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Goa in May

Goa has two kinds of personalities – it a nightlife hub, and a quiet vacation destination. If you like to party and want to visit Goa for its vibrant nightlife, then May is certainly not the time for you. It is best that you visit Goa between December and March when the party scene is really hot. However, if you want to just relax at the beach and enjoy a quiet vacation so that you can go back home refreshed, then May is a great choice. Rent a villa in Goa to stay in complete luxury and get all the rest you want.

There will be very tourists in Goa in May, so you will have almost the entire beach to yourself. It will be a lot cleaner and much less noisy. Very few people swimming in the Arabian Sea, so you will have complete privacy even in the open spaces.

May is one of the hottest months in Goa. But the average daytime high is the same as April. So you will not necessarily encounter more heat this month. Still, because of the heat and this being the low season, there will be fewer Indian and international tourists in Goa. Everything will cost less as a result. Save money on the best villas in Goa.

Goa Weather in May

The average highs this month is the same as April. However, the average lows in May are slightly higher, so it can be said that May is generally a hotter month than April. The average temperature will go up as the month progresses. At the beginning of the month, the average daytime high is around 33°C, but by the end of the month, this will usually go up to 33.5°C. The night time average also increases from 26°C to 26.5°C.

There is a fair bit of rain as well, particularly in end May as it is close to the monsoon season. In an average year, Goa will receive 113mm of rainfall this month on 4 days. Compared to this, in April, it rains on just 1 day. There is 5% chance of precipitation in early May, but by May end, this goes up to 38%.

Climate in Goa
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high, °C 31,6 31,5 32,0 33,0 33,0 30,3 28,9 28,8 29,5 31,6 32,8 32,4 31,3
Average low, °C 19,6 20,5 23,2 25,6 26,3 24,7 24,1 24,0 23,8 23,8 22,3 20,6 23,2
Average precipitation mm 0,2 0,1 1,2 11,8 112,7 868,2 994,8 512,7 251,9 124,8 30,9 16,7 2926

There is 12 hours of sunshine every day in Goa in May, which is the same as the last month. The average sea temperature is 30°C, which is 1°C higher than April. May is a great time to hit the beach and for swimming as the sea is nice and warm. But the hours between 11-3 can be unpleasant.

The cloud coverage goes up rapidly as the month progresses. It is 30% on May 1 st, but increases to 57% by the last day of the month. Sky is usually the clearest in the first week. There is 65% likelihood of overcast conditions on May 31 st.

The relative humidity varies between 50%, which is mildly humid and 88% (very humid). The humidity rarely goes below 37% or reaches 100%.

Pros and Cons of Visiting Goa in May

Pros Cons

Pay Less – May is one of the cheapest months in Goa. Prices come down sharply as there are far fewer tourists in May compared to the peak season (November -February). Expect to pay much less at restaurants, bars, night clubs, shops, and for your car or bike rentals. Even the villas will cost about 30% less. You can buy flight tickets for less as well. There is serious money to be saved this month.

Weather – The average daytime and night time temperatures are both higher in May. Add to that the high humidity and a higher chance of rain this month, more so at the end of the month. The heat, humidity and rain keep most people away from Goa this time of the year. But it will still be good up to 11 in the morning and after 7 in the evening. Make the most of the mornings and the evenings.

Cleaner Goa – The beach, sea and the streets will all be much cleaner in May as there are fewer tourists. You can swim in the Arabian Sea without a worry. You will also have more privacy even in the busiest beaches of North Goa where there are thousands of people in the peak season.

Beach Shacks – Most of the beach shacks will be closed in May. Only the permanent structures will be open and that too in the busy beaches. In most restaurants, they will take the last orders at 11 PM. No later. So your late night plans have to be kept on hold for another month.

No Traffic – Most tourists in Goa rent a bike or car for their travels. You will pay much less in May, so book for the entire day and save money. There is little traffic this month even in busy Panaji, Calangute and Baga so you can cover much more in a day. Drive all you want. Visit as many beaches as you can and also the interiors.

Water Sports – There is limited water sports in Goa this month. You will still find some operators offering speed boat and banana boat rides, and also the kayaking trips, but they are very few in number. In high season, you will find them almost everywhere. In May, water sports are available only at a few places.

