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Where to Go in March: The Best Places to Travel

by Brook Wilkinson | January 20, 2022

This list represents U.S. travelers’ best bets abroad for March 2022 specifically, when it comes to a combo of good weather, reduction of Covid-related risks, and favorable conditions for local activities: With the right local expert arranging your trip, you can spend most of your time in the open air, keep socially distanced, and limit your activities to places with higher vaccination rates and lower rates of local spread. It may still feel like winter at home, but March finds temperatures rising and wildflowers blooming in many parts of the world. If you’re hesitant to travel abroad right now, read these reviews to see how happy the travelers are who are doing just that. For more pandemic travel solutions, see our Covid-19 travel advice. And don’t miss the rest of our “Where to Go” series on the best destinations for every month of the year.

Belize

A row of thatched palapas on golden sand on the tiny island of Rendezvous Caye in the Belize Barrier Reef, off the coast of Belize, Central America

Rendezvous Caye in the Belize Barrier Reef. Photo: Shutterstock

The Caribbean trade winds that prevail in March and April make for ideal sailing conditions. The summer humidity hasn’t yet arrived, and evenings are fresh and breezy. You can charter a crewed catamaran that will take you wherever you want to go: tiny, palm-studded islands with hardly another soul in sight, or spots with open-air beach bars and restaurants.

Read reviews of WOW trips to Belize during the pandemic. To get your own WOW trip and VIP treatment, use the black button below. 

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The Galapagos, Ecuador

underwater photo of a sea lion in the Galapagos islands

Snorkeling with Galapagos sea lions

In March, water temperatures and clarity are the best they get all year, making it ideal for swimming, snorkeling, and diving. It’s also hatching season for Galapagos tortoises, and male frigate birds can be seen with their telltale neck pouches puffed up and flared out to attract females. Adults who don’t want to travel with lots of kids should avoid the spring-break weeks that range from late March to mid-April. The opposite is true for families: Book way ahead for those peak spring-break weeks that often feature family-focused departures.

Read reviews of WOW trips to the Galapagos during the pandemic. To get your own WOW trip and VIP treatment, use the black button below. 

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Bermuda

The Reefs, Southampton, Bermuda

The Reefs, Southampton, Bermuda.

April is when the cruise ships start to arrive for the summer season, letting off up to 4,000 passengers at a time. A month earlier, hotel rates are half their summer peak, temps are in the low 70s (great for golf and tennis, if not bikinis), and there are free tours, lectures, and arts demonstrations all over the island.

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Cartagena, Colombia

Islas de Rosario, Colombia

Islas de Rosario, Colombia, near Cartagena. Photo: Shutterstock

March is a great month to visit Cartagena, on Colombia’s Caribbean coast: You’ll find sunny days, clear skies, and a fresh breeze that makes the temperature much more comfortable.

Read reviews of WOW trips to Colombia. To get your own WOW trip and VIP treatment, use the black button below. 

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Andalusia, Spain

Skyline in the Old Quarter of Seville, Spain

Skyline in the Old Quarter of Seville, Spain. Photo: Shutterstock

By late March in southern Spain, temps are in the 60s, the aroma of orange blossoms is in the air, the light is beautiful, and there are fiestas (and bullfights) all over the region. Before the crowds descend for Holy Week and the spring festivals, March is a great time to visit the iconic sites in Seville and Granada, or go off-the-beaten path in Ubeda and Baeza.

Read reviews of WOW trips to Andalusia during the pandemic. To get your own WOW trip and VIP treatment, use the black button below. 

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Crete, Greece

Elouda villa, Crete, Greece. Photo: Blue Palace Resort

Elouda villa, Crete, Greece. Photo: Blue Palace Resort

While many Greek islands go into hibernation in the winter, with resorts and restaurants shuttering for the season, Crete is large enough that it stays vibrant year-round. It’s also Greece’s most southern—and thus warmest—island. Not everything will be open in March, but it’s a great time to get a dose of local culture, and hotel rates are lower than you’ll find later in spring.

Read reviews of WOW trips to Greece during the pandemic. To get your own WOW trip and VIP treatment, use the black button below. 

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London

living room in a London apartment rental

Eldon, a historic, three-bedroom home in Kensington just minutes from the tube and Museum Row. Photo: London Perfect

If you think Notting Hill couldn’t get any more colorful, you should see it in the early spring, decked out with blossoms on its tree-lined streets. March brings glorious fields of daffodils to Kensington Gardens too—and everything’s in bloom in Chelsea. The icing on the cake is Kew Gardens, just a short trip outside central London and the perfect spot to celebrate the arrival of spring.

