Where to go surfing in May

The Best Surf Destinations in May

Where to go surfing in May

Looking for the best surf destinations in May? We’ve got you covered. Our team spent the last year pouring over surf forecasts, weather reports, and average temperatures, so we could bring you the ultimate list of the best surf destinations for your ability. Continue below to see a breakdown of the best places to surf this May.

Best Surf Destinations in May For Beginners

For adventurous beginners, Morocco is the ideal spot in May, you can’t go wrong with the slow walling A-frames that are a daily occurrence here. And, for those who would prefer a USA vacay, California and Florida throw out consistent waves that are perfect for beginners in May. There are plenty of destinations here that can make it difficult to pick, but we recommend visiting Cowell’s in Santa Cruz for calm waters and longboarding, or the Sebastian Inlet not too far from Daytona Pier in Florida.

Average air temp

22°C / 71.6°F

Average rainfall

9mm

Average SWELL

1.5-4ft

Average water temp

17°C / 62.6°F

Wetsuit

4/3mm Full Suit

Average air temp

20°C / 68°F

Average rainfall

7mm

Average SWELL

1.5-4ft

Average water temp

18°C / 64.4°F

Wetsuit

3/2mm Spring Suit

Average air temp

28°C / 82.4°F

Average rainfall

233mm

Average SWELL

1.5-4ft

Average water temp

29°C / 84.2°F

Wetsuit

Boardshorts / Bikini

Average air temp

31°C / 87.8°F

Average rainfall

84mm

Average SWELL

1.5-4ft

Average water temp

26°C / 78.8°F

Wetsuit

Boardshorts / Bikini

Best Surf Destinations in May For Intermediate Surfers

With warm water year-round, the best surf destinations in May that intermediate surfers have to choose from include Australia (specifically New South Wales), Costa Rica, and Western France. Byron Bay on the northern coast of New South Wales is great in May and the swells can be a refreshing challenge for intermediates looking to take a step up from beginner spots. If you love left-handers, then Pavones in Costa Rica is definitely the spot for you. And, if you’re looking for stunning beaches and pacific facing reef breaks, check out the Cote de Lumiere in France.

Average air temp

18°C / 64.4°F

Average rainfall

54mm

Average SWELL

4-6.5ft

Average water temp

17°C / 62.6°F

Wetsuit

4/3mm Full Suit

Average air temp

29°C / 84.2°F

Average rainfall

382mm

Average SWELL

4-6.5ft

Average water temp

29°C / 84.2°F

Wetsuit

Boardshorts / Bikini

Average air temp

28°C / 82.4°F

Average rainfall

221mm

Average SWELL

4-6.5ft

Average water temp

29°C / 84.2°F

Wetsuit

Boardshorts / Bikini

Average air temp

30°C / 86°F

Average rainfall

119mm

Average SWELL

4-6.5ft

Average water temp

29°C / 84.2°F

Wetsuit

Boardshorts / Bikini

Average air temp

17°C / 62.6°F

Average rainfall

80mm

Average SWELL

4-6.5ft

Average water temp

18°C / 64.4°F

Wetsuit

3/2mm Spring Suit

Average air temp

28°C / 82.4°F

Average rainfall

216mm

Average SWELL

4-6.5ft

Average water temp

30°C / 86°F

Wetsuit

Boardshorts / Bikini

Average air temp

16°C / 60.8°F

Average rainfall

181mm

Average SWELL

4-6.5ft

Average water temp

23°C / 73.4°F

Wetsuit

Boardshorts / Bikini

Average air temp

26°C / 78.8°F

Average rainfall

38mm

Average SWELL

4-6.5ft

Average water temp

25°C / 77°F

Wetsuit

Boardshorts / Bikini

Average air temp

26°C / 78.8°F

Average rainfall

8mm

Average SWELL

4-6.5ft

Average water temp

24°C / 75.2°F

Wetsuit

Boardshorts / Bikini

Average air temp

21°C / 69.8°F

Average rainfall

2mm

Average SWELL

4-6.5ft

Average water temp

19°C / 66.2°F

Wetsuit

3/2mm Spring Suit

Best Surf Destinations in May For Advanced Surfers

Keramas in Bali boasts some of the meanest fast and hollow right-handers around and is definitely worth the trip for advanced surfers with waves regularly exceeding 6 feet in May. Revered by local surfers for its easily accessible barrels, Argulin is the best spot in Lombok for experienced surfers at this time of year. Saving the best, the biggest and the baddest for last, Cloudbreak in Fiji has waves that can exceed 20 feet in May. With such a massive swell, it provides the best surfing you’ll ever find in Fiji. An unmissable experience.

Average air temp

28°C / 82.4°F

Average rainfall

70mm

Average SWELL

6.5-10ft

Average water temp

28°C / 82.4°F

Wetsuit

Boardshorts / Bikini

Average air temp

27°C / 80.6°F

Average rainfall

197mm

Average SWELL

6.5-10ft

Average water temp

29°C / 84.2°F

Wetsuit

Boardshorts / Bikini

Average air temp

28°C / 82.4°F

Average rainfall

257mm

Average SWELL

6.5-10ft

Average water temp

27°C / 80.6°F

Wetsuit

Boardshorts / Bikini

Average air temp

28°C / 82.4°F

Average rainfall

261mm

Average SWELL

6.5-10ft

Average water temp

28°C / 82.4°F

Wetsuit

Boardshorts / Bikini

Average air temp

28°C / 82.4°F

Average rainfall

60mm

Average SWELL

6.5-10ft

Average water temp

29°C / 84.2°F

Wetsuit

Boardshorts / Bikini

Average air temp

27°C / 80.6°F

Average rainfall

100mm

Average SWELL

6.5-10ft

Average water temp

28°C / 82.4°F

Wetsuit

Boardshorts / Bikini

Enjoyed reading about the best surf destinations in May? We’ve created a season guide for every month of the year, take a look here.

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