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March is one of the best times to vacation. The March equinox, which occurs around March 20, marks the beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere and the beginning of fall in the Southern Hemisphere. For this reason, March tends to be a mild time of year, warmer than the winter months and cooler than the summer months.

March also sees significant celebrations that center on rebirth and growth, like Carnivale, Holi, and Easter. Additionally, flight and accommodation costs tend to be lower between the peak winter season and the summer high season. And since it’s a quarter of the way into the year, March is the perfect time for some much-needed rest and relaxation.

Here are 14 wonderfully warm places to visit in March.

14 Wonderfully Warm Places To Visit In March

You can take a look at quick summary of these 14 wonderful places by looking at the story below, or continue reading to learn about each one in more detail:

1. Destin, Florida

Aerial view of Destin, Florida.

A beach town on the Florida Panhandle, Destin is renowned on the South Coast for its beautiful beaches, warm water, and marine wildlife. At Destin Harbor, you can feed dolphins, take an ocean tour, or lounge on the Crab Island sandbar.

Although high season in Destin begins on Memorial Day weekend and runs through the summer, college students descend on the town during Spring Break, so you’d be better off traveling to the beach town before or after this time. Fewer students and tourists mean you get the crystal blue water and white sand all to yourself! Enjoy warm days on the beach and cozy up near a heater in the evening at HarborWalk Village.

Discover some of the best vacation home rentals in Destin here .

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2. Cancún, Mexico

Aerial view of Cancun, Mexico.

Cancún’s year-round warm weather attracts many visitors seeking to fly south for the winter. While winter is peak travel season and the summer months are too hot and humid, March is just right, with temperatures fluctuating daily between the low 70s and high 80s.

One of the biggest spring equinox celebrations on Earth occurs at Chichen Itza, one of the great wonders of the world. The Mayans , the ancient civilization that built the city of Chichen Itza, also studied the stars and planets, and the information they gleaned informed their construction. During the equinox, the light shining on the Pyramid of Kukulcan looks like a snake slithering down the temple steps.

Just a 2-hour drive from Cancún, Chichen Itza is an easy day trip that allows tourists to view this phenomenon and to partake in the equinox celebration.

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3. Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

Aerial view of Manuel Antonio National Park.

Manuel Antonio is a small beachside town with gorgeous luxury condos and hotels. It’s close to the beach and provides easy access to Manuel Antonio Park, one of the most popular parks in Costa Rica . Although it’s far from the largest national park in the country, it’s known for its biodiversity , which makes it the main attraction in this region.

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Since March is the area’s dry season, you’ll be able to participate in many outdoor activities in the park, including swimming, snorkeling, and hiking. March’s daily temperatures fall in the pleasant range of 62 to 84 degrees, and there’s not much rain. In this mild weather, you’ll be able to see an incredible variety of plants and animals on the trails, including two-toed sloths, squirrel monkeys, and agoutis, among others.

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4. Cartagena, Colombia

Aerial view of Cartagena, Colombia.

Colombia has recently made many travel bucket lists, and for good reason! With temperatures hovering between the mid-70s and high 80s in March, the tropical climate of Cartagena is ideal for those seeking to thaw after a long winter.

Rich in history, culture, and colonial architecture, Cartagena’s Old Town streets are full of charm. Since March is Cartagena’s dry season, you’ll have plenty of time to explore city landmarks like Plaza de la Aduana, San Felipe de Barajas Castle, and the Palace of the Inquisition. Since Cartagena is a port city, it’s also close to several spectacular islands and beaches, including Playa Blanca, Isla Tierrabomba, and Playa de Bocagrande.

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5. Lima, Peru

Aerial view of Lima, Peru.

Although Cusco, Peru , is the closest city to the ancient Incan city of Machu Picchu , Lima is just as worthy of visiting. Lima is not only the capital city but also the largest city in Peru, with 10 million people.

Although March is part of the peak tourist season in Peru, the warm weather along the coast creates the perfect conditions to explore the City of Kings. The sprawling urban center is home to a growing entrepreneurship scene, Michelin-star restaurants, and famous museums and art galleries. Modern buildings and trendy neighborhoods like Miraflores stand alongside the historic center recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site .

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6. Buenos Aires, Argentina

Aerial view of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

March’s mild fall weather is a relief after the hot and humid Argentine summer. Buenos Aires is known as the Paris of South America for its European-style monuments and architecture, international fare, and arts scene. The sexy Argentine tango originated in Buenos Aires , and can still be seen dancing in the streets — especially during the mild-weather months!

The city’s historic center is brimming with iconic landmarks such as the Teatro Colón opera house, Plaza de Mayo, and Recoleta Cemetery (which contains the tombs of famous Argentinians like Eva Perón, the wife of Argentine President Juan Perón and the First Lady of Argentina from 1946 until her untimely death in 1952).

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7. Dublin, Ireland

Downtown Dublin, Ireland.

It’s a completely different experience celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day in the country where it originated. The patron saint of Ireland, known for bringing Catholicism to the island, receives five days of celebration during mid-March. The holiday may draw crowds, but there are still fewer people than there are during the summer months.

In between the Celtic festivities, enjoy the medieval architecture, cobblestone streets, and the rich history of Dublin . Wander through the streets during the day and visit Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, the National Gallery of Ireland, and Trinity College. In the evening, the temperatures drop, but that’s nothing a silky Guinness stout can’t fix!

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8. Venice, Italy

Piazza San Maro in Venice, Italy.

One of Italy’s most notable cities celebrates Carnevale, or Mardi Gras, in grand style. During several weeks in late February or early March, Venice’s city center is transformed with exquisite costumes, masks, and parades. It’s one of the most joyful, festive times of the year to visit Venice.

March is a great time to visit Venice before the massive crowds of tourists arrive in the summer. The spring weather, however, is rather unpredictable; temperatures are usually in the 60s, and you might encounter rain or even flooding due to rising tides and sinking land.

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9. Melbourne, Australia

Skyline of Melbourne, Australia.

In March, the tail end of summer in Melbourne, the city experiences highs in the mid-70s to the 80s. It’s the perfect time to explore one of the largest cities in Australia. Modern buildings stand next to beautiful historic structures including Flinders Street Station , Saint Paul’s Cathedral , and State Library Victoria .

Not only is the climate great for exploring the coffee, food, and art scenes, but it’s also good for getting outside of the city. Spectacular beaches and coastline await in Melbourne , along all 150 miles of the Great Ocean Road.

The mild, dry climate is also perfect for growing grapes. Spend time in Yarra Valley , just an hour outside Melbourne, drinking local wine, eating on green terraces, and shopping. The area is especially known for its flavorful pinot noir!

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10. Cape Town, South Africa

Aerial view of Cape Town, South Africa.

Set along a stunning coast and towering mountains, Cape Town is a lovely place to visit at any time of the year. However, the great weather and the city’s international jazz festival make Cape Town one of the best places to visit in March.

Hike Table Mountain, tour vineyards, explore historic sites, attend lively festivals and embrace March’s pleasant weather in South Africa.

The dry heat creates pleasant conditions for wildlife watching while visiting penguin colonies at Boulders Beach, and learning about European colonization, apartheid, and the legacy of Nelson Mandela on Robben Island .

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11. Petra, Jordan

The ruins at Petra, Jordan.

Another wonder of the world on this list, Petra , is an ancient city located south of the Dead Sea. Inhabited for more than 200,000 years, the Rose City — so called for the pink hue of its stone cliffs — is best known for the carved cliff face of the Treasury, which is believed to have been a temple or tomb for a royal family.

The trek to Petra takes several hours, and it can be miserable during the sweltering summer. However, during March, temperatures are generally in the mid-70s, and the highs don’t exceed the low 80s. This weather makes for an enjoyable excursion to Petra during the day, or even at night, when you can see the Treasury lit up by thousands of candles.

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12. Rishikesh, India

Aerial view of Rishikesh, India.

Known as the Yoga Capital of the World, Rishikesh is nestled in the Himalayan foothills along the Ganges River. People looking for enlightenment travel from around India and the world to Rishikesh. Ashrams are open year-round for immersive yoga experiences, but in March, Rishikesh holds an annual week-long International Yoga Festival . It includes yoga classes, cooking classes, and talks by spiritual and wellness leaders.

Already a vibrant country, India becomes even more colorful during the month of March. The famous festival of colors, Holi , symbolizes the victory of good over evil. The celebrations involve dancing, singing, and most notably, different colored powders that participants throw at each other. The celebrations occur across the country, but Rishikesh provides a more intimate place to celebrate than some of the big cities in India.

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13. Canary Islands, Spain

Often called the islands of eternal spring, the Canary Islands offer a delightful dip into Spanish culture paired with gorgeous beaches and breathtaking volcanic landscapes.

With relatively fewer tourists, you can get reasonable prices and great weather for beach holidays and sightseeing.

Imagine yourself surrounded by volcanic terrain, amidst lush greenery and vibrant flora, that offer unparalleled hiking opportunities. March is also adorned with vibrant festivals, most notably the Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife . Whether you’re a beach-goer, an outdoor enthusiast, or a culture lover, the Canary Islands have something for everyone.

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14. Maui, Hawaii

In March, Maui’s beach resorts are way less hot and busy than during summer, but still just as warm and perfect to bask in the sunshine after a bleak winter.

If you are traveling to Maui for the first time, you should visit the black sand beaches, explore the island’s many waterfalls, and book tickets for sunsets at Haleakala. March is ideal for outdoor activities like snorkeling and whale watching , and there are plenty of festivals and events to enjoy unlike in Central America at this time of year.

No matter if you are visiting as a family vacation, a friend group, or even a romantic getaway, this beach destination is an amazing place to visit. Ready to book your getaway?

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Where in Europe Is It Warm in March?

The south of Europe is lovely in March, especially the islands. Madeira and the Canary have at least seven hours of sunshine a day and pleasant sea average temperatures of 66°F. Other popular March destinations are Malta, Cyprus, and Greece.

What Country Is Warm and Cheap in March?

Bali in March is extraordinary and prices are lower as the rainy season is on the way out. Cape Town in South Africa is another affordable destination that is scorching in March and perfect for exploring nearby beaches and wineries.

Where’s Warm in March for a Beach Vacation?

With Maui March temperatures in the mid-80s on rain-free days, Hawaii’s beaches are a welcome escape from the gloom of winter. For a more alternative experience, explore Margarita Island or the Los Roques archipelago in Venezuela or discover the Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica.

What Are Warm Places to Visit in the US in March?

In the United States, Florida, Texas, and California offer brilliant beach vacations, while Hawai‘i continues to be as reliably sun-soaked as ever. The arrival of Spring brings with it the welcome return of warmer temperatures to many parts of the US. 

Is March a Good Time to Travel?

Yes. Whether you’re looking for a fun spring break, a family destination, or a romantic location, taking a trip in March will likely result in lower airfare and lodging rates. So, take advantage of savings and steer clear of crowds by securing your dates as soon as possible.

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The Best Places to Travel in March

By Caitlin Morton and Matt Ortile

Okavango Delta Botswana

You're reading this because you're likely deep in internet research, trying to determine the best places to travel in March. It's that awkward month between winter and spring, when it can get surprisingly hot and still unseasonably cold at the flip of a switch. Whenever leaving the house, it's a toss up—is this puffer weather, or the time to switch to sandals ?

Flee the indecisive climate and get thee to somewhere that's properly hot. Or properly cold. Though the notorious spring breakers tend to command all the attention at airports and train stations this month, there's so much more to traveling in March than sipping margaritas with a herd of Gen Zers (sorry, Gen Z). As spring looms in the northern hemisphere, some destinations begin to emerge from winter hibernation with blooming flowers . Meanwhile, buzzy spots in South America and Asia offer a blessed lack of the humidity (and crowds) you might experience in the busier summer months (did someone say shoulder season?).

Whether you’re looking to warm up with a tropical beach vacation or want to cling to the last days of winter with a ski trip, this is the month to do it. Here are nine of the best places to travel in March, from Big Sky in Montana to the Okavango Delta in Botswana.

All listings featured in this story are independently selected by our editors. However, when you book something through our retail links, we may earn an affiliate commission. This article has been updated with new information since its original publish date.

Panama is a great place to visit any time of year thanks to its biodiverse jungles sprawling beaches and relative lack...

Panama is a great place to visit any time of year, thanks to its biodiverse jungles, sprawling beaches, and relative lack of crowds compared to neighboring Costa Rica. But March is an especially great time to experience that outdoor splendor, with temperatures in the 70s and 80s and lots of sunshine (the rainy season kicks off in April). The Caribbean-facing province of Bocas del Toro is a one-stop shop for both gorgeous beaches and active wildlife. For a truly memorable experience, take a nighttime snorkeling trip through bioluminescent waters with Hello Travel Panama .

A straight shot south from Bocas del Toro, the Pacific Ocean-facing province Chiriquí offers an equally beautiful, but wholly different slice of nature. Here you can hike through cloud forests, swim beneath roaring waterfalls, and witness the panoramic sunrise from the summit of Volcán Barú. Check in at the 10-room boutique hotel  Finca El Oasis right on the edge of the volcano, or venture a bit off the Pacific Gulf to the remote, luxurious 400-acre resort of  Isla Palenque . And make sure to allow time for Panama City, where a revived historic center thrives—no wonder we recently named it one of the Best Places to Go in Central and South America in 2024 .

Cartagena Colombia

Cartagena, Colombia

Cartagena is one of the best places to travel in March, thanks to weather primed for both city exploration and beach relaxation. Temperatures stick around the high 70s and low 80s without too much humidity, and ocean breezes make for cool and comfortable evenings. Visit the UNESCO-listed Old Town, complete with cobbled streets and colonial-era architecture, as well as the high-rise-heavy neighborhood of Bocagrande and street-art haven of  Getsemaní .

While there are several city beaches to enjoy, it’s worth taking a quick drive outside city limits to see some truly pristine stretches of sand. Take a 1.5-hour bus ride to Isla Barú, where you can swim in the cerulean waters at Playa Blanca and sample plates of ceviche at local restaurants. You can also take a boat ride to the Rosario Islands, a coral archipelago about one hour southwest of the city, to experience some of the region’s best snorkeling. Back in town, rest up at Condé Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards darling Sofitel Legend Santa Clara , located right at the northern edge of Cartagena’s historic district.

This northeastern corner of New South Wales was ravaged by massive floods in 2022 but after recovery efforts in 2023...

Northern Rivers, Australia

This northeastern corner of New South Wales was ravaged by massive floods in 2022, but after recovery efforts in 2023 partially boosted by tourism, the area excitedly began welcoming visitors again this year. That, paired with its reputation for coastal resort towns, scenic seaside drives, gorgeous Pacific beaches, and adventuresome hikes and treks, earned it a spot on our list of Best Places to Go in 2024 .

March will be an especially fun time to visit the land Down Under: Since it's the southern hemisphere, the weather will just be cooling off from summer—ideal if you prefer more temperate climes. The wave-lashed town of Byron Bay will be hosting the 2024 Australian Pro Adaptive Surfing Championship , the country’s first international event for surfers with disabilities, which should make for some exciting energy along the coast.

Locals and visitors alike will be spoiled with a bevy of openings in Northern Rivers: Copperstone by the Range Estates will open its equestrian-style ranch in Bangalow in early 2024 (their properties Swell Hotel and the California-style Sun Ranch in Byron Bay are both epitomes of Aussie style and chill), while in Yamba on the southern fringe of Northern Rivers, the designer and stylist Sheree Commerford will open a breezy seaside inn called Il Delfino in early 2024.

Ilulissat Greenland

Ilulissat, Greenland

Greenland  is icy, mysterious, and one of the most naturally beautiful places on the planet. And while the concept of the summertime midnight sun is appealing, there are many advantages to skirting the June to September crowds in favor of a late-winter sojourn. The coastal town of Ilulissat is particularly appealing in March, when there are less tourists, lower hotel prices, and a lack of mosquitoes and other pesky bugs (a major problem in the summer months). The town also happens to shine most beautifully at this time, with a thick layer of snow shrouding the region in a peaceful silence.

You can reach Ilulissat via an Air Greenland flight from either Copenhagen or Reykjavik. The Ilulissat Icefjord (one of the northernmost UNESCO World Heritage Sites) can be seen from your plane window, but you’ll want to get an even closer look at the massive collection of icebergs. AirZafari offers small-plane flights in Ilulissat, while you can find helicopter tours through Air Greenland . If you book a stay at Hotel Arctic , you can also book boat and helicopter tours (along with dog sled rides, walking tours through town, and more) directly through the concierge.

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Montage Big Sky Montana

Big Sky, Montana

If you think ski season is over by the time March rolls around, think again: Montana’s Big Sky Resort doesn’t close its slopes until late April, meaning you can still enjoy prime conditions during this month. Big Sky features an incredible 5,850 acres of skiable terrain, with sizable portions dedicated to both beginner and expert runs (keep an eye out for the brand-new Lone Peak Tram opening this winter.) It’s easily one of the best ski destinations in the country, but the region offers so much more than rides down the slopes. Yellowstone National Park is just an hour away, for example, and the park’s geothermal pools look even more brilliant set against a backdrop of snow.

You could also have your fill of skiing at Montage Big Sky , an alpine resort that offers ski-in, ski-out access to Big Sky Resort. On top of that, the property also provides guests with opportunities for snowshoeing, Nordic skiing, hiking, and fly-fishing—not to mention some seriously luxurious interiors. Cozy up by the lobby fireplace or snuggle in the fur throw at the foot of your bed, then treat yourself to a massage or grab a craft cocktail at the après-ski bar. Consider these just some of the reasons Big Sky is one of the Best Places to Go in North America this year.

Best Islands in the World Raja Ampat Islands Indonesia

Raja Ampat, Indonesia

It takes a bit of effort to reach the Raja Ampat Islands —flying first to  Jakarta , then to Sorong, where most travelers hop on a liveaboard. But once you arrive, you’ll be greeted by lush jungles, blue channels, and biodiverse reefs. The archipelago is truly a scuba diver’s dream, where an average dive gets you up close to manta rays, hawksbill turtles, and around 1,300 species of colorful coral-dwelling fish. There’s really no bad time to visit, but March typically yields the best diving weather (think less rain and calmer waters).

The most popular way to explore Raja Ampat is by booking a small cruise or yacht, and you have several great options to choose from. You could try Aqua Expeditions and set sail on the long-range cruising yacht, Aqua Blu , which offers seven-night, island-hopping itineraries . The boat has 15 sea-facing suites and a spa, and guests can partake in activities like snorkeling, kayaking, diving to manta ray cleaning stations, and searching for elusive bird of paradise species on guided hikes.

Southeast Asia's Lion City is aptly named because it's facing the new year with a great big roar. There's always lots to...

Southeast Asia's Lion City is aptly named because it's facing the new year with a great big roar. There's always lots to do in Singapore, especially in the year ahead (the cosmopolitan city-state is on our list of Best Places to Go in Asia in 2024 ), but there's something happening in March that's whipping the island into a tizzy: The pop princess Taylor Swift is bringing her Eras Tour to the Singapore National Stadium for her sole stop in the region. Hotels bookings are reportedly through the roof, and additional flights have been added , but keep an eye out for the openings of the new Grand Hyatt and the latest Raffles on Sentosa Island for more room at the inn, as it were.

Beyond the Swiftie reasons to swing by Singapore in March, there's also the return of glamorous and ultra-luxury train travel with Belmond's Eastern & Oriental Express , which will, in February, have begun their new itineraries from Singapore into the Malaysian peninsula and back, featuring excursions into Taman Negara National Park and culinary tours on Penang Island, which should be incredibly fun and engaging—that is, if you can tear yourself away from your plush state room or the swanky dining car.

Dana Point California

Dana Point, California

Dana Point, a small harbor city along California’s southern coast, is known for its incredible dolphin and whale populations. That reputation was cemented in early 2021, when the town was dubbed the first “Whale Heritage Site” in the United States, courtesy of the World Cetacean Alliance. Dana Point is now one of five global destinations to receive such an honor, specifically created to recognize destinations that offer dolphin- and whale-watching experiences that are both responsible and sustainable.

While you can see some whale species year-round, February and March are known as peak season to see the California Gray Whales as they make their annual migration to Baja California . Book a 2.5-hour tour with Captain Dave’s Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari , where you can see the magnificent mammals from an underwater glass pod while listening to a live narration from expert naturalists. Or, book the OC Wine Cruise with Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching, which lets passengers sample four different organic wines while they scan the sunset-lit waters for breaching whales.

Okavango Delta Botswana

Okavango Delta, Botswana

Picture it: Seasonal floodwaters rolling into parched sands and transforming them into a delicate tracery of glittering rivers and channels—the dry plains once again dripping with new life. That's the scene that greets you at the Okavango Delta in Botswana, the world's largest inland river delta. It plays host to a wide variety of wildlife, thriving across great swathes of the land held by the Moremi Game Reserve. You may encounter safari lions, leopards, giraffes, and rhinos; and when the floodwaters quench the land, you'll paddle in canoes past hippos, elephants, and crocodiles.

In the summer (that's January and February in Botswana, given it's the southern hemisphere), rainfall from the Angola highlands is drained by the Okavango River into the delta, where the water levels will rise and fall over the next four months, from March through June, making this month the best time to see the transformation happen before your very eyes.

Looking for a place to stay? African Bush Camps opened the riverside Khwai Lediba in 2023, and will open Atzaro Okavango in March 2024. The latter will feature 10 lagoon-side suites and offer peak safari-luxe vibes and a strong sense of place through design. (To no surprise, it's one of the Best Places to Go in Africa in 2024 .)

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15 Best Places to Travel in March 2024

These are the best places to visit in March in the United States and around the world.

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Spring arrives in March, but depending on where you are, it can still feel like winter — or an early summer. Whether you’re looking for a warm-weather escape from chilly temperatures at home or a late-season ski trip, we’ve got you covered. From sunny Caribbean islands to snowy ski resorts, we’ve rounded up 15 of the best places to travel in March in the U.S. and around the world so you can start planning your next getaway.

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Thousands of visitors will head for this city by the Pacific as the Carlsbad Flower Fields open on March 1 with 55 acres of colorful Giant Tecolote ranunculus blooms. Visitors can also stroll through Carlsbad’s downtown, dine at excellent restaurants, visit Carlsbad Aquafarm for fresh oysters, and shop at local boutiques.  “March in Carlsbad brings sunshine-filled days and balmy weather perfect for beach walks, hikes around the lagoons, springtime surfs (wetsuit-clad), and visits to Legoland California Resort for families with little ones,” Kim Sidoriak, president and CEO of Visit Carlsbad, tells Travel + Leisure . New additions to Legoland this year are Dino Valley and Lego World Parade. 

Where to Stay: Park Hyatt Aviara features a kids pool with waterslides, an adults pool, a golf course, superb dining, and the new Miraval Life in Balance Spa . Omni La Costa Resort & Spa is set on 400 acres with golf, pools, and a spa. The Legoland Hotel and Legoland Castle Hotel are steps from the park.

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The annual eight-day South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference and Festival arrives at the Austin Convention Center on March 8, with technology, culture, film, music, comedy, and notable speakers. Rodeo Austin is in town from March 8-23, and there’s live music, great food, and always plenty of things to do in Austin .  “March brings a vibrant energy to Austin, well beyond the excitement of SXSW. As a local and advocate for the city’s charm, I recommend visiting this month when the streets buzz with local flair, outdoor adventures are prime, and the culinary scene comes alive,” says Hotel ZaZa general manager, Jacob Weaver.

Where to Stay: Hotel ZaZa offers a convenient downtown location and Group Therapy , their signature restaurant overlooking Republic Square Park. Thompson Austin features a rooftop pool with cabanas.

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In March, the Mile High City is still chilly with daytime temperatures reaching the mid-60s and colder nights. It’s a beautiful time to be outdoors, and nearby, Colorado’s ski towns are still covered in snow. With museums, theater, breweries, and concerts at Red Rock Amphitheater , there are dozens of fun things to do in Denver at any time of year. A sure sign of spring is the beginning of baseball season, and Denver welcomes MLB’s Colorado Rockies to Coors Field and adjacent McGregor Square. 

Where to Stay: Voted one of the best hotels in Denver by T+L readers, The Rally Hotel is steps from the ballpark, and it’s lively and fun with a rooftop pool for summer. Other options include the Hyatt Centric Downtown Denver or Hotel Clio , a Luxury Collection Hotel, in the Cherry Creek North neighborhood.

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As one of the best beaches in the U.S. , Clearwater Beach is an idyllic destination once the weather begins to warm up in March. The Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary at the end of March and early April with its famous sand sculptures and family entertainment. The Clearwater Marine Aquarium, historic Cleveland Street District, dolphin cruises, miles of beaches, and sunny weather in the high 70s make March in Clearwater Beach perfect for families and spring breakers. 

Where to Stay: The beachfront JW Marriott Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa opened in spring 2023. Nearby in St. Petersburg, The Vinoy Resort & Golf Club , dating to 1925, features renovated guest rooms, golf, tennis, and a marina.

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Although spring arrives in March, the cold weather hangs on a bit longer in the Windy City, so bundle up and duck into one of Chicago’s best museums to warm up (and explore). There’s plenty to do both indoors and outside. “As the city’s vibrancy comes back after the winter, there are concerts, theater premieres, and, of course, St. Patrick’s Day celebrations all across Chicago,” according to Rebecca Correri, general manager at 21c Museum Hotel Chicago . St. Patrick’s Day is a big occasion in Chicago, when the Chicago River turns emerald green and the official Irish Parade takes place. Chicago’s food is legendary; from deep-dish pizza to five-star dining, foodies love the city’s cuisine.

Where to Stay: An artsy boutique hotel, 21c Museum Hotel Chicago is set in the River North neighborhood. The St. Regis Chicago opened in May 2023 for another luxe option. Just outside the city, the elegant Deer Path Inn is reminiscent of a 15th-century Tudor mansion.

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Spring is a gorgeous time for skiing in Park City , with snow throughout March (and even later some years). Conveniently located less than an hour from Salt Lake City International Airport, the charming downtown is almost as much of a draw as the snowy slopes. Restaurants, bars, shops, galleries, and a history museum make exploring fun after a day of skiing. There’s also snowboarding, snowmobiling, a toboggan-style mountain coaster, zip line, and ski lessons for all ages. Trails and slopes for all levels are available, from beginner to expert. 

Where to Stay: There are several wonderful hotels in Park City, including The Lodge at Blue Sky , Auberge Resorts Collection, Pendry Park City , and Waldorf Astoria Park City . Montage Deer Valley offers ski-in, ski-out access at Deer Valley Resort, and Washington Schoolhouse is a historic boutique.

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Located in Greensboro about 75 miles east of Atlanta, Lake Oconee is a serene getaway in central Georgia. Boating, golf, hiking, and nearby Sandy Creek Sporting Grounds offer many ways to enjoy the early spring weather and gorgeous outdoors. At Sandy Creek, there’s fishing, kayaking, off-roading, archery, and sporting clay shooting. In the historic downtown, visitors will find antique stores, boutiques, restaurants, and a walking tour for those who want to discover more about Greensboro’s past. Six championship golf courses and the Kingdom at Lake Oconee provide golfers with opportunities for play, practice, equipment, and lessons. My husband and I spent a few days — and played a few rounds of golf — at Lake Oconee. He’s been asking me when we’re going back, so I just might see you there if you schedule a trip in March. 

Where to Stay: The recently renovated Ritz-Carlton Reynolds Lake Oconee offers lakeside dining, boating, a spa, guest rooms, suites, cottages, and the Lake House, with four bedrooms and a stunning lakefront location. RVs and campers are welcome at Lake Oconee KOA .

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Perfect weather in the mid-70s, gorgeous scenery, white-sand beaches, and a lively atmosphere make March a great time for a trip to Oahu. The island is celebrating the 28th Annual Honolulu Festival (March 8-10) with a parade, stage performances, food, music, and a craft fair. March is prime whale watching time, and a cruise to see the humpbacks is a thrilling experience. Snorkeling at Hanauma Bay, swimming, surfing, or just relaxing on the beach are more ways to enjoy the island. My first snorkeling experience was at Hanauma Bay, and I’ve returned several times since then; the marine life there is incredible. Visitors can learn about the history of the islands at the Polynesian Cultural Center or the fascinating Bishop Museum . At Wai Kai , there’s a lagoon, wave pool, kayaking, and more for family fun.

Where to Stay: The surf-themed Twin Fin and beachfront Alohilani are options near Waikiki Beach. Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa is a great option for families with activities for all ages. 

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T+L’s 2024 Destination of the Year sees its dry season in March, making this the ideal time to visit for some travelers (although the best time to visit Costa Rica largely depends on what you want to experience). “There’s really no bad time to visit Costa Rica,” says Trevor Ling, owner of Hotel Three Sixty. “Late February through March is characterized by the driest weather and spectacular wildlife sightings, like the annual humpback whale migration. This is when Osa Peninsula’s biodiversity really comes to life. Here on the Pacific Coast, March is also prime time for watching turtles hatch on our coastline’s pristine beaches.” Whether your goal is to see wildlife, beaches, rainforests, or small towns, you can find what you’re after in Costa Rica.

Where to Stay: Adults-only Hotel Three Sixty is located on the southwest coast along the Pacific. Enjoy panoramic views from the mountainside Origins Lodge or a beachfront villa at Costa Elena . Those looking for a seamless stay may want to choose one of the best all-inclusive resorts in Costa Rica . 

The three-island archipelago just south of Italy features well-preserved medieval fortresses, archaeological sites, and museums. From March through May, the Malta Biennale will be celebrated with cultural events and festivities. “Malta is the hidden gem of the Mediterranean, and art and design lovers who visit our country in 2024 will see more events, exhibitions, and festivals than ever before,” according to Phyllis Muscat, CEO and board chair of MICAS (Malta International Contemporary Art Space). “This fall our new contemporary art museum will open within the old fortification walls above the marina, only a few minutes walk from the center of Valletta. MICAS will offer visitors an ambitious collection of international contemporary art.”

Where to Stay: AC Hotel St. Julian’s and Barceló Fortina Malta opened in 2023, and a Hard Rock Hotel and Hyatt Centric are expected to open in early 2024. 

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Spring arrives in March with flowers blooming and temperatures warming into the high 60s, perfect for being outdoors. Hiking in Keramashoto National Park , strolling along beaches, and enjoying colorful blossoms are among things to do. In Higashi Village, more than 50,000 azaleas bloom for the March Azalea Festival. The Netflix series, Live to 100: Secrets of the Blue Zones , has inspired travel to Okinawa, and visitors find incredible experiences like diving among coral reefs, learning about the islands’ history and traditions, and enjoying the delicious cuisine. Flights from major cities in Asia arrive at Okinawa’s Naha Airport.

Where to Stay: Hoshinoya Okinawa is an oceanside resort offering the Okinawa Blue Zone Stay, a three-day wellness experience. Halekulani Okinawa offers guest rooms and five villas with private pools. Homm Okinawa , a Banyan Tree Hotel, features spacious private villas. 

Mexico City, Mexico 

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March is ideal for a trip to Mexico City, with dry weather, temperatures in the mid-70s, and the blooming of the purple jacarandas. It’s the perfect time to explore the city’s neighborhoods, from hip to historic, sample street food, and learn about the past. More than a museum, Casa Azul is the place where Frida Kahlo spent her early life and her time with Diego Rivera. Personal objects, folk art, photos, books, and paintings by both artists create a fascinating experience. I loved the Floating Gardens of Xochimilco during my visit a few years ago; seeing local families, tourists, and the colorful boats ( trajineras ) and flowers was such fun. 

Where to Stay: Hotel San Fernando is a boutique hotel in the Condesa neighborhood. Andaz Mexico City Condesa features the Cabuya Rooftop restaurant and bar. Colima 71 is in Colonia Roma Norte.

Related : How to Plan a Trip to Mexico City — Including the Best Restaurants, Hotels, and Things to Do 

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March begins the shoulder season in Florence, after the winter months but ahead of spring and summer’s more popular tourist seasons. Visiting museums, restaurants, and piazzas is ideal in March, and with the right clothing, the cool weather can be comfortable. Florentine New Year , dating to the Middle Ages, is celebrated on March 25 with a procession through the city streets. Easter falls on March 31, and a unique tradition, the Explosion of the Cart , takes place. Claudio Meli, general manager of The Place tells T+L, “March is the perfect time to visit our beloved Florence and embrace some of our local traditions. One of my favorites is the Scoppio del Carro , or Exploding of the Cart. Outside of the Duomo, the cardinal of Florence lights a massive cart and fireworks are released, symbolizing the Holy Spirit.”

