Places To Visit In March
March is somewhat of a transitional time as Spring begins to stir in the Northern hemisphere while the needle starts to head in the opposite direction in the Southern hemisphere. That can bring with it respite and relief, either way, you look it! What it does mean is that it’s an excellent time to explore both close to home and further afar.
The densely populated summer tourist destinations of the Mediterranean begin to fling open their doors, dusting off their table cloths and hosing down the sun loungers before those high season crowds and revelers descend. It’s a fantastic time to take in the sites and sounds of Europe’s leading capital cities like Athens and Rome before the sweltering summer sun arrives. Taking in some culture and exploring much loved ancient attractions like the Acropolis and the Coliseum without the heat or the hordes of tourists spoiling your experience.
For those thrill seekers and adrenalin junkies among you, there’s plenty of off-peak adventure and some bargain packages to be had around the globe. So let’s grab our passports and travel wallets for a whistle-stop tour of our recommendations of the best places to visit in March.
Whether you are looking for beach action, city sightseeing, relaxation or to tap into the intrepid backpacking nomadic side of your personality and visit some of the best destinations for backpackers, March can be both a rewarding and affordable time to hit the road and experience the holiday of a lifetime.
If Relaxation Is The Name Of The Game This March…
Your idea of a holiday is to feel the sand between your toes, tropical waves lapping against a distant shore. What you don’t want is to be sandwiched on a beach, all wall to wall sun loungers, laid out like sardines grilling in the sun!
Now would be an excellent time to visit Antigua. They say that there is a beach for every day of the year on this luxurious Caribbean island retreat. Perhaps then a 2-week vacation just won’t be enough, but the temperature is balmy, the beaches are blissful, and you can practically take your pick of serene, white, palm-fringed deserted beaches to stake a claim as your own. Get ready to channel your inner Robinson Crusoe, albeit with a rum punch in your hand.
Sri Lanka is also another excellent topical getaway for this time of year being sunny but with just the right smattering of rain to stave off the humidity. It’s home to stunning beaches, blissful temples, hilltop heritage tea plantations as well as glorious national parks where treasured elephants roam free. Consider combining a couple of locations and experience the best of all worlds on offer.
For pure unadulterated fly and flop style holidays, they don’t come much more fabulous than Jamaica. It’s a sun worshipper and manly cocktail drinkers paradise, filled with hotels to suit all budgets, colorful nightlife, beautiful beaches and verdant forests with lush waterfalls to explore.
For more off the beaten track, laid back lounging, the Andaman Islands also make a wonderful and idyllic holiday destination at this time of year. A series of islands strung out in the sea between India and Thailand, the alluring islands are the stuff of dreams. All epic, endless skies and sunsets, beautiful coral reefs and a chance to spot rare and exotic birds. Don’t worry, if you base yourself somewhere like Havelock Island, you will also have your pick of premium hotels and restaurants too.
If Exploration And A Voyage Of Discovery Float Your Boat…
Your idea of a holiday is to experience new sites and sounds, discovering (relatively) un-chartered territory and getting off the beaten tourist track.
You’re going to love what the southeast coast of Myanmar has to offer. It’s home to the Archipelago of Myeik which is dotted with 800 independent islets full of hidden and unexpected delights. From undisturbed sandbanks to forests where elephants and tigers prowl proud and free. Stay in a stilted traditional house in a fishing village and imagine that you are a nomadic sea gypsy rather than an accountant just for a few days.
If you prefer to do your exploration in the saddle, then how about heading to Australia, specifically to Bright, the premier biking destination this hugely diverse country has to offer. With 240km of safe road tracks to explore and optimum March cycling weather conditions, you can head to historic gold-mining towns or hit the alpine hiking trails of Victoria’s High Country.
March is also a wonderful time to discover the cultural wonders and diversity of Japan. There’s nothing more spectacular than the beautiful site of cherry blossoms bursting into life, and March is the best time to experience this sensational phenomenon. Pink and white blooms abound simply everywhere, and it feels like the whole country is headed outdoors to enjoy this riot of color, celebrating on picnics blankets, at parties and a host of festivals. From the high-tech overload of Tokyo to the tranquil Five Lakes and on to the blossom framed views of Mount Fuji, Japan delights the senses but never more so than in March.
For wildlife lovers and fans of outdoors adventure then the Galapagos Islands are worth a visit all year round, but March is a particularly pleasant time to visit as wildflowers burst into bloom and the islands much loved sea lions and tortoises come out to breed. Green sea turtles head ashore at night to lay their eggs, and blue-footed boobies (we’ve not made up that name) can be spotted doing their annual courtship rituals. The days are long and sunny, and the opportunity to spot all kinds of wildlife in their natural habitat is a breathtaking prospect for nature lovers.