March isn’t just for Spring Break anymore. With perfect, mild temperatures and an escape from the winter months, March vacations are some of our favorites. Not only is it off-season for a lot of cities, but you also won’t be forced into freezing temperatures or melting heat. From the Galapagos Islands to the Holi festival in Nepal, here
Galápagos Islands, Ecuador
You probably remember learning about the Galapagos Islands and Charles Darwin in your school days, but did you know 20% of its marine life is found nowhere else in the world? Located off the coast of Ecuador in South America, March is the perfect time to visit the Galapagos Islands. You’ll experience the local turtle-hatching season, brought back in 2015 after nearly a century due to predators. March vacations are also when you can expect perfect water temperatures and peak clarity if you’d like to do some diving, snorkeling or other water activities.
This group of islands, or archipelago, always experiences its most tropical weather during this time so don’t be discouraged if you find yourself in a short, heavy rainstorm. They usually clear up quickly as with most tropical weather! The islands also have a wide range of hotel options should you wish to stay away from the mainland. We recommend staying at the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel, also named one of National Geographic’s Unique Lodges of the World. Discover the island wildlife through their variety of activities such as scuba diving, biking and exploring the lava tunnels. This locale tops our list of the best places to vacation in March.
Not only is Valencia Spain’s third-largest city, but it’s also home to the Las Fallas festival. A list of the best places to vacation in March has to include the week-long celebration that honors San José, or St. Joseph. You’ll see beautiful paper-mâché statues (usually referencing celebrity or political news) that often take months to make before being burned on the final night. The explosive bonfire also includes parades, fireworks, and music to celebrate the end of the festival. Located on the eastern coast of Spain, Valencia is home to nearly two miles of beaches and known as the birthplace of paella. Don’t be afraid to eat this popular dish nearly every day during your visit – made up of rice, meat, vegetables, and seafood.
For March vacations, we recommend a stay at Hotel Las Arenas Balneario Resort, a five-star luxury hotel right on the water. Their elegant rooms and relaxing atmosphere are perfect for your March getaway. You can even treat yourself to a treatment at their historical Las Arenas Spa. The hotel’s central location also makes it perfect for exploring the local Valencia nightlife and extravagant shopping. Some of its nearby attractions include the Bioparc zoo, Mestalla Stadium, Valencia Marina and Las Arenas Beach – located just steps from your hotel room!
Springtime may be the absolute best time of year to visit Nepal. Just northeast of India, Nepal also has a variety of terrain. It’s home to Mount Everest, glacial lakes, and even the Holi festival. Each March, the country erupts in color with the annual Holi festival. Originally from India, this festival has now spread to several countries. It signifies the arrival of spring as well as the triumph of good over evil. You can also take advantage of Nepal’s dry weather to hike the local mountains and explore local villages.
We recommend staying at Dwarika’s Resort Dhulikhel, located near the heart of Nepal. This luxury hotel offers a variety of rooms ranging from royal to junior suites. Wake up to the beauty of Nepal and connect with the culture through yoga, cooking classes, meditation and more. You can also experience their “Wellbeing” packages at the on-site spa. Choose from body treatments, crystal healing, and even Chakra sound chambers. Dwarika’s Resort Dhulikhel was founded on a philosophy of respecting nature and the self. You can see this reflected in nearly every aspect of their accommodations and activities.
From the shores of Ecuador to the festivals of Spain, March is one of the best times of year to travel. Our list of the best places to vacation in March should jump start some ideas for your own trip. Start planning your March vacations and enjoy a little time away this spring. Looking to enjoy the outdoors a little more on your next getaway? Check out some of our favorite luxury camping destinations around the world!