Where to Stay: The Place , a luxury boutique hotel in the heart of Piazza Santa Maria Novella, will reopen in mid-March after a redesign. Hotel Savoy, a Rocco Forte Hotel , is located on Piazza della Repubblica. 

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“The Harvest Festival in Mendoza is a captivating celebration that beautifully intertwines the rich viticultural heritage of the region with a vibrant display of culture and tradition. It’s a time when the vineyards come alive with the culmination of a year’s hard work, and the air is filled with the aroma of freshly harvested grapes,” Veronica Marquina, general manager at Cavas Wine Lodge, told T+L . “It’s a must-experience event that immerses visitors in the heart and soul of Mendoza’s wine culture.” The Fiesta Nacional de la Vendimia (Feb.28-March 3) celebrates the harvest with music, dance, theater, and, of course, wine. This agricultural region where malbec is famously made is about 650 miles west of Buenos Aires.

Where to Stay: Cavas Wine Lodge , a Relais & Châteaux member, is a boutique property set in a 55-acre vineyard. The Vines Resort & Spa is set in the Uco Valley, and SB Winemaker’s House & Spa Suites features wines from Susana Balbo Winery .

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Located in the Caribbean Sea, this island is shared by two nations: the Netherlands and France. Visitors cross the open border easily, and in St. Maarten (the Dutch side), they’ll find casinos, bars, shopping, and nightlife, while in St. Martin (the French side), excellent restaurants, beaches, and beautiful natural surroundings are abundant. The largest regatta in the Caribbean, the Heineken Regatta (Feb. 29-March 3), will bring yacht fans from around the world. SXM Music Festival (March 11-18) arrives for five nights of electronic music and dancing. Water sports, sailing, hiking, and zip lining are among the many things to do on St. Martin.

Where to Stay: La Samanna, A Belmond Hotel was voted among the best resorts in the Caribbean in our 2023 World’s Best Awards.

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The best holiday destinations in March

By Sarah James

28 best holiday destinations in March

The slow slog to March is one that feels momentous. Finally, you made it to lighter days, you can put your thermals back in storage, breathe a sigh of optimistic relief, and celebrate with a trip away. Schools are in session so its prime for an adults-only escape, and the change of season means great deals are there for the taking. But where to go on holiday in March? Skiing is still an option, its shoulder season at beach escapes everywhere from the Indian Ocean to the Caribbean , and much of Europe is starting to defrost again. For more inspiration, see our picks for the best places to visit in March.

Chamonix France

1. Chamonix, France

Temperature in March: 6°C high; 1°C low Season: winter Travel time from UK: 1 hour 40 minutes Time difference: GMT +1

Set on a mountainside below Mont Blanc, the ski resort town of Chamonix has bags of storybook appeal: churches sparkle under a frosting of snow, the windows of picturesque chalets glow with firelight, and shimmering pine trees look as if they've been plucked straight off a Christmas card. By March, the serious skiers have left to find cooler climes, and the weather is warm enough for lunching al fresco. You can still catch the last of the winter snow and accommodation is easier to find, whether you're after a romantic Airbnb for two or a cool new ski hotel for a post-piste party.

Where to stay: Retro Americana RockyPop is a great affordable option with fun communal areas (think table football, table tennis, games consoles, live music) and an excellent in-house ski rental shop. If you prefer an Airbnb, check into Studio Grace , a self-contained apartment that's connected to a larger chalet, but with its own private outdoor terrace.

Madrid Spain

2. Madrid, Spain

Temperature in March: 16°C high; 6°C low Season: spring Travel time from UK: 2 hours 25 minutes Time difference: GMT +1

Barcelona 's big sister sheds her winter skin in March. When the clocks go forward, as if by magic a wave of warmth sweeps the city and loosens up its reserved exterior. Madrid 's expansive parks burst into bloom and locals tumble out onto the streets to sip caipirinhas and dance till dawn. Temperatures stay around 20ºC (far more gentle than the capital's sizzling summers), meaning you can explore its world-class galleries, belle-époque mansions and designer boutiques without breaking a sweat. There are great traditional tapas to be had, but leave time to try the city's newer breed of stylish gastro bars. Just don't plan anything more than a siesta afterwards.

Where to stay: Family-owned 7 Islas – half hotel, half gallery with polished concrete floors and whitewashed walls. If you're after a view, reserve a room at The Principal Madrid Hotel , where the rooftop terrace overlooks the angel-topped dome of the city’s famous Metrópolis building. If you're travelling with a group, this airy Airbnb apartment sleeps six and is within walking distance of Madrid's top attractions. For more options, check our Madrid hotels roundup. CS

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3. Rome, Italy

Temperature in March: 17° high; 6° low Season: spring Travel time from UK: 2 hours 30 minutes Time difference: GMT +1

It’s the ultimate European city break for history buffs, foodies, and all-round Italophiles. However, if you’re yet to tick off the ancient metropolis’s major attractions , avoid the peak summer months. The sprawling Roman Forum, the Trevi Fountain, and much of the Colosseum offer little to no respite from the sun, so breezy spring days are best. There’s so much to see that it’s easier to admit you’ll be back again before you know it – plan days accordingly to take everything in. Otherwise, get lost. Church-hop, roam around leafy parks as the flowerbeds bloom, and fuel the smartwatch-buzzing on-the-go from Rome’s best pizza spots. Just be careful with timings; if Easter falls in March, as it does in 2024, it’ll affect what’s open – and what’s really, really busy.

Where to stay: Cardo Roma , an Autograph Collection Hotel, opens in early 2024. It’s outside the city centre, so transport is needed, but the wellness and leisure facilities, plus the sleek, modern design, will have travellers checking into the 324 guestrooms and suites. For something a little closer to the action, join the fashion-conscious clientele at Palm Suites , a stone’s throw from the chaos of the Colosseum. CS

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4. Lisbon, Portugal

Temperature in March: 18° high; 10° low Season: spring Travel time from UK: 2 hours 45 minutes Time difference: GMT

Alongside the usual selection of holiday treats and trinkets, it’s common to return from Lisbon with sore glutes – the Portuguese capital is known as The City of Seven Hills for good reason. Tackling the top sights during scorching summers is a sweaty affair, but in March, things are warming up just enough for it to be one of the most pleasant European city breaks. Marvel at the glitzy interiors of the Palácio Nacional da Ajuda, light a candle in The Cathedral of Saint Mary Major, and roam the Botanical Garden of Lisbon before finding a roadside spot for lunch. In the evening, don a light jacket and discover the city’s nightlife scene via a bar crawl down Rua Nova do Carvalho (Pink Street) or secure a spot at Red Frog, the only Lisbon bar to make the World’s 100 Best Bars list. Also, UK travellers have no time difference, so it’s a great place to try the digital nomad lifestyle.

Where to stay: 1908 Lisboa Hotel is centrally located and affordable, making it the perfect stay for first-timers likely to spend little time lounging around in fancy lobbies. Alternatively, the Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon is one of the best hotels in Lisbon for aesthetes and all-round fans of glamorous stays – dinner at Michelin-starred chef Pedro Pena Bastos’s CURA is a must.

Connemara Co Galway Ireland

Temperature in March :12°C high; 8°C low Season: spring Travel time from UK: 1 hour 5 minutes Time difference: GMT +0

Ireland is one of those rare places that fully lives up to its reputation: incredibly green, windswept, raucous, and – more often than not – pelted by rain. What better time to visit than during the month that features an ode to St Patrick, the 'Apostle of Ireland'? Donegal ’s wild beaches and the looming Cliffs of Moher are movie-beautiful, and the elemental, towering sea crag of Kerry’s Skellig Michael was picked for a pivotal role in Star Wars . There’s nowhere cosier for a pint than the brightly painted pubs of Galway (wood-panelled Tigh Neachtain’s is a favourite), best paired with the riverside city’s famous oysters. In Dublin , the cobbled, Georgian capital, the docklands have lately gone from run-down to tech hub: the so-called Silicon Docks are now home to Facebook, Google and Airbnb HQs. The rooftop bar at the area’s Marker Hotel is where young Dublin comes for après-coding.

Where to stay: At part 13th-century castle, part French-inspired château Ashford Castle in County Mayo, one of our picks for the best hotels in Ireland .

Finca Malvasia

6. Canary Islands, Spain

Temperature in March: 21°C high; 15°C low Season: spring Travel time from UK: 4 hours 6 minutes Time difference: GMT +0

Spain's tiny golden islands off the coast of North Africa are heavenly in early spring. The days are getting longer and sunnier and there's no sign of the peak-season crowds. We're excited by Lanzarote 's beautiful beaches, cool surf scene and amazing places to stay. We're captivated by Tenerife 's unexpected lunar landscapes and intrigued by the unsung Canaries: a whistle-stop tour could take you through Santa Cruz de la Palma's whitewashed Renaissance palaces, La Gomera's plunging ravines and Fuencaliente's sleepy volcanic craters bathed in early morning mist. To help plan your trip, see our guide to the best Canary Islands to visit .

Where to stay: For an unusual stay, book still-functioning 18th-century lighthouse Faro Punta Cumplida on the rugged north-east of La Palma . Ditching the all-inclusives and going small and local is better for the community, the environment and your holiday, too. Try the cottages on family-owned working vineyard Finca Malvasia in Lanzarote; or Tenerife’s gorgeous Garachico, a mercifully under-visited seaside village.

Zebras at Sanbona Little Karoo

7. South Africa

Temperature in March: 27°C high; 21°C low Season: dry Travel time from UK: 10 hours 45 minutes Time difference: GMT +1

For a high-octane safari adventure look to the tip of this mighty continent. South Africa has 19 national parks and the tail-end of wet season means fewer tour groups and lower costs if you can tolerate the odd afternoon shower. If you're hungry to see the big five, head to Kruger National Park in the north-east, while those yearning for Out of Africa -style romance should travel south to the lush Garden Route to track game on horseback. Or if you don't want to stray too far from the city, Little Karoo is the closest safari to Cape Town . When you're done, dust off at one of Cape Town's smartest hotels : the southern capital is at its best in March, mostly free of visitors and basking in the sun.

Where to stay: One of our favourite hotels in Africa is Grootbos Private Nature Reserve , a private and carbon-negative reserve just south of Cape Town. The lodges here are glassy and contemporary, while most of the food is grown on the 2,500-hectare site.

Muttrah Corniche Muscat Oman

Temperature in March: 29°C high; 23°C low Season: spring Travel time from UK: 7 hours 30 minutes Time difference: GMT +3

Natural and understated, Oman couldn’t be more different to its neighbour on the Arabian Peninsula, the UAE. Where the latter has built a playground of space-age skyscrapers and bling-bling beach clubs, Oman has the pristine, dolphin-filled fjords of the Musandam Peninsula, Wadi Shab’s emerald waterfalls and Salalah’s misty greenery – a quirky anomaly in a region known for barren ruggedness (thank the Khareef, Salalah’s very own monsoon). Even Oman’s port capital Muscat keeps it classy with a backdrop of craggy brown mountains and the majestic, sandstone Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. Not that Oman can’t do luxury – it’s just of a more low-key sort. See the Omani-style villas of ultra-secluded Six Senses Zighy Bay (where guests can paraglide into the hotel), or Anantara’s canyon-edge village in the remote Hajar Mountains. The perfect time to discover the Middle East’s unsung jewel? March falls neatly between the winter rush and stifling summer heat.

Where to stay: Our top picks include Six Senses Zighy Bay , Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort and The Chedi in Muscat . See more at our where to stay in Oman guide.

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9. Southeast Sicily, Italy

Temperature in March:  18°C high; 9°C low Season:  Spring Travel time from UK:  3 hours Time difference: GMT +1

If you’re seeking the warmest place in Italy in March, look to southeast Sicily . This eternally awe-inspiring island has Europe’s sunniest city in modern Catania and Europe’s hottest spot in ancient Syracuse. While there’s little chance of a heatwave in March, you’ll still get eight hours of sunshine a day, and the temperate Mediterranean spring climate is ideal for exploring the area’s baroque cities – Modica, Ragusa, Noto – and Greek and Roman remains. On warmer days, the dunes and lagoons of Vendicari Nature Reserve harbour some of the best (and quietest) beaches in all of Italy , along with a great diversity of birdlife returning from Africa in springtime.

Where to stay: In Ortigia, Hotel Gutowski is artful, welcoming and extraordinarily good value (doubles from £73). On the slopes of Etna outside Catania, shell-pink Monaci delle Terre Nere must be one of the most heart-stirringly romantic places to stay in Sicily. For stays by the Vendicari nature reserve, try thethinkingtraveller.com .

Delhi India

10. Delhi, India

Temperature: 30°C high; 16°C low Season: spring Travel time from UK: 9 hours 20 minutes Time difference: GMT +4.30

Holi, the festival of colours, might now attract as many Hackney Instagrammers as devout Hindus, but the spring celebrations are, of course, at their best and brightest in India . Come March, the country’s capital erupts in a riot of rainbow powder, as Holi parties across the city pop with DJs, street food and clothes-ruining antics. After several showers, be sure to explore the city’s dichotomies: grand temples and dusty bazaars in Old Delhi , followed by New Delhi’s colonial pomp and G&Ts. For a taste of modern India, Hauz Khas Village (‘HKV’ to trendy young Delhiites) is a pedestrian-friendly hub of galleries, fashion boutiques, bars and bohemian cafés.

Where to stay: Modern-day, opulent hangout The Leela Palace is made of white marble, with soaring ceilings and a rooftop pool.

Costa Del Sol Malaga Spain

11. Malaga, Spain

Temperature in March:  19°C high; 9°C low Season:  Spring Travel time from UK:  2 hours 45 minutes Time difference: GMT +1

By March, Malaga is already sunny and warm enough for T-shirts and beach games, if not exactly scorchio quite yet. This pocket-sized city on Spain ’s Sunshine Coast has had something of a renaissance of late; no longer just a hop-off point for Marbella and other beach resorts, it’s worth a trip in its own right. Not least for its youthful and exuberant food and creative scenes: buzzy, affordable restaurants run by rising stars are packed with locals year-round, Antonio Banderas has revived the Teatro del Soho, the Lego-like Centre Pompidou sits on the newly redeveloped port. Meanwhile, the Old Town has interesting galleries and artisan boutiques to be found on its squares and sidestreets, as well as a museum dedicated to Malaga’s most famous son, Picasso. Then, of course, there are the beaches, stretching out either side of the town, with beach bars serving up sundowners and seafood, day and night.

Where to stay: The recently opened La Zambra hotel is a clean contemporary take on Andalucia located in the Mijas Costa area. Mijas Golf is nearby if that's your thing, but it's also worth a stay just for the Moorish patio, pool and spa offering as well.

Whistler Canada

12. Whistler, Canada

Temperature in March:  7°C high; –2°C low Season:  Ski season; spring Travel time from UK:  9 hours 30 minutes Time difference: GMT –8

The granddaddy of North American ski resorts does winter sports on a supersized scale. Up in the awe-inspiring Pacific Ranges above Vancouver, Whistler gets phenomenal snow in a winter season that runs November–May. The best month of all is March when you can expect bluebird powder days; it’s sunnier yet there’s still heavy snowfall, slopes and lifts are less busy, and rates are cheaper. In a resort that has committed to becoming carbon-neutral (including building a hydro plant to produce enough energy to power ski lifts, restaurants and snow cannons), there are a whole bunch of restaurants run with a sustainability ethos. Fine-dining Alta Bistro is perhaps the smartest of them, and the greenest: as well as all-seasonal, all-local ingredients, everything is ethically sourced, bought from nearby farms and makers, right down to the sustainably farmed wine. Plus, all organic waste gets composted at a local farm and they use renewable hydroelectric power.

Where to stay: Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler is the starriest hotel in town. Alternatively, and for the accomplished skier, Mabeyski arranges amazing off-the-beaten-piste winter adventures in British Columbia, including heliskiing and stays at spoiling lodges.

Aerial view of Stingray City sandbar Grand Cayman

13. Cayman Islands

Temperature in March:  29°C high; 22°C low Season:  Dry Travel time from UK:  12 hours 45 minutes direct Time difference: GMT -5

At last, there’s a compelling reason to choose this archipelago over other Caribbean islands . Palm Heights is the Caymans’ first smart all-suite boutique hotel, and something entirely different for the Caribbean. Design is 1970s retro-Tropicana – bold in orange, tan and sunshine yellow, with an eclectic mix of vintage classic furniture and contemporary art. There’s a huge wellness centre with visiting athletes, superb restaurants headed up by New York chefs, and a diverse crowd of islanders as well as guests. The location is one of the best in the Caribbean, on icing-sugar Seven Mile Beach. March is the best month to go to the Cayman Islands – for weather, for watersports, and lower rates and fewer tourists between school holidays.

Where to stay: Take any of the 50 suites at Palm Heights – all are spacious, with separate living rooms, tiled breakfast/cocktail bars, and balconies overlooking the sea.

View of the cityscape of Essaouira in Morocco

14. Essaouira, Morocco

Temperature in March:  20°C high; 14°C low Season:  Spring Travel time from UK:  3 hours 40 minutes (direct) Time difference: GMT +1

A couple of hours’ drive to the coast from Marrakech brings you to the cute seaside town of Essaouira , painted every shade of blue. Its Atlantic breakers and wide sandy stretches lure surfers and its bohemian vibe bring hippies. Plus, now its collection of cool galleries, boutiques and chic little places to stay and eat makes it a destination in its own right, whether for an early spring beach break or a Moroccan escape a little off the well-worn path.

Where to stay: On the edge of the Medina, Villa Maroc is a charming riad made up of four 18th-century houses, with 21 uniquely decorated rooms and suites (including a couple of two-bedroom family suites).

Ravello Amalfi Coast Sorrento

15. Sorrento, Italy

Temperature in March: 19°C high; 13°C low Season: spring Travel time from UK: 2 hours 35 minutes Time difference: GMT +1

Nothing brings a spring to the step quite like the sight of Italy ’s glorious Amalfi coast . Particularly in March, when its vertiginous twists are bathed in a daily average eight hours of sun. Cliffs plunge into the Tyrrhenian Sea, topped with grand palazzos and smart hotels. Narrow, Roman lanes are stuffed with limoncello stalls flogging the boozy spoils of Sorrento ’s famous fruit. Its snoozy air and pastel-coloured houses are pure Italian cinema: you might even swear you’ve seen a young Sophia Loren looking impossibly saucy by the quay. Do as the Italians do and spend the lazy, romantic days enjoying a long aperitivo . Don’t miss fresh fritto misto at Marina Grande, the town’s old fishing harbour, or Michelin-starred Il Buco in the cellars of an old monastery, where chef Peppe Aversa serves seasonal ingredients under a stone-hewn, vaulted ceiling. The sweet life, indeed.

Where to stay: Maison la Minervetta is a five-storey, upside-down hotel built into the cliff-side above Sorrento's pretty Marina Grande. For more options nearby, see our edit of the best Amalfi Coast hotels .

Las Vegas USA

16. Las Vegas, USA

Temperature in March: 22°C high; 4°C low Season: dry Travel time from UK: 10 hours 45 minutes Time difference: GMT -8

Sin City isn’t subtle. But you might call it an interesting anthropological study. What happens when you build an entire city dedicated to hedonism? Everyone goes nuts. Look no further than the Strip, where even early mornings see punters stumbling giddily past a dancing fountain and lava-spewing volcano, toting half-yards of booze. But when not ogling the spectacle, the city’s chequered history makes for fascinating discoveries. The Mob Museum, in the old courthouse, is a thorough chronicling of the mafia here, while the Neon Museum shows off retro, rescued signs from the earliest hotels and casinos. The slightly seedy Atomic Liquors bar also claims a place in Vegas lore: from its rooftop, drinkers would watch mushroom clouds billow out of nearby atomic testing sites in the 1950s. March weather in Las Vegas is like a good UK summer day. But a day in Vegas is like nowhere else on Earth.

Where to stay: At Resorts World Las Vegas , the first new resort to be built on the Las Vegas Strip in more than a decade. The super-sized spot comprises three distinct hotels as well as the Awana Spa and a bevvy of restaurants – the most notable being Wally's with its headline worthy $1000 steaks.


Temperature in March: 24°C high; 13°C low Season: dry Travel time from UK: from 2 hours 30 minutes Time difference: GMT +2

As well as being regarded as the Middle East’s most accessible country , Jordan just might be its most captivating. But then, it has many an unfair advantage. There’s the ancient, stone-carved city of Petra, a new wonder of the world; Jerash’s vast Greco-Roman ruins; the super-salty Dead Sea. Or joining a camel caravan to Wadi Rum, star of Lawrence of Arabia : a cinematic, rust-red desert valley dressed up with dramatic sandstone mountains and deep caverns. March is an excellent time to bound around. Daytime temperatures hang in the comfortable half of the 20s, while desert nights are warm enough for camping under the stars.

Where to stay: Four Seasons Hotel Amman , where a serene atmosphere is maintained by cool, calm neutrals and impeccable service.


Temperature in March: 24°C high; 8°C low Season: spring Travel time from UK: 12 hours 5 minutes Time difference: GMT +4.45

There’s no better time than spring to experience Nepal’s Himalayan charms. Flowers are blooming in the high mountains, dry and clear weather shows off generous views, and the days are warm but not sticky. It’s ideal for trekkers, although you needn’t summit Everest for elevated adventure: the Annapurna range offers excellent hikes through lowland villages and around high, glacial lakes. In Kathmandu, March’s Holi festival paints the town red, blue, yellow, purple and green, too. Exploitation of porters is a huge problem in Nepal, so be sure to book with a reputable tour company that enforces weight restrictions, and provides porters with terrain- and weather-appropriate gear and shelter, and fair pay. And we all saw those crazy pictures of the queues to summit Everest, so consider an off-the-beaten-track trekking route for a unique and more peaceful and sustainable experience.

Where to stay: Dwarika's Hotel in Kathmandu has become the stuff of legend – or stay at younger sister Dwarika's Resort , a spa on the ancient trade route to Tibet.

Valencia Spain

19. Valencia, Spain

Temperature in March: 19°C high; 7°C low Season: spring Travel time from UK: 2 hours 25 minutes Time difference: GMT +1

Spain ’s third largest city celebrates spring in typically fiery Spanish style. Which is to say, it sets everything on fire. March’s week-long Las Fallas festival sees Valencia display a host of giant, satirical papier-mâché sculptures (often nodding to topical political scandals and celebrity meltdowns), before they’re paraded around town and spectacularly set ablaze on the final night. In the lead-up, the whole city’s a party: parades, music, ear-busting fireworks, plus the hipster Ruzafa district puts on its own dazzling festival of lights. Better still, this appealing cosmopolitan port city isn’t short of spectacles by day. Alongside almost 3km of beaches and a vibrant old town, there’s the awesome futuristic architecture of the City of Arts and Sciences, where buildings evoke the skeleton of a whale, a water lily, a giant eye and more. For more ideas, see our recommendations for things to do in Valencia .

Where to stay: El 16 Ruzafa has five apartments in an early-20th-century modernist building.

Puerto Rico

20. Puerto Rico

Temperature: 22°C high; 16°C low Season: spring Travel time from UK: 8 hours 58 minutes Time difference: GMT -5

Kick off the month with a beach party on the shores of Puerto Rico . Only two hours from Miami , this Caribbean isle has long been the USA 's weekend playground. Expect a distinctly Latin flavour with a side of home comforts – Puerto Rico has the biggest shopping mall in the Caribbean and the largest virgin tropical rainforest. March is the best month to sample both sides of island life. The beaches lose their crowds and a light breeze rustles the palm trees, lifting the humidity and letting you sleep on the sand in Vieques. Those craving a faster pace can always go salsa dancing in Mayagüez, whale-watching in Rincón or wander the cobbled streets of old San Juan, Piña Colada in hand.

Where to stay: Close to Vieques’s beautiful beaches, Puerto Rican-owned Finca Victoria is a sustainably minded boutique hotel offering yoga, farm-sourced breakfasts and organic locally made bath goodies. For a villa stay, try The Horned Dorset Primavera featuring Moorish interiors and a French-influenced restaurant.

Sayulita West Coast of Mexico

21. Mexico's West Coast

Temperature in March: 30°C high; 22°C low Season: dry Travel time from UK: 12 hours 15 minutes Time difference: GMT -6

Mexico 's Pacific coast transplants Californian cool to a warmer climate with bigger waves – no wonder Hollywood heavyweights jet down to graze by the pool in Cabo . March is a fantastic time to visit, with prime conditions for whale-watching in Baja California , virtually no rain and rising temperatures. Chilled-out Sayulita draws travellers with its neon-bright shopfronts and wild beaches. Further south in Oaxaca , you'll find Puerto Escondido, a beach town where you can surf all day, party all night and browse contemporary art installations the morning after. If you fancy branching out during your stay, click here to see the hottest day-trips from Sayulita.

Where to stay: Check in to Cabo's One&Only Palmilla to star-spot over ceviche or head further north to Baja California Sur’s Todos Santos, where Paradero Todos Santos is a palm-tree oasis with an outdoor spa and half moon-shaped infinity pool.


22. Bermuda

Temperature in March: 21°C high; 16°C low Season: winter Travel time from UK: 7 hours 30 minutes Time difference: GMT -4

Castaways in the 17th century were the first to see the startling beauty of this undiscovered island. Bermuda hasn't changed much since then with its pristine rose-pink sands and fiercely loyal locals who have a disdain for flashy resorts. Visit in March before the late spring price spike for warm waters and seven hours of daily sunshine. Watching a rosy sunset from the docks of the capital Hamilton, you'll feel as if you've accidentally stumbled on paradise.

Where to stay: At the Hamilton Princess & Beach Club , which has sat on the harbour of Bermuda’s capital since the late 19th century.

The High Atlas Mountains

23. Fez, Morocco

Temperature in March: 21°C high; 8°C low Season: winter Travel time from UK: 3 hours 10 minutes Time difference: GMT +0

Bigger than Marrakech , the imperial Moroccan city of Fez also comes first for authentic charm. Its eighth-century medina is a chaotic trip back in time to fragrant tanneries and wizened merchants; an extraordinary restoration project has lately breathed new life into old buildings. Less of a tourist circus than its medieval rival, Fez is nevertheless catching up in the sophistication stakes. Exciting chefs are also bringing modernity to the medina: El Bulli , Noma and French Laundry alum Najat Kaanache applies haute techniques to local-market finds at her intimate new restaurant Nur .

Where to stay: Parisian designer Christophe Pillet’s 50-bedroom, stone-clad Sahrai hotel has a covetable rooftop bar and Givenchy spa, while Dar Arsama riad is a chic blend of contemporary and traditional, hung with the curious art of Spanish owner Violeta Caldrés.

Boats In Ha Long Bay Vietnam

24. Vietnam

Temperature in March: 23°C high; 18°C low Season: dry Travel time from UK: 11 hours 15 minutes Time difference: GMT +6

There's no better time to scale the length and breadth of this compelling country. Vietnam 's usually sticky humidity vanishes in March and dazzling sunshine heralds the driest month of the year. It's the ideal time to laze on the southern beaches but also optimum weather for trekking the craggy northern mountains. It's also still shoulder season, meaning you can see much more for less. Admire Ho Chi Minh 's French colonial architecture from a buzzing sky bar, explore Hanoi 's ancient pagodas, sail on the tranquil Mekong and take a rickety bike ride over the bridges of Hoi An in the gorgeous central region. Just up the coast is the Khoai Chau district, where the Chu Dong Tu festival takes place in March with processions of richly embroidered golden dragons and burning incense. It's a feast for the senses that won't be forgotten in a hurry.

Where to stay: We like Four Seasons The Nam Hai just outside pretty Hoi An, which has three-tiered swimming pools and bedrooms set in sleek villas. For a beach-side stay, Regent Phu Quoc is a luxury gem with all the trimmings for an idyllic long-haul fly-and-flop.

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Temperature in March: 14°C high; 5°C low in Tokyo; -1°C high; -11°C low in Niseko Season: winter Travel time from UK: 14 hours 30 minutes Time difference: GMT +8

March is a wonderful time to visit Japan. You might just miss peak cherry blossom season – it's more likely to fall at the very end of March into early April. But really, exactly when the cherry blossom will bloom is unpredictable, and growing ever more so. And skiing is possible in some parts of Japan throughout the month – we like Niseko, “the smartest area on Japan’s northernmost island, where the fluffy powder is the stuff of legends,” features director Toby Skinner says in our round-up of where to ski in March .

Where to stay: The Green Leaf is a classic ski-in, ski-out option. Kimamaya Boutique Hotel , meanwhile, is a small hangout with a glass-walled restaurant.

Red tuktuk under the palm trees on the country road

26. Sri Lanka

Temperature in March: 28°C high; 24°C low Season: dry Travel time from UK: 10 hours 30 minutes Time difference: GMT +4.5

The teardrop island has grown stronger than ever in the past few years, and is officially back as a top choice destination for those craving tropical landscapes and serious sunshine. Hang out on the beach or go on adventures across national parks such as Yala National Park (where you might see leopards, elephants and crocodiles) and ancient ruins. You could spend days learning to surf, practising yoga or simply snacking your way through the country's culinary highlights – the choice is yours.

Where to stay: The best Sri Lanka hotels include Wild Coast Tented Lodge , in Yala, and Nine Skies , in the Hill Country.

The Maldives

27. The Maldives

Temperature in March: 30°C high; 27°C low Season: dry Travel time from UK: from 10 hours Time difference: GMT +4

Night-snorkelling, island-hopping and the turquoise Indian Ocean lapping onto ice-white shores… when it comes to the Maldives the travel clichés flow as freely as the cocktails. While the island nation is idyllic year-round, March is a great time to spot manta rays and sharks or simply relish the temperate 30ºC days in a private beach hut. It's dreamy for the kids too – see our pick of the best family hotels in the Maldives . One of our favourites is Soneva Fushi with its technology-free zone called The Den, complete with tunnels, treasure maps and a pirate ship built for would-be Peter Pans and Wendys. A note: luxury retreats don’t tend to be the most sustainable of businesses, and even less so in the Maldives, where fresh water and waste management will always be challenges, and private flights and imported food are the norm. But some spots are giving it a go: Kudadoo Private Island runs entirely on solar power; Kuramathi Island Resort produces 70 per cent of its own herbs and salads in an onsite hydroponic garden; and Soneva Fushi is carbon-neutral and 90 per cent waste-free, with onsite plastic and glass recycling and composting.

Where to stay: Our top recommendations include Soneva Fushi , Kudadoo Private Island , Gili Lankanfushi. For a new address, Alila Kothaifaru Maldives is the archipelago's most recent opening, featuring just 80 villas, split between over water (sunrise or sunset) and beach (properly hidden from each other by leafy vegetation) are supported by two restaurants. For more options, read our guide to the best hotels in the Maldives .

The Philippines

28. The Philippines

Temperature in March: 34°C high; 21°C low Season: dry Travel time from UK: 14 hours 7 minutes Time difference: GMT +7

This emerald archipelago is the perfect spot for unwinding after a long winter. A thatch-roofed villa in a private island resort is the ideal base from which to discover the winding rice terraces, quaint villages, coral reefs and deserted islands of the Philippines . In March the heat is more bearable on the beaches and in the bustling capital Manila . But those itching to get their feet wet should head to the Palawan islands - the real inspiration for Alex Garland's The Beach . Take a dip in a natural lagoon, or doze under the tilting coconut trees.

Where to stay: Harana Surf in Siargao draws a surfer-yogi crowd, or for something smarter try Nay Palad Hideaway , which has a swimming pontoon off the beach.

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Japanese cherry blossoms in full bloom in Nagano, Japan © Getty Images

By March, spring is stirring across the northern hemisphere, thawing a number of high-profile destinations from their chilly, off-peak periods – with the added bonus that the crowds have yet to arrive. Meanwhile, in the southern hemisphere, the mercury is starting to slide in the opposite direction, attracting thrill seekers and bargain hunters for low-season adventures.

No matter what you’re looking for, it’s a rewarding time to hit the road. Find out some of the best places to go in March. 

The best places to travel to in March for relaxation

Towering palm trees cast some shade along the walkway that runs along the edge of Canteras Beach in Gran Canaria, Spain, where several people relax under sun loungers on the sand.

Gran Canaria, Spain 

Why now? Spring clean mind and body with a tai chi and chill-out break.

Gran Canaria  is a perfect destination for a wellness escape amid sand dunes and blissfully balmy weather, with temperatures reliably above 20°C (68°F) and over seven hours of sunshine daily in March. The beautiful belly-button of the Canary Islands is a hotbed of yoga, meditation, tai chi and qigong retreats, with several clustered around Las Palmas , Gran Canaria’s culturally diverse capital. Pick a location according to your interests – after your early-morning tai chi session, you’ll have plenty of time to relax or get active. You’ll find beaches galore on which to get horizontal, but consider striking out onto the island's hiking trails, too.