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Malta and Gozo

Ancient walls and streets of Valetta, the capital of Malta. Photo: Shutterstock

The ancient walls and streets of Valletta, the capital of Malta. Photo: Shutterstock

March sees few of the cruise-ship visitors who arrive daily in Malta come summer. With highs in the mid-60s and a lush green coating on the hills brought out by winter rains, this is a particularly great time of year for countryside walks and cycling on neighboring Gozo, which is smaller and more rural than Malta.

Read reviews of WOW trips to Malta during the pandemic. To get your own WOW trip and VIP treatment, use the black button below. 

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Chile

Chile is roughly twice the length of California, so it covers vast latitudes and corresponding climates. March sees some of the best weather throughout the country: warm temperatures in Patagonia, dry days in the Lakes District, and lacking the oppressive summer heat in central Chile and Easter Island. You’ll also avoid high season, which starts before Christmas and lasts through February.

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Jordan

Alone in Petra at sunrise

The ruins at Petra, Jordan.

By March, the weather is warming up—making it possible to spend a night out in Wadi Rum—the almond and olive trees should still be in blossom, and the crowds are thin.

Read reviews of WOW trips to Jordan. To get your own WOW trip and VIP treatment, use the black button below. 

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Cape Town, South Africa

harbor of Cape Town, South Africa with boats and table mountain

Cape Town, South Africa. Photo: HPBotha/Pixabay

By March, temperatures have begun to cool, and the fierce southeasterly wind calms down—which means that outdoor activities (sea kayaking, shark diving, trips to Robben Island) are seldom canceled due to weather. It’s also one of the best months for hiking and cycling, and the “March lilies” are flowering all over the city. This being harvest time, there is frenetic activity at the nearby wine estates, accompanied by many jovial festivals.

Read reviews of WOW trips to Cape Town. To get your own WOW trip and VIP treatment, use the black button below. 

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Closed to U.S. Travelers as of January 13, 2022

Click to The Countries That Are Open to U.S. Travelers to find out whether these places have reopened. 

Norway

Northern Lights, Norway

Northern Lights, Grøtfjord, Kvaløya, Norway. Photo: Gaute Bruvik – visitnorway.com

In March there is still a lot of snow for all of Norway’s great winter activities—skiing, of course, but also dogsledding, snowmobiling, reindeer sledding, snowshoeing, and so on—but also lots of sunshine, average daytimes highs in the 30s, and long days. Statistically, this is also the best month to see the Northern Lights.

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Queenstown, New Zealand

Mount Nicholas Station, Queenstown, New Zealand

Mount Nicholas Station, Queenstown, New Zealand

It’s the end of summer down south, and the weather is just warm enough: around 85 degrees Fahrenheit in the day, with nice cool evenings. You have access to all of the back-country activities that bring people to this world capital of outdoor adventure.

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Other Good Options This Month

Click on any of the destinations below to find out why March is a good time to go.

North America and Caribbean

Alaska: winter activities

California: Anza-Borrego Desert

California: Yosemite National Park

Canada: British Columbia spring skiing

Hawaii: Oahu whale-watching

Mexico City

Virginia: Colonial Williamsburg

Washington, D.C.

 

Central and South America

Brazil: Salvador and Trancoso

Colombia: Bogota

Panama

Patagonia

 

Europe

Portugal: Algarve’s almond blossom

 

Africa and Middle East

Dubai

Israel

Morocco: Marrakech and the Atlas Mountains

Oman

 

Click to The Countries That Are Open to U.S. Travelers to find out whether these places have reopened. 

Asia and Pacific

India: Agra and the Taj Mahal

India: Mumbai

India: wildlife parks and Himalaya hiking

Myanmar

Nepal

New Zealand

Sri Lanka

Seychelles

 

 

 

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2 Comments

  1. Constance Streitz

    When would you suggest traveling to Egypt as well as Israel? We want to do the Nile. Is it better to go first to Egypt or to Israel. We are Senior Citizens. Thanks Connie

    1. Brook Wilkinson Post author

      Hi Constance,
      You’ll find info on the best times to travel in our Insider’s Guides to destinations all around the world. Here are links for Egypt and Israel:

      Insider’s Guide to Egypt: https://www.wendyperrin.com/?destination=egypt-travel-guide-jim-berkeley

      Insider’s Guide to Israel: https://www.wendyperrin.com/?destination=israel-travel-guide-joe-yudin

      We also offer personalized trip recommendations to travelers who fill out our Ask Wendy questionnaire: https://www.wendyperrin.com/ask-wendy-question/

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