March in the Northern Hemisphere can be a confusing month with heavy rain, strong winds but glorious sunshine. If you’re looking for a spring holiday get-away with more predictable weather and sunshine in March, we’ve listed these ten countries across four continents for guaranteed hot places in March and for those spring sun quenchers looking for sunshine holiday inspiration.
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Often heard about for the first time on cruise itineraries, Roatan is probably one of the most underrated destinations in the Caribbean. When the weather is unbearable in much of the northern hemisphere, this stunning tropical island is filled with activities, beautiful beaches, miles upon miles of incredible coral perfect for snorkelling and diving and delicious bars and restaurants.
One of the best things to do in Roatan is snorkelling at West Bay beach. Consistently on the top of lists of the most beautiful beaches in the world, even just sitting at West Bay is enough to be able to fill your day. There are tons of bars and restaurants on the beach and if you didn’t bring your snorkel gear, you can rent it from one of the many suppliers on the beach. Snorkel out to the coral wall to see hundreds of tropical fish, lobster, stingray and maybe even a sea turtle. This is one of the most beautiful and by far the most accessible snorkel spots on the island.
After a day at West Bay, head over to West End for lively bars that often have live music into the night. Half moon bay is another famous snorkel spot where you can spot seahorses if you get lucky. After a snorkel head to Ginger’s for some food and a cocktail. Or try one of the delicious local street food stands which make baleadas for a few dollars.
For a more secluded stay for those that prefer a romantic, quiet vacation away from other travellers, head to the quiet East End. There are various hotels and lodges on the East End as well as rental villas depending on the size of your group. If you are interested in learning to Kite Board, stay at Camp Bay lodge and take some kiting lessons. There is also diving opportunities on this side of the island with various dive shops that will take you out.
You can spend a day on Camp Bay beach, considered one of the prettiest beaches on the island. Here you can relax or take a walk on the beautiful, white sand beach. You can also do some snorkelling although don’t expect it to be as nice as the snorkelling you will find on West Bay. Finally, make sure to check out La Sirena bar and grill. They serve a killer rum punch and have delicious food that is fresh and flavourful.
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Sicily is a wonderful place to visit in March. This small island off the toe of Italy benefits from the warm North African winds and it’s southern position at the ‘bottom’ of continental Europe.
Whether your bag is ancient ruins, outdoor adventures or natural wonders, this eclectic island has something to suit everyone! A road trip of Sicily is the perfect way to see all the island has to offer – hire a car, or even a campervan, in Catania, where Sicily’s biggest airport is located, and head south. Follow the coast road all the way around the island, for the best atmospheric towns, Roman temples and exciting hiking and water sports.
Culture vultures should head for the town of Taormina and its wonderful Greco-Roma theatre and Syracuse, with its atmospheric old town on Ortigia island, both on the east coast. The most famous ruins can be found at the incredible Valley of the Temples outside Agrigento on the south coast. Go early in the morning for the best experience, before the tour buses from Palermo arrive! Don’t miss Segesta, with it’s superbly well-preserved Greek temple and Roman amphitheatre, at the top of Mount Barbaro.
Palermo, Erice and Cefalu are also high on our list. Visit Palermo, the capital of Sicily, for an intense mix of west and east, dazzling buildings, chaotic markets and a really lively vibe. Erice and Cefalu are smaller towns, but no lesser for it. Erice sits high on a hill overlooking the Aegean Sea and can be reached by cable car if driving the mountain road is not for you. Cefalu, on the north coast, is a cuter than cute fishing port full of narrow cobbled streets and pretty squares, with lots of seriously good fish restaurants in which to while away an afternoon.
As you follow the coast, you’ll also come across some of Italy’s most fantastic natural wonders. Mount Etna aside, and nothing much can top that, Scala dei Turchi (Stair of the Turks) is a one-of-a-kind feat of Mother Nature and an Instagrammer’s dream. Like a huge white marshmallow rising from the sea below, the white cliff of stairs provides a stunning contrast with the turquoise and azure blue of the sea and sky. Further along the coast are the colourful salt pans of Marsala and Trapani, where salt has been made for many centuries. With their iconic windmills and piles of salt between pans, the landscape here is fascinating.
