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Mauritius

With direct flights from the UK, this Indian Ocean destination has never been more accessible. Home to lazy harbours and vast national parks, Mauritius is a picturesque spot for half term.

Weather

  • Temperature: min. 21°C, max. 27°C
  • End of the Mauritian summer, so humidity is slightly lower
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Season

  • The first month of the off-peak season.

Good for

What’s there

What’s on

  • The annual Royal Raid Trail Run, Mauritius Tour Beachcomber (mountain bike race), Passe Portes Theatre and Music Festival.

Flight time from UK: 12 hours

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Florida

What better place to go for warm weather than the Sunshine State? Florida in May is as sweet as its juicy oranges and Key Lime Pie.

Weather

  • Temperature: min. 18°C, max 31°C
  • Sea temperature around 25°C
  • Warm and humid – especially in the south – with some rain
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Season

  • Start of the busy season.

Good for

What’s there

What’s on

  • Plenty of cultural festivals, sports events, and food conventions – there’s everything from country music concerts to a watermelon festival!

Flight time from UK: 9h 10m from London to Orlando

See 9 of the best beaches for families in Florida


Events and activities

Lanzarote, Spain

May – with its warm spring-like weather – is a great time to enjoy Lanzarote’s many activities, from hiking and watersports to boat and jeep tours.

Weather

  • Temperature: min. 17°C, max. 25°C
  • Sunny during the day with very little rainfall.

Season

  • One of the quietest months.

Good for

  • Families looking for nature and adventure.

What’s there

What’s on

  • Romeria de San Isidro (colourful traditional festival), Ironman Triathlon, and various cultural events.

Flight time from UK: 4h 10m

See our full Lanzarote Family Holiday Guide

Croatia

Used as a filming location for Game of Thrones, Croatia is packed with beautiful hotels and resorts, places to explore and have fun. Kayak, raft, cycle, and hike your way around the naturally stunning National Parks.

Weather

  • Temperature: min. 14°C, max. 21°C
  • Mostly dry and warm, but some showers are to be expected.

Season

  • Start of the peak tourism season.

Good for

What’s there

  • The milky blue Plitvice Lakes and Rivers, Mreznica Canyon, charming old towns, and amazing beaches.

What’s on

  • Feast of St. Domnius (featuring concerts, exhibitions, sports tournaments and children’s events), flower shows, street festivals

Flight time from UK: 2h 15m from London to Zagreb

See our Best family hotels and resorts in Croatia

Scotland

Scotland has a whole host of fun and family friendly events, attractions and destinations making it perfect for a Spring break. There’s endless options for family fun, from visiting Moat Brae, birthplace of Peter Pan in Dumfries (opening in May 2019) to gazing up at the magnificent Kelpies on a trip to The Helix in Falkirk or tubing down the River Garry in Perthshire with Nae Limits.

Weather

  • Temperature: min. 7°C, max. 13°C
  • Sea temperatures reach 6°C

 Season

  • Spring – a wonderful time of year to visit where you can witness the changing landscapes and experience the beauty of Scottish springtime.

Good for

  • Parents and children of all ages. There is a plethora of attractions for all to enjoy making it the perfect destination to create unforgettable family memories.

What’s there

  • Fun-filled family friendly destinations, events, attractions and outdoor activities.

What’s on

How to get there

  • It couldn’t be easier to get to Scotland from the rest of mainland Britain, with a great range of rail, air and road options available. It’s closer than you think!

Train

  • Journey times from London can be as little as 4½ hours to Edinburgh and 5 hours to Glasgow. They are easily reached from other main English towns and cities too.

Plane

  • Flying is generally the fastest option especially if you’re travelling beyond the major cities or on to any of the islands.

Car

  • Driving is another option, whether in your own or hired car. Plus you can take advantage of the many exciting driving routes on offer across Scotland.

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Namibia

A true year round destination, Namibia’s game reserves and national parks will have you spotting Black Rhinos and admiring vast dune landscapes with awe.

Weather

  • Temperature: min. 10°C, max. 23°C
  • Long, sunny days and little to no rain forecast.

Season

  • Off-peak.
  • High season is July to October so visit in May and have the parks to yourself and enjoy the dry season, when animals are easiest to spot.

