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Shoulder Seasons Around the World

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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