Why now? Ride reliable waves in a surf and yoga hot spot.

A string of surf camps stud Morocco ’s coast between Agadir and Essaouira , mostly clustered around Taghazout and the quieter fishing village of Tamraght. The surf is reliably good between October and March, when the weather starts to warm up but waves are still big, long and consistent. Most camps offer a simple recipe: limber up with sunrise yoga, then grab a board and find the best breaks, sparing time to explore the galleries and souqs of Essaouira’s fortified medina.

Discover more about the best times to visit Morocco

The best places to travel to in march for adventure.

A split image which on the left shows two people riding a 4x4 quad bike in Costa Rica, and on the right is an image of Welsh mountain sheep standing on the hills above Llangollen, North Wales.

Costa Rica 

Why now? Enjoy coasts, cloud forest, volcanoes and white-water rivers. 

A tiny country with a huge range of landscapes and wildlife, Costa Rica also has huge weather – hence the lush rainforests. Come in March to hit the dry(er) season on both Pacific and Caribbean coasts and in the highlands (though showers are always likely). It’s also after the peak US holiday period, so crowds are thinner. The hardest part will be deciding what to do while there . 

Learn about more great times to visit Costa Rica

North wales .

Why now? Experience outdoor activities among daffodils and spring lambs.

Springtime in Wales : lambs wander hillsides sprinkled with clusters of butter-yellow daffodils. Though sunshine is never guaranteed here, the Welsh countryside is glorious in March, which is a great time to dust off wintry cobwebs and explore some of the UK ’s less-visited countryside. The Dee Valley is a year-round destination for active adventures – the River Dee being one of the few that offers great white water year-round, with rafting, kayaking, body-boating and even stand-up paddleboarding providing adrenaline highs. 

The best places to travel to in March for food

A split image. The left-hand picture shows a person pouring maple syrup onto snow to make maple sugar taffy. The image on the right-hand side shows spice baskets at a market in Istanbul.

New Brunswick, Canada

Why now? Succumb to your sweet tooth amid snowy landscapes.

March is maple syrup month in New Brunswick , a province as peaceful and little-touristed as it is packed with natural beauty and history. In this “fifth season,” temperatures start to nudge above freezing and the sap rises in maple trees. Sugar camps (or shacks) welcome hungry visitors to sugarbush events with cooked breakfasts of eggs, bacon, sausage, beans and pancakes – all smothered with that sticky syrup, of course. With snow lingering on the ground, work up an appetite cross-country skiing, snowshoeing or winter hiking in spectacular settings such as Fundy National Park .

Istanbul, Turkey

Why now? Discover bazaars, ancient wonders and culinary secrets in peace.

Istanbul always astounds, but in March, as things begin to warm up toward the end of the low season, you can enjoy discounts, smaller crowds and more-forgiving weather. Be sure to save some time for the greatest legacy the Ottomans left the world: food. Why else would the Spice Bazaar be so huge and bustling? From simple kebabs to meze feasts and the luscious aubergine masterpiece, imam bayıldı , there are few cuisines as indulgent as that of Turkey . Over the past couple of decades, a roster of excellent food-themed walking tours and cooking schools has sprung up in Istanbul, providing the opportunity to combine a springtime city break with a culinary reboot.

Experience Istanbul's best spots with our neighborhood guide

The best places to travel to in march for culture.

A split image. On the left, the Muluwurri Magpies from Melville Island (wearing black and white) play against the Tapalinga Super Stars in a game of Australian Rules football. On the right. The Farnese Collection at Museo Archeologico Nazionale in Naples.

Tiwi Islands, Australia 

Why now? Revel in the excitement of the annual Football Grand Final and Art Sale.

If you thought the rest of the country was football-mad, wait until you experience the extraordinary levels of fandom among the Indigenous people of this two-island archipelago , 80km (50 miles) north of Darwin. Here, more than one third of the population of under 3000 plays the Aussie-rules game, many at the highest level. As March ebbs and the rains start to ease off, the annual Tiwi Islands Football Grand Final and Art Sale draws lovers of both sport and culture, who hop across from mainland Northern Territory to watch the match and pick up unique pieces from the “Islands of Smiles.”

Why now? Quieter sites and a gritty city in early spring. 

Naples is unapologetic. This southern Italian sprawl is scruffy around the edges, yet has an indefatigable spirit, a dramatic location (on the Bay of Naples, in the shadow of Mt Vesuvius ) and, of course, the best pizzas in the country. Off-season March is neither too hot nor too cold, and well before most visitors descend. That means unmissable sights such as the Museo Archeologico Nazionale (packed with Pompeiian artifacts) are crowd-free – as is Pompeii itself, just a 45-minute train ride south. 

The best places to travel to in March for wildlife and nature

A split image. The left-hand image shows Someiyoshino cherry blossoms in full bloom. The right-hand images shows a sea turtle in Tobago.

Kyūshū, Japan 

Why now? Be dazzled by cherry blossoms during early sakura season.

A cherry tree in bloom is a delightful sight – sure. But 2000 cherry trees blossoming in the clear spring air – now, that’s a mind-boggling spectacle. Japan ’s warmer southwestern island of Kyūshū blushes with blossom before the better-known spots on Honshū. Its Somei Yoshino and Yamazakura trees bloom from mid-March in parks around Fukuoka , at the magnificent castle in  Kumamoto , and in Yoshino Park in Kagoshima , set against the dramatic backdrop of aptly named Mt Sakurajima.

Why now? Spot dazzling birdlife and watch nesting sea turtles.

This emerald isle afloat off the coast of South America is everything you’d expect from a Caribbean paradise: palm-fringed beaches, a relaxed pace of life, sunshine. And plenty you might not expect, too. Rather than big cruise ships and package tourists, little Tobago attracts nature lovers, snorkelers and divers. March brings the fine weather you’d want on a beach holiday, but also nesting sea turtles – green, leatherback and hawksbill – who return to lay their own eggs on the patches of sand from which they hatched. Watch (with care!) as the lumbering females haul themselves ashore, or join monitoring and conservation programs to help these threatened beauties. 

A one-horned rhino stands on a track in Kaziranga National Park, India

Why now? Track tigers and rhinos in the best season for wildlife-watching.

In March you have a good change of spotting a one-horned rhino in India’s Kaziranga National Park . And with the eagle eyes and experience of an expert guide, you might also spy tigers (Kaziranga has one of the densest populations), leopards, gaurs, elephants and sloth bears.

Looking to plan further ahead? Here are the best places to travel in every month of the year . 

This article was first published February 2018 and updated January 2024

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Best places to visit in march 2024.

Traveling in spring certainly has its perks. If you can brave cooler temperatures and the occasional rain shower, you'll likely be rewarded with fewer crowds and lower travel rates in many popular destinations, ranging from palm-fringed beaches to cities big and small. U.S. News considered factors like affordability, things to do, must-visit attractions, overall appeal and more to determine the best places to visit in March. Don't forget to cast your vote below to have a say in next year's ranking.

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Visiting during Barcelona's shoulder season has its perks, including smaller crowds and lower rates on airfare and accommodations. Plus, average temperatures hover near the low 60s in March, so you won't overheat while exploring must-see sights such as Barri Gòtic (Gothic Quarter) and Park Güell, a whimsical park designed by Antoni Gaudí. What's more, you can explore other popular Gaudí landmarks like Casa Batlló and Basílica de la Sagrada Família without hordes of tourists blocking your view. When you've worked up an appetite, venture to the quiet Gràcia neighborhood to sample authentic Catalan cuisine on a food tour.

where to travel warm in march

Straddling the border of Argentina and Brazil, Iguazu Falls is one of the largest waterfall systems in the world. While the natural beauty of the falls will take your breath away year-round, travelers who plan a trip in March enjoy the added bonus of fewer crowds, pleasant temperatures and cheaper accommodations. Remember to set aside time in your schedule for Iguazu's most dramatic feature, Garganta del Diablo (Devil’s Throat), a semicircular chasm fed by 14 of Iguazu's waterfalls.

where to travel warm in march

Although March falls within Maui's peak season, its excellent weather (think: average daytime temps in the high 70s and low 80s) and prime conditions for water sports and wildlife viewing make it a superb time to visit. Experienced surfers can head to popular surf spots like Ho'okipa Beach and Pe'ahi (dubbed "Jaws") to hang ten, while beginners stick to the waves at Kaanapali Beach. Meanwhile, animal lovers can look for migrating humpback whales during a whale watching cruise. To save some coin, book your Maui hotel and airfare at least a few months in advance.

where to travel warm in march

These five towns on the Italian Riviera are beautiful any time of year, but there are a few benefits to visiting in March. The cooler weather (think: average temperatures sit in the high 50s) makes it a perfect time to hike Cinque Terre's famous trails, although rain may cause some of the trails to close at times. Additionally, many local shops reopen after closing for winter. Since spring is one of Cinque Terre's shoulder seasons, you'll find fewer tourists this time of year, allowing you to comfortably explore the area on foot or by boat.

where to travel warm in march

March marks the end of Cape Town, South Africa's busy summer season, when temperatures begin to drop and crowds thin out. Tourists who plan a March vacation will be rewarded with cheaper rates and pleasant temps in the mid-70s, perfect for exploring top sights like Table Mountain and Camps Bay Beach. Plus, fall kicks off Cape Town's wine harvest, which makes it a great time to explore the world-renowned Constantia Valley wine region . Many festivals and events are also held throughout the month, including the Cape Town Carnival.

where to travel warm in march

Situated between two of Utah 's five main national parks, Moab is an outdoor adventure hub known for its awe-inspiring red rock formations. Travelers can admire them during visits to Arches National Park (where the world's densest concentration of natural sandstone arches resides) and Canyonlands National Park (which is the largest national park in the state). Travelers who time their trip for the beginning of the month will have the best chance of avoiding crowds while still enjoying comfortable weather in the 50s and 60s. Other must-do March activities include hiking, rock climbing, off-roading and camping.

where to travel warm in march

Whether you're enjoying a show at the Vancouver International Dance Festival or admiring cherry blossoms in Queen Elizabeth Park, there are plenty of reasons to visit Vancouver in March. Spend your time on a walking or biking tour of popular neighborhoods like Granville Island and Yaletown, then ride the Skyride gondola to the top of Grouse Mountain for breathtaking views of the city. March temperatures in this Canadian vacation destination are mild in the low 50s, and although you'll likely experience some rainfall, this is a great time to score big on hotel deals.

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The reasons for traveling to this German city in March are multifold. Although you'll have to deal with some chilly weather (average temperatures sit in the high 40s), visiting during this shoulder season means fewer crowds and lower prices. March also brings the city's annual Starkbierfest event, a traditional Bavarian beer festival, and St. Patrick's Day, one of the largest cultural events in Munich. When you're not engaging in the festivities, spend the rest of your time sightseeing at famous attractions like St. Peter's Church and the Munich Residenz, the largest city palace in Germany.

where to travel warm in march

While you can spot wildlife in the Galápagos year-round, March is nesting season for animals like green sea turtles, iguanas and red-footed boobies. Keep an eye out near the water, too, as sea lions are known to hang on the beaches. And though March falls within the wet season (you'll want to bring an umbrella), there should still be ample warm, sunny days to enjoy the beach, particularly toward the end of the month.

where to travel warm in march

Boasting 150-plus miles of hiking trails, Big Bend National Park in southwest Texas appeals to travelers with an affinity for the outdoors. Observe wildlife (including more than 450 species of birds), kayak along the Rio Grande or explore Big Bend while horseback riding. Keep in mind that spring is the park's busiest season, so you won't be the only one admiring the spectacular mountain views. Plan accordingly by allotting extra time for waiting in lines and booking your trip accommodations far in advance.  

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One of Cozumel, Mexico's biggest draws is its abundance of aquatic activities. The country's largest Caribbean island is one of the best places to scuba dive thanks to its clear water and proximity to the world's second-largest barrier reef. To get in the water, head to Chankanaab Adventure Beach Park to dive, snorkel or swim with dolphins. If you'd rather stay dry, sign up for a glass-bottom boat tour or lounge on one of the island's white sand beaches. Because March is outside the Atlantic hurricane season, you'll enjoy plenty of warm, dry weather.

where to travel warm in march

While the northern half of the world is entering spring, Southern Hemisphere destinations like Sydney are just beginning their fall season. This means travelers will encounter pleasant weather in March (average temperatures hover in the high 70s) that is perfect for taking in some of Sydney's most iconic landmarks, such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House. Other must-do activities include surfing and sunbathing at Bondi Beach and strolling through the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, Australia's oldest botanical garden.

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Visit Punta Mita, Mexico, in March if you want to relax while on vacation. This former fishing village in western Mexico's Riviera Nayarit area is now renowned for its opulent resorts, world-class golf courses and beautiful white sand beaches. Punta Mita's warm weather and clear blue water also make it an excellent place to go scuba diving, surfing and Jet Skiing. What's more, March is one of several months when humpback whales migrate through the region, so you'll want to save time for a whale watching excursion.

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March falls within this Laotian city's dry season, meaning you can participate in top outdoor activities like climbing Mount Phousi and taking a boat tour to the Pak Ou Caves without the threat of rain. Plus, the warm weather in the 80s and 90s makes cooling off in the turquoise waters of Kuang Si Falls even more enjoyable. No trip to Luang Prabang would be complete without exploring some of the city's ancient Buddhist temples – Wat Xieng Thong and Wat Wisunarat are two can't-miss sites.  

where to travel warm in march

Although March ushers in some of Jamaica's lowest temps, this time of year is by no means cold. Daytime highs comfortably sit in the mid-80s in March, making Jamaica an appealing destination to spring breakers and those in search of a warm-weather holiday. Vacationers can climb to the top of Dunn's River Falls or hike through Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park. Those looking for a more relaxing getaway can lounge on a variety of white sand beaches or unwind at one of the island's luxurious all-inclusive resorts .

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  • April 6, 2020
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Are you looking for the best warm places to travel in march?

Spring is one of the best times to travel, often the prices are lower than summer (peak season) and can still get beautiful weather and warm temperatures. So if you’re looking for the best warm places to travel in March, hopefully this list will give you some great suggestions!

Sometimes, you just want sunshine and warmth, and you just want to feel the sunshine on your face! Here’s a handy list of warm places to travel in March and we’ve got one country on every continent so buckle up and get the credit card ready, ‘cause you’ll be booking flights by the time we’re done.

So without any more waiting around, here are my favourite warm places to travel in March.

Europe: Cyprus 

In March temperatures hover around the 20C mark, though they can soar up to around 25/26. You’ll be soaking up the sun and enjoying Cyprus whilst its not too hot, but still warm enough to enjoy all the country’s beautiful scenery and beaches. In March you can spend the day relaxing by the pool , soaking in the sun at the beach, and even catching a tan too.

The weather in Cyprus in March is really consistent and reliable and makes a lovely vacation spot for people who want warm places to travel in March. There’s so much to do here too. it’s not all beaches and pools! Check out the amazing coastline you can hike in the photo below! 

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North America: Los Angeles

The city of angels is hot all year round, so it’s perfect for a beach holiday in March. Average highs are around 21-22C, although the sea might be a little bit cold in the spring time! However, if you want to fit in some shopping, some theme parks, some sightseeing and some hikes – March is the ideal time to visit Los Angeles . It’ll be the ideal temperature to do all the best bits the city has to offer. Definitely one of the best warm places to travel in March.

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North America: Las Vegas

Next on my list of warm places to travel in March, it’s Las Vegas. Whilst Las Vegas isn’t quite in ‘pool season’ in March, it’s definitely warming up to a pleasant average of 25C. You can spend the days wandering around outside in the amazing hotel resorts and along the strip, and then spend the nights dining al fresco in some of the city’s best outdoor bars and restaurants. Las vegas is one of my favourite cities, so I had to include it on this list! Here’s a list of 30 amazing things to do in Las Vegas during the day. 

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South America: Cancun – Mexico

With an average March temp of 34C, Cancun is a real belter for spring sunshine, and it’s such a popular choice for people all over the world. It’s a party city, and spring is when it gets a lot traffic during spring break (you know the famous spring break, where people go to part 24/7). This is where you need to head if you want to be in and out of the pool and the ocean all day, and in and out of bars all night. 

If the nightlife sounds a bit too much for you, don’t worry. There are plenty of other luxury resorts around Mexico that also make amazing warm places to travel in March.

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Africa: Ngorongo Conservation Area, Tanzania

For a spring holiday like no other, look no further than this next entry on our list of warm places to travel in March. This area is a place of outstanding natural beauty has an average March temperature of around 18C and is a lush and verdant space of wide Savannah’s and prairies. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime vacation and it’ll be something you always remember. 

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Africa: Morocco

Last on my list of warm places to travel in March, it’s Morocco. I visit Marrakech recently in March and absolutely loved it. The temperature was beautiful each day, with clear blue skies and a warm breeze. We spent the daytime wandering around the bustling medina in Marrakech and then spent the evenings dining al fresco on a rooftop in the evening sun. It was delightful and such a perfect getaway for March. Definitely a fantastic option for warm places to travel in March.

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Asia: Singapore

Singapore is HOT HOT HOT all year round. It’s a gorgeous capital city that reaches around 30C – 34C all year round. It can be humid – but the city is well equipped for the humidity and you’ll get air-conditioning everywhere you visit. There is so much to do here, from the Formula 1, to the luxurious hotels, to the famous casino and Sentosa Island… It’s a great city with endless options.

My favourite thing about Singapore is actually the food – I think Singapore is one of the BEST cities in the world for trying loads of different food. Definitely an incredible warm places to travel in March. Here’s a guide of where to stay in the city if you visit. 

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Middle East: Dubai

This next entry on our list of warm places to travel in March gets up to 30C in March, too, and is a genuinely beautiful place to visit. It’s a modern city, with tons to do (from huge shopping malls, to pristine beaches). If you’ve never been, Dubai is a great getaway for couples and families alike, and it’s a really safe, and welcoming city too. I adore it there. I’ve written loads about how great Dubai is year round, and you can check those articles out here . 

Australia: Adelaide

March is the slide of summer into autumn in Adelaide,  Australia and because of this it’s a gorgeous places to go to in March. Adelaide is in southern Australia, and is an often a more neglected city compared to Melbourne or Sydney. Obviously anywhere in Aus is going to be nice and warm in March, but why not give Adelaide with its pristine beaches, and sweet coty centre a try?

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I hope this list of warm places to travel in March has been useful! If you’re planning a getaway at this time of year, you’re more or less guaranteed some beautiful warm weather in the above locations!

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30 Best Warm Destinations to Visit in March in the US (2024)

A great time of year to escape to warm and tropical locations in the United States is in March before the spring season approaches in full blast.

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From the east to the west coast, these are some of the best places with beautiful beaches and parks to visit in early March before the peak season in the summer months.

Here’s the scoop on the best beaches and vacation spots to visit in March in the USA!

Warm Places to Visit in March

1. jupiter, florida.

One of the most beautiful beach towns in Florida, Jupiter is a great place with an eclectic mix of landscapes and outdoor activities. The town is especially famous for fishing in South Florida.

The top attractions to visit while vacationing in Jupiter are the Juno Beach Pier, Loggerhead Marinelife Center, and Jupiter Inlet Light. Based on previous temperatures in March, the average temperature reaches a high of 79 degrees and a low of 61 degrees.

2. Palm Springs, California

The best time to visit Palm Springs is between May and October; however, it is ideal to visit this desert resort city in March before the crowds. One of the top locations for golf courses and beaches, Palm Springs is a sunny paradise waiting for you to explore.

While staying in this sunny destination, make sure to visit the many art galleries, wine tastings, and museums for a more in-depth look into the local culture. For nature lovers, Palm Springs is a city worth exploring with trails, botanical gardens, and canyons.

Palm Springs Average Temperature in March: 71 degrees to a low of 45 degrees

3. Tybee Island, Georgia

tybee island lighthouse

One of many barrier islands in Georgia, Tybee Island is a true getaway with a charming beach town and historical landmarks. At the mouth of the Savannah River, the island is popular with tourists and is generally crowded between May and October.

While exploring the island, soak in the waves at South Beach and learn history at the Fort Pulaski National Monument and the Tybee Island Lighthouse. You can also visit Jekyll Island for the sea turtles.

Tybee Island: March Temperatures (high 71 to a low of 49 degrees)

4. Austin, Texas

The Live Music Capital of the World, Austin is one of the best cities and is the heart of the lone star state. What used to be a riverside village occupied by Native Americans, this city is now a central hub for technology and is home to The University of Texas at Austin.

The mild climate in this city makes it a destination worth visiting all year round. However, Austin tends to be seen by most tourists between June and September.

If you decide to visit this city in March, the average temperature is still around 74 degrees, which is especially helpful for visitors looking to try out outdoor activities. Stop and explore the state parks, Hamilton Pool Preserve, Zilker Park, and Inner Space Cavern.

5. Las Vegas, Nevada

famous las vegas sign

A central hub for entertainment and nightlife, Las Vegas is the perfect place to watch your favorite artists perform with a plethora of family-friendly activities, shopping, and restaurants.

Spend your vacation exploring this bustling city with easy access to the Neon Museum, the Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay, and the Bellagio Fountains.

If you’re looking to explore just outside Las Vegas, I recommend visiting the Seven Magic Mountains and the Valley of Fire in late March and early April.

This resort city is a popular destination filled with people between May and October as tourists try to take part in every attraction and experience.

The best time to visit Las Vegas is in March and April when the temperatures are nice and warm but not too hot for outdoor activities.

6. Laguna Beach, California

A beach ideal for outdoor enthusiasts and artists, Laguna Beach is an hour south of Los Angeles offering clifftop views of stunning beaches and tide pools.

Enjoy surfing at Thousand Steps Beach or spend the day marveling at beautiful artwork at the Laguna Art Museum during the winter months.

With an average temperature of 73 degrees in March, visitors can thoroughly enjoy the outdoor activities Laguna Beach has to offer.

7. Destin, Florida

Located on Florida’s Emerald Coast, Destin is one of the most popular Florida vacation spots due to its white sandy beaches and turquoise waters.

The best way to experience Destin is by trying out some of the top activities for visitors including horseback riding, camping, hiking, bicycling, and diving.

March is the perfect month to visit this treasure trove as the crowds tend to visit starting in April and continuing through October.

Average Temperature in March: 72 degrees, low 51 degrees

8. San Diego, California

A southern coastal city in California, San Diego is also one of the top vacation spots with plenty of family-friendly attractions blending history, nature, and beaches. Add the San Diego Zoo, Coronado Beach, and the Maritime Museum of San Diego to your itinerary.

March and April tend to be slower months for tourists even though the average temperature is 72 degrees. This great destination may be a little chilly to lounge on the beach, but they’re plenty of things to do in this city.

9. Charleston, South Carolina

white church and cruise boat in charleston

This historical city in South Carolina is brimming with historic structures, statues, and majestic museums.

Indulge in the best things such as the local festivals, art galleries, and sandy beaches of Sullivan Island and Folly Beach while visiting during the slowest months of the year.

July is generally the peak month to visit Charleston; however, March is milder with an average temperature of 69 degrees.

10. Tuscon, Arizona

Blending nature and sunny days, Tuscon is a wonderful place to escape the winter cold. This city is a haven for hikers and history lovers with The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures and the Sabino Canyon. This exceptionally sunny city averages around 78 degrees in March with the peak season starting in May.

11. Maui, Hawaii

The second-largest of the Hawaiian Islands, Maui is a beautiful place and a mecca for beautiful resorts, rich wildlife, beaches, and flavorful cuisine. While visiting this island, try out snorkeling at Ka’anapali Beach, hike Pipiwai Trail, or spot some humpback whales.

Even though March is generally cooler at night for the Hawaiian Islands, it is the perfect place to experience Hawaii to its fullest with the mild temperatures. The average high temperatures during the day are 80 degrees.

12. St. Augustine, Florida

historic downtown saint augustine

The oldest city in the country, St. Augustine is a destination filled with history and gorgeous beaches.

Admire the beautiful architecture and the rich wildlife while visiting popular attractions like Castillo San Marcos, St. Augustine Lighthouse, and the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park. Don’t forget about St. Augustine Beach with its beautiful views and warm water.

Sitting at an average temperature of 75 degrees, March is the perfect time to soak in the diverse and haunted city.

13. Savannah, Georgia

Savannah is one of the most well-known cities in the country with its cobblestone streets, beautiful gardens, and historic architecture.

When visiting the oldest city in Georgia, relax on the amazing beaches, drink beer in colonial-style pubs, and shop in the famous Historic District.

With a high of 71 in March, it is warm enough and a great spot to partake in various outdoor activities like the parks, botanical gardens, and historical sites.

14. Islamorada, Florida

Between Miami and Key West, Islamorada is a village in Monroe County featuring prime spots for fishing and other water sports like scuba diving. Even though the housing market is among the most expensive in Florida, Islamorada is still a popular vacation spot worth escaping the cold weather.

March is one of the best times of the year to visit with the average temperature reaching 80 degrees and a low of 65.

15. Los Angeles, California

beverly hills street

Los Angeles is a central hub for entertainment, shopping, and dining with no shortage of palm trees. After exploring Downtown LA, try out one of the many hikes to Runyon Canyon Park, explore the Greystone Mansion, and soak in the views of the Venice Canals Walkway.

March is one of the slower months for tourists, which is ideal if you want to experience Los Angeles without the crowds. The average temperature is a mild 72 degrees with a low of 51.

16. Outer Banks, North Carolina

These famous barrier islands and peninsulas separating mainland North Carolina and the Atlantic Ocean have grown into popular destinations for vacation rentals. The Outer Banks is a barrier island that offers visitors a taste of local cuisine, beaches, history, and natural landscapes.

Even though March is not the warmest month to visit the Outer Banks on the East Coast, especially if you love to engage in water sports, it is still worth visiting in March for the hiking trails, wild horses, historical monuments, local restaurants, and shops.

Make sure to visit Bodie Lighthouse, Downtown Manteo, and Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

17. South Padre Island, Texas

south padre island

One of the best small towns in Texas, South Padre Island is a coastal paradise worth unraveling. If you have any interest in sand castles, this Texas island is the perfect place to learn how to build complex sand castles.

Besides the summer, South Padre Island provides mild temperatures for visitors for the rest of the year.

Reaching a high of 78 degrees in March, travelers won’t have any difficulty swimming or engaging in other outdoor activities.

18. Orlando, Florida

Home to world-renowned theme parks like Walt Disney World and Universal Studios, Orlando is a popular Florida destination for endless fun.

Besides the incredible theme parks, Orlando has great things like beautiful lakes with mild temperatures for shopping, dining, and wildlife. The best time to visit is May but March is also perfect with an average of 78 degrees.

19. Key West, The Florida Keys

This subtropical paradise is a hot spot for vacationers and retirees with plenty of water activities and white sand to keep every type of traveler entertained since it is home to the third largest barrier coral reef in the world and calm waters.

While soaking in the sunny southernmost point of the United States, visit the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum and stroll through Duval Street.

With warmer temperatures and a high of 80 degrees in March, Key West is the perfect getaway location in the United States.

20. San Francisco, California

famous golden gate bridge view

Besides the Golden Gate Bridge as the main attraction, San Francisco is the financial, commercial, and cultural center of Northern California.

When visiting San Francisco, expect to come across famous architecture like the Painted Ladies, world-renowned museums featuring diverse cultures, and well-manicured parks with stunning viewpoints.

One of the coolest California cities in March at 65 degrees, San Francisco may not be the ideal place to go if you’re looking for 80-degree temperatures; however, the city is definitely worth exploring in March to avoid crowds.

21. San Antonio, Texas

Take your time soaking in art museums, historical monuments, and amusement parks by visiting the second most populous city in Texas. San Antonio is one of the largest Spanish settlements in the state with deep-rooted history.

To learn more about the history of San Antonio, part of the Texas Hill Country, visit the Alamo Mission, the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, and the Cathedral of San Fernando.

Since San Antonio has an average temperature of 75 degrees, the lone star city is warm enough to explore the River Walk, gardens, and parks.

22. San Juan, Puerto Rico

colorful buildings of puerto rico

Part of the U.S. territory, San Juan is home to many beaches and historical landmarks that remind locals and visitors of the rich cultural legacy of the city. When visiting Puerto Rico, San Juan is the most visited part of the island as its the central location for tourist attractions.

For your trip to Puerto Rico, make sure to indulge in locally distilled rum, centuries-old fortifications, and traditional Puerto Rican food.

March and April are some of the best times to visit with the least visited months being during hurricane season. Expect the temperatures to average around 85 degrees with a low of 70 degrees in March.

23. Nashville, Tennessee

Known as the “Athens of the South,” Nashville is the largest city in Tennessee. It is also one of the best places to live in the country with the city known for its bachelorette parties ski resorts, and live music.

While visiting the capital city, stroll around the Country Music Hall of Fame Museum, the Belmont Mansion, and the Parthenon. If you have time, take a scenic drive through the Great Smoky Mountains to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park before heading home.

Most tourists visit from June through August; however, it is ideal to go during the off-season to avoid crowds. March is a fairly cool month in Nashville with chilly nights reaching as low as 39 degrees but the 60-degree temperatures still give visitors plenty of things to do.

24. Joshua Tree National Park

East of Los Angeles and north of Palm Springs, Joshua Tree National Park is known for its desert landscape. Located between two different desert ecosystems, this national park offers a fascinating blend of animals and plants. Besides the surreal geologic features, Joshua Tree National Park features rich cultural history.

Explore the vast desert wilderness by hiking and rock climbing. Reaching a high of 71 degrees in March, the warm weather is ideal for desert adventures.

25. Miami, Florida

A tropical hotspot in Florida during the winter, Miami is a culture-filled paradise with unique beaches and vibrant nightlife.

March through May is usually the best time to visit the gateway to Latin America with temperatures in March reaching 80 degrees.

While visiting the vibrant cultural city, make sure to visit the Pinecrest Gardens, Little Havana, The Bass, and Zoo Miami. Don’t sip out on Miami Beach!

26. New Orleans, Louisiana

nightlife in downtown new orleans

Along the Mississippi River, New Orleans is the largest city in Louisiana featuring a variety of cultures and rich history.

The French Quarter is the oldest and most famous neighborhood in the city with music filling the streets. New Orleans is also home to Mardi Gras and other famous festivals in the United States for a good reason with a diverse and rich history.

September is the most popular month to visit the city; however, March is an ideal month to visit with fewer crowds and warm temperatures of around 70 degrees.

27. Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Enjoy beaches, entertainment, and shopping while visiting Fort Lauderdale. North of Miami, this coastal city gives visitors the opportunity to witness the natural beauty and lush landscapes of Florida. Relax on Las Olas Beach, walk around the Riverwalk, and take a stroll through Bonnet House.

Even though April and May are the peak times to go to Fort Lauderdale, March is still a great time to visit with average temperatures around 80 degrees and a low of 63 degrees.

28. Death Valley National Park

Bring your kids on a nature-filled journey at Death Valley National Park. Some of the top hiking trails in the park include Telescope Peak, Lee Flat Joshua Trees, and Red Pass.

Death Valley is fairly chilly in March with a high of 58 degrees, but it is the ideal time to go if you don’t want to burn up in the summer.

29. Grand Canyon National Park

red rocks in grand canyon

In northwestern Arizona, Grand Canyon National Park is a popular spot and features an endless layered rock landscape with gigantic boulders and a gorge of the Colorado River.

To get the most out of the surreal view and higher elevations, stop by Mather Point, South Rim, or Redwall Bridge, North Rim.

The average temperature in the Grand Canyon is 50 degrees in March with freezing nights. Overall, March through May is the best time to visit with lower temperatures and fewer crowds.

30. Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Home to world-class golf courses, beaches, boutiques, marina restaurants, and wildlife, Hilton Head Island is a jewel of the south with average temperatures in March peaking at 70 degrees.

When visiting the island, make sure to try out the seaside restaurants at Harbourtown and soak in the unique landscape of Fish Haul Beach.

Best Vacation Spots in the US

Boasting some of the best beaches, these vacation spots offer warm daytime temperatures and a plethora of attractions and outdoor activities for the whole family to have a good time.

So don’t wait till Memorial Day Weekend to kickstart your travels as the month of March is a great time to visit these locations for fewer crowds.

Whether you’re taking a road trip to one of the national parks like Yellowstone National Park or spending an early spring break in southern California, there are plenty of places to visit in March in the USA with the best beaches and attractions.

