Shoulder Seasons Around the World
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Shoulder Seasons Around the World

To help you find the right place at the right time, we've highlighted off-peak destinations around the world all year long.

May is an ideal time to catch a destination during shoulder season—those few weeks when rates are low and the weather is (almost) perfect.

ASIA AND OCEANIA

MARCH
Langkawi, Malaysia: the beaches are less crowded

India: before the temperatures start skyrocketing

APRIL
Langkawi, Malaysia: the beaches are less crowded

New Zealand: before winter

MAY
Australia: the weather is great up north, airfare from the States is at its lowest

South Pacific islands

JUNE
Australia: the weather is great up north, airfare from the States is at its lowest

SEPTEMBER
Bali: before the rains start

Hawaii: as the summer crowds depart

OCTOBER
Bali: before the rains start

NOVEMBER
South Pacific islands

New Zealand

DECEMBER
Langkawi, Malaysia

New Zealand

AFRICA

MARCH
Botswana: as the floodplains start to dry

APRIL
Botswana: as the floodplains start to dry

SEPTEMBER
South Africa: the foliage is still perfect for game viewing

Morocco: European vacationers have left, but the weather is great

OCTOBER
Morocco: European vacationers have left, but the weather is great

Kenya: the wildebeest migration is ending, but herds are crossing the Mara

NOVEMBER
Kenya: the wildebeest migration is ending, but herds are crossing the Mara

Botswana: as the rains begin

EUROPE

APRIL
The Mediterranean: before the summer crowds arrive

European cities

MAY
European cities

SEPTEMBER
European cities

Greek islands: after the summer rush has ended

OCTOBER
Greek islands: after the summer rush has ended

Mediterranean resorts: for good prices and ample sunshine

DECEMBER
Ski resorts in Europe

THE AMERICAS

APRIL
Ski resorts in the U.S. Rockies

Patagonia: before winter

Ski resorts in Canada's Rockies

Caribbean islands

MAY
Alaskan cruises

Costa Rica and Belize

JUNE
Mexico's Baja Peninsula

SEPTEMBER
Alaskan cruises

Nantucket: for lingering summer warmth

OCTOBER
Nantucket: for lingering summer warmth

Mexico's Baja Peninsula

NOVEMBER
Arizona golf resorts

Caribbean islands

DECEMBER
Arizona golf resorts

Belize and Costa Rica

JANUARY, FEBRUARY, JULY, AND AUGUST No significant shoulder seasons fall during these months, but prices drop immediately following the holidays in January.

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