If you’re looking for things to do, Sicily is known for its sticky sweet Marsala wine, a fortified wine made from very specific grapes which only grow on the island. Tour one of the vineyards and wineries for a delicious taste of the apricot, vanilla and brown sugar flavours the grapes produce. You can also visit filming locations for the Godfather movies if you have an interest in the Mafia. Still an active organisation in Sicily and Italy, things are changing slowly and movements against the Cosa Nostra have gained momentum in the last few years.
Spend a week or two in Sicily and you will leave feeling enriched and rewarded by this tiny island and its treasures.
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Western Australia is Australia’s largest state made up of mostly arid outback. It’s diverse and has an endless opportunity for exploration hence making it a favourite for people who love road trips. March is the perfect time to visit Western Australia if you are not fond of excessive temperatures and scorching heat but still love the sun. The weather during this time is neither too hot nor too cold which makes exploring the outback region along with the city pleasant.
From ancient Aboriginal sites with a lot of history to azure clear turquoise beaches, stunning National Parks, and world-class wineries, Western Australia has a lot to offer. Though WA has a lot of luxury resorts and 5-star accommodations, it’s best experienced via camping. Staying in campsites or budget Airbnb’s and cooking your own food will also save you a lot of money making it a budget-friendly place.
For people who love adventure, Karijini National Park is a must-see. It is the second-largest National Park in Western Australia and spending 3-4 nights here gives you an ample amount of time to explore the beautiful massive gorges, waterfalls, and clear rock pools. There are also some stunning lookouts and various walking trails to discover. The preferred way to drive around is in 4 WD but it’s not mandatory.
Western Australia is also blessed with some of the beautiful beaches in Australia, the majority of which can be found in Esperance. The capital city Perth also has some amazing beaches and local favourite Island, Rottnest Island. A trip to Western Australia is incomplete without a day trip to Rottnest Island. With stunning beaches, Rottnest Island, or Rotto as we locals call it is a paradise and is famous for Quokkas – the happiest animal on Earth.
The Southern part of Western Australia also has a gorgeous coastline but is more famous for its wineries. Margaret River Region has some of the best wineries and food. Some of the best things to do in this region include walking the Busselton Jetty, watching the sunset at Sugarloaf Rock, exploring the Karri Forest, and discovering the various limestone caves. Further along on the coastline lies the beautiful town of Denmark, Albany, and Esperance.
A road trip from Perth to Esperance is popular among both locals and tourists. Overall March is an amazing time to explore the various destinations in Western Australia.
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We all know that rainy seasons have their bad sides however they also have some great aspects to them, too. With the rain comes vibrant greens, fewer crowds, and more enjoyable temperatures averaging in the mid-sixties. It’s one of the reasons why Morocco in the spring is definitely worth seeing with your family.
A visit to Morrocco should start in Marrakech. I like to think of it as the city of contrasts. On one side, you’ll discover a modern city with occidental restaurants and stylish stores. On the other side, you’ll take a step back in time wandering in the tiny streets of the medina (old town).
You can have lunch at one of the food stands at Jenna El-Fnaa. Or take your time in the square and stop for a little street performance of snakes being charmed or monkeys playing tricks.
Jardin Majorelle is also a great start to stop. It’s the former home of the famous designer Yves Saint Laurent. The gardens are beautiful and full of colours. And, of course, some time needs to be left for some shopping and bargaining in one of Medina’s souk.
Another great town to explore in Morrocco is Essaouira. It’s important to know that it’s always windy in Essaouira and can be chilly. You may not be able to swim in March, but your family can certainly have plenty of fun with a kite or simply making sandcastles. A great beach to visit is the Plage Tagharte.
Then, an hour and a half away from Marrakech is the town of Ilmil. You’ll discover the Atlas Mountain and the berbere region. While it may not be possible to attempt the multi-day trekking trip up to the summit of Mount Toubkal with young kids, there are lots of short hiking trails to do with kids.