If you want to try a different location without beaches or up north, try New York City or Cape Cod in Massachusetts. You can even take a trip to Alaska to see the Northern lights!

That’s the scoop on the best beaches and places to visit in March in the USA!

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Where to Go in March: 25 of the BEST Places in the World

02/07/2024 by Ashley Yap 1 Comment

The world is your oyster this March, but how will you decide on where to go? Springtime is just starting in the Northern Hemisphere, while temperatures are dropping during early fall in the Southern Hemisphere. That means less extreme temperatures worldwide, with plenty of places in their shoulder season for tourism. March is also a time of celebration, with St. Patrick’s Day in the US and Ireland and Holi in India and Nepal.

We love giving you a variety of places to choose from, so as you decide where to go in March, here’s a list with a little bit of everything.

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Our Favorite March Destinations Quick List:

  • Best for the Northern Lights:  Fairbanks, Alaska
  • Best Beaches:  Nusa Penida, Indonesia
  • Best Hiking: Monteverde, Costa Rica
  • Best Road Trip: Ring Road, Iceland
  • Best in the Americas:  Guatemala

1. Coron, The Philippines

coron twin lagoon

Located in the province of Palawan, Coron is a limestone island best known for its crystal-clear lagoons, dramatic cliffs, and some of the world’s softest white-sand beaches. One of the absolute best ways to get the most out of your visit is by booking a tour through Big Dream Boat Man Expeditions , which takes you island-hopping, on a highlight reel of the absolute best places in Coron . You can’t get any better than that!

So, why March? First of all, the weather is ideal this time of year. March is one of the driest months in the Philippines, so you can expect loads of sunshine. You won’t be the only one who has caught on to Coron’s lovely weather, so there will be plenty of other travelers there enjoying it. Most people don’t seem to mind, though, as the influx of tourism doesn’t totally put a damper on the experience – just book your Coron accommodations ahead of time. If you’d like some privacy, consider booking a private island hopping tour .

READ NEXT: Coron budget guide – how much does it really cost?

2. Tulum, Mexico

tulum Mexico

If there’s one place that has completely exploded in popularity in the last five years, it’s Tulum. Don’t let that discourage you from visiting, though. Tulum is still full of hidden gems , and some cenotes (swimming holes) are still relatively unknown. Plus, there’s plenty of beachfront to enjoy, even during the peak season in March. The public beaches are quite crowded, but all you have to do is walk in either direction to find some peace and quiet.

The biggest benefit of visiting Tulum in March is the exquisite weather. It’s the dry season, meaning sunny days and less humidity. It’s also less crowded than January and February (as long as you avoid spring break).

Looking for a stellar place to stay? Check out this list of the best boutique hotels and Airbnbs in Tulum and get to planning your tropical dream vacation!

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3. Fairbanks, Alaska

where to go in march

If catching the northern lights has been at the top of your travel bucket list, this is your sign to venture to Fairbanks this March. Since it’s the peak of aurora borealis season, you’ll surely be able to see the dazzling green, yellow, and blue hues light up the night sky. There’s no wonder why Fairbanks is on our list of the best places in the world to see the Northern Lights .

Although plenty of travelers go to Fairbanks this time of year, it’s not as crowded as in the summer months. Plus, there are still plenty of awesome snowy activities if you’re not ready to let go of winter.

4. California Deserts Road Trip, USA

death valley

We always recommend visiting places like Death Valley and Anza Borrego in the late fall to early spring because some of them are simply too hot to visit in the summer months. If you’ve been longing for a road trip through California’s deserts , this March is a fabulous time to do it. Temperatures are mild this time of year, with warm sunny days and chilly nights. It’s also a great time to camp, especially in Death Valley , because it’s relatively uncrowded, and the nights aren’t unbearably cold like they are in the wintertime.

5. Mystic Hot Springs, Utah

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Why not pamper yourself a little bit this March? At Mystic Hot Springs in Utah, you can soak in steamy natural pools or even in a vintage bathtub with hot spring water. This quirky spot is perfect for travelers who love getting off the beaten path and don’t mind a more rustic experience. Visiting Mystic Hot Springs in March also means having the ideal weather for a warm soak: chilly spring temperatures and plenty of sunshine.

Go to Mystic Hot Springs on its own, or add it to your Utah road trip . Beautiful rolling hills and red rocks await you!

6. Berlin, Germany

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Moody gray skies with near-constant drizzling rain might not sound like a springtime paradise to some travelers, but it passes the vibe check for others. Winters are freezing cold in Berlin , and although March is still chilly, it’s much more bearable. The best part? There are far fewer tourists this time of year, yet just as much to do as in the winter or summer . It’s warm enough for a boat cruise , but you can also have a fantastic time indoors, hitting up the city’s best museums and enjoying shorter lines. The ideas are endless for your killer Berlin itinerary this March!

7. Amsterdam, The Netherlands

keukenhof tulips

Does skipping through tulip fields sound like a dream come true? Amsterdam definitely deserves a spot on your March bucket list then. Tulip season starts at the end of the month, but you can see blooms as early as mid-March. Why not see the tulips during peak season in April? You certainly can, but the hype around the flowers is pretty grandiose, so catching them early is a great way to beat the crowds.

After seeing a rainbow of tulips at the Keukenhof , spend the rest of your days wandering through charming streets, taking a boat ride through the canals , or doing what the Dutch do, by exploring Amsterdam via bicycle. March temperatures are brisk, but chances are you’ll hardly notice, because you’ll be too busy admiring the city’s beauty.

8. Nusa Penida, Indonesia

suwehan penida

If you’re craving a tropical getaway this March, Nusa Penida is the perfect alternative to overtouristed Bali . It’s part of the Nusa Islands , just off Bali’s coast. Many people even say that Nusa Penida is what Bali was twenty years ago, full of beauty but few foreign tourists.

March is a wonderful time to enjoy Nusa Penida’s white-sand beaches and gorgeous jungle scenery in peace, because it’s the low season on this already-quiet island. The end of the month sees a beautiful Balinese New Year celebration , which is a serene day of silence. Expect some wet days during your stay, though it usually only rains for a few hours at a time.

9. Lake Atitlán, Guatemala

Lake Atitlán, Guatemala

Lake Atitlán in Guatemala is one of my favorite places to relax and rejuvenate in nature. According to Mayan legend, this spiritually charged lake is believed to be the belly button of the earth. Makes sense, considering it’s the deepest lake in Central America. Here you can hop from town to town via boat, observing quotidian life, in which women still wear traditional Guatemalan clothing and farmers sell their daily harvests at small market stalls. If you have some wiggle room in your itinerary, head to Antigua for the next leg of your journey through Guatemala.

March sees warm and sunny weather, making it the perfect time to go for a swim in the lake, rent a paddleboard, or hike up one of the volcanoes (if you dare!). It’s cooler here than in other parts of Guatemala because of the high altitude, but don’t be fooled — the sun is just as intense, so make sure to bring plenty of protection!

10. Istanbul, Turkey

where to go in march

Istanbul is an architecture enthusiast’s dream. The mix of old and new, Middle Eastern and European creates a fascinating backdrop to the sights, sounds, and tastes. You can get lost in the famous Grand Bazaar before scoring a delicious meal (my favorite dish is lahmacun , aka Turkish “pizza”).

Although Istanbul is a bustling metropolis and therefore quite crowded any time of year, March is a great time to avoid the surges of tourism the city sees in the summer months. The weather is also on point in March, with comfortable springtime temperatures that will make exploring Istanbul on foot enjoyable.

11. Chicago, Illinois

where to go in march

Is it weird that Chicago ends up on so many of our “where to go in” posts? Sorry not sorry, because Chi is my hometown, and I think it’s fabulous to visit any time of year.

See that bright green river? If you want to see it in person, you’ll have to visit in March during St. Patrick’s Day. This holiday is the biggest of its kind and even rivals Ireland’s own celebration, thanks to the impressive number of Irish immigrants, who brought it to Chicago.

Beyond St. Paddy’s Day, March is a fantastic time in Chicago. The weather is finally warm enough to enjoy a long walk outside to admire the gorgeous architecture or take a boat cruise . You can also grab a slice (or two or three) of deep-dish pizza (Peqoud’s or bust!) or browse famous masterpieces at the Art Institute. However you build your Chicago itinerary , you’re bound to fall in love with the Windy City.

12. Ireland

where to go in march

If you’re committed to experiencing the real-deal St. Patrick’s Day celebration, nothing compares to seeing it in Ireland. For starters, March 17 is a national holiday, and almost everyone has the day off. Unlike Chicago, you won’t see any rivers dyed green here, and the parades are actually smaller in comparison, but you’ll find a much more authentic celebration, along with plenty to do before and after the big day.

Take a scenic road trip along the Atlantic Way or find the Game of Thrones filming locations in Northern Ireland . March temperatures are chilly here, but the misty rain gives it a moody feel that makes road-tripping here even more magical.

13. Bogotá, Colombia

where to go in march

Bogotá is the first city I visited outside of the US, so it holds a special place in my traveling heart. Having gone there in the month of March, I think it’s one of the best times to go, because of the drier weather and low tourist numbers. So much of the city is easily walkable; my favorite thing to do there is the Bogotá Graffiti Tour , which is run by local street artists.

Even if you’re not the biggest fan of huge cities, Bogotá might surprise you with how laid-back it is. Downtown you’ll find the historic Candelaria neighborhood (my favorite!), which is full of quaint shops, small colonial buildings, and colorful murals.

14. Monteverde, Costa Rica

where to travel warm in march

After reading this post about Monteverde’s cloud forest , chances are you’re wondering when the best time to visit is. I went in July, which is during the rainy season, and didn’t mind the dampness. However, if you’re dying to visit but want to avoid the rain, I recommend going in March. It’s the driest month of the year, and it’s also not as crowded. You’ll be able to see tons of wildlife, as many species of animals (particularly sloths) are more out and about during this drier time of year.

Hiking is the name of the game in Monteverde, with hundreds of miles of trails to choose from. Since it won’t be as wet, you’ll be able to hit the trails all day without worrying about a random heavy rainstorm putting a damper on your hike.

15. Siem Reap, Cambodia

where to go in march

The Angkor Wat ruins near Siem Reap in Cambodia blew my mind when I visited in 2016. I couldn’t believe that a place so ancient could still exist, and the history behind the ruins fascinated me.

Beyond being uber-popular among history buffs, Siem Reap is a backpacker’s paradise because of how affordable it is. There’s a reason why Cambodia made our list of the cheapest places to visit in the world , after all.

Going in March is ideal if you want to avoid the crowds at the ruins, as it’s shoulder season. Temperatures are quite warm, but not as sweltering as the summer months. Plus, it’s much drier in March, making it more enjoyable to spend time outside exploring.

16. Cusco, Peru

salinas de maras

For many travelers, Peru’s natural beauty and rich history is unparalleled. Cusco is the country’s most popular tourist destination, as it’s the launching pad for visiting Machu Picchu (which definitely lives up to the hype), though that’s not the only reason to check it out. There are plenty of places nearby that are worth your time, such as the salt flats at Salinas de Maras and the colorful hills of Rainbow Mountain .

If you decide to visit Cusco in March, avoid the week of Easter if you want to have a laid-back trip that isn’t overly expensive. Go earlier in the month to get a head-start on perhaps the best season to travel to Peru, as you’ll catch the end of summertime, and everything will be green and lush, without the weather being super rainy.

17. Ring Road, Iceland

where to travel warm in march

Iceland’s scenery is dramatic, varying wildly from thundering waterfalls to otherworldly rock formations, steaming hot springs, and so much more. The absolute best way to witness this beauty is to go on a road trip, and the Ring Road is one of the best .

Parts of the Ring Road are closed in the winter months because of the harsh weather conditions and snow covering the road. By March, however, most of it should be open and ready to explore. It’s still quite cold, so make sure to check out this Iceland packing list so you can be prepared.

18. Jaipur, India

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This one is for daring adventurers only!

Visiting any large city in India any time of year is going to be hectic, so prepare yourself for huge crowds and a hefty dose of chaos if you head to Jaipur this March. That’s because March 4-10 this year marks Holi, one of the biggest and most colorful celebrations in the world. Being in Jaipur during Holi is the experience of a lifetime, with elaborate parades, colorful powder and paint flying in every direction, and people joyfully dancing and playing in the streets.

After frolicking, consider joining a tour of the city to learn more about its history and culture. Since Jaipur can be overwhelming, a tour is a great way to get a lay of the land.

19. Sri Lanka

where to travel warm in march

Sri Lanka is a feast for the senses, and one that adventurous travelers aspire to witness. Known for its super friendly locals, low prices , and delicious cuisine, the country deserves a spot on your bucket list, regardless of the season.

By March, the high season is winding down, but temperatures are still stellar for a trip to the beach or an epic safari to spot elephants and other wildlife. Also don’t miss out on the Cultural Triangle or the chance to ride on one of Sri Lanka’s quintessential passenger trains through the jungle.

Want to stay a while? Find out what else there is to do in Sri Lanka in this sweet guide .

20. Kyoto, Japan

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Ever wondered where Washington, DC gets its famous cherry blossoms? They were a gift from Japan. Why not see the OG blooms this March, and enjoy the gorgeous spring in Kyoto while you’re at it? This is one of Japan’s cultural capitals, and it hosts several festivals in March . Since tourism is relatively low this month, it’s a great time to take advantage of Kyoto’s many attractions without having to wait in long lines. The weather is still chilly this time of year, though, so pack plenty of layers.

21. Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

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Forever a favorite spot among backpackers, Ha Long Bay in Vietnam is one of the country’s many postcard-worthy places to visit . Here you’ll find crystal-clear waters, stunning beaches, and towering rock formations, all creating a spectacular scene.

March has the best weather of the year in this part of Vietnam. Warm temperatures with low humidity and very little rain await you, creating the ideal atmosphere for a boat cruise to see mysterious islands and caves. The best part is that Vietnam remains very affordable, even for backpackers on a shoestring budget.

22. Austin, Texas

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Springtime in Texas is magical, with gorgeous blooms everywhere and perfect T-shirt weather. Austin is one of the state’s best cities, because there’s so much to do there, from kayaking on the scenic Colorado River (yes, it runs through Texas!), to hitting up 6th Street for a live music show, or perusing the Blanton Museum of Art , and so much more.

23. Porto, Portugal

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This charming city looks like it’s straight out of a Southern European fairytale. Colorful buildings lined up side by side along cobblestone streets winding up steep hills give Porto its rich character. Recently, the city has even become one of the most sought-after European destinations for expats because of the stellar quality of life and low cost of living. So, why not head there this March and see what all the hype is about?

Springtime is chilly in Porto, but warm enough to enjoy breezy days outside wandering the streets. In March, you’ll see flowers blooming in quaint parks, as well as enjoy street festivals gearing up after being dormant for the winter. Since there aren’t many tourists in Porto this time of year, you’ll enjoy being mostly among locals, with very few crowds too.

24. Palermo, Italy

Palermo Italy

Oh, Sicily! There are few places in Europe that are quite as charming. Palermo is one of the island’s most beautiful cities , but it gets way too crowded in the summer months. March is the perfect time to enjoy all its beauty, without raging crowds of tourists. Plus, the weather is mildly chilly at night and warm during the day, making it a fantastic time to explore the city on foot .

25. South Island, New Zealand

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A longstanding outdoor enthusiast’s dream vacation, the South Island of New Zealand is beckoning to you. With some of the country’s best hikes leading to killer views, rugged coastlines, and gorgeous lakes, your South Island itinerary is bound to be epic.

March is an awesome time to visit, as fall in the Southern Hemisphere is just starting to set in. The whole island is alive with greenery and colorful blooms, and the temperatures are comfortably mild during the day and a little chilly at night. Plus, it’s not a very popular time to visit, so you can enjoy lower prices with fewer tourists around.

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Whether you’re excited about traveling during spring in the Northern Hemisphere or fall in the Southern Hemisphere, I hope this list helps you decide where to go in March.

Which destination will you choose?

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02/18/2023 at 11:12 am

From your descriptions Emily I would definitely aim to visit SE Asia or Central America during March. It sounds like the perfect combination of low crowds, mild temperatures and low rainfall. It would be a good excuse to avoid pollen season in my hometown! Thanks for sharing.

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The 11 best places to travel in March

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As spring breaks free of winter’s icy grip, towns and cities awaken to celebrate longer days and warming temperatures. Festivals kick off almost everywhere. Bars and restaurants reopen. Social calendars fill up fast. The best places to travel in March celebrate the new season with verve and vigor.

March is the month of color. From Europe to the US, cherry blossoms transform towns into a panoply of pink. Fire and fireworks festivals turn the skies red. In India, Holi paints a rainbow across the whole country. And the entire world goes green for St. Patrick’s Day. Here are my favorite places to holiday in March.

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The 11 best March destinations

  • Dublin, Ireland
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Munich, Germany
  • Macon, Georgia
  • Austin, Texas
  • Charleston, South Carolina
  • Valencia, Spain
  • Pesaro, Italy
  • Madrid, Spain
  • Narvik, Norway

Best places to party for St Patrick’s Day

Celebrations for St. Patrick’s Day have spread around the world in recent years. From its homeland to the US, here are the best celebrations to visit over the weekend of March 17th.

1. Dublin, Ireland

A parade of people on the street dressed in kilts.

  • Learn more: Dublin travel guide
  • Why visit in March? A St. Patrick’s Day party like no other.

On the third weekend in March, much of the world will be engulfed by a bright green St. Patrick’s party. Regardless, there’s nowhere better to spend it than Ireland ’s capital, Dublin . 

Pre-empt the party with a free tour of St. Patrick’s Cathedral , where writer and poet Jonathan Swift served as dean. Then join hundreds of thousands of revelers at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade as it winds through the city. From Parnell Street to Kevin Street, entertainers and marching bands from all over the world put on an enormous show. 

Elsewhere, all of Dublin is awash with green. In the Festival Quarter at the National Museum of Ireland’s Collins Barracks, a vast roster of events are planned. Music, dance and circus acts entertain, food sizzles and, of course, gallons of Guinness are poured. It’s the very definition of the Irish craic, just make sure to book early to get the best hotel and flight deals.

2. Chicago, Illinois

Massive metal foundations of a bridge with multiple studs and views of an illuminated cityscape.

  • Learn more: Chicago travel guide
  • Why visit in March? The biggest St. Patrick’s Day party in the US.

Probably the most famous St. Patrick’s Day party in the US, Chicago celebrates its Irish roots in style every year. From the Irish enclave at Beverly to the Irish American Heritage Center near Albany Park, the party lasts all weekend.

Irish taverns fill with partygoers and cultural events take place on seemingly every corner. Events like Shamrock’n the Block at Old St. Patrick’s Church showcase what the event means to local communities. In 2024, the big parade will take place on Saturday 16th along Columbus Drive between Balbo and Monroe. The extravaganza will feature huge floats, bagpipers and Irish step dancers, all led by the Shannon Rovers Irish Pipe Band.

The big draw, however, is the now legendary dyeing of the Chicago River. Using a non-toxic vegetable-based powder, the city turns its primary waterway into a vivid emerald-green soup. Lasting for several days, it’s the perfect time to take a river cruise.

3. Munich, Germany

Colourful, vibrant flowers bloom in front of tall buildings.

  • Learn more: Munich travel guide
  • Why visit in March? To celebrate all things beer.

March is shoulder season in southern Germany. Crowds are as thin as they ever get and prices as low. That could be down to the weather, with average temperatures only a shade above freezing. In my view though, that just means a ski trip to nearby Garmisch-Partenkirchen is still on the cards. 

Although Bavaria’s capital is most famous for Oktoberfest, St. Patrick’s Day isn’t far behind in its cultural calendar. Head to Odeonsplatz for the usual green-hued parades and parties but with a distinctly German twist. Alongside the Guinness you’ll find classic Bavarian beers and foods to warm your bones. Try the würstl (sausages) of course but I urge you to try a schweinshaxe (ham hock) too. Caution: you may need to sit down afterwards.

If that’s not enough, Starkbierfest also runs from March 1st to 24th in the grand hall of the Paulaner Nockherberg. Literally translated as the Strong Beer Festival , it offers exactly what its name suggests.

Best places to travel in March in the US

While much of the US is still bitterly cold, things are warming up in the south. Spring blossoms, harvest festivals and one of the world’s great cultural gatherings dominate the March calendar.

4. Macon, Georgia

A picturesque and brightly lit footpath under the exquisite beauty of blooming cherry blossoms.

  • Learn more: Macon travel guide
  • Why visit in March? To see the city turn pink.

In the heartland of Georgia , nature puts on one of its most spectacular shows in March. From the 15th to 24th, Macon plays host to the International Cherry Blossom Festival . The city transforms into a “pink, cotton-spun paradise” as its 350,000 Yoshino trees erupt in a cacophony of cherry blossoms. In celebration, it puts on parades, concerts, fairs and an almighty pink party .

Beyond the blossom, Macon is an epicenter of Native American history . Stroll Ocmulgee Mounds National Historic Park , a fascinating memorial to the region’s ancient indigenous peoples. The newest national park in the US, it serves up a great view of Macon from the top of the Temple Mound.

In the city, wide avenues are lined with art galleries, boutiques and architecture that speaks to its long history. Music is everywhere, in buzzing bars and concert venues, on the streets and in historic venues like Grant’s Lounge . Macon is served by a regional airport but taking a flight to Atlanta , two hours away, and renting a car is easiest.

5. Austin, Texas

Sixth Street is a historic street and entertainmnet district in downtown Austin, Texas. Sixth Street was formerly named Pecan Street. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

  • Learn more: Austin travel guide
  • Why visit in March? To gorge on Texan hospitality at SXSW.

One of the US’s cultural powerhouses, Austin peaks in March with the sprawling South by Southwest festivals . Once the domain of musicians and movie makers, it has grown to be one of the most comprehensive cultural events in the world . A playground for comedians and creatives, entrepreneurs and technologists to showcase acts and share ideas.

Unsurprisingly, SXSW brings with it sky high prices and heaving crowds. Plan ahead, find a well-priced stay and you can tune into the events that don’t carry a huge price tag. Bars like Mohawk and Sahara Lounge pop with live music and comedy. Parks and even parking lots host all manner of pop-up shows .

And there’s always a huge slice of Texan hospitality on offer. I find it’s best enjoyed with plates of Tex-Mex and frozen margaritas, preferably at Trudy’s Texas Star or Habaneros .

6. Charleston, South Carolina

An empty street at night lined with trees and brightly lit lampposts amidst the colourful buildings.

  • Learn more: Charleston travel guide
  • Why visit in March? Food festivals and foot-stomping fun.

Visiting Charleston is like stepping through a door into the history of the US. From walking the French Quarter as horse-drawn carriages clatter past over cobblestones to the historic houses and exhibitions on Museum Mile . Never do the city’s antebellum houses and blossoming trees look better than in March under spring light and mild temperatures.

The sun and warmth draws locals and visitors onto the streets in search of entertainment. From March 6th to 10th the Charleston Wine + Food Festival celebrates the best of local culture and cuisine. Brunches and lunches, dining and dancing, classes and workshops, all community-led to celebrate the stories and flavors of the Lowcountry.

Later in the month, the Charleston Bluegrass Festival lights up the Woodlands Nature Reserve with a weekend of boot-stompin’ bluegrass.

Not sure when to book your trip? The KAYAK Best Time to Travel tool has you covered. Just add your origin, destination, and length of trip and you’ll get personalized recommendations on when to book for a great price.


Best places to travel in March in Europe

With spring dawning, Europe is waking up. Spain is my country of choice with temperatures rising fast and one of my favorite festivals in the world taking over the city of Valencia. 

7. Valencia, Spain

A festival that takes place on a plaza, with a huge wooden figure of the Virgin Mary in the middle wearing a red mantle, people standing around it giving it flowers, and some wearing traditional attire.

  • Learn more: Valencia travel guide
  • Why visit in March? To feel the heat of Las Fallas Festival.

In many ways Valencia is the ideal manifestation of Spain in city form. Historic but innovative, sun-baked with gorgeous Mediterranean-fronted beaches, and a grand tradition of incredible food. Paella, anyone?

March brings mild temperatures, long bright days and crystal clear nights. Perfect conditions for a festival—Valencia’s biggest, in fact. Las Fallas , the bonfire festival , kicks off in late February with a huge firework display to signify the start of spring. It’s March 15th when things really heat up, however.

Across the city, falleros erect enormous and incredibly elaborate papier-mache towers —the ninots. Many artists spend all year creating their ninots, knowing exactly what will happen to them. Judged over three days, they’re then set alight in a blaze of pyrotechnic glory. And all the while extravagant parades, outdoor concerts and 24-hour street parties thrum across the city. Spain at its very best. 

8. Pesaro, Italy

Fountain and Renaissance palace in Pesaro, Marches, Italy.

  • Learn more: Italy travel guide
  • Why visit in March? It’s the Italian capital of culture for 2024.

Among the big-hitting cities of Italy, lesser-known Pesaro has been appointed its Capital of Culture in 2024. Overlooking the Adriatic Sea, this seaside resort is a haven of culture and nature in the historic Marche region.

With the slow dawning of spring in March, Pesaro awakens from its winter slumber. The birthplace of Rossini, it’s recognised by UNESCO as a creative city for music thanks to its promotion and revival of his music. See for yourself with a tour of Casa Rossini where multimedia exhibits bring his story and music to life.

On your city stroll, drop into Musei Civici in the aristocratic Palazzo Mosca , where striking artworks jostle with architectural splendor. Pass through the Ducal Palace and Duomo before stopping to admire Arnaldo Pomodoro’s stunning globe installation, framed perfectly by the setting sun.

Fly into nearby Rimini and hire a car to make the most of the Marche region—and don’t miss Monte San Bartolo Natural Park surrounding Pesaro.

9. Madrid, Spain

People on small blue boats paddle on the artificial lake in front of the monument of the equestrian sculpture of a king.

  • Learn more: Madrid travel guide
  • Why visit in March? The winter thaw and spring blooms.

Before temperatures reach the furnace-hot levels of summer, spring is the best time to visit Spain’s capital. With days lengthening and temperatures climbing, Madrid’s cherry blossoms burst into bloom. The biggest and best shows unfold in Parque Quinta de los Molinos and El Retiro , the city’s most famous green space.

The cold veneer of winter fades not only from the weather but also the inhabitants. Chairs and tables spill onto the streets from bars and restaurants. Locals emerge from hibernation to fill the sidewalks, raise a glass and gorge on tapas. As the evening chill descends, Madrid only warms up with revelry and dance.

As with any historic European capital, Madrid is alive with culture and attractions. Architecture of the Belle Époque, the Palacios Real and Cristal , the Reina Sofia modern art museum—home to Picasso’s ‘Guernica’— to name but a few.  

10. Narvik, Norway


  • Learn more: Norway travel guide
  • Why visit in March? To see the sun rise.

Spring may be spreading across much of Europe, but in the northern reaches of Norway temperatures are still freezing. March brings two special events to the town of Narvik: the sun breaks the horizon for the first time since fall and the Vinterfestuka kicks off.

The former is a moment of celebration—the dawn of the New Year and a healthy dose of much-needed vitamin D. The latter is the Winter Festival , a party to shake the pillars of Valhalla. From March 8th the city erupts into ten days of non-stop festival fun and it’s an awesome place to be. 

Eighteenth century opulence and hedonism is the theme of the event. Dress in fine period clothes, join costume parades and raucous concerts, visit theaters and art exhibitions. Food fries, drinks flow and streets pulse with activity. The warmth of the new sun is reflected in the hospitality of the locals.

Best tropical place to travel in March

Festivals in colder climes are great, but there’s something extra special about partying into the night on a tropical beach. In March, there’s one place that does it better than any other.

11. Goa, India

Colourful sunbeds and umbrellas lined per rows in the soft sand of the broad beach on an unclouded sky.

  • Learn more: India travel guide
  • Why visit in March? To celebrate Holi with sand between your toes.

Of all the spring festivals that happen around the world, none is embraced like the Hindu festival of Holi . Celebrating love and the arrival of spring, it’s best known as the Festival of Colors. Although it engulfs the whole of India, there are few better places to enjoy it than tropical Goa, also known as the Land of Beaches. 

Holi, often called Shigmo in Goa—is celebrated on the first spring full moon: March 25th in 2024. The night before sees huge parties and celebrations erupt along the Goan coast. The main event happens the next morning when everywhere (and I mean everywhere) is blanketed in a riot of colors. Crowds take to the streets armed with bags of vivid powder dyes, liberally tossed into the air and sprayed from water pistols until the world is a rainbow.

Everyone gets involved with Anjuna and Ponda particularly good fun. My choice is Vagator , however, thanks to its gorgeous beaches and outrageous parties. 

How these destinations were chosen

KAYAK’s best places to travel articles are written by passionate travel writers. The destinations in this article have been selected based on personal experience taking into seasonal events and festivals, prices, weather, and seasonal activities.

Discover more great places to travel

You’ll find travel ideas in my best places to travel in February and best places to travel in April. If you can’t wait until spring, my guide to where’s hot in February will warm you up in no time.

For more vacation ideas, KAYAK Explore and travel guides are packed with destinations. And when it comes to booking everything, you’ll find great deals on flights , car rental and accommodation at  KAYAK.

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35 Best Warm Places to Visit in March in the USA

In the United States, March is often a transitional period, bridging the gap between the remnants of winter and the promise of summer. As such, it presents an opportunity to discover some sunny destinations across the USA, each with its distinct characteristics and charm.

Whether you’re a beach lover, history buff or nature enthusiast, there are a number of warm places you can visit in March to make the most of your spring vacation.

Before embarking on your spring trip, endeavour to check for any local events or festivals happening during your visit, as they can add an extra layer of fun and culture to your trip.

35 Warm Places to Visit in March in the USA (2024)

1. miami, florida.

Best Warm Places to Visit in March in the USA

With temperatures averaging 81°F/68°F (27°C/20°C), the warm weather in Miami during March makes it an ideal time to explore this popular Florida city. The city also has many sandy beaches, luxurious amenities, and shopping centres to make your March vacation a memorable one.

While in Miami, you can make a quick stop at the Little Havana, Zoo Miami, Pinecrest Gardens, and The Bass. Sports fans can also attend one of the largest tennis events, the Miami Open, which begins in March. Apart from the beaches, there are numerous fun things to do in Miami, and you just need to plan your trip accordingly.

2. Sedona, Arizona

The average March temperature in Sedona, Arizona, is 78°F/68°F (26°C/20°C), making it ideal for outdoor recreation. With stunning rock formations and natural beauty, the spring months are also the most popular time to visit Sedona.

While in this popular Southwest city, you should visit some of the attraction sites like the Chapel of the Holy Cross and take a Jeep tour of the canyons. You can also explore some of Sedona’s most popular hikes, like Cathedral Rock, Bell Rock, Soldier Pass Cave and Devil’s Bridge.

3. Key West, Florida

One of the best places to visit in March in the United States is Key West, Florida. With temperatures averaging 80°F/71°F (27°C/22°C), this lively city is a hotspot for water activities. With numerous beaches, vacationers can soak in the sunny southernmost post of the United States.

With a wide range of things to do in Key West, you can explore top destinations like the Ernest Hemingway, Key West Shipwreck Museum and Duval Street.

4. Palm Springs, California

Best Warm Places to Visit in March in the USA

The month of March is the ideal month to visit Palm Springs, California, with temperatures averaging 82°F/56°F (28°C/13°C). With almost sunny weather every day, this is enough for anyone to want to explore what Palm Springs has to offer.

While on your spring vacation at this sunny destination, visit popular attractions like the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, Tahquitz Canyon Waterfall, Coachella Valley Preserve, and Moorten Botanical Garden and Cactarium. So, if you’re looking to where to have a warm retreat in March, head to Palm Springs, California.

5. Jupiter, Florida

One of the most beautiful places to visit in March is Jupiter, Florida. This beautiful beach town is an ideal destination for landscapes and outdoor activities.

Some of the top attraction spots in Jupiter include The Nature Conservancy’s Blowing Rocks Preserve, Juno Beach Pier, Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Jupiter Beach Park and Jupiter Inlet Light. With temperatures averaging 79°F/66°F (26°C/19°C), you should consider Jupiter if you’re looking for a warm destination for spring vacation.

6. Austin, Texas

Looking for a warm spring vacation destination? Then head to Austin, Texas. The city is filled with incredible fun activities like Barton Springs Pool, a natural spring in Ziker Park. Austin is also the central hub for technology and home to The University of Texas at Austin.

With a wide range of fun things to do, Austin’s mild climate makes it a destination worth visiting, especially in the spring. The city’s average temperature in March is 74°F/56°F (24°C/13°C), which is perfect for visitors to try outdoor recreations like hiking.

