May is a great month for a romantic vacation. There are still plenty of off-season deals because it's not yet peak travel season, but that doesn't mean you'll have to settle for an uninspiring location. Here is a list of top picks for romantic getaways in May
California's wine country is definitely romantic. The grapevines are just starting to get their green leaves back in spring but off-season prices on vacation rentals usually still apply. Wander through the lovely vineyards and wineries of Napa Valley's rolling hills with your sweetheart.
There's a lot of charm to a southern city with old architecture, a slow pace, and Spanish moss-draped oak trees. This Georgia city is full of historic homes, a charming riverfront, nearby beaches and plenty of great dining options for your romantic getaway in May.
The sunsets here are legendary - and what could be more romantic than that? Add in the New Mexico town's art scene and myriad outdoor activities, and Santa Fe has a lot of potential as a couples' getaway.
This Moroccan city is generally not a hot tourist spot, but that'll be in your favor for romantic getaways in May. With its medieval roots, Fez is an up-and-coming city with great rooftop restaurants and shops selling traditional handicrafts like Berber rugs and leather goods.
This Washington State collection of islands in Puget Sound is ideal for a short romantic getaway. The islands are serene, dotted with farms and artist enclaves. The views, starting with the ferry ride to the islands, are fantastic, and there are great restaurants serving local seafood seaside. Take a whale watching tour or rent kayaks or bikes while you're here for other ways to take in the islands' beauty.
Costa Rica's famous rainforests are pristine on this finger of land jutting from the country's Pacific coast. Much of the peninsula is protected by Corcovado National Park, where hiking trails bring you deep into the rainforest. Try to spot animals like sloths, tapirs, anteaters, spider monkeys, and toucans. The vacation rentals here boast views of the ocean and/or lush rainforest settings. Dreamy.
This Caribbean island is a favorite with honeymooning couples, but it's one of the best romantic getaways in May - whether you're newlyweds or not. The incredible scenery and warm water on the island make a great setting for rekindling the romance. Try excursions like snorkeling, ziplining, or cruising along the breathtaking coastline. There are also guide services available to take you into the rainforest on the island.
Just a short ferry ride from Los Angeles, Catalina Island is a world away from the big city - and quite romantic at that. Much of the island is preserved forest, and the small town of Avalon is great for an evening stroll and a nice meal. There are also opportunities on the island for scuba diving and hiking, and the weather is perfect in spring.
This famous stretch of Greek coastline has graced the covers of travel magazine for decades. It's definitely not under-the-radar as a destination, but that doesn't detract from its romance. The iconic white-and-blue homes perched on the cliffs here are plenty romantic, plus Santorini has great food and several wineries to tour.
This North Carolina mountain village is a quiet retreat perfect for couples. Vacation rentals here range from mountainside cabins to beautiful homes perched on the shores of big Nantahala Lake. Rent a pontoon for a lazy afternoon or take a hike or scenic drive through Nantahala National Forest. Nearby is Great Smoky Mountains National Park and several rivers great for whitewater rafting.