighton's must-sees include the North Laine, which boasts over 400 unique shops and cafes of all colors. Another must-do unique to this town is a very tall moving observation tower that stands at 162 meters. Once at the top you can enjoy outstanding views of the city and of the Sussex countryside. The Great Escape music festival also happens in May, a lively event where you can feel free to let your hair down.
During high season between June and September, Croatia sees waves and waves of tourists trying to make the most of the great weather and music festivals. It makes perfect sense to visit during May if you have the opportunity. Take a stroll along the city's walls and forts without the summer crowds pushing you along. And for further relaxation, Buza Beach is a great spot to soak up some sun. The small rocky beach overlooks the sublime Adriatic Coast. You can take a refreshing drink from the beach bar and then if you're in an adventurous mood, take a jump into the sea from the nearby rocks. There are plenty of other beaches around Dubrovnik to choose from if you'd like a more classic beach experience.
Tel Aviv, Israel
Tel Aviv really is a destination that offers a bit of everything. Here you'll find long stretches of sandy beaches along the Mediterranean Sea. There are bike rentals if you would like to ride a bike along the beach, the perfect activity for a sunny day in May. If you're up for more of a culture trip than a beach holiday, Tel Aviv is steeped in history. In the southern corner of the city is Jaffa, known for being the world's oldest port city and full of charming architecture and chic restaurants. From the old to the new, after taking in some culture why not stop off by the Azrieli Center, a phenomenal shopping mall with storesfor all budgets. Tel Aviv truly is a shopper's paradise as there are also plenty of flea markets and vintage stores in Jaffa to explore. Jaffa's old buildings contrasting with the skyline of Tel Aviv adds to the interest of this understated destination.
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
This resort town in Mexico is perfect all year round, but May is the perfect month to make your escape. Located at the tip of Baja, California, this is where the desert meets the ocean. There are plenty of exciting activities here from taking a whale watching cruise to jet skiing and paragliding. Mexican cuisine is notoriously delicious and diverse, and luckily in Cabo San Lucas there are plenty of places to enjoy fresh tacos and signature guacamole. If you choose Cabo San Lucas as your next getaway, be sure to take a cruise around Land's End, Cabo's most famous landmark. Once on board, you'll notice some unique rock formations such as the El Arco and Scooby Doo Rock.
Lencois Maranhenses National Park, Brazil
This one-of-a-kind national park can be found on Brazil's north Atlantic coast. It's landscape is truly remarkable composed of white sand dunes and seasonal rainwater lagoons. In fact, thousands of clear blue water lagoons end up here in the Brazilian sand dunes every rainy season. This national park is as large as the city of Sao Paulo which makes hiking through it a true adventure. You can also do some wildlife spotting here as even goats have been spotted walking along the sand. If this destination is one of interest, you can choose to stay in Barreirinhas or you can take a tour.