7. Savannah, Georgia

Best Warm Places to Visit in March in the USA

Known for its historic parks, antebellum architecture, and old oak trees draped with Spanish moss, Savannah, George is one of the best warm places to visit in March. With temperatures averaging 73°F/54°F (23°C/12°C), Savannah offers a plethora of fun things to do.

On your visit, explore this amazing city, relax on the amazing beaches, explore Forsyth Park and take a leisurely walk around the city’s Historic District. Participate in Savannah’s famed St. Patrick’s Day Parade. To add to your adventure, don’t miss out on the evening ghost tour of the city’s scariest sites.

8. Maui, Hawaii

With temperatures averaging 81°F/66°F (27°C/19°C), the warm weather in Maui during March makes it an ideal time to explore this beautiful Hawaiian Island. The city is a tropical paradise offering serene beaches, lush valleys, and the sacred Iao Valley.

Visitors vacating in this amazing destination have a plethora of fun things to do. To start with, visit Mount Haleakala National Park, Ka’anapali Beach, hike the Pipiwai Trail, and drive the Road to Hora and experience one of the world’s most breathtaking drives.

9. Charleston, South Carolina

This historic city, with its cobblestone streets and antebellum houses, is one of the warmest places to visit in March in the United States. With March temperatures averaging 71°F/55°F (22°C/13°C), this beautiful destination is ideal for golfing and hiking without sweating in the hot summer weather.

Explore some of the city’s top attractions like the Battery Promenade, Waterfront Park and the sandy beaches of Sullivan Island and Folly Beach. Participate in local festivals like the Festival of Houses and Gardens and explore historical places and art galleries.

10. New Orleans, Louisiana

Best Warm Places to Visit in March in the USA

Located along the Mississippi River, near the Gulf of Mexico, New Orleans is the largest city in Louisiana and one of the warmest places to visit in March.

Nicknamed the “Big Easy”, the city is famous for its round-the-clock nightlife, vibrant live-music scene and spicy and singular cuisine. If you’re visiting New Orleans this March, then explore the French Quarter Audubon Zoo and Mardi Gras World. With March temperatures averaging 76°F/61°F (24°C/16°C), New Orleans is the ideal destination to go on spring vacation.

11. Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas, Nevada, is a year-round destination for entertainment and nightlife; however, March offers moderate temperatures ideal for strolling the Strip. The city offers a plethora of outdoor recreation, family-friendly activities, shopping, and restaurants.

With March temperatures averaging 76°F/53°F (24°C/12°C), the warm weather is great for you to explore this bustling city with easy access to the Neon Museum, the Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay, the Bellagio Fountains, Seven Magic Mountains and the Valley of Fire.

12. San Diego, California

This southern coastal city offers a blend of Californian beach life with a rich dose of history and culture. San Diego, California, is also one of the top vacation spots in the United States, with a wide range of family-friendly activities, blending nature, history and beaches.

The March weather in San Diego is warm, making it a perfect spring vacation destination. With temperatures averaging 67°F/56°F (19°C/13°C), the city’s mild climate makes March an ideal time for outdoor activities. You can explore attractions such as Balboa Park, San Diego Zoo, Coronado Beach, the Maritime Museum of San Diego, La Jolla Cove, the Gaslamp Quarter,  and the USS Midway Museum.

14. Honolulu, Hawaii

Best Warm Places to Visit in March in the USA

With an average temperature of 80°F/69°F (27°C/21°C), Honolulu, Hawaii, is one of the best warm places to visit in March in the United States. The city’s warm tropical climate, diverse natural scenery, active volcanoes and beautiful beaches make it a popular destination for spring vacation.

The city has a number of historic and beautiful attraction spots. Spend your day exploring the Waikiki Beach, Diamond Head State Monument, Manoa Falls Trail, Koko Head Crater Botanical Garden and the historic Iolani Palace. Also, participate in some of the local festivals held in March.

15. Phoenix, Arizona

Nicknamed the “Valley of the Sun”, Phoenix’s desert climate means winters are mild, and March brings pleasant daytime temperatures. With temperatures averaging 82°F/57°F (28°C/14°C), the city’s weather is perfect for outdoor activities like golfing and desert adventures.

To experience the best of Phoenix, try out some of the top activities by exploring the Desert Botanical Garden, Camelback Mountain, Wildlife World Zoo, and the Heard Museum. As part of the things to do in Phoenix, plan to attend some of the local festivals.

16. Naples, Florida

Naples, Florida, offers the best of comfortable and enjoyable temperatures in March. Due to its warm weather and series of local events and activities, March is the most popular time to visit Naples. This Gulf Coast destination also boasts luxury shopping, dining, and white sand beaches.

With March temperatures averaging 80°F/64°F (27°C/18°C), the warm weather is great for you to explore this bustling city. You can spend your days under the sun, splashing around at the beach, or you can explore attraction spots like the Naples Pier, Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park, and the historic Palm Cottage.

17. San Antonio, Texas

Best Warm Places to Visit in March in the USA

March is an excellent time to visit San Antonio, Texas. With its mix of Mexican and American culture, this Texan city is a rich tapestry of history and modern attractions. Spend your time exploring art museums, historical monuments and amusement parks.

With temperatures averaging 78°F/57°F (26°C/14°C) in March, there are a wide range of fun things to do in San Antonio, Texas. You can start off at the Alamo Mission, the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, the San Antonio River Walk, and the Cathedral of San Fernando. You can also enjoy the Fiesta San Antonio if you stay into April.

18. Destin, Florida

Often referred to as “The World’s Luckiest Fishing Village,” Destin, Florida, is one of the most popular vacation spots for spring vacation. The city is famous for its white sandy beaches and emerald-hued waters. March in Destin is characterised by warm weather conditions with average temperatures of 71°F/58°F (22°C/14°C).

To experience the best of Destin, try out some of the top activities like horseback riding, camping, bicycling, hiking, and diving. You should also visit popular attraction destinations like Henderson Beach State Park, Destin Harbor Boardwalk, and the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park.

19. Tucson, Arizona

Located in the Sonora Desert, Tucson, Arizona, is one of the best places to explore in March. The city’s weather in March is not too hot, making it perfect for exploring the surrounding natural wonders. In March, the city’s average temperature is 69°F/51°F (26°C/11°C).

To make the most of your Tucson spring vacation, visit popular attractions like Saguaro National Park, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, and the historic Mission San Xavier del Bac. You can also engage in several outdoor activities like golfing, cycling, and hiking.

20. Tampa, Florida

Best Warm Places to Visit in March in the USA

Tampa is a lively city on Florida’s Gulf Coast with a mix of historic architecture, modern landmarks, and western coast beaches. With March temperatures averaging 80°F/61°F (27°C/16°C), Tampa, Flordia is one of the best warm places to visit in March in the United States.

Although often eclipsed by its popular neighbour, Orlando, Tampa offers a wide range of fun things to do. You can visit popular attractions like Busch Gardens, Tampa Riverwalk, and the historic Ybor City neighbourhood or attend events such as the Florida Strawberry Festival, Gasparilla Festival of the Arts, Tampa Bay Beer Week, Mayor’s River O’Green Fest, and the Tampa Bay AirFest.

21. Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles, California, is one of the most popular destinations in the United States. The city is famous as a central hub for entertainment, shopping, and dining. The average March temperature is 71°F/53°F (22°C/12°C), making it an ideal climate for fun outdoor activities.

Start your Los Angeles spring vacation by exploring Downtown LA, Runyon Canyon Park, Greystone Mansion, Hollywood Walk of Fame, and Griffith Observatory. You can also soak in the views of Venice Beach and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on March 17th.

22. Galveston, Texas

This beautiful island city on the Gulf of Texas is one of the best places to visit in March in the United States. Galveston offers a mix of natural beauty, historic charm, and modern attractions. The city’s average temperature in March is 72°F/62°F (22°C/17°C), making it ideal for birdwatching, kayaking, and fishing.

The Island is also home to some of the best attractions Texas has to offer, including Moody Gardens, Schlitterbahn Waterpark, the Historic Pleasure Pier and the Strand Historic District.

23. Fort Myers, Florida 

Best Warm Places to Visit in March in the USA

With its warm temperatures and fewer crowds, March is the best time to visit Fort Myers, Flordia. The city, which is known for its beautiful beaches and shopping, offers a wide range of fun activities to spring vacationers.

With temperatures averaging 82°F/63°F (28°C/17°C) in March, there is a wide range of family-friendly things to do in Fort Myers, Florida. You can start off at the Alamo Mission, the Edison and Ford Winter Estates, Times Square, Sun Splash Water Park,  Manatee Park and the Island of Sanibel and Captiva.

24. Nashville, Tennessee

Nicknamed “Athens of the South”, Nashville is one of the best destinations to visit in March. Although not as warm as some southern destinations, March brings the onset of spring to the Music City, making it perfect for spring vacation.

While vacating this beautiful city, explore the top attraction spots like the Country Music Hall of Fame Museum, the Parthenon, the Belmont Mansion and the historic Grand Ole Opry. You can also take a drive to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

With average temperatures of 67°F/50°F (19°C/10°C) in March, a trip to Nashville is one of the best things to do in the spring.

25. St. Petersburg, Florida

Nicknamed “Sunshine City”, St. Petersburg, Florida, is a city on Florida’s Gulf Coast. The city is famous for its pleasant weather, making it a popular attraction destination for outdoor activities. The city’s average temperature in March is 78°F/65°F (26°C/18°C), making it a good spring vacation destination.

You can explore a number of attraction sites in the city, including the Dali Museum, Sunken Gardens, Museum of Fine Arts, Mahaffey Theater, Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, and Clearwater Marine Aquarium. You can also sunbathe at some of the beautiful beaches that the city has to offer.

26. Pensacola, Florida

Best Warm Places to Visit in March in the USA

March in Pensacola, Florida, is warm and generally sunny and pleasant, with long, bright days. The city offers white-sand beaches and a rich history, which makes it a hotspot for relaxation and exploration. With March temperatures averaging 72°F/57°F (22°C/14°C), there is a wide range of beach activities to do in Pensacola.

Although March is a great time for sunbathing, there are also other activities you can engage in, like parasailing, golfing, fishing, swimming and kayaking. You should also explore attractions like the Pensacola Beach, National Naval Aviation Museum, and Historic Pensacola Village.

27. San Jose, California

March temperature in San Jose is generally mild and warm, with temperatures averaging 68°F/50°F (20°C/10°C), making it a great time to explore the city’s parks and museums.

As the heart of Silicon Valley, San Jose offers more than tech. Vacationers can explore some of the city’s best attractions, such as Tech Interactive, Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum, San Jose Museum of Art, Kelley Park, San Jose Heritage Rose Garden and Alum Rock Park.

28. Houston, Texas

Houston, Texas, is one of the best warm places to visit in March. The city offers a mix of Southern hospitality and urban sophistication. With average temperatures of 76°F/59°F (24°C/15°C), the weather in March, which is the beginning of spring, is slightly warmer.

There is a wide range of fun things to do in Houston, Texas; however, you can start off by visiting NASA’s Johnson Space Center, Museum District, and Buffalo Bayou Park. You can also attend the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, which is held in March.

29. St. Augustine, Florida

Best Warm Places to Visit in March in the USA

Exploring the oldest city in the United States is one of the best things to do in March. The city offers a rich history with Spanish colonial architecture and Atlantic Ocean beaches. With temperatures averaging 75°F/57°F (24°C/14°C), the city is less crowded in March, making it an ideal time to explore.

Admire the beautiful Spanish colonial architecture and visit popular attractions like Historic Downtown, Castillo de San Marcos, St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park, Lightner Museum, and St. Augustine Lighthouse. Don’t forget to engage in beach activities at some of the city’s warm water.

30. Mobile, Alabama

One of the best warm places to visit in March is Mobile, Alabama. This port city on Alabama’s Gulf Coast is known for its rich history and is the birthplace of Mardi Gras. With temperatures averaging 74°F/55°F (23°C/13°C), the city is warm with a lot of southern charm.

As part of the things to do in Mobile, Alabama, explore the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park, the Historic District, and the Mobile Carnival Museum.

31. Laguna Beach, California

Laguna Beach, California, is a small coastal city known for its scenic coves, artsy atmosphere, beautiful art galleries and beaches. With temperatures in March averaging 68°F/54°F (20°C/12°C), the city offers a wide range of outdoor recreation to both locals and visitors.

Spend your day at Main Beach, which features tide pools and a boardwalk leading to the paths and gardens of nearby Heisler Park. Explore the Laguna Art Museum, the Crystal Cove State Park, and Laguna Coast Wilderness Park and attend the Festival of Arts Pageant of the Master.

32. Fort Worth, Texas

Best Warm Places to Visit in March in the USA

With a mix of Old West and modern art, Fort Worth, Texas is one of the best warm places to in March. The city offers an experience unlike any other Texas city. The weather in March is usually mildly cool and breezy, with temperatures averaging 73°F/61°F (23°C/16°C).

To experience the best of Fort Worth, visit some of the top attraction destinations like Fort Worth Stockyards, Kimbell Art Museum, National Cowgirl Museum, and the Fort Worth Botanic Garden.

33. Sarasota, Florida

With its many cultural venues and beautiful beaches , Sarasota, Florida, is a gem on the Gulf Coast. March weather in Sarasota is pleasantly warm with a gentle breeze, making it ideal for beach activities. The temperature average in March is 78°F/53°F (26°C/12°C).

Spend your day with your family at Siesta Key Beach and Lido Beach; thereafter, explore other attractions such as the Ringling Museum of Art and Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium.

34. Memphis, Tennessee

Located on the Mississippi River, Memphis is famous as the birthplace of blues, soul and rock & roll. March in the city is gently warm, making it a great time to delve into its rich music history. The average temperature in March is 68°F/50°F (20°C/10°C).

With a wide range of fun things to do, kick off by visiting Beale Street, Graceland, Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum, Blues Hall of Fame, Stax Museum of American Soul Music and the National Civil Rights Museum.

35. Orlando, Florida

Best Warm Places to Visit in March in the USA

One of the best places to visit in March for a family vacation is Orlando, Florida. The city is home to some of the world’s renowned themed parks, like the famous Walt Disney World. The average temperature in March is 80°F/61°F (27°C/16°C), making it ideal for a family fun time.

In addition to the beautiful theme parks, Orlando also has other attractions like beautiful lakes and wildlife. Visit attractions such as the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios, Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens and Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

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10 Best Places to Travel in March

From the streets of valencia to chicago, these spring destinations are not to be missed..

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Screw the cleaning. Make spring the time to take a trip, and blow out the cobwebs in a much more fulfilling way. Even better, shoulder seasons like spring usually offer an affordable way to combine low-season hotel rates and fewer crowds with high-season weather, a canny workaround for any value-seeking traveler.

We’ve pulled together some of the places to visit in March, including an alternative to cherry blossom-spotting (hint: come hungry) to the Caribbean ’s toniest superyacht race and a pyromaniac’s delight of a festival in Europe.

Here are the 10 best places to visit in March.

Flowering almond tree grove blossoms in California

80% of the world’s supply of almonds comes from California.

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1. Modesto, California

March is great for: swapping cherry blossoms for a farmland stand-in.

California ’s agricultural heartlands are often eclipsed by their snazzier coastal counterparts , but pause to consider a trip to the Central Valley, home to some of America’s finest farmland—and in particular, almond groves.

The trees are planted across 1.5 million acres of land here, and a riot of pink and white flowers carpet the horizon from mid-February to mid-March. Modesto, a city with 120,000 acres of those groves, has cannily devised what it’s dubbed the Almond Blossom Cruise , a self-guided driving tour with two routes (and plenty of detours) that allow you to explore the area and see as many blossoms as you can; the western circuit is an hour or so, while the east will require up to three hours.

Stops include farm stands—pick up some tangy signature cheddar at Fiscalini —as well as restaurants and farms. Standouts include Rodin Farms and Roberts Ferry Nut Company, as both have groves that run right down to the parking lot line.

Where to stay

  • Book now: DoubleTree by Hilton

The 260-room hotel downtown is an affordable base, right off Highway 99 and within walking distance of many local landmarks—don’t miss the superbly restored McHenry Mansion, a Victorian-Italianate masterpiece dating back to the 1880s.

How to get to Modesto

Southwest’s your best bet, as it uses the nearest airport, Sacramento, as one of its national hubs, connecting the Californian capital with countless cities across the country from Palm Springs and St. Louis to Portland, OR. From there, it’s a 90-minute drive or so.

Green body of water near buildings

It takes about 40 pounds of powder and two hours to transform Chicago’s waters into a dazzling emerald, using a secret formula about which the city is understandably territorial.

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2. Chicago, Illinois

March is great for: the ultimate Paddy’s party.

Is there anywhere else to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day other than Chicago ? After all, the Windy City goes beyond a massive parade (though there’s one of those, too.) No, the city, quite literally, transforms, as the main river here is dyed bright green on the Saturday before March 17 (this year, that’s March 15). It’s a fleeting change, as the ferocious water flows mean the color ebbs away within one to two days, so you’ll need to be here that weekend to see the maximum impact—take a cruise on the water for an up-close glimpse.

As for celebrations, there’s an endless assortment, whether the Irish American Heritage Center on the north side or the Shamrock’n The Block party in downtown’s West Loop, with a heated beer tent and lots of Irish dancing.

  • Book now: 21C Museum Hotel

This funky boutique chainlet—now part of the Accor umbrella—is aptly named: Each of its sites acts as much as a gallery as a crash pad, a nod to the passions of its art-collecting philanthropist founders Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson. The four-year-old Chicago site is no exception, with work from local artists like Colleen Plumb ranged around the property, including its 10,000-square-foot onsite gallery.

How to get to Chicago

ORD is a hub for not one but two airlines, United and American, with ample service across the country. But don’t dismiss the smaller, nippier Midway (MDW), which Southwest services to the likes of Houston, Sarasota, and Charleston, South Carolina.

Luxury yachts in a harbor.

This Bucket Regatta is a reminder that St Barts is an outdoorsy, active destination, too, with almost three quarters of the land here designated as a green zone, and so precluded from construction.

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3. St. Barths

March is great for: seeing an alternative side to this party-powered island.

Sure, come to St. Barths to sashay ‘round the pool. But there are other reasons to visit this slice of France, just a short flight off the coast of St. Maarten—like the Bucket Regatta this month, which takes place from March 21-24.

This race is a four-day, invitation-only race that’s a point of pride for super-yachts worldwide. This year, there will be no yacht hop party, but instead a dockside bash at the Capitainerie on Saturday night for the ultimate mingler. If you’re not schmoozing or racing, though, it’s still a spectacular chance to see some of the world’s finest yachts performing at their peak, all on some of the bluest waters of the West Indies.

  • Book now: Le Barthélemy Hotel & Spa

The eight-year-old, 44-room property has a fitting sits on the eastern reaches of Grand Cul de Sac beach and with understated, ultra-luxe décor from French designer Sybille de Margerie.

How to get to St Barths

Book a flight to SXM in St Maarten—there are countless services from the U.S. on everything from Spirit (FLL) to Sun Country (MSP). From there, take the knuckle-biting puddle jumper over to SBH on Tradewinds. At just over 2,100 feet this is one of the shortest runways in the world, so you’ll be in a tiny plane piloted by a seasoned captain.

Aerial view of Windhoek, Namibia, featuring the its best-recognized landmark, the Christ Church (Christuskirche), a German Lutheran church combining Neo-Gothic and Art Nouveau styles, built in 1907.

Windhoek, Namibia’s capital, is one place to catch independence day festivities.

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March is great for: a green season celebration.

March 21 is a momentous annual day in the Namibian calendar, as it marks the state’s independence from South Africa. It won freedom in 1990 after more than two decades of fighting—today the occasion is marked by a colorful parade, where citizens march and sing the national anthem, Namibia, Land of the Brave, which was composed by a Kalahari desert-based musician in the wake of independence.

Unlike much of sub-Saharan Africa, Namibia has much less likelihood of torrential downpours during this time. Its version of the green season remains drier than most, with the landscape here creating the dramatic dunescapes that have become synonymous with the country for safari-seekers.

  • Book now: Hoanib Valley Camp

The immersive desert experience that is the hallmark of Namibian safari is core to this six-tent camp made entirely from locally sourced materials. Stay here and the game drives focus on desert-adapted lions, elephants, and giraffes.

How to get to Namibia

There are several ways to reach the capital Windhoek (WDH), though none is direct. Consider flying into either Cape Town or Johannesburg and connecting from there, or opt for the Ethiopian Airlines service to Addis Ababa, with connection down to Namibia. Ethiopian connects its capital with Atlanta, Chicago, Newark, JFK, and Dulles.

Popular restaurants at Federation Square in Melbourne

Melbourne’s Fed Square is one of the main spots to get in on the foodie action.

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5. Melbourne, Australia

March is great for: foodie pilgrims with a hunger to explore.

Melbourne ‘s fantastic food scene is mostly thanks to the fact that the surrounding state is such a superb produce source—much of its raw materials need only travel a few miles to the city’s restaurants. That’s all celebrated with the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival , which runs from March 15-24 and sees more than 300 different events as part of its official schedule.

Fed Square downtown’s deeded over to bakers and pâtissiers, complete with a wood-fired oven pop-up, while record-breaking stunts like the World’s Longest Brunch and Lunch (tables running almost 2,000 feet through the main gardens here) are intended to be fun ways to sample the cooking of top local chefs like Andrew McConnell. He’ll helm the kitchen for lunch while Indian cuisine will be spotlighted during brunch, including creations from fine dining champ Helly Raichura.

  • Book now: The Ritz Carlton Melbourne

The 257-room property opened in the spring of 2023 and is housed in Australia’s tallest building—views from the 80th floor sky lobby are superb out along the Yarra River and over Victoria Harbour.

How to get to Melbourne

MEL is one of the international long haul gateways in Oz, so there’s ample option—Qantas and United connect it with LAX thirteen times weekly, and there are also direct non-stops from Dallas and San Francisco.

Red Sea rocky coastline in Saudi Arabia

The ninety or so islands on Saudi Arabia’s coast are pristine, and the mainland features sweeping dunes, ample historic sites and remarkable open countryside.

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6. The Red Sea, Saudi Arabia

March is great for: a pioneering trip to a soon-to-explore spot.

Even though there’s enormous development planned in Saudi Arabia ‘s Red Sea— 50 hotels should be open within the next six years—the government aims to protect the reason it appeals, promising that the ground-up infrastructure will emphasize renewable energy and zero waste operations.

The peak period to visit ends in February, but the weather remains appealing this month thanks to the still-clear skies—ideal conditions for stargazing . Spend a night out in the dunes around a desert campfire, with local guides sharing stories and legends that connect the centuries-old culture here with the modern developments transforming Saudi Arabia at time-warping speed.

  • Book now: Six Senses Southern Dunes

This property includes open-plan villas intended to connect guests with the surrounding sand dunes, plus a signature spa (which, by the way, is two floors and includes a fitness suite with views of the desert.)

How to get to Saudi Arabia

Right now, the best routing to this region is via Riyadh, with direct flights on Saudia from JFK; it’s a two-hour hop from there to RSI, the local airport for the Red Sea. The latter’s primed to welcome international flights at some point in 2024, which will make arrival even easier.

Aerial View of the popular ski town of Winter Park, Colorado

Colorado’s Winter Park allows snowboarding and end-of-season skiing when other, lower altitude spots are running low on powder.

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7. Denver, Colorado

March is great for: late-season skiing and bargain dining..

March is typically the snowiest month of the year in the Mile High City , often logging just under a foot of powder. Climate change has made that less predictable, but there’s still a chance to see the city under a romantic white blanket; this is a place that can more than function even in the trickiest of winters.

You can also choose to stay inside for Denver Restaurant Week , running from March 1-10, with prix fixe meals at many of the top spots here for between $25 and $55 per person. And don’t dismiss the chance to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day here, either: there’s a parade that’s among one of the largest in the country, with around 10,000 marchers and 200,000 spectators—this year, it’s being held on Sunday, March 16.

  • Book now: Hyatt Centric Downtown Denver

The three-year old, 264-room outpost of the funky, mid-market Centric brand has an outdoor rooftop with fireplaces for al fresco cocktails as well as a 1,000-square-foot Presidential Suite that occupies the entire 15th floor.

How to get to Denver

Denver is one of United’s prime hubs, so check your options with UA. The airline services dozens of cities countrywide from here, including Wichita, Kansas, and Little Rock, Arkansas.

Green field in front of mountain range silhouette

Maipu Valley, in addition to Luján de Cuyo and Uco Valley, account for the majority of Argentina’s wine output.

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8. Mendoza, Argentina

March is great for: a southern hemisphere harvest festival.

More than 1,500 wineries are spread over the three growing areas of the Mendoza region: Maipu Valley, Luján de Cuyo, and Uco Valley. You’ll be able to sample and experience all of them in a single place during La Fiesta Nacional de Vendimia, a festival dating back to the 17th century that marks the beginning of the harvest season.

In early March, alongside parties, dance displays, and special dinners in local restaurants, the city hosts La Bendición de los Frutos, an event where a priest publicly blesses the harvest, as well as Via de la Reinas, a parade where a beauty queen from each of the 17 districts in the region rides around town on a specially designed float. This year, the festivities conclude on March 3, so barrel down at the start of the month to catch its climax.

  • Book now: The Vines Resort & Spa

Stay at this property in the heart of the Valle de Uco, set on 1,500 acres of private vineyards estates, with 21 villas ranged around the property—the largest of them tops out at 2,700 square feet—and each of the modernist structures has an outdoor deck that’s a prime spot to sit and contemplate the Andes mountains.

How to get to Mendoza

Try the LATAM routing via Lima, Peru, from JFK, or São Paulo in Brazil, which is connected to multiple U.S. gateways on legacy carriers Delta, United, and American.

Light trails from rush hour traffic lit up Edmonton downtown Winter sunset skyline showing Walterdale Bridge across the frozen, snow-covered Saskatchewan River and surrounding skyscrapers.

Visit Edmonton’s craft beer festival and try brews from the Alley Kat Brewing Company, Red Shed Malting malt house, or a pale ale from the father-son-run Six Corners Brew Works.

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9. Edmonton, Canada

March is great for: homegrown delights from the hop-growing hub of Canada.

More than 16,000 square miles of the Canadian province of Alberta are prairies, and one key crop grown in this vast landscape is barley. From March 8-9, the product of prairie-grown barley is celebrated via the local Craft Beer festival . There’s a thriving craft beer scene here mostly thanks to the change in law back in 2013, which removed a cap on small producers; as a result, there are now more than 100 operating in the province.

This two-day fest celebrates their output, with tastings as well as seminars and cooking demos. Half-day passes start at $15 while a VIP+ weekend-long entry is around $188 per person.

Where to stay in Edmonton

  • Book now: Fairmont Hotel Macdonald

The 198-room Fairmont Hotel Macdonald is a classic château-inspired hotel in the heart of the city right on the river dating back to 1915.

How to get to Edmonton

More than 10 U.S. gateways are directly connected with YEG here, including Honolulu, Hawai‘i, Nashville, Tennessee, and Phoenix, Arizona; they’re served by a raft of airlines, including WestJet and Flair.

Multicolored float with two people in costume attire as the centerpiece

Las Fallas started centuries ago, when carpenters burned the pieces of wood used to prop up their winter lights at the arrival of spring.

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10. Valencia, Spain

March is great for: satire and starchitecture.

For one thing, Valencia’s food scene is impressive—this is the birthplace of paella , after all. The cityscape is jaw dropping, too: It has been world-leading in sustainability , earning the title of European Green Capital for 2024 from the European Commission.

If you needed another incentive to consider a trip, then, this month’s Las Fallas Festival should be the clincher. It’s the most important in the city’s calendar, and runs from March 1-19. During this time, the city is festooned with papier-mâché figures, known as ninots, both traditional or satirical. All but two of them—saved by public vote on March 15—will be burned at the festival’s conclusion, the event known as La Crema.

  • Book now: Hospes Palau de la Mar Hotel

A one-time nobleman’s mansion right in the heart of the city is now a 66-room luxury hotel, set amid a large garden which was once home to his horses. The minimalist rooms combine whitewashed walls with rich chocolate wood fixtures.

How to get to Valencia

There are no direct, non-stop flights from the USA, so choose either to connect in Madrid, which is serviced by Iberia, American, and Air Europe to JFK, LAX, and DFW. Or go with Iberia’s partner British Airways, which has a wider network stateside. It’s a 2.5 hour flight from LHR to VLC.

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23 Warm Places In Europe In March For A Perfect Vacation

20 warm places in march in Europe

In March, spring comes to Europe, together with warmth and sun. If March is slush and off-season where you live, stock up on oranges and a good movie, or better escape to a sunny vacation spot. After all, traveling, and especially in warm places, treats blues and depression. 

The weather in Europe in March varies greatly from country to country. While in the north of Europe there is still snow, in the south of Europe the first strawberries are already in season, flowers and trees are blooming, and happy people are sunbathing on the beaches.

Where is hot in March in Europe? Holidays in March in Europe, depending on what purpose you are pursuing, will delight you with a wide choice: the beaches of the Canary Islands offer excellent weather suitable for swimming and sunbathing, and the southern cities of Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, Malta, Greece  are ideal for visiting attractions and outdoor activities.  Warm up on the beach, visit the oriental bazaar, dance at the carnival - I will tell you where to fly in Europe in March for a perfect vacation. 

Read on to discover warm places in Europe in March.

25 Warm Places in March in Europe

The Best Warm Places in Europe In March

1. the canary islands, spain - this is the warmest place in europe.

The Canary Islands in March

Weather in March in the Canary Islands:

The Canary Islands are a chaotic scattering of seven islands, often called the islands of eternal spring. The sun shines on the archipelago 365 days a year. The mild climate and warm weather allow you to relax here whenever you want, including in March. Moreover, the Canary Islands is the hottest place in Europe in March. March is excellent in the Canary Islands. The average daily temperature in March is + 20-22 ° C; at night the air cools down to +13 ° C + 19 ° C. 

Can you swim or sunbathe in the Canary Islands in March?

March is a great time of the year to sunbathe on the beaches of the Canary Islands. You can also swim in the ocean, if you like refreshing water as the ocean temperature is 19 ° C. 

The ocean in Tenerife can get a little warmer, click here for Tenerife's climate and weather.  

Why is it worth visiting the Canary Islands in March?

There are relatively few tourists in March in the Canary Islands. You can enjoy reasonable prices, good weather for beach holidays and sightseeing. 

Also, a trip to the Canary Islands is a great surfing opportunity. Fuerteventura Island, for example, is a favorite vacation spot for surfers from all over Europe and the world. 

Are there any festivals the Canary Islands in March?

From March 1 to March 10, in Santa Cruz de Tenerife on Tenerife island, the final processions of the most colorful Carnival in Europe, Carnival Santa Cruz de Tenerife, take place. The island of eternal spring Tenerife lives up to its name. This is the brightest event with performances, concerts, dances, fireworks, costume parties. The city's main square is decorated with garlands and flowers, music sounds everywhere, and people are having fun. The festival program is vibrant so that everyone can find something to their liking.

What are the best things to do and places to visit in the Canary Islands in March?

In Tenerife, be sure to visit the Teide Volcano. It is the highest mountain not only in the Canary Islands but in all of Spain. Its height is about 3720 meters above sea level, and the last eruption took place in 1909.

On the island of Fuerteventura, it is worth visiting a huge natural park - the Corralejo Dunes. These are sand dunes blown by winds from the Sahara Desert. You can stay right in this fantastic natural park, for example, at  Riu Oliva Beach Hotel.  

Imagine 2,400 acres of pure desert with fantastic landscapes near the turquoise water of the ocean! Corralejo is also a surf center of the island, with many training centers for surfing, windsurfing, and kite surfing.

On Lanzarote, don't miss the Timanfaya National Park. Here you will have an opportunity to observe the continuing volcanic activity. The guides demonstrate this by pouring water on the ground, which turns into a steam-emitting geyser. 

If you aren't sure which Canary Island to choose, read this article. 

What to wear in the Canary Islands in March?

You can dress in a bikini and a light dress during the day, and in the evening, put on a light jacket or light coat. It can be windy on the beaches of Fuerteventura, so be sure to bring your tent to protect yourself from the wind, especially if you are traveling with children. 

Read also:  Top 10 Warmest Places in Europe in December

2. Malaga, Spain

Malaga in March

Weather in Malaga in March

Malaga is one of the hot places in Europe in March. The air temperature in Malaga in March during the day is 19-22 degrees, and at night it can drop to 10. 

Can you swim or sunbathe in Malaga in March?

