Things to Do in May

While you wait for summer’s official arrival, there are still plenty of things heating up in May. Don’t miss May’s must-dos like the Kentucky Derby, National Bike Month, Cinco de Mayo and more.

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Grand Cayman - October 2012

Grand Cayman - October 2012

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Grand Cayman - October 2012

Grand Cayman - October 2012

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Cabo San Lucas - Travel Like a VIP 2012

Cabo San Lucas - Travel Like a VIP 2012

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Cabo San Lucas - Travel Like a VIP 2012

Cabo San Lucas - Travel Like a VIP 2012

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Spain - May 2012

Spain - May 2012

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Spain - May 2012

Spain - May 2012

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Spain - May 2012

Spain - May 2012

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Belize - April 2012

Belize - April 2012

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Belize - April 2012

Belize - April 2012

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St. Lucia - January 2012

St. Lucia - January 2012

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Singapore - November 2011

Singapore - November 2011

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US Virgin Islands

US Virgin Islands

A Caribbean vacation isn't out of reach without a passport if you stick to the US Virgin Islands: St. John, St. Croix and St. Thomas (pictured here). Since they're US territories, a driver's license or birth certificate will suffice. 960 1280

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Vieques, Puerto Rico

Vieques, Puerto Rico

Another option in the Caribbean is Vieques, a small island that lies about 8 miles east of Puerto Rico. Along with the Puerto Rican mainland, it is a United States commonwealth with a strong Spanish influence. 960 1280

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Culebra, Puerto Rico

Culebra, Puerto Rico

Culebra, another island municipality of Puerto Rico, offers some of the Caribbean's most serene beaches. 960 1280

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San Juan, Puerto Rico

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Not to be overshadowed by its islands, Puerto Rico's capital, San Juan, is steeped in Spanish heritage and culture without sacrificing waterfront sunsets. 960 1280

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Whistler, British Columbia

Whistler, British Columbia

Have your sights set on a Canadian ski vacation? You can hit the slopes of Whistler Blackcomb, but not without restrictions. First, you'll need to travel by land, and second, you'll need either an enhanced driver's license or a US passport card. These travel documents were created in conjunction with changes to the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative that took effect in 2009.  960 1280

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Key West, Florida

Key West, Florida

Who says you can't find an island paradise in the continental US? Just off the coast of Florida, Key West is the southernmost city in the country and is unlike anywhere else. 960 1280

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Guam

Guam

Guam is the westernmost US territory, and while it's known for its military base, it's also one of the leading tourist destinations in the Western Pacific. This tropical paradise features beach clubs, luxurious accommodations and world-class golf courses. 960 1280

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Hawaii

Hawaii

Of course, if you want to be on an exotic island far, far away, your first thought should be of Hawaii and the islands of Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai and Maui. 960 1280

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American Samoa

American Samoa

You can also experience the heart of Polynesia and Samoan culture in the 5 volcanic islands that make up the territory of American Samoa. 960 1280

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Swains Island, American Samoa

Swains Island, American Samoa

If you're feeling adventurous, travel to Swains Island in American Samoa, one of the territory's 2 atolls (coral islands) halfway between Hawaii and New Zealand. 960 1280

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Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands

Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands

Your last option for a tropical vacation without a passport is Saipan, one of the 14 lush Northern Mariana Islands, a US commonwealth. The Micronesian paradise has been called "America's best-kept secret." 960 1280

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Bagan, Myanmar

Bagan, Myanmar

“I have seen sunsets/sunrises in 75 countries, but never like in Bagan, Myanmar!” — Tom G. 960 1280

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Fort Myers Beach, FL

Fort Myers Beach, FL

“Fort Myers Beach, where the sun sets over the water!” — Alyssa A. 960 1280

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Malaysian Borneo

Malaysian Borneo

“The best place to watch the sunset is at Bako National Park,” Sarawak’s oldest national park on the island of Borneo. — Seyhan G. 960 1280

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Moorea, French Polynesia

Moorea, French Polynesia

“French Polynesia, especially Bora Bora or Moorea,” is a great place for both sunrises and sunsets. — Zenaida G. 960 1280

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Olvera, Spain (Andalusia)

Olvera, Spain (Andalusia)

“Sierra de Cádiz in Spain! I’m a beach person, but watching the sun set over those white mountains is incredible.” — Alyssa A. 960 1280

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Levanto, Italy (Liguiria)

Levanto, Italy (Liguiria)

“Near Italy’s Cinque Terre, made up of colorful seaside villages and rugged coastline on the Italian Riviera.” — Wynne G. 960 1280

Wynne Gavin  

Santorini, Greece

Santorini, Greece

The village of Oia on the island of Santorini has long been considered the most romantic place to watch the sunset. 960 1280

Cal Lamprecht  

Daytona Beach, FL

Daytona Beach, FL

“Sunrise on Daytona Beach — my favorite spot, 1 block from my home!!” — Guendelina J. 960 1280

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Tampa Bay, FL

Tampa Bay, FL

Hawaii was a close second, but the beaches of Florida won out as the fan-favorite spot. 960 1280

Jackie Johnson  

Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Guanacaste, Costa Rica

“Playa Flamingo, Costa Rica! Every sunset is different, like a work of art. Each one is unique and filled with a different set of colors.” — Karen D. 960 1280

Jennifer Gardner  

Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal

“View from the Electricity Museum in Lisbon, Portugal.” — Jessica G. 960 1280

Jessica Getzy  

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