Craving a getaway but not quite sure where to go? Here are 10 wanderlust-worthy vacation ideas to put on your radar for March.
Escape the last days of winter in Tulum, where you’ll find near-perfect temperatures — high 70’s and low 80s — all month long. The coastal Caribbean town has a number of chic properties that’ll suit just about any type of traveler: couples should head to , a romantic hideaway with suites nestled in the tropical jungle; design lovers will adore ; and eco-conscious visitors should book a room at . The food scene in Tulum is arguably one of its greatest selling points, with standout restaurants like the always-buzzy (reservations open a month in advance) and Posada Margherita (Italian food that’ll blow your mind—we promise.) Spend the afternoon at the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve or the , and then cap things off with a spicy mezcal cocktail at .
The Chedi Muscat
This tiny Middle Eastern country isn’t widely known amongst American travelers, but wealthy Europeans (Prince Harry included) have considered it a secret hideaway for years. Oman is ostensibly the anti-Dubai: rather than glitzy skyscrapers, you’ll find charming 17th century villages that appear to be frozen in time, and a stunning landscape comprised of deserts, mountain ranges, and beaches — all in close proximity to the capital city Muscat. With unmatched hospitality, spectacular luxury hotels (like , , and or in Jabal Akhdar) and a rich culture unlike anything else in the region, Oman truly lives up to its nickname as the Pearl of Arabia. March is a particularly perfect time to go, as it falls just after the winter rush and just before the oppressive summer humidity. The best way to experience the country is through a travel company like . (We recommend requesting Naheed, one of their top local guides.)
"The first half of March is an ideal time to visit Patagonia, Chile. It’s the tail end of their summer, tourism is slowing down just a bit and the weather is only just beginning to change," recommends Tamara Lohan, the founder of travel club . "
The Caribbean island’s tourism heyday was undoubtedly at its peak in the 80s, but lately, it seems Bermuda is making something of a comeback. Last year saw the opening of The Loren, a boutique property that was Bermuda's first new hotel in a decade, and several other properties — like The Hamilton Princess — underwent major renovations . Though it won’t quite be warm enough to swim in March, the weather is still pleasant for beach trips and ideal for golfers. Plus, you’ll find great deals on rooms at the top hotels, since March falls just before peak season.
Epicureans should head to Carmel-by-the-Sea in March for , a “foodie extravaganza” featuring parties, cooking demos, wine tastings, wine dinners, and other experiences featuring top chefs from around the world. Beyond the event, which takes place the weekend of March 15, there’s plenty to do in the one-square-mile village all month long. The is a highlight: spend the day visiting tasting rooms with your “wine passport” in hand, which, for $100, entitles you to a 1oz pour at up to 10 locations in town. (Ask nicely, and they’ll usually top you off should you discover a bottle you love.) If you’re still standing by sunset, for dinner.
For a culturally rich vacation, consider India. "March is the very end of the dry season in India and also marks the start of Holi, the Hindu holiday that celebrates the beginning of spring," says Lohan. "It’s also known as the festival of colors so a very vibrant time to visit the cities and towns in India." Lohan recommends staying at The Lodhi, which offers a tranquil escape in the middle of Delhi’s festivities.
Head to Ireland’s capital for the ultimate bucket list experience in mid-March: St. Patrick’s Day. The city comes to life with a five-day festival that kicks off on Thursday, March 15. On Saturday, March 17, central Dublin’s Temple Bar neighborhood plays host to the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade—a decidedly raucous event complete with costumes, overflowing pints, and packed pubs. While you’re in town, pay homage to Irish tradition by visiting the and . For those who prefer a quieter trip, book a room at The K Club’s , a 19th century chateau-style villa just 30 minutes outside the city.
Gaia River Lodge
"Peak season in the Caribbean means many islands are almost entirely booked up, but Belize has still remained somewhat under the radar for easy beach getaways from the US," says Lohan. "The jungle/beach combo trip at
“It’s both a modern and eclectic city boasting high-end dining and shopping, as well as colorful souqs and adventurous excursions,” says Tom Stein, Vice President of , who adds that AmEx has seen a 79% increase in bookings for March and April this year. Stein suggests checking out the , which takes place from March 23 until April 8, as well as , a manmade island located off the West Bay coast that’s often referred to as the Arabian Riviera. “Plus, right outside the city, travelers can experience unique adventures such as sandboarding, camel rides, and explore the Ras Abrouq Rock Formations,” he adds.
If you’re on the hunt for a winter wonderland, look no further than the Canadian Rockies, where snowfall reaches its peak in March. The best part? With average temperatures in the low 30s, you’ll be able to ski without freezing your face off. Book a room at the cozy in the heart of Banff National Park. The Relais & Chateaux property is home to a fantastic spa, crackling fireplaces, and indulgent après ski comfort food (like traditional Swiss fondue.)