March is not the best choice for swimming in the sea, as the water temperature is around 16 degrees. But, you can still enjoy the sun and swimming if you stay at a hotel with a heated pool in Malaga. 

The sun shines brightly in Málaga during the day in March. The temperature feels much higher than the thermometer shows. It is absolutely comfortable to be in a swimsuit during the day in March in Málaga, especially by the heated pool. 

One such place is a villa called Beautiful home . This beautiful villa is located in a quiet and peaceful area, two kilometers from the beach. The heated swimming pool is situated on the roof, so you can fully enjoy the sun, swimming, and fantastic sea views. This house is very spacious and will be a great option if you go on vacation in Málaga with friends. This house can accommodate several families. Click here to check availability and prices of this villa with a heated pool in Malaga.  

Another great hotel with a heated pool in Malaga that I can recommend is El Oceano Beach Hotel . In Málaga, the sea is usually always cool, not only in March. Therefore, the heated pool is a perfect option for those who like to swim.

This outdoor heated pool is open all year round and delights guests with warm, pleasant water. And on Sundays, you can have fun at the pool party. This hotel makes you feel like a VIP with first-class service and chic design. Click here to view more phots of El Oceano Beach Hotel.  

Heated pools in Malaga are great for holidays in March

Photos courtesy of El Oceano Beach Hotel and Beautiful Home Villa.  

Why is it worth visiting Malaga in March?

It is worth going to Malaga in March if you are focused on an excursion program and want to sunbathe by the pool. You can save money on flights and hotels and visit the important attractions of Malaga without the crowds. 

Are there any festivals Malaga in March?

If you visit Malaga in March, you can attend the last days of the famous Malaga Carnival. On the 1st of March, go to the Gran boqueroná event, a culinary highlight of the Malaga carnival. You can try fried anchovies at Plaza de la Constitución for free. Another event is the anchovy's burial, where the Spanish burry an anchovy to mark the end of the festivities and Lent's start. 

Apart from the Carnival, Malaga Film Festival is the most important event in March in Malaga that you should not miss if you are a cinema-lover. 

What are the best things to do and places to visit in Malaga in March?

Malaga is the birthplace of the world-famous painter Pablo Picasso. If you want to see his most glorious creations, be sure to visit the Picasso Museum. March is a wonderful time of the year for long walks in Malaga.

Don't miss the Alcazaba and Gibralfaro, Moorish fortresses built in the 10th and 8th centuries by Arab conquerors. The fortress is located on the top of a mountain and offers stunning panoramic views of Malaga.

Bullfights are still held in Malaga. So if you want to know about this Spanish cultural phenomenon, visit the Plaza de Toros de La Malagueta,  a bullfighting arena. The building also houses the Bull Museum. 

Get more information about  the best things to do in Malaga

What to pack for Malaga in March?

During the day in March, you will be comfortable in your swimsuit on the beach. Everyone perceives temperature differently; however, taking a warm jacket with you will be the right decision. In Malaga, a cold wind blows from the sea often in March. 

3. Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona in March

Weather in Barcelona in March

Barcelona in March is a full-fledged spring, warm and blooming. But when traveling at this time of the year, you need to prepare for the local weather's peculiarities. Each spring in Barcelona has a different climate from the previous one. On any day in March, it can rain, but luckily rain ends quickly. The daytime temperature is +16 ° C-18 ° C; in the evening, it gets a little colder + 12 ° C. At night, the value of the thermometer fluctuates around +7-9 ° C.

Can you swim or sunbathe in Barcelona in March?

The water temperature in Barcelona in March is + 14 ° C, so swimming in the Mediterranean is not recommended yet.

But you shouldn't deny yourself the pleasure of water - the pools at the hotels are available for holidaymakers all year round. Check out Barcelona Princess hotel with a heated infinity pool located on the 24d floor. This swimming pool brings you closer to the stars and guarantees beautiful views of Barcelona. 

Another great place to combine taking care of your body and health with a vacation in Barcelona is Hotel SB Diagonal Zero Barcelona . Here you can swim every morning in the pool with a panoramic view of Barcelona. The pool is located on the 17th floor and is open all year round!

What's more, the hotel has a "Spazio Wellness" spa, where you can pamper your body with massages and beauty treatments. And don't forget to check out their Turkish bath and Finnish sauna.

  See photos and read reviews of Diagonal Zero Barcelona here . 

Why is it worth visiting Barcelona in March?

Warm and sunny weather in Barcelona in March is perfect for walks to local attractions, as well as bus and boat excursions to the surrounding regions of Spain. 

As March is a low season, you can stay at the best  unique and unusual hotels in Barcelona  at lower rates.

Are there any festivals in Barcelona in March?

March in Barcelona is a time of festivals and events. If you have a sweet tooth, you will love The Sweets Festival Sant Medir that takes place in early March. This annual festival was initially organized in Vila de Gracia in Barcelona, but now it is held throughout the city. During the festival, a colorful solemn procession on horseback gives the audience 60 tons of sweets.

In March, you can also have fun at the Barcelona Beer Festival, which lasts three days. Beer lovers can taste 300 varieties of this foamy drink from Spain and other countries. 

What are the best things to do and places to visit in Barcelona in March?

The main point of any program is a visit to the Cathedral of the Sagrada Família - Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família -  and the Singing Fountains show on Montjuic mountain. Excursions to the Spanish Village - Pueblo Español - and Park Guell - Parque Güell - are also very popular in March. You can book your tickets for the city's most famous landmarks in advance with a discount using this link. 

In Barcelona you can have an enjoyable time not only during the day, but also in the evening and at night. After all, Barcelona is known for its vibrant nightlife. If you want to discover what Barcelona is like at night , then you should go to a flamenco show, Montjuic Magic Fountain Show or a night tapas tour around the city. 

There are tons of things to do in Barcelona with kids . Here are some of the best exciting activities for families with kids in Barcelona. Spend a day at Tibidabo Amusement Park: located on Mount Tibidabo, this classic amusement park offers rides, attractions, and stunning views of Barcelona. It's a fantastic place for family fun, with a variety of rides suitable for different age groups. 

Discover the Barcelona Aquarium: situated in Port Vell, the aquarium is home to an impressive array of marine life. Kids can marvel at the sharks, walk through a transparent tunnel surrounded by fish, and even touch some of the sea creatures in the interactive exhibits. Experience the CosmoCaixa Science Museum: this interactive museum engages children with hands-on exhibits, including a rainforest simulation, a planetarium, and a space dedicated to exploring the human body. It's an educational and entertaining experience for all ages.

And if you have time for day trips while in Barcelona, visiting Montserrat is an amazing experience. 

What to wear in Barcelona in March?

If you travel to Barcelona in March, be aware of the variability of the Spanish weather. Bring warm clothing with you: sweaters, shirts, a light jacket, a puff jacket, and waterproof shoes. 

4. Athens, Greece

Athens in March

Weather in Athens in March

Athens is one of the warm places to visit in March Europe. In March, Athens' daytime temperature usually stays at +16 +18  ° C  but it can even reach +28  ° C (this is the maximum recorded temperature in March). At night, the air temperature drops to + 6 degrees.

The first half of March in Athens is not much different from the end of February: periodic rains and variable clouds replace the sun from time to time. But in the middle of the month, everything changes: the air temperature rises by 3 ° C, sunny days become the norm.

In the second half of March, spring wins finally - there are already more clear days than cloudy ones, and there are no rains. The first part of the tourist season begins in Athens, which will last until mid-May.

Can you swim or sunbathe in Athens in March?

March is not the best choice for a beach holiday in Athens: the water temperature is + 16 degrees. But you can enjoy the gentle sun and sunbathe on the  fantastic beaches near Athens . It's really sunny and pleasant to be at the beach in Athens in March. 

If you feel like swimming, stay at a hotel with a heated pool in Athens. 

How about sunbathing AND SWIMMING while enjoying amazing views of the Acropolis? Your dream may come true if you stay at  this fantastic penthouse with a private terrace and a private pool  heated between October and May. In March, the pool is covered and heated. Once you uncover it, you can enjoy a blissful swim in warm water. 

This apartment has many advantages: modern design, hot tube, central location... But the best thing about it is the 360-degree views over Athens and Acropolis and of course the warm rooftop pool that you can swim in all year round.  View photos, read reviews & check availability of this apartment in Athens.  

Athens hotel with indoor pool

If you prefer to stay in hotels, Athens has two great hotels with spas and indoor pools: Divani Apollon Palace & Thalasso and Electra Palace Athens. 

The Divani Apollon Palace has a top-class Spa, awarded by World Travel Awards, with an impressive 270-m² indoor heated pool, several saunas, Roman baths, Turkish baths and countless facial and body treatments.  Click here to check the price and to read more reviews.  

Electra Palace is a stylish hotel with a heated pool in Athens. It’s perfect for a romantic getaway or even a honeymoon.  Click here for more information.  

Why is it worth visiting Athens in March?

March is an excellent time of the year for a trip to Athens to explore local attractions without crowds and not worry about heatstroke.

Are there any festivals in Athens in March?

At the beginning of March, you can attend Athens Wine Week and taste the best Greek wines.

Have you dreamed of going to the carnival? Then plan your trip to Athens from February 15 to March 2. The whole city is decorated. You can see and participate in masquerade processions, dances, performances, and masterclasses.

March 25 is the Independence Day in Greece. A military parade takes place in Athens; the city is decorated with white and blue flags. And all museums are open for free visits; you do not need to buy tickets.

What are the best things to do and places to visit in Athens in March?

Athens offers tons of attractions and ways to have fun. To get a first impression of the city, I advise you to go on a tour Historical Athens. You will see the Acropolis, the open-air theater of Dionysus, which was built in the 5th century BC; you will learn what the Tower of the Winds is and what it is famous for, take a look at the ancient Plaka district and the Temple of Hephaestus.

Greece is a country renowned for its cuisine. Don't miss the Greek Food Tour in Athens, which will introduce you to traditional Greek dishes. The guide will take you through the markets and taverns, shops, and cafes popular among locals. These places are significantly different from the tourist ones. You will learn recipes of national dishes passed down from generation to generation, taste delicious cheeses, the best donuts in the city, and real Greek coffee.

For lovers of boat trips, I advise you to take a boat ride to the Saronic Gulf islands. The cruise lasts 12 hours. 

What to pack for Athens in March?

If the weather forecast promises sunny days, take a swimsuit - there is nothing more pleasant than sunbathing on the sandy shore. Take light things for warm weather - shorts, dresses, skirts, T-shirts; for cool weather and the evening, do pack jeans and sweatshirts. As for shoes, you will need sandals and sneakers, something that is comfortable and suitable for long walks.

5. Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon in March

Weather in Lisbon in March

The weather in Lisbon in March is good, but a little changeable: at night, the air temperature can drop to + 7 ° C, in the daytime, the sun warms up quite well, up to + 18 +25 ° C. Sometimes it will be a short-term downpour; at times, it will be fine and drizzling long-lasting rain. However, March is a great time to travel to Lisbon!

Can you swim or sunbathe in Lisbon in March?

Although March is not the best month for the beach season, it would be completely unfair to come to Portugal and not visit the most picturesque places on the coast. On the Portuguese Riviera tour, you will see the endless beaches of the Atlantic, favorite places of surfers from all over Europe, visit the magical Devil's mouth and the romantic port town of Cascais. 

March is not a good time to swim in the ocean in Lisbon. But if you do want a water treatment, you can always stay at a hotel with an indoor pool in Lisbon.

The Vintage Hotel & Spa features a heated indoor pool, a spa area, and a fitness center. It's a stylish boutique hotel where you can relax and rest. And in the evening, you can enjoy a traditional Ginja drink and panoramic views over the city from its rooftop bar. Click here for more info about the Vintage Hotel & Spa.  

Jupiter Lisboa Hotel is a budget hotel in Lisbon with an indoor swimming pool. It is a rather unusual pool. While you swim, you will be entertained by the fish from across the hall in the huge aquarium that covers the entire wall. Moreover, there is a sauna, a steam bath, a complete massages and body treatments menu, and a Portuguese restaurant. Click here for more information and the lates prices.  

Why is it worth visiting Lisbon in March?

In March, Lisbon is not overloaded with tourists, and prices for hotels, excursions, and flights are much lower. You can enjoy pleasant spring weather and mild sunshine. 

Lisbon hotel with indoor swimming pool

Are there any festivals in Lisbon in March?

Lisbon usually hosts many exciting events in March. One of the most important events is the famous Lisbon Half Marathon. In early March, in the small town of Torres Vedras, just 50 km from Lisbon, Portugal's oldest and most spectacular carnival takes place. These days the city is immersed in unrestrained fun, you can meet mummers everywhere. Anyone can take part.

What are the best things to do and places to visit in Lisbon in March?

Be sure to visit the Jeronimos Monastery and the Belém Tower, from where the brave Vasco de Gama once set out to make his great geographical discoveries.

Start your acquaintance with the city with a sightseeing tour. On the  Walking Tour, you will walk through the old picturesque districts of Alfama and Baixa, ride on the secret elevator, and find out where Lisbonians go for dinner and perform the traditional fado dance.

You can not only see Lisbon but also taste it. It is exactly what you will do on an exciting four-hour food tour. Together with an experienced guide, you will climb to the observation decks offering gorgeous views of Lisbon, the Christa Rei statue, and the 25 April bridge and taste local wines, sweets and snacks.

Read this blog post about  unique things to do in Lisbon . 

6. Sardinia, Italy

Sardinia in March

Weather in Sardinia in March

Sardinia, an enchanting Italian island nestled in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, offers a delightful destination for a March getaway, whether you're embarking on a solo adventure or enjoying a romantic honeymoon . The weather in March in Sardinia is comfortable: it's neither too hot nor too cold. During the day, Cagliari temperature reaches 16-18° C, and at night + 7 + 8° C.

Can you swim or sunbathe in Sardinia in March?

You can sunbathe in Sardinia in March, but you can't swim in the sea, as the water temperature is 14 ° C. However, you can stay at a hotel with a heated pool in Sardinia and enjoy open-air swimming and sunshine.

In fact, an even better idea would be to stay in a terminal spa hotel because Sardinia is known for its therapeutic thermal waters. I can recommend the superb spa hotel The Sardinia Thermal Hotel & SPA to regenerate your body and nervous system. 

This hotel features two thermal swimming pools: one is indoor, and the other one is outdoor. Here you can swim in the outdoor pool even in March because it's a thermal water pool with a temperature of around 35 degrees. It's pure bliss. 

This water has numerous benefits for your body and skin. It's rich in magnesium, calcium and bicarbonate and helps eliminate toxins, benefit the locomotor system, helps post-trauma. 

This hotel has a menu of various body and facial treatments and even a unique line of cosmetics and creams based on this healing thermal water. Click here for more information about the hotel The Sardinia Thermal Hotel & SPA.  

Why is it worth visiting Sardinia in March?

There are several reasons to come to Sardinia in March:

- Low prices for high-standard hotels.

- Peace and quiet await you in March in Sardinia. On the streets, there are no noisy crowds of tourists and no queues for attractions. March is the perfect time for travelers looking for a secluded holiday.

- March offers an interesting cultural program with events and festivals.

Are there any festivals in Sardinia in March?

In March, Sardinia hosts the Artichoke Festival, which locals and tourists attend. At the festival, you can taste artichokes and a variety of Italian dishes with artichokes and attend sports and cultural events.

Another important festival that takes place in Sardinia in March is the Sea urchin Festival (Rassegna del riccio del mare - Bogamarì).

During the festival, you can observe the fishing of the sea urchin (called "Bogamarì" in Catalan) and savor this delicacy accompanied by local wine.

What are the best things to do and places to visit in Sardinia in March?

I recommend starting your visit to the island from its capital, Cagliari. It is a charming city with a magical atmosphere, colorful houses, gorgeous beaches, and many attractions. Read this blog post to learn about  the best things to do in Cagliari.

After visiting the capital, take a tour of the island. Go to the Costa Smeralda, a stunning Sardinia coast, stretching 55 kilometers from the Gulf of Arzachena to the Gulf of Cugnana. It is perhaps the most famous corner of the island, known for its beaches and chic resorts. Then head to Alghero, a land of beautiful Catalan architecture and Mediterranean atmosphere.

If you want to see the real Sardinia, visit the wild and remote region of Central Sardinia, with its breathtaking landscapes, valleys, gorges, canyons, forests, and high mountain peaks. Here you will find village Sardinians living the same life as their ancestors lived a hundred years ago.

What to pack for Sardinia in March?

For your March holidays in Sardinia, bring different clothes for different times of the day: T-shirts for the day and jackets for the evening. Don't forget comfortable shoes and sunglasses.

7. Valletta, Malta

Streets of Valetta, Malta

Weather in Valletta in March

Warm countries in March include small but picturesque Malta. Valletta is a charming city in Malta that is also one of the best honeymoon destinations in Europe . 

March is the first month of the year the warm Mediterranean waters and air reach Valletta, Malta's capital city. While the previous month of February typically brings a ton of rain and little sun to the area, Valletta welcomes gorgeous clear skies throughout March.

Valletta is a warm destination to visit for both travelers looking for the sunniest European destinations and those visiting Malta's capital on  European cruises .

Valletta is one of the best places to visit in Europe in March. Valletta's weather during March is highly influenced by the Mediterranean interior climate. Because of this dependency, the weather can be unpredictable. However, you can typically expect most March days to be sunny with occasional rainstorms during your stay in Valletta.

The average temperatures for Valletta in March run between 15℃ and 20℃ with the fourth week of March usually being the warmest time of the month. 

Can you swim or sunbathe in Valletta in March ?

Im March, you will find plenty of locals and tourists at the beaches of Valletta soaking in the sun, but if you are visiting earlier in March, most won’t be in the water.  The sea temperature in Malta in March is about 15 ℃. 

As an alternative to swimming in the sea, you can stay in a hotel with a pool and spa area in Valletta. My favorite spa hotel with an indoor pool in Valletta is The Phoenicia Malta . Everything about this hotel is perfect. It is excellent for travelers who want to celebrate an important date or an anniversary and enjoy a vacation in a fabulous location. View Photos, Read Reviews & Check Availability of the Phoenicia Malta Hotel. 

Another hotel I recommend is Hugo's Boutique Hotel - Adults Only. This hotel is a top choice if you are looking for an unusual hotel for a romantic vacation or a honeymoon. The unusual dark decor, the jacuzzi in the room with a breathtaking view - everything here sets the mood for romance and sensuality. Your other half will love this hotel, guaranteed. Click here for more information about the Hugo's Boutique Hotel - Adults Only.  

Why is it worth visiting Valletta, Malta in March?

Valletta owes much of its successful military history to its strategic and scenic location along this massive harbor. The nearby Barakka Gardens, nestled on Valletta’s highest point, encircle some of the city’s most historically significant fortifications. These peaceful gardens are a perfect way to spend a sunny March day in Malta’s capital.

Are there any festivals in Valletta March?

On March 31, the entire Valletta celebrates Freedom Day - a public holiday in Malta, which marks one of the most important dates in the country's modern history. In 1979, the final withdrawal of British troops and navy from the island state's territory took place. You can observe an impressive military parade in Malta on Freedom Day. It runs from the fort in Cospicua to the monument in honor of the "departure" of the British military from the island.

After the parade, top Maltese officials and foreign ambassadors solemn lay of wreaths at the monument.

The main entertainment event of the day is a large regatta starting in Valletta's Grand Harbor. Dozens of traditional Maltese Luzzu boats and Venetian gondolas float against the backdrop of the picturesque Fort of Valletta. It's a fantastic water show you should not miss. 

What are the best things to do and places to visit in Valletta?

Located on one of Europe's mightiest harbors, Valletta sits surrounded by some of the strongest fortifications in the world.

Some of the best things to do in Valletta include exploring Saint John's Co-Cathedral, discovering Valletta's most monumental Grand Master's Place, and strolling the streets along Grand Harbor. While there are tons of things to do in Valletta, it's also worth visiting other parts of the country. You won't regret it if you add Marsaxlokk, Sliema, San Ġiljan, and Golden Bay to your Malta itinerary.

What to wear in Valletta in March?

While Valletta boasts gorgeous weather in March, it is best to arrive prepared for any unpredictable weather by dressing in layers. Make sure to pack your favorite bathing suit, flip flops, and shorts, but also pack a light jacket, pants, and an umbrella just in case.

Recommended by Ellie | Ellie's Travel Tips

8. Monemvasia, Greece

stunning architecture of Monemvasia, Greece

Weather in Monemvasia in March

With long days and mild weather, spring is the perfect time to plan a trip to someplace new in Europe. In particular, crowd-free March is the ideal month to immerse in local cultures and get to know the authentic side of a place and its people.

Thanks to its sunny and warm weather, Southern Greece is an amazing destination to explore in March.  The dreamy castle town of Monemvasia  in the Peloponnese peninsula is a top choice for a spring break, as it looks even prettier in the springtime when its red rooftops shine under the bright Greek sun, but without the summer’s unbearably high temperatures.

In Monemvasia, Greece, in March the weather is warm and comfortable with the temperature +18 +21 ° C during the day, and +10 + 12 ° C during the night. Monemvasia is one of the warmest places in Europe in March. 

Can you swim or sunbathe in Monemvasia in March ?

In March, this beauty is all the more enhanced by nature's vivid green colours. Moreover, March in Monemvasia is generally warm enough to sunbathe on the dramatic black rocks surrounding the fortified town. Most of the times, and especially towards the end of the month, a dip in the crystal clear waters is also an option. 

To compensate for the lack of swim, you can always stay at a spa hotel in Monemvasia. I recommend staying at the ALKINOI RESORT AND SPA , which features a nice spa zone, a fitness center, a Turkish bath, and a hot tub. 

What are the best things to do and places to visit in Monemvasia in March?

Monemvasia Castle is a fortified town built on a tiny islet connected to the mainland by a single bridge. It's a site of unique charm that seems to have been lost in time with its traditional architecture, cobbled alleys and total absence of vehicles within the castle's walls. 

The best thing to do in Monemvasia is to walk around the castle's maze of narrow streets, past imposing mansions, picturesque cafés and enchanting ruins.

In March, when visitors are few, you can mingle with locals and listen to their captivating stories. Last but not least, there are also some other incredible places to visit near Monemvasia, such as Kastania Cave and Elafonisos Island.  

Are there any festivals in Monemvasia in March?

If visiting Monemvasia in March, make sure you stay for the grand celebrations taking place on the 25th of March. On this day, Greece celebrates the beginning of the nation's fight for independence from the Ottomans back in 1821 and the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary.  

What to pack for Monemvasia in March?

Although unlikely, March weather in Monemvasia can be unpredictable. Therefore, make sure you dress in layers and carry a light waterproof jacket with you at all times. But, fear not. Monemvasia Castle is a sight for sore eyes even in the rain.

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Beautiful weather in Monaco in March

Weather in Monaco in March

An amazing city to visit in March in Europe is Monaco. Monaco is a very unique place to visit, as it's a sovereign city-state and it's the second smallest state that’s sovereign in the world. It's one of the wealthiest places on earth and it's bordered by France. You can find Monaco on the French Riviera, so combining a trip to Monaco and places such as Menton and Nice is a great thing to do.

The weather in March in Monaco is good. It’s a great place to visit if you’re looking for warm and sunny weather. The average high temperature is 14°C / 57°F which is very lovely. Furthermore, there are many sunny days and it doesn’t rain very often.

Can you swim or sunbathe in Monaco in March?

There are great beaches in Monaco, but it may be a bit too cold for swimming and sunbathing in March.

But don't get upset. Monaco has several hotels with luxurious indoor pools and a magnificent spa area! Spending your vacation there will activate all your five senses. How do you like the Hôtel Hermitage Monte-Carlo ? It features a gorgeous indoor swimming pool, a winter garden, and (attention!) the 7,000 m² SPA! 

What are the best things to do and places to visit in Monaco in March?

There are many reasons why visiting Monaco is great. One of these reasons is that Monaco looks incredible!

The views in the city are just stunning. As it looks so beautiful, there are many amazing photo spots in Monaco . It’s also a great experience to be in the second smallest state in the world.

Besides that, there are so many great things to do in Monaco. 

One of the best things to do in Monaco is going to the Monte Carlo Casino. This is a place where you can gamble, but there's also a lot of other entertainment. A fun thing to know is that everyone can gamble in the casino, except for the citizens of Monaco. For them, it's forbidden to even enter the gaming rooms. 

Furthermore, there are nice museums in Monaco. One of the best museums is the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco. This is a museum of marine sciences. Here, you can see species of sea fauna, such as sharks, seahorses and turtles. But there are also other interesting objects, like model ships.

What to pack for Monaco in March?

Even though a large part of March is in winter, you don’t have to wear winter clothes in Monaco! As the temperatures aren’t very low, you can wear jeans, a top and a light jacket. 

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10. Stromboli, Italy

Stromboli Volcano in Sicily

Weather in Stromboli in March

Stromboli Island is one of the most out-of-the-world place in Europe. This fascinating Aeolian island is located off the coast of Sicily in Italy. 

It’s a perfect place to be in March as it’s not too cold and not too hot. The average temperature is 14 °C degrees during the day. Stromboli itself is not an ordinary island. It’s an actual active volcano island. Thus, you can be sure that 14 °C degrees will feel much more. 

What are the best things to do and places to visit in Stromboli in March?

It’s one of the three active volcanoes in Italy and one of the most active volcanos on the planet earth. Stromboli has been erupting constantly for nearly 2,000 years. The last major explosion occurred on 3 July 2019 without any preliminary warning. This particular eruption generated a 5 km long ash column above the island.

The most popular activity on Stromboli is the sunset trek. Trekking as close as possible to the craters of Stromboli to admire the magical sunset over the island and witness Stromboli’s fiery explosions is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Generally, you will see a couple of short and energetic bursts every 20 - 30 minutes. They are a maximum of a few hundred meters high and contain ash, incandescent lava fragments, and stones.  

The summit crater of Stromboli Volcano is situated as high as 926 meters above sea level. 

However, since the last big eruption, one can only hike up to 400 meters above sea level. But to go all the way up to 400 meters, you will need to join a guided tour. In case you don’t want to join a tour, you are only permitted to hike until 300 meters.

Can you swim or sunbathe in Stromboli in March?

The second most popular activity is spending time on its black sandy beaches of the volcano. The water temperature in March is approximately +16 C° - it's quite cold for swimming without the surfing suit. But you can stay in a hotel with a pool, for example, La Sirenetta Park Hotel , and enjoy the sun and swimming. 

Furthermore, you can rent a boat or kayak and observe Stromboli spitting ballistic ejecta. 

It’s blood-curdling to be in the middle of the water in a kayak in front of a volcano continuously making noises like a clap of thunder, smoking, and making small avalanches. Definitely not to be missed.

Recommended by Diana | The Globetrotting Detective

11. Gozo, Malta

March in Gozo, Malta

Weather in Gozo in March

Malta is an island nation in the southern Mediterranean and is composed of three islands – Malta,  Gozo  and Comino. The main island of Malta has the capital Valetta as well as a number of other small towns. Gozo is a beautiful, lesser-known destination in Malta and is one of the best hidden gems in Europe . 

Gozo is reached by ferry that runs regularly and is perfect for exploring as it is much smaller and quieter with secluded beaches and coves.

In March the temperatures range from +14 ° C to about +17 ° C with 7 hours of sunshine on average each day. There is still a small chance of rain but 60% of the time it will be dry and sunny. 

Can you swim or sunbathe in Gozo in March?

The sea will be warm enough for swimming only for very short periods as it will have dropped to 16 ° C.  

Gozo has so many things to do that beaches and sunbathing is secondary. It is cool in March and there are only a few sandy beaches. Many are just rocky edges to the water.  

But after a long walk around the city, every traveler wants to relax in the evening. A spa hotel with a heated indoor pool in Gozo is ideal for this.  Grand Hotel Gozo  has everything to rejuvenate and pamper your body: jacuzzis, several saunas, massages, scrubs, facials, and body treatments. This four-star hotel will be appreciated by travelers who love comfort, fabulous sea views and want to improve their well-being on vacation. Click here for more information about the Grand Hotel Gozo . 

Are there any festivals in Gozo in March?

Traditionally the week before Ash Wednesday is carnival week on Gozo although this can tip into March. There will be masked balls, marching bands and a general carnival atmosphere.

The 31st March is a national holiday for Freedom Day. Events take place at the War memorial in Floriana and a boat regatta can be seen in the Grand Harbour in Valetta.

What are the best things to do and places to visit in Gozo in March?

Gozo, like Malta has a long history and the main town of the island, Rabat (also known as Victoria) is visible from all over the island. It rises steeply from the surrounding landscape and is has the fortified Citadel at the heart of the town. This fortified building has provided refuge and defence to the city for hundreds of years.

Outside of Victoria is the Ta’ Pinu Basillica with its beautiful neo-romantic style and stunning mosaics. Just a short distance away are the UNESCO Ggantija Megalithic Temples, now in ruins but with an interesting visitors centre. In the same village of Xaghra is a windmill and some grottos that are entered through the homes above them.

Beyond the towns, the coast is wild and rugged with beautiful coves and rocky beaches with sea stacks and arches.

What to pack for Gozo in March?

Given the temperatures layers are best for travel to Gozo in March. It can be cool in the evenings so a long-sleeved warmer top will make for pleasant evening walks.

Recommended by Suzanne | Meandering Wild

12. Palermo, Italy

sunny and warm weather in Palermo in March

Weather in Palermo in March

You can take advantage of the low season and save money on hotels and flights by going to cheap places to visit in Europe in March. Palermo is one of them. Palermo’s sunny Mediterranean climate makes it a sublime place to visit year-round. While peak visiting season is usually between April and October, shoulder season and March specifically are a fantastic time to plan a visit to Sicily. 

Weather in Palermo is March is warm and sunny with temperatures often in the 60s Fahrenheit (+15 + 21 Celsius). 

Can you swim or sunbathe in Palermo in March?

On warmer days, you can sunbathe on the beach, but it may be a bit too chilly for a full-blown swim in the sea. Though, you can certainly dip your toes in or maybe even wade a bit! 

Or, you have an alternative: stay at a hotel with an indoor swimming pool in Palermo.  Quintocanto Hotel & Spa is located in Palermo’s historic center, a perfect place to explore the city. After a day full of excursions, you can unwind at the hotels’ indoor swimming pool.

It also features a spa with saunas, whirlpools, and Turkish baths. Isn’t it an ideal place for an ideal vacation in Palermo? Click here for more information about Quintocanto Hotel & Spa in Palermo . 

What are the best things to do and places to visit in Palermo in March?

Speaking of sights, Palermo is brimming with things to do, see, and explore. A March visit is perfect, as a shoulder season visit beats both the heat of a Sicilian summer as well as the influx of tourists that flock to the sunny island during the summer season.

If you're planning to explore Palermo, your first stop should definitely be the old town. There's so much to see and do, from admiring the historical buildings and monuments to checking out the museums and traditional restaurants. If you want to fully immerse yourself in the experience, I recommend staying at a hotel in Palermo 's historical center. That way, you'll be able to make the most of your time and really get a feel for the city's rich history and culture.

You will enjoy little to no wait time at the city’s best restaurants, have your pick of prime places to relax along the cerulean coast and watch the waves, and have many opportunities to interact with locals. 

While visiting, don’t miss wandering around the markets, sampling all of Palermo’s mouth-watering street food specialties! Vucciria, Ballaro, and Capo are the three biggest options. Be sure to visit the marvelous Palermo Cathedral, dating back to the 12th century, as well as the Norman Palace, or Palazzo dei Normanni, which dates back to the 11th century and has UNESCO World Heritage mosaics. Next to the Palazzo and near the Cathedral, check out the Porta Nuova, one of Palermo’s oldest city gates to continue taking in the city’s storied history.

Of course, be sure to try Sicilian desserts while you’re visiting: while cannoli are the most famous, Palermo is also known for cassata cake, as well as granata, a shaved ice-style treat. If you’re an opera fan, check out the Massimo Theatre’s schedule to see what’s playing while you’re visiting, but even if opera isn’t your cup of tea, be sure to peek inside the grandiose theatre.   

Are there any festivals in Palermo in March?

Depending on when you visit in March, there may be Mardi Gras (Carnevale), Holy Week, or Easter festivities to enjoy, so be sure to check your calendar, as the Lenten season and Easter dates change each year.

There is often a celebration around the feast day of St. Joseph, or Festa di San Giuseppe, one of the most important patron saints of Sicily in mid-March, with parades and delicious food to try. 

What to wear in Palermo in March?

You will likely be more than comfortable in jeans, leggings, and a few light layers in Palermo in March, perhaps even in short sleeves when the sun is up in the sky.

