Florida, the southeastern state of the US, is a tourist attraction spot for many due to its beautiful beaches that are open all year long.
It is nicknamed the “Sunshine State,” and rightfully so!
It has pleasant bearable weather, and if you’re used to living in places with cloudy weather, this will be a delightful change.
If you’re looking to visit Florida in May but aren’t sure of what and how you should pack, continue to read on, and we will assist you!
Of all the months, May has a moderate inflow of tourists and visitors, as most of the travelers are looking to return to the north due to the rising temperatures this month.
However, May is one of the best months to visit this state.
You will be avoiding the colder months, from November to January, and also the hotter months of June, July, and August.
Florida is a bustling, exciting city with wonderful events in which you must participate for an optimal experience!
Some major events you can encounter in May in Florida are:
- The Sunfest
- Mosaic in the Palm Beaches
- Fort Myers Scavenger Hunts
- Underwater Burlesque Shows
- Hooray For Hollywood.
Other events you can also look forward to include: The Dino Safari, A Walkthrough Adventure, Sunday Afternoon Polo, and Miami Beach Polo World Cup.
Florida’s Weather in May
In May, you will find Florida to be sunny and humid but comparatively better than the other spring months.
However, do keep in mind that as the month progresses, the temperature will rise slightly.
In May, the highest recorded temperature is 89 degrees Fahrenheit (31 degrees Celsius).
In contrast, the lowest recorded temperature is 64 degrees Fahrenheit (17 degrees Celsius).
These temperatures are for South Florida.
In Central Florida, the highest temperature is also 89 degrees Fahrenheit whereas the lowest temperature is 66 degrees Fahrenheit (18 degrees Celsius)
If you’re visiting Fernandina beach, the highest temperature in May will be 84 degrees Fahrenheit (28 degrees Celsius), while the lowest is 68 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees Celsius)
The average daytime temperature is 29 degrees celsius, and for nighttime, it is 23 degrees Celsius.
What to wear for daytime activities in Florida?
Daytime activities in Florida will include outdoor activities like hiking and trekking, lazing away, sunbathing at the beach, and going to different museums.
For these activities, you can pack light clothes; t-shirts, shorts, jeans, hiking boots, and joggers, as well as your bathing suits for the beach.
When you go to museums, the ladies can rock skirts with silk camisoles, or you can wear flowery dresses. We believe in comfort while you enjoy your day seeing new sights.
In Florida, you will also be able to explore mangrove forests and immerse yourself in the beauty of nature.
There is a J.N “Ding” Darling Wildlife Refuge, a beautiful four-mile drive through the wildlife where you also have the option to bike or hike through.
For such expeditions, it is best if you stick to wearing shirts with jeans or any other comfortable pants along with your sneakers/joggers.
You should also pack jackets/sweaters as well as raincoats in case it gets chilly during this month or if you face unexpected rain showers.
Florida is also known for its lush tropical gardens and local agriculture.
What to wear for nighttime activities in Florida?
In May, you will find that Florida has many beautiful nighttime activities to offer.
One of these is watching the bioluminescent comb jellies which gather in the shielded waters of the Indian River Lagoon.
If you are interested in such extraordinary maritime sights, you should look this up!
For a night out at sea, you must pack warm layers and wear waterproof shoes/sandals so you can enjoy watching the sights while also remaining safe and warm.
Other than that, Florida has many nightclubs and bars to offer where you can either party all night or enjoy a quiet drink alone or with your friends after a long day of adventuring.
Some clubs have a certain decorum, so make sure you look up whatever places you visit before going to your desired club.
Most clubs expect you to wear pants, shirts, and appropriate shoes—nothing too formal, nothing too casual.
You can follow the dress code by adding your own touch of fashion to them and accessorize as well (don’t go too overboard, though!)
You should also pack warm layers such as jackets and sweaters just in case.
Other things you should pack for a May holiday in Florida:
Other things that are important for packing on your trip are:
- Your documents like license, registration, etc
- Maps, both online and physical
- Emergency cash
- Make an itinerary of the places you want to visit and the sights you want to see, and make sure you pack accordingly.
We hope you found this article informative and that you have an idea of what you can pack for your May trip to Florida!