Plus, what kid wouldn’t want to be carried by a mule?
You should also check out Dar Aymane, an excellent choice for lodging. It’s beautifully located on top of a hill and has a gorgeous view.
Finally, it’s impossible to visit Morrocco without the famous desert experience. While you can rent a car for yourself and your family, it may be better and less stressful to go with a tour agency. There are many offers from Marrakech where you can have a private guide and chauffeur, but you’ll still have a say in your itinerary.
Make sure to have a stop at Aït Benhaddou, a beautiful protected UNESCO site where you can get lost in the orange-tinted town. Then you’ll want to ride a camel into the desert of Erg Chebbi, just outside Merzouga, and spend the night under the stars in a desert camp.
During your stay in Morocco, don’t book any chain hotels, but search for authentic riads (a typical Moroccan guest house) where your family will get an amazing glimpse into genuine Moroccan culture.
While Morocco may not be the first destination to come to mind while travelling with kids, it definitely has something for everyone. The scenery is gorgeous, the towns are safe, and there’s plenty of adventure for all ages. Oh, and the food is pretty killer, too. 😉
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One of the best places to get sunshine in March is the beautiful country of Panama. This Central American country is filled with incredible nature – from miles of beaches to inland mountains.
Most people come to Panama by flying to the capital of Panama City. While smaller than most major cities, Panama City has plenty to offer visitors. Explore cafes and find delicious churros, walk through the boutique neighbourhoods, and visit the Panama Canal. This enormous project will inspire any traveller. The Panama Canal museum goes in-depth into the history of the project while outside you may be able to see the Canal in action!
Be sure to visit Casco Viejo in Panama City – it’s a historic district and filled with hidden gems. This part of Panama City was burned down in the name of silver and gold and was rebuilt later in its current position. While you’re wandering the ruins of Casco Viejo, you can see the skyline across the water. Meander through the colourful buildings and cobblestone, enjoy a cup of Geisha coffee (the most expensive coffee in the world), or get a cocktail at the Pedro Mandinga Rum Bar. Be sure to pick up some handmade souvenirs like a traditional Mola in Plaza Francia.
If you get tired of visiting cities, don’t worry! Right on the edge of Panama City is the Gamboa Rainforest. You can take a day trip from the city or even an aerial tram tour! If you’d rather be on the water, then take a Chagres River Boat Tour that can get you up close to Panama’s exotic vegetation. Keep an eye out for sloths, monkeys, and toucans.
Located about 4 hours south of Panama City, you can visit one of the best beach destinations in the world, the San Blas Islands. There are 365 islands here, meaning you can visit one a day for a year! Only 49 of the islands are inhabited. The over-the-sea bungalows here are much more affordable than Bali or the Maldives. You’ll also get to experience the local culture.
The San Blas Islands are part of the Kuna Yala region of Panama. The Kuna people are very friendly and are happy to share their islands, traditions, and culture with you. The crystal clear water is perfect for relaxing or snorkelling!
Panama’s location just north of the equator makes this tropical destination perfect for March! Its daily temperatures and hours of sunlight are consistent throughout the year, making it a perfect getaway destination.
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The Dominican Republic is for many a real dream destination and is associated by many with paradise. And for good reason! Like the entire Caribbean, the Dominican Republic has gorgeous white beaches and turquoise blue water to offer. Many tourists are drawn to Punta Cana. Here you will learn an alternative route that will let you experience the real Dominican Republic. First of all, many of the activities can be done together with local beach vendors. Check beforehand on the Internet. There some have already built a real reputation. So you get the tours at a much lower price.
1. Start your adventure on the peninsula of Samana. Samana has 3 major advantages. First, there is much less tourism there. Secondly, this means that the locals will meet you very often in the cities and on the beach. This will not only create great conversations and friendships, but you will also get unique insider tips and experience great moments. And last but not least, the landscape is simply breathtaking. Besides the dream beaches, you will also find mountains and the Dominican jungle. This leads us directly to our first adventure.