It’s probably best to pack layers in case the temperatures cool in the evening, but overall the weather will certainly be to your liking: warm and comfortable for days spent strolling around Palermo’s many sights.

Recommended by Tegan and Alex |   Why Not Walk Travel Guides

13. Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel, the Azores, Portugal

Azores in March

Weather in Sao Miguel, the Azores in March

The Azores is a highly underrated destination, in fact, many people don’t know where the Azores are located. This stunning archipelago consisting of nine islands can be found in the wild Atlantic Ocean, approximately 1600 km from the coast of Portugal.  

Sao Miguel is the largest island of the Azores and its capital Ponta Delgada the most populous city. Ponta Delgada is a beautiful city with lovely cobblestone streets, beautiful churches, and lots of nice (seafood) restaurants and cute cafes.  

What’s great about visiting Ponta Delgada in March is that there will be few tourists and you can truly experience the island life without the crowds. One of the must-visit sights in Ponta Delgada are the three city arches that were built in 1783.  

March is a great month for a trip to Ponta Delgada, while officially shoulder season, temperatures are starting to climb and accommodation prices are much more affordable than during the peak months (July and August).  

A typical day in March in Sao Miguel, the Azores will be around +17 degrees Celsius. 

Can you swim or sunbathe in Sao Miguel, the Azores in March?

In March the ocean will be too cold for swimming, however, Sao Miguel is home to several thermal hot pools which are perfect to a dip.  There are several hotels in Sao Miguel built right on the hot thermal springs.

I recommend Furnas Boutique Hotel - Thermal & Spa , which has several thermal swimming pools outdoors and indoors. So you can enjoy the thermal water in any weather. Thanks to the saunas, hammam, and numerous wellness treatments, you can unwind in this hotel's unique spa. This is a very cool hotel! 

What are the best things to do and places to visit in Sao Miguel, the Azores in March?

Sao Miguel is known as Ilha Verde which translates to ‘the Green Island’ and it certainly lives up to its name. From lush green forest to verdant rolling hills, fertile farmland, and even a tea plantation, green comes in all shades on Sao Miguel. When visiting Sao Miguel in March you can admire the flowering Camellias as well as colorful Azaleas. 

Sao Miguel is also a great place for hiking, there are long trails as well as short strolls suitable for any fitness level as well as families with younger kids. When setting out on a family hike, ditch the  stroller  and bring a baby carrier instead as there aren’t many trails that are stroller friendly.  

What to pack for Sao Miguel, the Azores in March?

In the Azores in March, you are likely to experience four seasons in one day. One moment the sky will be an ominous grey and the next it’s as blue as can be without a cloud to be seen.

Be sure to pack plenty of layers, so you are prepared for the changeable weather.  

Recommended By Lotte from Beste voor Kids

14. Cadiz, Spain

Cadiz in March

Weather in Cadiz in March

Cadiz is a destination in which you can make sure that you will find great sunny and warm weather in March.

The city located on the gorgeous coast of Southern Spain is famous for its annual over 300 days of sunshine, which make it very attractive for people who are looking to escape to a warm destination when their countries are cold.

If you visit Cadiz during the first days of March, you will still be able to enjoy the last days of the famous carnival which takes places on the streets of the city starting late February. The over one weeklong celebration will find the city covered in decorations, and its streets filled with parades, concerts and people wearing fancy dress. The carnival is famous for the way locals choose to express sarcasm, irony and mockery of the current political events through parades for which they prepare the entire year for. 

Can you swim or sunbathe in Cadiz in March?

The weather in Cadiz in March is sunny and warm enough to sunbathe, but not to swim. The waters of the Atlantic Ocean are still very cold to get in without a wetsuit. 

For the ultimate experience, you can stay in a spa hotel with a heated indoor pool in Cadiz, like the Senator Cádiz Spa Hotel.

This is a real spa hotel with atmospheric indoor pools. Here you will feel like you are in some kind of magical lake grotto. The menu of health treatments here is amazing, with chocolate massages and aromatherapy rituals on offer. Click here for photos and more information about the Senator Cádiz Spa Hotel .

What are the best things to do and places to visit in Cadiz in March?

There are plenty of  things to do in Cadiz , with visiting the Cathedral and the old town being on the top list. The fish market is also a fantastic place to go for lunch, this is where the locals gather to meet with their friends and have some delicious fish tapas and one or more cold pints of beer. 

Cadiz, having a privileged location on an island just offshore of mainland Spain, has two historical forts that you might be interested in seeing.

The promenade leading from the Cathedral to San Sebastian Castle is a perfect place to watch the sunset or the sunrise from, with your loved one, over the blue waves of the Atlantic Ocean.  

What to wear in Cadiz in March?

When it comes to what to pack for a perfect trip to Cadiz in March, think of mostly summery clothes.

The evenings however can be a bit chilly because of the cold winds coming from the ocean, so make sure you pack a jacket as well.

Because most of the old town is covered in cobblestones, bring some comfortable shoes as well.  

Recommended by Joanna | The world in my pocket

15. Marseille, France

Marseille in March

Weather in Marseille in March

The southern city of Marseille is a fabulous place to visit in spring: during the day, the temperature in March in Marseille rises up to +18 +20 ° C. With a typically Mediterranean climate, temperatures in March can easily reach the high teens and the blue skies akin to Provence are the rule rather than the exception.

It’s the ideal time to sample all that France’s second city has to offer - without having to compete with the crowds that congregate in the summer months. Situated on a stunning stretch of coast, it’s probably no surprise that Marseille is blessed with many amazing beaches. 

Can you swim or sunbathe in Marseille in March?

Head to the inner city beaches such as Plage des Catalans or the Plage du Prophète for fun in the sun, or seek out the hidden beaches nearby in the Calanques National Park or along the Cote Bleue.

On a sheltered day, it’s plenty warm enough to get down to your bathers, although the sea is still fairly cool to swim in. 

Swimming enthusiasts can stay at the hotel Golden Tulip Marseille with its huge indoor pool . Swimming is a great way to start or end the day when you're on holiday. The hotel also features a wonderful terrace where you can sunbathe. 

What are the best things to do and places to visit in Marseille in March?

Many of the  best things to do in Marseille  centre around the Vieux Port (the old port) and it’s here you’ll find waterside cafes, restaurants, markets, and more. Don’t miss the daily fish market, which is a hive of activity on the port, and venture a little way uphill to the colourful Marche des Capucins to collect vegetables and spices to go with your catch of the day.

Also near the Vieux Port, you’ll find the modern MuCem museum and the Fort Saint Jean to explore. Venture up behind these attractions and you’ll find yourself in Marseille’s oldest district, Le Panier, with its pretty streets and charming stores and cafes.

Are there any festivals in Marseille in March?

March is Carnival season in France, and Marseille is no exception. Head along to ParcBorely to partake in the fun, including parades, concerts and activities for the children.

What to pack for Marseille in March?

When packing for your trip to Marseille, you can definitely add in your summer dresses, but pair them with a jacket or warm jumper for when the sun goes down, or the few days when the mistral wind blows and adds a chill to the air.

Recommended by Nadine | Le Long Weekend 

16. Ameland, Dutch Islands, The Netherlands

Ameland island in The Netherlands

Weather on Ameland island in March

One of the warmest and sunniest places in the Netherlands is Ameland. Also known as the Wadden Diamond, Ameland’s climate is known to be warm and temperate. In 2009, the island earned the Quality Coast Award. 

There are many activities throughout the year on the island.

The weather on the island of Ameland in March is pleasant and sunny with temperatures rising up to +9 +12 ° C.

Can you swim or sunbathe on the island of Ameland in March?

If you plan to visit in March, know that the coastline in this area is very sunny. Therefore, you can do some sunbathing. However, watch out for rain because, at this time, rain showers are more common. 

The Netherlands has beautiful beaches that are worth a visit. If you plan to come here in March, you should definitely have a beach experience on the island of Ameland. You’re going to have a fantastic time for sure! For a pleasant swim, it's best to stay in a hotel with a heated indoor pool on Ameland island.

Noordsee WestCord Hotel features an indoor pool and a Turkish steam bath where you can relax. If you are lucky with the weather, you can enjoy the garden and terrace with sunbeds where you can sunbathe. 

What are the best things to do and places to visit on Ameland island in March?

While you’re here, you can climb the island’s 56-meter lighthouse and you can also explore the coastline by hopping in tractor rides. If it’s not too windy, you can hop on a boat tour to take you to the seal colony on a nearby sandbank. 

The Horseback Rescue Team also has monthly demonstrations here. Who knows? You might just be able to catch them while you’re here. Don’t miss out on the commander’s homes, which are the oldest buildings on the island. If you love fishing, the island is an excellent place to fish for mackerel. 

For foodies, enjoy the island’s culinary specialties, such as farm cheese, mustard, catfish, and rye bread. If you want some booze, make sure you try out their authentic liquor, which is called Nobeltje. 

Indeed, there are a lot of things you can do here in March.

If you’re staying longer on the island, you might want to visit nearby attractions, such as Texel, Terschelling, Schiermonnikoog, and Vlieland as well. These are beautiful islands that have unique flora and fauna, and fantastic beaches. By doing so, you get to make the most out of your trip!

What to pack for the island of Ameland in March?

Make sure to pack the right clothes for visiting the island of Ameland in March —a few pieces of swimwear, some jackets, and sweaters, just in case it rains.

As mentioned, random rain showers take place in March despite how sunny it is. 

Recommended by Frans from Ask The Dutch Guy

17. Albufeira, Portugal

Albufeira in March

Weather in Albufeira in March

Albufeira lies in the south of Portugal along the beautiful coastline of the Algarve. This area of Portugal is known for its incredible beaches, steep cliffs and fun nightlife. People from all over the world come here for their holidays and there are plenty of things to see and do.

Albufeira is considered one of the larger beach towns in the Algarve. It’s a popular spot for both family vacations as well as young couples and of course those who enjoy the nightlife and the affordable prices of the many nearby bars.

Albufeira is one of those warm places to visit in Europe in March. In March spring in Albufeira begins which means temperatures can climb as high as 19°C and the weather is nice and sunny in most cases. While this area gets very hot during the summer months March is a fantastic time to visit as it will be comfortably warm but still cool enough to enjoy activities such as hiking and exploring.

Can you swim or sunbathe in Albufeira in March?

Albufeira is usually overrun with tourists in summer but in spring you’ll get to enjoy the beaches and attractions without anyone else around. You can definitely sunbathe in Albufeira in March although it might still be a bit too cold for swimming.

Water temperatures are at an average of 16°C so if you’re brave enough you can definitely go for a swim. If you prefer to swim in water at a more comfortable temperature, in that case, it's a great idea to stay in a hotel with a heated pool in Albufeira.  Vila Gale Cerro Alagoa hotel is an excellent option : it features a heated lagoon-style swimming pool, a hot tub, and a sauna. 

What are the best things to do and places to visit in Albufeira in March?

Albufeira is great for hiking, water sports or simply going to the beach. This is a holiday town so most people come here to relax by the beach and unwind. Definitely make sure you visit the Algarve’s famous beaches such as Benagil Beach with its impressive sea cave.

You’ll also love the Praia da Marinha which is the subject of many photos. Albufeira is also the perfect point to start a Portugal road trip and drive up the coast to cities like Lisbon and Porto.

What to pack for Albufeira in March?

Definitely make sure to wear layers in Albufeira in spring.  It might be warm during the day but the evenings can be quite cold so bring a jacket even if you feel like you won’t need it.

Temperatures can drop as low as 9°C at night so don’t only pack summer clothes.

Recommended by Victoria from Guide Your Travel 

18. Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik in March

Weather in Dubrovnik in March

Do you want to visit warm cities in Europe in March? How about Dubrovnik in Croatia? Wildly popular with tourists, Dubrovnik is known for its 16th century walls, orange rooftops and stunning views of the Adriatic. Situated on the coast of Croatia, March brings warmer weather to this beautiful city, with pleasant temperatures and sunny days. Dubrovnik weather in March is warm and sunny with temperatures +16 +19 °C during the day. 

Can you swim or sunbathe in Dubrovnik in March?

While it’s not warm enough to swim yet, it’s the perfect time to explore this beautiful city without all the crowds of the summer. 

If you do fancy a swim on your holiday in March, and it's a perfectly reasonable wish, consider staying in a hotel with a heated pool in Dubrovnik. I can recommend Hotel Dubrovnik Palace, a hidden gem of Dubrovnik , located a little away from the tourist trails. But don't worry, all the important tourist spots are easy to visit from there: a bus runs from the hotel to Dubrovnik Old Town every 20 minutes.

The hotel is tucked away in the greenest part of Dubrovnik, making it an excellent place for a relaxing holiday. And yes, here you can swim in the chic indoor pool and sunbathe at the outdoor pool terrace. Click here for more information about the Hotel Dubrovnik Palace.  

What are the best things to do and places to visit in Dubrovnik in March?

While March is a quiet time for Dubrovnik, the city is visited all year round, and most of the restaurants and all the attractions should be open. Climb Dubrovnik’s walls for spectacular views of the Adriatic coastline, explore the old town, with its white limestone walls and lovely architecture.

Visit the Rector’s Palace, an iconic building first built in the 13th century and then rebuilt twice, finally taking its current for in the late 1500s. Pick out of a range of excellent museums to visit and take time just to soak up your surroundings. In summer, Dubrovnik is filled with crowds, so be sure to spend a moment appreciating the relative calm and enjoy being able to explore the various tourist attractions in relative peace.

The temperate weather is also good for walking (summer can be very hot) so make the most of this opportunity to explore the surrounding area. Take the cable car up Srđ Hill, then hike back down so you can soak up the wonderful views of the nearby islands (be sure to take your camera along). Walk along the coast to Lapad Beach, taking photos of the stunning coastline as you do.

And, if you have more time in this wonderful city, do a day trip to the nearby island of Mljet (ferries are available to the main town, just take a bus to the national park). Or, if you want to venture further afield, Spring is a great time to take a day trip to Mostar , a beautiful city in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which gets very hot in the summer.

If you have some extra time during your stay in Croatia, I would highly recommend visiting Split. Split is a city that will leave you breathless. Its stunning architecture, rich history, and vibrant culture make it a must-visit destination for any traveler. You'll be amazed by the beauty of Diocletian's Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the stunning views of the Adriatic Sea. So pack your bags and get ready to experience the magic of this incredible city!

What to pack for Dubrovnik in March?

Overall, March is the perfect time to visit if you want to experience Dubrovnik and the surrounding areas without the crowds and madness of summer.

Just be sure to wear layers and bring a waterproof jacket, just in case it rains.

Recommended by Roxanne from Faraway Worlds 

19. Santorini, Greece

Santorini in March

Weather in Santorini in March

While most of Europe is still coming out of its bleak winter months, Santorini in March is at one of its best time for tourism. The weather in Santorini in March is pleasant and warm with temperatures rising up to +18 + 22 ºC. 

Compared to the most popular time to visit (summer season), Santorini is much more peaceful in March. 

Can you swim or sunbathe in Santorini in March?

Not only is the weather in March mostly sunny, but the temperature is just warm enough for a nice suntan on one of its gorgeous beaches. 

In March, the sea in Santorini is too cold for swimming. But there is a perfect solution to this problem: Santorini Exclusive Suites . It's a complex of magnificent suites, each with its own private large hot tub.

Just imagine, you are relaxing in an open-air jacuzzi with a mind-blowing view of the sea and Santorini. If you've always dreamed of being in that postcard view of Santorini, this is where you should be. And Santorini Exclusive Suites prices in March are pretty democratic and 2 or even 3 times cheaper than in summer.  View Photos, Read Reviews & Check Availability of Santorini Exclusive Suites.  

What are the best things to do and places to visit in Santorini in March?

Visitors can fully experience a more authentic side of Santorini like watching the magical sunset without getting hit in the face by selfie sticks or enjoying a nice coffee at one of the charming cafes. Not only will travelers find more tranquility in March, but many of the  places to stay in Santorini  are also much cheaper.

No trip to Santorini is complete without staying in one of its cave houses, houses created by digging into the volcanic Santorini rock. If you are in Santorini for your honeymoon, make sure you get one of the cave houses or villas with a private pool!

To see more of the volcanic rock in Santorini, visitors can hike up to the Santorini Volcano. If hiking on the volcanic crater scares you (though it shouldn’t), there are plenty of hikes in Santorini worth checking out. The popular hike from Fira to Oia is a must when visiting Santorini as it offers some of the best views of the region. Visitors can also hike to Ancient Thera, an ancient city that was built around the 9th century BC!

When you are not busy hiking the beautiful island of Santorini and exploring its stunning views, make sure you check out some of Santorini’s wine. There are dozens of incredible wines to choose from, and many of them are traditional like the Vinsanto and Nykteri. That is why to fully appreciate the wine scene in Santorini, it is recommended to take one of the many wine tours.

What to pack for Santorini in March?

Whatever you decide to do in Santorini, you will be met with pleasant weather, more peaceful and quiet, and incredible scenery to enhance your visit in March! Even though during the day the weather in Santorini in March is warm, in the evenings and early morning,  the temperatures are around +9 + 13ºC. So, make sure to pack clothing that you can wear in layers: t-shirts, shirts, a scarf, a light jacket, a warm jacket, sneakers, and other comfortable shoes.  

Recommended by Sean from Living Out Loud. 

20. Faro, Portugal

Faro in March

Weather in Faro, Algarve in March

By the time March arrives in Faro, Algarve, summer starts to ring the bell. The coming of March is like a signal of sunny days.

Situated in the south of Portugal, Faro is the destination that is ideal to visit in March. The place is surrounded by beaches and there's plenty of sunny and warm weather to dive into the water. Plus, this is the time of summer when there's less crowd. The average high temperature during March in Faro is +19°C, warm enough for the beach.

Can you swim or sunbathe in Faro, Algarve in March?

It is worth visiting Faro, Algarve in March because there's enough warmth to stay beachside at a four-star hotel, taking a ferry, and step out at popular bars and restaurants. There are some of the  best Airbnb’s in Algarve , that are child-friendly and are highly equipped with all the amenities. The balconies and terraces of these hotels offer a phenomenal view of the beaches.

However, you can't swim as the water temperature in Faro, Algarve in March is  around 16°C. So if you are a fan of swimming, you can always stay at a hotel with an indoor pool in Faro. The 3HB Faro has a wonderful indoor swimming pool , a sauna, a gym and a splendid terrace with sun loungers where you can sunbathe. 

What are the best things to do and places to visit in Faro, Algarve in March?

One of the popular beaches to visit is Ilha de Tavira where you can reach by taking a ferry ride from Tavira town center. Taking a ferry is also an adventure in itself. On the island, you can find multiple restaurants and camping facilities as well. The island also offers a reserved area for naturists.

Are there any festivals in Faro, Algarve in March?

Apart from that, the Faro, Algarve is popular for its festival celebrated in March called Feira dos Enchidos. It is a sausage festival that happens usually in the first week of March. Every year, Monchique organizes its annual sausage festival that showcases all the sausage recipes, from traditional to modern.

There’s another festival called Feira do Pao Quente e Queijo Fresco that usually takes place on the second Sunday of March. It is a hot bread and cheese festival where the stalls sell both of these items along with pottery and handicrafts. Additionally, tourists can enjoy visiting Faro cathedral, Arco da Bola, Cidade Belha, taking the Ria Formosa Cruise, visiting the Museum, and more.

What to pack for Faro, Algarve in March?

The beaches of Faro, Algarve are perfect sunbathing, so remember to take swimsuits, as well as warm clothes because the evenings might be chilly. 

Recommended by Paulina on the road 

21. Chania, Crete, Greece

Chania, Crete in March

Weather in Chania, Crete in March

March is a lovely month to visit the largest island of Greece, Crete,  and especially the town of Chania as it is the first month of spring.

In March there are endless sunny days of 17ºC in Chania, Crete, which are perfect for exploring this delightful town.

Can you swim or sunbathe in Chania, Crete in March?

 Sitting at a table outside a street café or on the beach is the perfect way to while away the time reading.The weather is perfect for shorts and tee-shirts and a number of people go swimming, as the water temperature has already climbed to 15ºC. 

If you are not brave enough you can always lie on the beach and soak the sun. There are boat trips to enjoy to Elafonisi Island during the day and Lazarreta Island at sunset.

Otherwise, staying at a hotel with a heated pool in Chania is a good idea, too. Chania Flair Deluxe Boutique Hotel - Adults Only has a fabulous indoor rooftop pool with stunning sea views. However, it is not your average pool but a huge Jacuzzi which adds to the excitement.   

What are the best things to do and places to visit in Chania, Crete in March?

 The 14th-century Venetian harbor has a promenade for strolling and is edged with brightly-colored buildings housing cafés and restaurants, most of them open year-round.  It is fun to wander through the narrow streets of the old town admiring the colorful bougainvillea and fragrant jasmine.

There is the cathedral, Nautical Museum, the Archaeological Museum, and food market to visit, and, for great views of Chania, a walk to the 16th-century lighthouse is well worth doing. Although it is no longer working, the lighthouse is in excellent condition and is one of the oldest in the world.

March is also a great time for hiking as the wildflowers bloom during that time of year and Crete is one of the  best Greek Islands for hiking . The famous Samaria Gorge might be still closed until May but your hotel will be able to propose many nice hiking trails safe for this time of year. 

Another great walk is from the Venetian port to the area of Tabakaria, where you will find old leather processing houses now turned into restaurants and shops. 

Are there any festivals in Chania, Crete in March?

The 25th of March is a National holiday in Greece and more specifically a double holiday. During that day Greece celebrates the War of Independence against Turkey and also the  Annunciation by Archangel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary. If you happen to be in town then you can see the military parades and celebrations. 

What to pack for Chania, Crete in March?

 During the night in Chania, Crete the weather gets colder so it good to pack a light sweater, a jacket, and long pants. 

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22. Matera, Italy

Matera in March

Weather in Matera in March

Do you want more warm places to go in Europe in March? Consider Matera in Italy! Matera is perfect for a March getaway, with sunny days and warm temperatures of +15 + 18°C. This southern Italian city is the third most continuously occupied community in the world and the history can be felt in ever street.

Layers of houses look almost higgledy piggeldy as they span the hill, you can see centuries of habitation here. It’s a quiet place to come and relax in sunny days, the tourist crowds won’t have descended so you can regularly find yourself in deserted streets, climbing old steps and meandering through winding lanes. As somewhere that was deserted and all but condemned in the 1950s it’s come a long way from somewhere undesirable to a tourist haven in the summer months.

No sea or lake surrounds this fascinating town, so why not stay in a hotel with an indoor pool for the best Matera experience? There is one hotel I especially recommend for its atmosphere and a unique setting, the hotel Locanda Di San Martino Hotel & Thermae.  

It is located just inside the Matera Sassi UNESCO World Heritage site! It features rooms carved out of the rock and a hydromassage indoor swimming pool IN THE BLUE CAVE!! This hotel is impressive and will be an ideal choice for travelers looking for unique accommodation. 

What are the best things to do and places to visit in Matera in March?

Today you can see the reason it’s been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site just south of the city with the many cave dwellings, called ”i sassi”. These homes were once inhabited by Benedictine and Basilian monks and it’s a fascinating insight in to the lives now passed. You can get a glimpse in to the chapels, some decorated churches and individual homes in what is a really unique place.

Take a day trip out to Alberobello where the beehive shaped dwellings stand side by side and give a really quirky look to the landscape. Like Matera this is a World UNESCO Heritage site so it’s well worth spending time immersing yourself there.

Around Matera there are countless olive groves which can also make a lovely trip out - sample some of this delicious golden liquid and buy a bottle or two to take home with you. Matera is perfect for a  family holiday to Italy and you can even stay in one of the cave like dwellings set in to the hillside here for a really unique stay. With markets and a really growing foodie scene you will have lots of opportunities to sample the local produce here. 

What to pack for Matera in March?

Matera is somewhere to come and enjoy balmy temperatures and a quiet, peaceful setting that you won’t find quite like it anywhere else. When traveling to Matera in March, be sure to remember that the weather can be extremely changeable. Some days in Matera in March can be windy with winds up to 30 km/hour, and some days it can be cloudy and rainy. But generally, there will be sunny weather. So, do pack sunglasses, t-shirts, shirts, and dresses. I also recommend packing a super lightweight and compact down jacket that you can wear in the early morning when going for a walk or excursion. In the middle of the day, you can take it off and put it in your shopping bag. In the evening, after sunset, put it on again because the temperature will start to drop.

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23. Funchal, Madeira

Madeira in March

Weather in Funchal, Madeira in March

The capital of Portuguese island Madeira is Funchal which is a charming coastal town with mild temperatures year round. It’s also being said that Madeira is the island of eternal spring with temperatures around 18 degrees in the winter months . This nice weather makes Funchal the warmest place in Europe in March.

Can you swim or sunbathe in Funchal, Madeira in March?

In March temperatures in Madeira rise to 20+ degrees which gives plenty of options for sunbathing, swimming, hiking and other outdoor activities. Around this time Madeira’s colourful spring season also starts but it is still shoulder season which results in lower prices for hotels and less tourists. 

As the water in the ocean in March is quite cold, consider staying at a hotel with a swimming pool in Funchal. One of the great options is the Hotel Porto Mare - PortoBay.

This hotel features several restaurants, 6 bars, and 5 swimming pools, some of which are indoor heated swimming pools. 

And to relax your body and soul to the max, visit the hotel's spa area. There you can treat yourself to body massages, reflexology, body treatments, facials, and aromatherapy. Don't miss their several saunas, a Turkish bath, the Vichy shower, and the gym. It's impressive, isn't it? And the prices are pretty affordable compared to similar hotels in different destinations.  Click here for more information about the Hotel Porto Mare - PortoBay.  

What are the best things to do and places to visit in Funchal, Madeira in March?

Funchal is a perfect base to explore all of Madeira Island. The small cobbled streets of this charming town and beautiful authentic buildings take you back in time. The fortresses, medieval churches, and palaces from the first settlers of Madeira have an important role in the city centres appearance.

From Funchal you are not further than an hour away from all the top things to visit in Madeira. Go to Pico do Arieiro to witness a magical sunrise on one of the highest peaks of Madeira. If you’re lucky you’ll be above a sea of clouds which is a magical and never to forget moment. Relax on one of the volcanic or man made  beaches in Madeira  or go hiking along one of the Levadas in Madeira’s lush Laurisilva forest where you can find waterfalls along the way. 

There are so many activities to do on Madeira Island for both young and old. From nice family activities such as visiting the Botanical & Monte Tropical Gardens which start to bloom in March and April, to hiking the highest peaks of Madeira island. There is literally an activity for everyone. Surfing, swimming in the ocean, mountain biking, playing golf, horse riding, canyoneering, a wine tour or city tour through Funchal, paragliding, dolphin and whale watching, endless hiking paths. Madeira has it all to offer! 

March is also a great time to discover the marine wildlife in the Atlantic Ocean and during this month the the Cherimoya Fruit Festival also takes place in Faial. This is a festivity to appreciate the hard work of the Anona (Cherimoya) farmers with live musical performances, a fruit exhibition, cooking shows and masterclasses, dance and folklore shows.

What to pack for Madeira in March?

In Funchal city, Madeira in March you can wear shorts and a t-shirt but make sure to bring warmer cloths including long pants and a rain jacket if you go to the mountains where temperatures can differ up to 10 degrees from the sea side! 

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Warm Places to Visit in March in the US

atlanta Georgia - the best place to visit in the US in March for hot weather

When you’ve battled the cold weather since November and Spring at home isn’t kicking off quick enough for your liking, consider marching off to enjoy the warmest places in the U.S in March – Whether you want sunny beach days or just to enjoy the mild temperatures of Spring with the smell of blossom in the air, the US has a city that’s waiting to warm your bones as well as your heart this March.

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The 10 Warmest Places to Visit in the US in March

1. atlanta georgia.

where to travel warm in march

65°F High 44°F Low / 18°C High 7°C Low

Spring in Atlanta, Georgia is a beautiful time to explore this vibrant and bustling capital city as the trees burst into blossom and the daffodils and tulips emerge from the ground. However, March is a rainy month with 12 days of rainfall to be expected and thunderstorms not uncommon so both indoor and outdoor activities should be planned for.

When the weather is fine you can enjoy time outdoors at the botanical gardens, zoo, and take a wander around the Centennial Olympic Park but no worries if the weather forces you inside on wet and overcast days as there’s plenty to do with the aquarium, High Museum of Art, World of Coca-Cola, and CNN Studio Tours.

Along with these top indoor and outdoor tourist attractions, there are plenty of events going on in Atlanta over March with the Cherry Blossom Festival, Moorish Renaissance Festival, the Beer, Bourbon, and BBQ festival plus a whole host of St Patrick’s Day events.

Recommended hotels to stay in Atlanta, Georgia: Hyatt Regency Atlanta : Located a 7-minute walk from the World of Coca-Cola and the Georgia Aquarium, it offers visitors a seasonal outdoor pool, onsite restaurants, and a fitness center, AC Hotel Atlanta Downtown : located next to Centennial Olympic Park and only 450 m from the MARTA Peachtree Center Station it features a 24-hour mini-market with snacks and drinks and a business center.

Planning to visit Atlanta? You might be interested in the following activities: Georgia Aquarium: Skip-the-Purchase-Line Tickets Atlanta CityPASS®: Save 40% at 5 Top Attractions World of Coca-Cola: Skip-the-Ticket-Line Entry Atlanta 5 Hour City Tour by Air-Conditioned Bus

2. Austin, Texas

where to travel warm in march

75°F High 51°F Low / 22°C High 11°C Low

Too hot and humid for most visitors to enjoy in the Summer months, March in Austin is mild making it a great time to explore and enjoy this hip and happening state capital though this mild weather also brings the crowds with it. March sees the least amount of rainfall after January though the saying ‘In like a lion, out like a lamb’ can ring true so be prepared for unpredictable weather and pack rain gear along with those shorts and sandals.

When the weather is fine you can spend your time outside enjoying nature at Zilker Park and Botanical Garden, the Umlauf  Sculpture Gardens and Museum, or hop on the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail. If the rain starts to fall, plan a cultural day and head to the State Capitol building for a free guided tour followed by a look around the Bullock Texas State History Museum, Blanton Museum of Art, or Museum Of The Weird.

Come rain or shine Austin’s festivals will put a smile on your face with SXSW, Rodeo Austin, and Austin Kite Fest just to name a few but beware that you’ll need to book up your flights and accommodation well in advance if planning to visit when these events take place.

Planning to visit Austin? You might be interested in the following activities: Austin: Best of Austin Driving Tour with Local Guide Austin: Electric Bike City Sightseeing Tour

3. Charlotte, North Carolina

where to travel warm in march

63°F High 39°F Low / 17°C High 4°C Low

March is the rainiest month in Charlotte with an average of 11 days of rain so you’ll need to pack a raincoat but with the rain usually only lasting the morning which leaves the afternoons bright and sunny (without the uncomfortable humidity of Summer), this North Carolina city can still make a beautiful warm-weather destination, especially if you leave your visit until the tail end of the month.

Due to the rain, you’ll need a mixture of indoor and outdoor activities to do which is no problem in this modern city center – Spend a wet morning exploring the post-Civil War history at the Levine Museum of the New South, getting hands-on with science at the Discovery Place, or looking around the NASCAR Hall of Fame before heading outdoors either opting for the water-world fun of Carowinds Theme Park or the peace of the botanical garden followed by a stroll around Freedom Park.

You might be interested in this: Charlotte: Historic Uptown 90-Minute Segway Tour .

4. Dallas, Texas

where to travel warm in march

69°F High 49°F Low / 20°C High 9°C Low

More often sunny than not and with comfortable temperatures, the modern metropolis of Dallas in March is just right – Not too hot and humid, not too wet, usually experiencing just 8 days of rain though the wind can get up.

March in Dallas is a time for fun and festivities with the beautiful Dallas Blooms festival, the Beer Fest, and both Mardi Gras and St Patrick’s Day parades taking place along with all the regular tourist attractions that you’ll want to check out.

Marvel at mother nature as you enjoy the Spring blossom on the trees at The Dallas Arboretum, visit the Dallas Museum of Art, let your hair down at Six Flags amusement park, and then step back in time as you view the exhibits at the JFK Assassination Site museum located on the 6th floor of the Dealey Plaza building.