Good for

  • Long journeys are inevitable so under 10s aren’t recommended, instead wait a little so they can truly appreciate Namibia’s unearthly beauty. A good choice for a May half-term break.

What’s there

  • Make the most of your visit by enjoying the national parks.
    We recommend the Skeleton Coast and the famous Etosha – considered to be one of the greatest of all African game reserves.
  • Incredible wildlife, including the small population of desert-adapted elephants.

What’s on

  • Self-drive safaris are a popular option in Namibia, you’ll have the freedom of creating your own route and can rest assured that the roads are generally well-surfaced and safe.

Flight time from UK: 10 hours to Johannesburg with another 2 hour flight to Namibia

See our full Namibia Family Holiday guide here

The Galapagos

If your children love wildlife, then you can’t get much better than the Galapagos. With varied activities like snorkelling amongst turtles and sea kayaking from your boat, they’ll be transfixed the entire time.

Weather

  • Temperature: min. 22°C, max. 28°C
  • The cool season begins in May.
  • Average water temperature 24.5°C so still suitable for swimming.

Season

  • Peak season is December to June

Good for

  • The Galapagos is a fantasy island for kids with all the wildlife on offer. However, stick to a land based tour rather than cruise to give yourself space and time to explore on your own terms and avoid late nights and early departures.
  • It’s a long flight so teens will fare best or if you’re brave/well practiced then it’s ideal to take preschoolers (especially if they’re under 2 and you don’t have to pay for their seat!)

What’s there

  • Giant tortoises, blue footed boobies, penguins, and extraordinary lizards, are just a few of the rarities that thrive on the islands, and several animal species are completely unique.

What’s on

  • Compared to guided meet-and-greets with the wildlife, activities like surfing, sea-kayaking, beachcombing, and swimming in lagoons, could seem like an anti-climax, but the gorgeous Galapagos protects land and water vigorously too, so even the most ordinary activities here are completely extraordinary.

Flight time from UK: 17 hours to Quito, Ecuador and then 2 hours to Galapagos

See our full South and Central America Family Holiday guide here


Off-peak season

Ardeche Region, France

Those looking for an adrenaline rush should head to beautiful Ardeche for a family adventure. Surrounded by vineyards and gorges, there’s also a chance to unwind in picturesque mountains of the Cevenne.

Weather

  • Temperature: min. 9°C, max. 19°C
  • Summer starts early in Ardeche so you can expect rising temperatures even if they haven’t picked up yet at home.

Season

  • May and June are the best months to be in Ardeche for those who want to get the most out the outdoors with warm temperatures that are still low enough to be comfortable – especially important if you’re planning to be active.

Good for

  • Teens and kids looking for a thrill-seeking action packed holiday.

What’s there

  • Walkers and cyclists will find miles and miles of empty trails to enjoy before the French summer crowds begin to drift in.

What’s on

  • Enjoy activities such as white-water rafting, canyoning, high ropes and rock climbing, as well as a two-day descent into a gorge.
  • Top tip: pick accommodation with a swimming pool to make the most of the beautiful weather.

Flight time from UK: 1.5 to 2 hours

See our full France Family Holiday guide here

Bali, Indonesia

Discover cool beach towns and amazing wildlife in this Eat, Pray, Love paradise.

Weather

  • Temperature: min. 23°C, max. 33°C
  • The wet season is over and with it comes the heat. Expect high temperatures and warm seas.

Season

  • Off-peak. Travel in May and you’ll miss the hordes of crowds.

Good for

  • Teens are the perfect age to appreciate Bali. They’ll enjoy surfing and the beautiful sunsets on Kuta Beach.

What’s there

  • Beaches, Temples and wildlife. Pick any beach on Bali’s south coast and you’ll find a surf school; for teen first timers, Legian Beach is unbeatable.
  • Enjoy the beautiful rice paddies and terraced fields in Ubud, go wild for Waterbom, the number one water park in Asia, or trek Gunung Rinjani, the second highest active volcano in Indonesia for stunning views at the top.

What’s on

  • On the 29th May, Viharas and Buddhist temples will be very busy with celebrations all around the island to celebrate Buddha’s birthday on the first full moon day of the month.

Flight time from UK: From 16.5 hours

See our full Bali Family Holiday guide here