The best places to go on holiday in March
As the sun starts peeking through the clouds in March, we begin to allow ourselves thoughts of beach holidays and the eagerly anticipated summer, yet it’s usually still pretty chilly so minds wander to warmer climes further afield. With spring fast approaching, much of the northern hemisphere is beautiful at this time of year, with blossom beginning to appear on the trees and wild flowers sprouting. Holidays are generally still relatively good value before the Easter peak kicks in, so great deals are to be had, particularly for long haul and winter sun.
Things are starting to hot up in the south of the USA in March, and states such as Florida and California are usually reliable for glorious sunshine. You’re early enough to be outside of peak season and to avoid the scorching hot temperatures that come with summer, meaning the roads are pleasantly quiet and simply perfect for a USA road trip. Navigate the famous Highway 101, explore the dramatic landscapes of the great National Parks, join the glitz and glamour in Vegas, or hit the beach in Florida, aptly nicknamed the ‘The Sunshine State’.
The trusty go-to for winter sun won’t disappoint in March; the Caribbean has plenty of offerings for a winter beach holiday for families, or super-private romantic getaways for couples. Antigua, our top pick for families, has a wealth of luxury accommodation and is fantastic for water sports - particularly sailing. Meanwhile Barbados flaunts glorious beaches and uber exclusive hotels. Alternatively, if its privacy you’re after, Turks and Caicos or Vieques in Puerto Rico both offer low key luxury in the most glorious of beach settings.
The Land Of Ice And Fire really comes into its own in March, when both its winter and summer seasons merge to enable one all-encompassing trip. You’re on the tail end of the Aurora Borealis season so sightings are still very much possible, yet daylight hours are beginning to increase, allowing more time for exploring Iceland’s truly spectacular scenery. Use Reykjavik as your base and head out into glaciers, volcanoes and thundering falls, before rejuvenating in the soothing geyser hot springs.
Vietnam is enjoying its driest, sunniest weather in March, with rainfall at its lowest. What’s more, it’s shoulder season so crowds are fewer and prices are more attractive. With the rainy season over, the scenery is green and lush, awash with terraced rice paddies and forested mountainsides. Take a peaceful cruise along the turquoise waters of Halong Bay as it shimmers in the March sunshine, or soak up the culture at the iconic floating markets in the Mekong Delta.
Long overshadowed by its glitzy neighbour, Oman is a relatively recently newcomer to the limelight. Temperatures in March are cooler and much more pleasant than the scorching
desert heat that summer brings, allowing comfortable conditions for sightseeing and exploring. Take a 4X4 out into the Wahiba Sands desert, bumping along dunes and sleeping beneath its gleaming starry skies, or explore the Grand Mosque, souks and golden sandy coastline of colourful Muscat.
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