2. Hiking in the jungle – El Limon. You should definitely take this little adventure. A small tip is that you have enough water with you. The hike takes about 1 hour and is also suitable for beginners. And if you are then sweating from the tropical temperatures and the effort, you have earned a well-deserved cooling. And that in an incredible setting. Directly in front of a waterfall, which is for example already seen in a James Bond movie – the El Limon. Here you can stay very well before you make your way back later.
3. Meeting and chatting with the locals at Las Terrenas. You should spend at least one evening outside your hotel at a beach bar in Las Terrenas. Here you will not only find incredibly delicious cocktails made from fresh fruit with excellent Dominican rum, but also a good mood guarantee. Dance the night away! If you can remember the evening afterwards, it will be an unforgettable moment on your trip.
4. Cayo Levantado & Los Haitises National Park. The next tip is for all Pirates of the Caribbean, Bacardi & generally all beach lovers. This tour is very long and you will travel a lot by speedboat over the Caribbean Sea. But the places you will see are incredible. You know the white dream beach from the Bacarid commercials? Or the beaches from Pirates of the Caribbean? All these places you will visit yourself. And as if that wasn’t enough, you’ll also get to see Los Haitises National Park with all its biodiversity and beautiful nature. This tour is an absolute must-see in the Dominican Republic.
5. Taste Coffee, Rum & Cigars. Of course, you have to taste the local products. These cost only a fraction of what they cost in your country but taste at least twice as good. These are also particularly good souvenirs. But stick to the limits and make sure that cigars have an official band.
In the Dominican Republic, the summer months are the rain season. However, the prices are also significantly cheaper. We would recommend travelling in June/July. Even in the rain season, it rains with a very very high probability never longer than a few minutes and certainly not a whole day. If you want to be on the safe side, you should travel in March or April.
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Located in the Mascarene Islands, directly east off the coast of Madagascar, Reunion sits in the Indian Ocean relatively close to Mauritius. The island was uninhabited before the 17th century until European colonisers, African slaves, Chinese merchants and Indian labourers were moved to the island. Due to this cultural hotspot, Reunions cuisine and culture are rich and vibrant in flavour.
Reunion is known for its volcanic black beaches, collapsed volcanos, a lush, rainforested interior full of rare birds & plantlife, abundant waterfalls but most of all, it’s famous for its coral reefs. In total contrast to Mauritius’s white-sand beach, Reunion has small, narrow black-sand beaches but its coral makes it the perfect spot for diving.
Reunion’s most iconic landmark is Piton de la Fournaise, a climbable, yet, active volcano of 2,632m (8,635 ft.). The Piton des Neiges (an enormous extinct volcano) and Réunion’s three calderas (collapsed volcanoes) are also climbable and don’t forget about Cirque de Mafate (a caldera that’s only accessible by foot or helicopter), Réunion is a true hiker’s paradise with over 1000km of well-marked trails, there are no entrance fees for Reunion Island National Park, and camping sites are abundant across the island. The National Park occupies 42 percent of the island’s landmass. So, if you’re looking for an active holiday, Reunion should definitely be on your list.
One of the most famous features of Reunion Island is an amazing, active volcano. Piton de la Fournaise is a basaltic volcano with more than 150 recorded eruptions so it’s no surprise that you’ll find some of the nicest waters off its shores. Reunion waters boast over 900 species of fish and all year round diving, snorkelling, paddle boarding and kayaking.
The west coast has beautiful lagoons, sandy beaches and laid-back towns. Make sure to visit Saint-Paul, Saint-Gilles and Saint-Leu. The west coast is the best area to go scuba-diving or whale-watching (June – October), if you have time visit the Cap Noir viewpoint or you can drive up to Le Maïdo, which offers breathtaking views of Cirque de Mafate and Piton de Neiges.
In order to get around you can use the local yellow buses (not active after 6 pm) although car hire (rent your car on Reunion here) is also possible with driving being on the right-hand side. French is the official language here and the euro is the currency.
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