With the weather finally starting to thaw, chances are you’ll be keen to get out and about on holiday during March. It’s mid-season in many world-wide destinations, therefore it’s a great month to keep your eye out for cheap hotel and flight deals.
Whether you can’t wait to take a city break for shopping, wining and dining, or want to adventure to far-flung shores, here’s a look at our top picks for the month.
After long months of grey skies and winter chills, we’re ready to hit the beach. March serves up the sun in exotic destinations, so get ready to pack your flip-flops and hit the sand.
Just before spring break, March lets you hit Negril’s shores in advance of the hordes descending. It’s known for miles of sandy beaches on shallow bays, with turquoise waters to splash in. With hurricane season over and warmer temperatures on the rise, enjoy Long Bay in Seven Mile Beach, with bars, restaurants and all-inclusive resorts.
Snorkelers and divers are spoilt for choice, with coral reefs galore. When you can’t wait to jump into adventure, your options are endless and truly adrenalin-fuelled. Try horseback riding on the beach, river swimming and rafting, traversing the Blue Mountains, water sports and zip-lining through the towering trees.
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
The Rivera Maya is home to all-inclusive resorts, perfect for couples and groups looking to find the sun in March. Playa del Carmen hosts the Quinta Avenida pedestrian thoroughfare, with shops, bars and restaurants to keep you happy day and night.
Within a 45 minute ferry ride, you’ll find yourself in Cozumel on the second biggest barrier reef in the world, for diving and snorkelling. Additionally, it’s only a short drive from Tulum’s photogenic ruins and the bustling nightlife of Cancun. With warm weather year-round and mouth-watering food, the only problem in Mexico, is you might never want to leave.
If you want to stay home during March but still can’t wait to feel the sand, everyone’s favourite beach playground, Bournemouth, has some of the best beaches in the UK. Buzzing with shops, restaurants and trendy nightlife, it’s the perfect spot for friends, families and those aching to get in on the action.
When it’s time for relaxation, the Jurassic Coast is home to glistening seas and golden beaches, with the Dorset countryside close by for hiking and picnics in the refreshingly cool March climate. When it’s time for action, check out aquariums, theme parks and go-cart racing for the kids (and kids at heart).
The sun is nearly always shining in the Algarve, in fact, approximately 300 days a year. Spring flowers bloom in March, making it a particularly lovely time to visit. Some of Europe’s best beaches cover the coast and this is the time to bask in the rays, without loads of tourists.
Visit Praia da Rocha for a social vibe, excellent restaurants, shopping and rowdy nightlife. When it’s time for some relaxation, head inland to discover coastal towns, historical villages and hikes through the blossoming countryside.
March is a fantastic month to explore the cities of the world, before the heat makes it hard to hit the pavements for shopping and sight-seeing.
Soaked in history, whiskey and a sports-mad culture, Scotland is a traveller’s dream. The capital, Edinburgh, delights with the sophisticated Georgian New Town contrasting perfectly with the wynds and vennels of the Old Town. It’s also a walker’s paradise, with secret gardens, hidden alleys and miles of historic architecture to admire. As a festival town, March comes alive with special events and concerts.
India, Holi Festival
India’s Holi Festival is one of the most unique spectacles in the world, during March across the country. In cities such as Varanasi, Uttar and Pradesh, the ‘Festival of Colours’ is celebrated with huge bonfires and people taking to the streets to throw colourful dyed water from buckets and balloons all over each other. The festival celebrates the victory of good versus evil, signals the end of winter and the upcoming spring harvest.
The month of March brings an abundance of blooming natural wonders and wildlife journeys for animal lovers, across the globe.
If you want to spot the ‘big five’ – lions, leopards, buffalos, elephants and rhino – Tanzania is the place to do so. The safari mecca attracts wildlife seekers year-round, but especially during March for bird-watchers, when migratory birds abound.
The land of roaming giants also offers vast grasslands of changing colours, beaches on the sparkling Indian Ocean, the red-cloaked Maasai warriors and traditional dance and crafts. If you love to climb, Mt Kilimanjaro beckons, as Africa’s highest peak.
Chamonix, French Alps
If you’re not quite ready to give up your dreams of a winter wonderland, Chamonix is as beautiful as it is chilly. Set on the fairy tale backdrop of the Mont Blanc mountainside, this is a land of chalets glowing with warm fires, pine trees and charming churches.
You’re likely to still find snow for a ski in March, though the weather is starting to warm up a bit. Best of all, at this time the bulk of the tourists have already finished their ski season, which means that romantic log cabin might be a bit cheaper than during winter.
During March, you’ll soon forget about the cold, rainy weather as you travel through the changing seasons across the globe. Don’t forget to keep checking your inbox for fantastic weekly deals, to see you on your way at an affordable price.
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