Visiting Dallas? You might be interested in the following activities: Dallas Cowboys Stadium Tour with Transport Dallas: JFK Assassination and Sixth Floor Museum Tour

5. Jacksonville, Florida

where to travel warm in march

74°F High 50°F Low / 23°C High 10°C Low

March in Jacksonville is the start of the shoulder season with fewer visitors than Summer and some great price deals on hotels. Though the weather can be unsettled, generally mild temperatures enable you to sightsee without the uncomfortable heat and humidity of Summer though you should expect some rain and chilly evenings – if you were wanting an entire week at the beach March isn’t the best time for you to visit Jacksonville for a mix of indoor and outdoor sightseeing activities, March is a great time to visit.

You can explore Fort Caroline, look around the Zoo and Gardens, take a weekend tour of the Kingsley Plantation, relax at Little Talbot Island State Park, wander around Amelia Island,

Recommended hotels to stay in Jacksonville, Florida: Jacksonville River City Downtown Hotel : located just a 2-minute walk from the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, and a 3-minute walk from Jacksonville Landing with the many shopping and nightlife options. It also offers guests a complimentary fitness center, a 24-hour front desk, and a concierge service. Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront : located adjacent to the St. Johns River and a 6-minute walk from shops and dining at Jacksonville Landing it offers guests a rooftop pool and a 24-hour fitness center. and, for overcast days, head indoors to MOSH, the Museum of Contemporary Art, or take the kids to the “Hands-On’ Museum.

6. Las Vegas, Nevada

where to travel warm in march

70°F High 49°F Low / 21°C High 10°C Low

The sky is a brilliant blue over the Eiffel Tower in Las Vegas in March – Bliss! Though not the cheapest shoulder-season month to visit Vegas due to the massive March Madness Parties, St Patrick’s Day events, and Spring Break, March in Vegas is a very pleasant time to visit – warm enough to sunbath during the day (Vegas experiencing an average of 5 days of rain in March) and also swim if you’re brave enough, temperatures climbing the later in the month you visit.

A jacket is recommended along with the shorts and swimwear to combat the crisp evenings and early mornings though since most people will be indoors during the evenings, either playing the slot machines or taking in a show or sporting event, you don’t have to worry too much about the chill.

Should you be unlucky enough to experience the rain, just have a museum day – the whole family will love Madame Tussauds, the Neon Museum, and the Pinball Hall of Fame.

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7. Memphis, Tennessee

where to travel warm in march

64°F High 44°F Low / 18°C High 7°C Low

The home of Elvis Presley, Memphis is a must-visit for music fans and March is a great time to go with a Spring buzz in the air thanks to NBA March Madness and the flowers beginning to bloom. The weather can still be on the chilly side, and rain should be expected, but layer up and you’ll be good to go whether you’re sightseeing indoors or outdoors.

The first stop for most visitors will be to Graceland with super Elvis fans also visiting his recording room at Sun Studio. Rainy days can easily be spent indoors – visit the National Civil Rights Museum, the Rock n Soul Museum, the Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum, the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, and/or the Crystal Shrine Grotto.

When the weather clears, or you tire of music and history, spend the day at Memphis Zoo and take a tram ride so that you can explore Beale Street.

Planning a trip to Memphis? You might want to check out: Stax Museum of American Soul Music.

8. Phoenix, Arizona

where to travel warm in march

78°F High 54°F Low / 26°C High 12°C Low

If you can’t stand the thought of doing anything and ‘relaxing’ fills you with panic, head off to Phoenix for an action-packed vacation whether you hit the hiking trails of Camelback Mountain, visit the museums, watch baseball with the Cactus League Spring Training starting in March, or attend the M3F music festival.

Unlike other cities, you won’t be seeing any tulips or blossoming trees, but instead can witness the cactuses in flower beneath the brilliant blue sky and although the temperatures are glorious – not cold like back home yet also not too hot, March is a rainy month so plan ahead and pack the rain jacket and umbrella ducking inside during a rain shower to see what the Musical Instrument Museum, Art Museum, and Science Center have to offer your inner culture vulture.

Recommended hotels in Phoenix, Arizona: Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Downtown : Located just 0.6 km from Copper Square the hotel offers an on-site bar, a 24-hour front desk, and comfortable air-conditioned rooms. DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Phoenix : is located very close to the Phoenix International airport and a metro light rail station that offers direct access to the city center. The hotel offers a free shuttle to the airport, an outdoor pool, and a fitness center.

Planning a trip to Phoenix? You might like the following activities: Grand Canyon Day Tour from Phoenix, Scottsdale & Tempe Phoenix: Hot Air Balloon Flight

9. San Antonio, Texas

where to travel warm in march

74°F High 51°F Low / 23°C High 10°C Low

With comfortable temperatures and low hotel rates, San Antonio is one of the best warm places to visit in the USA in March that doesn’t have you contending with the crowds nor the unbearable heat of Summer. Some rain should be expected but it’s nowhere near as wet in March as it is in May and June so you should be able to explore a range of both indoor and outdoor activities comfortably.

Pretend like it’s the Wild West by visiting the San Antonio Stock and Show and Rodeo that takes place at the start of March or explore the underwater world with a trip to Sea World or San Antonio Aquarium.

Some fun-filled and sun-filled days spent at Six Flags Fiesta amusement park are a must in March but alternatively, you can spend your days as a culture vulture enjoying a romantic stroll along the San Antonio River Walk, a visit to Alamo fort or the Missions National Historic Park followed by a visit to the art museum or exploring the range of art exhibitions taking place throughout the month.

Recommended hotels to stay in San Antonio: Drury Plaza Hotel San Antonio Riverwalk : it gives direct access to the riverwalk and boasts an outdoor rooftop swimming pool, indoor pool, and 2 whirlpools. It also offers guests free Wi-Fi and a hot breakfast. La Quinta by Wyndham San Antonio Downtown: located 1.6 km from the historic Alamo it offers guests an outdoor pool and free Wi-Fi.

10. Riverside, California

where to travel warm in march

73°F High 46°F Low / 23°C High 8°C Low

March is one of the driest months in Riverside and although this isn’t the warmest place to visit in the US in March, temperatures are still relatively mild and indeed pleasant for those visitors coming from the North allowing pleasant strolls through the Botanic Gardens and outdoor explorations around California State Citrus Historic Park or Mount Rubidoux.

The largest city of the Inland Empire, culture vultures who love the arts can spend their days exploring Riverside’s Art Museum and Photography Museum before catching a show at the Fox Performing Arts Centre whilst families can create memories at March Field Air Museum followed by thrills and fun at Castle Park with carnival rides for the whole family to enjoy.

Need more options?

If nowhere on the above list of warm places to visit in the US in March grab at your wanderlust heartstrings, go for one of the top three, and plan a visit to Hawaii, Miami, or LA for an assured dose of fun in the sun to banish those Winter blues!

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As winter turns to spring across the Northern Hemisphere, Japan’s blooms start to emerge, and milder temperatures coupled with the showings of early plum blossom make it a good-value time to travel here ahead of the peak season. Portugal also begins to warm, making it a good time for coastal hikes and city sightseeing without the summer crowds.

In South Africa, the wine harvests are in full swing and Kruger wildlife is at its healthiest among the fresh, green vegetation following the rains. Warmer temperatures and sunny skies show the beaches of Sri Lanka at their best. Meanwhile, cooler climes in New Zealand makes March an excellent month to explore, with quieter walking trails, near-empty coastlines and a good chance of sunshine.

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March can be a cool month in the north of Italy, but the south is sunny and mild, making it a wonderful time to explore Sicily , Puglia , or Naples . We love visiting in March because the country is empty of other visitors when compared to the summer months, so you’ll have more room and quiet to enjoy visits to museums and other sights.

If Holy Week falls in March, you can also soak up the pomp and pageantry of the processions in Rome and across the country — seemingly every village and town has its own celebrations. This is also the month when Roman drivers get their vehicles blessed at the church of Santa Francesca (9th March).

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  • Flight time: 8 hours 25 upwards dependent on airline (New York to Rome)
  • Time difference: UTC +1
  • March Temperature (Day): 48 to 63°F, depending on region
  • March rainfall: 1 to 4in, varies by region
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View to Ragusa Ibla, Sicily

While much of Chile can be visited year-round, the jagged mountains of Patagonia are only easily accessed during the summer. With March falling at the tail-end of Chile’s summer, you can still go hiking in Patagonia and will see fewer visitors compared to earlier in the season.

Visiting Chile in March also gives you the chance to see autumn leaves beginning to show in the Lake District, and as the summer crowds thin out, the national parks become much quieter. It’s also wine-harvesting season, with several festivals taking places across the country’s wine region that feature grape stomping, live music and, of course, wine tasting.

  • Don't miss: Base of the Towers Guided Hike
  • Flight time: 15 hours upwards dependent on airline (New York to Santiago)
  • Time difference: UTC -4
  • March Temperature (Day): 54 to 81°F, depending on region
  • March rainfall: 0 to 6in, varies by region
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Lake Pehoe, Torres Del Paine

3. South Africa

As South Africa transitions from summer to autumn, you’ll experience comfortably warm temperatures and little rain. Visit the Winelands to experience the wine harvest in full swing, and enjoy the beaches around Cape Town and along the Garden Route, where there’ll be fewer visitors than in the summer months (as long as you avoid the Easter break).

On safari in the Kruger region, the rains subside and you’ll experience the bush at its thickest and greenest, with rivers in full flow and animals at their healthiest. Some migratory bird species will still be around, and big cats will spend more time out of the shade during the day as temperatures become more comfortable.

  • Don't miss: The Winelands
  • Flight time: 20 hours (New York to Cape Town)
  • Time difference: UTC +2
  • March Temperature (Day): 72 to 86°F, depending on region
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Scenery over Stellenbosch

4. New Zealand

As summer fades and visitor numbers thin, March makes an excellent time to visit New Zealand. Outside of Easter, you can enjoy quieter walking tracks, near-empty beaches and a wide choice of hotels while still experiencing pleasant temperatures and a good chance of sunshine.

Across the South Island, temperatures are slightly cooler. This is reflected in the dazzling displays of red and gold foliage you’ll see while driving, hiking or biking through the landscape of mountains and lakes. Wildlife is still plentiful at this time of year, including sperm whales and orcas off the coast of Kaikōura.

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  • Flight time: 18 hours 30 upwards dependent on airline (New York to Wellington)
  • Time difference: UTC +12
  • March Temperature (Day): 59 to 73°F, depending on region
  • March rainfall: 2 to 23in, varies by region
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Kawarau River Valley, Queenstown

March marks the start of spring in Japan, with milder temperatures and the season’s first blooms. Visit in the first few weeks of March and you’re likely to catch the small, bright-pink flowers of plum blossom, and if you travel to Hokkaido, fields of tulips and phlox in a rainbow of colors.

It can be tricky to predict, but March also sees the start of cherry blossom season, with the first blossoms appearing in Okinawa in the south and moving slowly northward, with peak viewing around late March or early April. Japan’s gardens act as a seasonal showcase, as their protective winter coverings are removed and they sprout fresh foliage and flowers.

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  • Flight time: 14 hours upwards dependent on airline (New York to Tokyo)
  • Time difference: UTC +9
  • March Temperature (Day): 23 to 73°F, depending on region
  • March rainfall: 2 to 10in, varies by region
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The Philosopher's Path in spring, Kyoto

6. Portugal

With temperatures on the rise, spring flowers in bloom and fewer visitors than subsequent months, March is an excellent time to visit Portugal. While it’s not quite warm enough to spend hours on the beach, it’s a great time for coastal walks, and you can see the last of the huge winter waves that bring surfers to the west coast and the Algarve. Days gradually turn sunnier, and in cities like Lisbon and Porto you can stroll the historic streets, taking in sights without the crowds of summer (as long as you avoid Easter time).

  • Don't miss: Lagos coastal walk and Sagres visit
  • Flight time: 7 hours upwards dependent on airline (New York to Lisbon)
  • March Temperature (Day): 59 to 64°F, depending on region
  • March rainfall: 2 to 4in, varies by region
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Sandstone cliffs, Algarve

7. Sri Lanka

March sees sunny skies, calm seas and low rainfall across the south of the island, making this an excellent time to laze by the golden-sand beaches around Galle or Bentota. Lower water levels make it easier to spot animals coming out to drink in Yala National Park’s lagoons and wetlands. Sperm, blue and fin whales can be spotted from the southern coast, as well as turtles and flying fish.

Up in the central hill region, temperatures have warmed enough for you to enjoy the poolside views of a converted tea plantation hotel or an alfresco tea tasting session. To the north of the island, March is the start of the kitesurfing season on the western beaches of Kalpitiya.

  • Don't miss: Sigiriya Rock Fortress and Polonnaruwa
  • Flight time: 18½ hours (Washington DC to Colombo)
  • Time difference: UTC +5:30
  • March Temperature (Day): 77 to 91°F, depending on region
  • March rainfall: 1 to 7in, varies by region
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Views of Sigiriya Rock Fortress

8. The Galapagos Islands

One of the hottest and wettest months of the year, March is also one of the most rewarding times to visit the Galapagos. The archipelago’s marine life is incredibly active, making for some excellent snorkeling and diving opportunities in the warm waters.

There’s also plenty to see on land. Sea turtles begin to hatch and make their hazardous first journey from the beach to the sea. Frigate birds nest on the islands of North Seymour, South Seymour and Genovesa, the males inflating their bright-red throat sacs to attract a mate. And, toward the end of the month, you might see waved albatrosses returning to Espanola Island for the breeding season.

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  • Flight time: 6 hours 55 (New York to Guayaquil, Ecuador)
  • Time difference: UTC -5
  • March Temperature (Day): 86 to 86°F, depending on region
  • March rainfall: 3 to 3in, varies by region
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Marine Iguanas, Galapagos

To see Canada in a completely different light than in the summer, visit during winter. In March, the country’s still firmly wrapped in winter’s deep-freeze, with dazzling-white snow still coating many areas. This creates opportunities for activities you can only do in winter, from dog-sledding and snowshoeing to ice-climbing frozen waterfalls and pedaling through the snow on e-fat bikes. It’s also a good time for seeing the northern lights.

You’ll also find that (outside of the ski resorts) there are far fewer visitors at this time of year. In cities, you can keep warm in museums, galleries and cafés serving frothy hot chocolate.

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  • Flight time: 1 hour 25 (New York to Toronto)
  • Time difference: UTC -5 to UTC -6
  • March Temperature (Day): -26 to 50°F, depending on region
  • March rainfall: 0 to 14in, varies by region
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Snowshoe experience, Banff National Park

It’s the dry season across Southeast Asia, with balmy temperatures and sunny skies across the region, bringing a raft of visitors and places do get very busy. This is an ideal time to combine a trip to lesser-visited Laos, with one its well-known neighbors, Cambodia or Vietnam.

Southern Laos’ riverside towns and islands are warm enough for relaxing days kayaking or exploring river-side temples. The higher altitude of the Bolaven Plateau gives respite from the tropical climate, with thick jungle marked with hiking trails and tiny village communities — with the occasional waterfall pool for swimming.

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  • Flight time: 15¼ hours (New York to Vientiane)
  • Time difference: UTC +7
  • March Temperature (Day): 79 to 79°F, depending on region
  • March rainfall: 2 to 2in, varies by region
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Severe storms brought large hail and tornadoes to portions of the midwest; blizzard buried parts of california under feet of snow.

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Key Points:

  • March 12–15 saw the most intense severe weather outbreak of the year through March 31 after powerful storms brought baseball-sized hail and more than 20 tornadoes to portions of the Midwest, resulting in significant damage and loss of life. 
  • A blizzard blasted parts of California’s Sierra Nevada with gusts of up to 190 mph and more than 10 feet of snow at the beginning of March.
  • March 2024 was the 17th-warmest March on record for the nation and precipitation ranked in the wettest third of the historical record for the month.  

Other Highlights: 


Map of the United States depicting Mean Temperature Departures from Average for March 2024.

The average temperature of the contiguous U.S. in March was 45.1°F, 3.6°F above average, ranking 17th warmest in the 130-year record. March temperatures were above average across much of the contiguous U.S., while below-average temperatures were observed in small pockets of the West and Southwest.

The Alaska statewide March temperature was 14.1°F, 3.3°F above the long-term average, ranking in the warmest third of the 100-year period of record for the state. Above-average temperatures were observed across much of the state with near-normal temperatures in parts of the North Slope, Interior, Southwest and parts of the Aleutians and Panhandle.

Map of the United States depicting Mean Temperature Departures from Average from January-March 2024.

For January–March, the average contiguous U.S. temperature was 39.4°F, 4.2°F above average, ranking fifth warmest on record for this period. Temperatures were above average across most of the contiguous U.S., while record-warm temperatures were observed in parts of the Northeast. Wisconsin, Michigan, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine each ranked second warmest for the January–March period.

The Alaska January–March temperature was 9.4°F, 3.5°F above the long-term average, ranking in the warmest third of the historical record for the state. Much of the state was above normal for the three-month period while temperatures were near average across the eastern portions of the state and in parts of the Aleutians and Panhandle.


Map of the United states depicting Precipitation Percent of Average for March 2024.

March precipitation for the contiguous U.S. was 2.85 inches, 0.34 inch above average, ranking in the wettest third of the historical record. Precipitation was above average across much of the West, in the Great Lakes and along the Gulf and East coasts and in parts of the northern Plains. Conversely, precipitation was below normal across much of the Ohio Valley, the Plains, and in parts of the Northwest and Florida. Maine and Rhode Island each had their second-wettest March on record.

Alaska’s average monthly precipitation ranked in the middle third of the historical record. Precipitation was above average in parts of the North Slope, West Coast and Southeast, while below-normal precipitation was observed in parts of the central Interior, south-central Alaska and in parts of the Panhandle during the month.

Map of the United States depicting Precipitation Percent of Average from January-March 2024.

The January–March precipitation total for the contiguous U.S. was 8.15 inches, 1.19 inches above average, ranking 10th wettest in the 130-year record. Precipitation was above average across much of the contiguous U.S., with Rhode Island having its second-wettest year-to-date period on record. Conversely, precipitation was below average across much of the northern Plains and in small parts of the Northwest, central and southern Plains, Ohio Valley and Southeast during the January–March period.

The January–March precipitation for Alaska ranked in the wettest third of the 100-year record, with above-average precipitation observed in parts of the North Slope, West Coast and Southeast, while below-normal precipitation was observed in parts of the central Interior and south-central Alaska, as well as southern portions of the Panhandle during this period.

Billion-Dollar Disasters

One new billion-dollar weather and climate disaster was confirmed in March 2024 after a severe weather event impacted the central and southern U.S. during mid-March, with the most severe weather occurring on March 13–15.  The U.S. has sustained 378 separate weather and climate disasters since 1980 where overall damages/costs reached or exceeded $1 billion (including CPI adjustment to 2024). The total cost of these 378 events exceeds $2.675 trillion.

Other Notable Events

Five wildfires, including the Smokehouse Creek wildfire, were finally contained in the Texas Panhandle, the largest cattle-producing region in the world. The wildfires resulted in approximately 1.1 million acres scorched, hundreds of destroyed structures, hundreds of miles of ruined fencing and more than 7,000 dead cattle. Winter did not bring heavy snowfall to Wisconsin nor the temperatures necessary to maintain the snow, allowing fires to begin early and in high numbers. Between January–March 2024, there have been more than 220 fires across Wisconsin. A 5.25-inch diameter hail stone fell in Ada, Oklahoma on March 14, which is the largest stone reported in Pontotoc County since 1950, as well as the largest to fall in the state in nearly 13 years.

A state of emergency was declared for Ohio as several tornadoes struck the state, resulting in 3 fatalities on March 14 when an EF-3 tornado crossed Auglaize and Logan Counties.

According to the April 2 U.S. Drought Monitor report , about 18% of the contiguous U.S. was in drought, down about 3.6% from the end of February. Drought conditions expanded or intensified in portions of the Plains and in parts of the Northwest, central Mississippi Valley, northern Great Lakes and Hawaii this month. Drought contracted or was reduced in intensity across much of the Mississippi Valley, Puerto Rico and the West, and in parts of the Plains, Great Lakes and Carolinas.

Monthly Outlook

Above-average temperatures are favored to impact much of the central U.S., Northwest and Northeast in April while above-average precipitation is likely from much of the Plains to parts of the East Coast and in much of the Southwest. Drought is likely to persist along portions of the Northern Tier, the Southwest, Hawaii and Puerto Rico. Visit the Climate Prediction Center’s Official 30-Day Forecasts and U.S. Monthly Drought Outlook website for more details.

Significant wildland fire potential for April is above normal across much of the Upper Midwest and in parts of the central and southern Plains. For additional information on wildland fire potential, visit the National Interagency Fire Center’s One-Month Wildland Fire Outlook .

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The owner of Slug & Lettuce and Yates's bars has revealed concern over its future as it looks to refinance more than £2bn in debts due next year.

Stonegate - which has 4,500 venues across the UK - said in its interim report that a "material uncertainty exists" over whether it can continue as a going concern (a term meaning a business has financially stability).

A record number of council bosses are earning salaries of at least £150,000 , according to new data from a pressure group.

The Taxpayers' Alliance annual Town Hall Rich List says at least 3,106 people employed in local authorities in 2022-23 received at least £100,000 - an increase of 347 on the previous year.

Of them, at least 829 received more than £150,000, the highest number since the list began in 2007.

John O'Connell, chief executive of the TPA, said residents "can use these figures to ask whether precious funds are really going towards frontline services, or whether town hall bosses can get better value for money".

M&S is investing £1m to change the diet of its milk-producing herd of cows and reduce the amount of methane they create.

The supermarket chain said it would work with 40 M&S dairy farmers to remove a projected 11,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions from the atmosphere annually.

The move will cut the carbon footprint of M&S's fresh milk products by 8.4%, the company said.

Britons are being urged to "stop and think" before dipping into their retirement pot early during "peak" withdrawals season over the next few months.

Investment platform AJ Bell said people typically access their funds at the start of the tax year when allowances are refreshed.

Its director of public policy, Tom Selby, said this can be a "perfectly sensible thing to do" if there is a "thought-through withdrawal plan" in place.

However, he warned Britons not to make a "rash decision".

"Taking money out of your retirement pot early or withdrawing too much, too soon could have disastrous consequences over the long term," he said.

AJ Bell has listed five reasons why people should "stop and think" before accessing their retirement pot early:

  • Early access increases the risk of running out of money in retirement and being left to rely solely on the state pension. For example, a healthy 55-year-old with a £100,000 pension pot who withdraws £5,000 a year could run out of funds by age 80 if their withdrawals increase with inflation;
  • Accessing retirement cash early could also see savers miss out on investment growth;
  • It will trigger the money purchase annual allowance (MPAA), which significantly reduces the amount you can save tax-free from £60,000 to £10,000;
  • Hiking withdrawals could impact sustainability. Persistent high inflation could impact those with a laid-out withdrawal plan and risk them running out of funds early;
  • Savers can pass on leftover pensions tax free if they die before the age of 75. AJ Bell says for those who wants to leave assets to loved ones, it makes sense to leave as much of your pension untouched as possible in order to minimise your tax bill.

Basically, a tax code is a series of numbers and letters used by employers or pension providers to work out how much tax should be deducted from your pay or pension at source.

Anyone in employment or with a private pension will have one.

Making sense of the letters and numbers

The number shows the amount you can earn tax-free - although you need to add a zero to get the actual figure. 

For example - the number 1257 means you can earn £12,570 a year tax-free.

The letters (which follow your tax code number) relate to your situation and how it alters your personal allowance.

For example,  L  means you are entitled to the tax-free personal allowance we outlined above. Therefore a tax code of 1257L (the most common tax code) means you are entitled to a personal allowance of £12,570 before any income tax is paid.

Here are what the other letters mean: 

  • T  is similar to  L  in that if it follows numbers, you are entitled to that tax-free personal allowance. However, it also means HMRC will be taking a closer look at your tax affairs - usually the case if they are complicated;
  • BR  means you aren't entitled to any personal allowance (usually because it's a second job etc) and will pay a flat rate of 20% tax. This is the same for  D0   but the rate is 40%, and  D1  where the rate is 45%.  SD2  is similar but only applicable in Scotland, where the top rate is 46%;
  • K  means your personal allowance has been eroded down to less than nothing, meaning the number after the K is actually a negative personal allowance;
  • 0T  means no personal allowance but you'll fall under the tax bands;
  • NT  simply means "no tax";
  • M  means your spouse or civil partner has transferred some of their personal allowance to you;
  • N  means you've transferred it to your spouse/civil partner;
  • If you have an  S  or a  C  ahead of any of the other letters, that just means you're living in Scotland or Wales. 

What happens when they're wrong?

Millions of Britons could be paying too much tax due to tax code issues, new data from Canada Life shows. 

A survey by the financial services provider found that 31% of adults have been on the wrong tax code at some point - with the average overpayment worth £689.

Over two thirds of those surveyed didn't know how to claim back overpaid tax.

The survey also found one in six UK adults did not know if they were on the right tax code and 39% were not aware what any of the letters or numbers on their tax code mean.

However, an HMRC spokesperson said: "We don't recognise these figures. 

"Tax codes are based on information provided by employers or pension providers. 

"People can check their code quickly and easily online and update any details that may be affecting it."

Why would my tax code be wrong?

There are any number of reasons HMRC could have the wrong tax code for you, including:

  • A change in job 
  • Having more than one source of income
  • Retirement or having more than one pension
  • Receiving employee benefits
  • Starting your first job

How do I check my tax code?

You can check your tax code on your personal tax account online, or by looking at any payslip or via the HMRC app.

If you think it's wrong, you need to contact HMRC to tell them.

You can either phone 0300 200 3300, use their chat function or send them a letter. 

Emergency codes

W1 ,  M1  or  X are usually found after a regular tax code (eg 12570L W1).

This usually only happens if there's a delay in HMRC receiving details about a change in your circumstances, for example if you've just started a new job. 

SportsDirect.com, owned by Mike Ashley, is bringing a claim today against Newcastle United - the club Mr Ashley used to own.

It concerns a deal Newcastle has with JD Sports to offer exclusive kit sale rights.

The Competition and Appeals Tribunal will hear the case today - though it's not clear when a decision will come. 

Reports suggest Mr Ashley is seeking £1.5m in damages.

His company claims the club is abusing its dominant market position by refusing to supply its replica kit for the 2024-25 season.

Businesses are allowed to strike exclusivity deals unless they are in a dominant market position - for example, companies like Amazon or Google clearly have that status.

This case could rest on whether the tribunal deems Newcastle to hold such a position in the market.

By  Sarah Taaffe-Maguire , business reporter

As we mentioned below, there's possible bad news ahead for the London Stock Exchange (LSE) with talk of the biggest company in the FTSE 100, Shell, moving to the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).

There's been a run of bad news for the LSE over the past year or so. The world's largest building products manufacturer, CRH, moved to New York, while travel company Tui moved to Frankfurt. And despite the lobbying of numerous prime ministers, UK-based chip company Arm chose the NYSE.

It's been a good morning for Shell's fellow FTSE 100 constituent, the oil giant BP. It announced production higher in oil and slightly higher in gas and low carbon energy on Monday, which brought the share price to a five-month high.

Both companies are going to be boosted by the oil price, which is sticking around $90 as a barrel of the benchmark Brent crude is selling for $90.48.

On the currency market, one pound equals $1.2652 and €1.1652.

Shell is weighing up quitting the London Stock Exchange (LSE) for a move to New York over concerns its listing is currently "undervalued".

Chief executive Wael Sawan told Bloomberg that he was mulling "all options".

The British oil and gas giant is currently the largest company in the FTSE 100 index, and its departure from the LSE would be a significant blow to the UK stock market that is fighting to stay relevant.

Explaining the gap between Shell and its New York rivals Exxon Mobil Corp and and Chevron Corp, Mr Sawan told Bloomberg: "I have a location that clearly seems to be undervalued."

The oil boss said he was currently in the middle of a "sprint" of 10 quarters to cut costs.

He continued: "If we work through the sprint, and we are doing what we are doing, and we still don't see that the gap is closing, we have to look at all options."

The chancellor announced a scrapping of the non-dom status in his March budget, saying the decision would raise £2.7bn for a 2p cut in national insurance.

Labour have been committed to abolishing non-dom status for years - upon gaining power they planned to use the money to fund breakfast clubs for primary school children and additional appointments in the NHS.

The government has also adopted Labour's plans to extend the windfall tax on oil and gas companies

Facing questions about where funding would now come from for key policies, the party has today offered details for the first time.

Shadow chancellor Rachel Reeves is set to announce the party's plans to raise £5bn a year by the end of the next parliament...

  • Labour has said it will raise £2.6bn by closing "loopholes" in the government's non-doms plan - after certain exemptions were kept in place by Jeremy Hunt;
  • Labour said the "tax gap" - the difference between the amount of money HMRC is owed and the amount it receives - had widened to £36bn in 2021-22 - £5bn more than it had been the previous year;
  • To close the gap, Labour said it would invest up to £555m a year in boosting the number of compliance officers at HMRC, increasing productivity and improving the organisation's "dire" customer service;
  • It will also consider requiring more tax schemes to be registered with HMRC to ensure they are legitimate, and renew the focus on offshore tax compliance.

It is understood that only £2bn of the £5bn raised per year will fund breakfast clubs and NHS appointments, with the rest of the money being kept back for other uses.

Shadow chancellor Rachel Reeves is expected to say: "I have been clear that everything in our manifesto will be fully costed and fully funded. There will be no exceptions."

The government has responded by saying: "The Conservatives have introduced over 200 measures to clamp down on tax non-compliance and we are sticking to the plan to strengthen the economy so we can cut taxes, putting £900 in the pockets of the average worker and helping families to build a brighter future."

Ted Baker is to shut 15 of its stores across the UK within weeks, the retailer's administrators have announced.

Around 245 staff will be made redundant.

It comes after  Sky News revealed  that hundreds of jobs were at risk after the company behind the brand's UK shops, No Ordinary Designer Label Limited (NODL), collapsed last month.

In a statement, the administrators confirmed 11 UK stores will close by 19 April, resulting in the loss of about 120 roles.

A further four stores will also shut "in the coming weeks", resulting in 100 additional redundancies.

These shops had already been earmarked for closure prior to the firm's collapse, it has been revealed.

Around 25 head office jobs will also be axed as part of cost-cutting plans, administrators Teneo Financial Advisory said.

The 11 branches which will close as part of the administration process include:

• Birmingham Bullring • Bristol • Bromley • Cambridge • Exeter • Leeds • Liverpool One • London Bridge • Milton Keynes • Nottingham • Oxford

Administrators said the shops were "all currently loss-making" and had "no prospect of being returned to profitability, even with material rent reductions".

They added: "As such, their closure is believed to be a constructive and necessary step in ensuring the business can deliver a profitable trading performance in the future."

Barclays has launched a legal challenge over a ruling that it unfairly paid commission to a car finance broker, underlining growing anxiety among Britain's biggest lenders about the potential scale of an industry-wide compensation bill.

Sky News has learnt that Barclays is mounting a judicial review against the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) over a decision last June that the bank "failed to act fairly and reasonably" in the case of a customer - known only as Miss L - who was not made aware that a loan agreement she entered into included a commission payment worth nearly £1,600.

City sources said on Monday that  Barclays  had recently decided to launch a legal fight but insisted that its challenge was isolated to the specific case of Miss L because of what it believed were a number of misinterpretations of the law.

According to the FOS, Miss L's case involved a commission paid by Barclays Partner Finance to a credit broker when she took out a loan to buy a car in 2018.

The case was one of two highlighted by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) in January when it announced that it was responding to a large number of complaints by reviewing historical motor finance commission arrangements and sales "across several firms".

Read City editor Mark Kleinman's full story here ...

Retail sales were up in March - and are expected to grow further in the coming months as warm weather and events such as Taylor Swift's UK tour boost consumer spending, according to industry analysts.

Sports tournaments such as the  Paris Olympics , along with factors such as falling energy bills, are also predicted to boost takings as shops recover from the impact of recent poor weather and  high inflation  on household budgets.

The forecasts come after year-on-year retail sales increased by 3.5% in March - which is above the average of 2.9% for the past 12 months, according to the British Retail Consortium (BRC) and KPMG.

Read the full story here ...

The former head of Tesco has been announced as the new chairman of the John Lewis Partnership , one of the biggest and most high-pressure jobs in retail.

Jason Tarry was at Tesco for 33 years and served as UK and Ireland chief executive for his final six years at the supermarket.

He is to take the reins of the company behind Waitrose and the John Lewis department stores in September, when Dame Sharon White steps down.

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    March has the best weather of the year in this part of Vietnam. Warm temperatures with low humidity and very little rain await you, creating the ideal atmosphere for a boat cruise to see mysterious islands and caves. The best part is that Vietnam remains very affordable, even for backpackers on a shoestring budget. 22.

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