A Quick Getaway – You can easily rent the best villas because almost everything is available in May. Plan a getaway for the next weekend, which is impossible in the peak season because everything is booked months in advance.

Tourist Attractions – You have to walk for long if you visit the forts. That keeps you exposed to the hot sun. Plan something different instead. Perhaps a trip to the forests where you are under shade, or yoga or cooking class.

Top 6 Things To Do In Goa In May

  1. Water Sports – There are limited opportunities for conventional water sports in May, such as kite surfing, parasailing, and boat rides. Snorkeling and scuba diving can be off too. But you can try other unique activities, such as kayaking, and sunset cruises on the rivers with dinner. There are half-day and full-day bird watching and dolphin watching trips as well.
  2. Goa Otter Trail – Try this unique activity in May. There are otter nests along the Ouram Creek, close to Panjim. Learn about their habitat. See them up close and take pictures. Very few people can get to see the otters from such a close distance. You can join a short otter ecology course as well.
  3. Crab Catching – This is another interesting activity, and May is a great time for this as well. In this 2-hour trip, you will learn how to catch crab using handmade traps. Chilled beer, soft drinks, and snacks are served. As an added bonus, you also get to watch a stunning sunset.
  4. The Beach – Of course, beaches are the main attraction of Goa. No visit is complete without spending time here. Pick your beach from the many options, go to the shack, get under shade, and just relax. Get all the food and drinks you can have. You can also get a massage here.
  5. Try Goan Cuisine – When in Goa, you should certainly try the famous Goan cuisine. Martin’s Corner in Betalbatim, Britto’s on Baga, Infantaria at Calangute, Curly’s on Anjuna, and Souza Lobo at Calangute are five good options. There are many other great options too.
  6. Mango Mania – May is mango season. You will find many amazing varieties of this fruit, including Mankurad the real Goan mango, and Jamuns. Plus, there is also the incredible Kokum sherbet.

Goa May Checklist – May is a hot month in Goa. Make your travel plans, but remember to take good precautions. Wear light cotton dresses, shorts and slippers to stay comfortable. Wear a cap and sunglass and apply sunscreen lotion. It will rain on some days, so carry an umbrella.

Goa Festivals in May

Goa Food & Cultural Festival – Organized over 5 days, this has emerged as the biggest food festival in Goa. There are about 80 stalls that serve a range of beverages and cuisines. There are cooking competitions, live food demos, feni distillation, and more. There is live music from rocks bands from across India.

Heritage Zatra – An event to learn about local Goan culture, heritage, and history. The Zatra is held at the Corjuem Fort, which is 4 kilometers from the Aldona village. The fort is decorated wonderfully for the event.

Igitun Chalne – Igitun Chalne or “Walking on Fire” is held in the first week of May at the Temple of Shirgao near Bicholim. This is a part of the Shirgao Zatra, a Hindu religious festival in Goa. You will see many devotees walking on red hot willfully coal as a form of penance.

Accommodation in May

Most of the hotels, resorts, villas and even the budget accommodations are empty this month as there are fewer tourists in Goa compared to the peak season. So it will be much easier to find a Goa villa that is available on your dates. Chances are, the best rooms and the best villas are open for bookings this month. There is a sharp drop in the prices too. Often, the price comes down by as much as 30%. There is greater demand for the beachfront properties, though, so it’s still advisable that you book in advance. May is school holiday season in India, so don’t take a chance.

In May, it is likely that you will spend a lot of time indoors or beside the swimming pool because of the heat. So pick a villa that offers all the luxuries you want. Most of the villas you will find in our website come with a private swimming pool and manicured lawns where you can relax on a hot day, large air conditioned bedrooms with comfortable beds, en-suite bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, satellite television, DVD player, coffee machines, juicers, parking, security, and much more.

Many villas are modern properties, while others are old Portuguese heritage constructions that have been upgraded and modernized.

Villas for rent in May:

Beachfront 4-bedroom villa with its own private pool. Wonderfully renovated, luxuries amenities. Candolim beach.

From 20 000 Rs. per night

Luxurious 3-bedroom villa with private swimming pool. European standard. 5 mins drive to Candolim beach.

From 21 000 Rs. per night

Private luxury villa with direct access to the beach. Choice for families who value privacy and 5* star service.

From 40 000 Rs. per night

* Price depends on arrival dates and duration of stay.

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