10 Best Places to Visit in March (IN THE WORLD)

Looking for the best places to visit in March? We got you covered! Whether you’re after beach weather or some skiing in the mountains there are a lot of amazing destinations to travel in March.

March can be a great time to travel as it’s low season in many places around the world. That is, unless, you hit somewhere popular on college spring break. However, most elementary schools are still in school and there are no notable holidays in March, meaning crowds can be lower.

Read on to check out a few of our favorite places to travel in March!


The Best Places to Travel in March!


The Galapagos


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The Galapagos is the ultimate bucket list-worthy travel experience. The amount of wildlife you can see on the relatively untouched islands is amazing. That’s just what’s on land as when you step off the gorgeous islands you’ll find deep blue Pacific water abundant in marine life.

It’s a place unlike any other on earth and it’s easy to understand how the islands provided inspiration for Charles Darwin. March falls in between the countries’ warm and wet season. The warm season means higher precipitation, lush vegetation, warmer temperatures, and vibrant sunsets. It’s a great time to visit, though the Galapagos wildlife can be seen year round.

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Costa Rica


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One of the most amazing natural destinations in the world Costa Rica is also a green powerhouse. It was the first country to go a full year on 100% renewable energy and still operate at around 99%. The country has made a clear prioritization to preserve its natural habitats with large swaths of the country protected wilderness zones or national parks. As home to some of the world’s lungs with rainforest

With cheap and direct flights from the US, a plethora of wildlife, stunning coastline, and pristine jungle it’s no wonder Costa Rica has become a hot travel destination in the last decade. We too were transfixed on beautiful images of the country and knew that it was time to make the trip.

March is the perfect month for visiting Costa Rica for good weather. March brings sunny days on both the Caribbean and Pacific Coasts of the country, and is still very much the dry season (or what locals call verano, which means ‘summer’).

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Jordan


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March in Jordan means springtime! This is when you will see Jordan’s valleys become (more) lush with greenery, and wildflowers begin to open around the place.

The cold, chilly days of winter are behind Jordan at this time of year. Temperatures are around 16°C in Amman, and ancient Petra is around 18°C; the most famous sights of Jordan are relatively quiet, with far fewer tourists than you’ll see later in the year. The Dead Sea is really starting to warm up, with daytime temperatures pushing 26°C, which is perfect for when you make your way there. Jordan really is one of the best destinations to travel in March.

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Sri Lanka


Head to the vibrant island nation of Sri Lanka for a heavy dose of culture, food, beaches, jungles, and history. March is a beautiful month to visit Sri Lanka as it falls right between the country’s two rainy seasons and temperatures are warm with an average daily temperature around 27°C or 81°F. Sri Lanka is well known for its hospitable people, tasty food, and unique landscapes.

A very popular time to go to Sri Lanka, March sees some pretty fantastic weather. With nine hours of sunshine per day, it’s the last month before rainy season starts – and it’s also the peak season for visitors. Humidity levels, however, begin to soar towards the end of the month as temperatures hit 30°C across the island. Another great month for hitting the beach, the sea is a pretty blissful 29°C. Kite surfing is good at this time of year, particularly on the northwest beaches of Kalpitiya. Want to escape the heat? Kandy is still pretty cool by comparison.

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Maldives


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The series of coral atolls spread across the Indian Ocean is an enticing getaway with white sand beaches, turquoise water, and tropical weather. The water here is home to an abundance of marine life so diverse that snorkelers can rejoice in close encounters with rays, sharks, whales, and a dizzying number of fishes. To make it only better some of the world’s most luxurious resorts in the world sit on top of these atolls with indulgent water villas and beach bungalows.

March is still very much in the dry season in the Maldives. March is actually the hottest month of the year. Temperatures are in the low 30s, and the sea remains at a very warm 29°C. Even temperatures at night time rarely dip below 27°C. BUT there’s barely any rain, with on average seven rainy days in March in the Maldives.

Though hot, it’s an excellent time to get out and about. Hike around the islands, go diving, it’s all good. Just make sure you cover up when the sun’s at its hottest, wear plenty of sunscreen, and stay hydrated.

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Philippines


The dry season in the Philippines begins in December and runs to May, making March a great time to visit the Philippines. With little rainfall, blue skies, and warm weather you can really have a great beach vacation here during March.

The only downside is the high temperatures and long days, so make sure to pack sunscreen and a hat to keep the sun off your face.

Diving, however, is fantastic during March, and if you’re a surfer consider heading to the stunning island of Siargao.

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The Canadian Rockies


It’s impossible to write this list of the best places to visit in March and not mention our beautiful home. The Canadian Rockies are stunning year-round, but they are great to visit in March if you are into skiing or snowboarding.

While March may bring about warmer conditions and spring skiing in many other destinations, things are just getting started in the Rockies. March brings consistent snowfall still, and it’s still very cold. That’s a good thing though – we don’t want our precious snow to melt from warm temperatures!

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Idaho


Silver Mountain Idaho

If you’re seeking a winter destination in March consider the US state of Idaho. Most people look at Colorado or Whistler when they are thinking about a ski or snowboard holiday, but Idaho is where it’s at.

Seriously, when we traveled to Idaho looking for some great ski resorts we had no idea what to expect. Little did we know we were about to get some of our best powder days of the season in Northern Idaho. The best part? Almost no crowds! Since so many people head to the more popular ski resorts in North America the Idaho groomers were generally crowd free!

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Hawaii


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Of course, it’s Hawaii, so it’s always amazing. Whether it be Oahu, Big Island, Maui, Lānaʻi, or the other islands you’re bound to have a good time. The weather patterns are similar throughout and one of the best times to visit is March.

Our favorite Hawaiian island is Kauai. There are so many things to do in Kauai, including a ton of free nature activities that it will be hard to ever get bored. Kauai is known for being one of the prettiest Hawaiian islands and the most laid back vibe of the four main islands. It’s perfect for those that want to step into nature and stretch their legs on a few hiking trails. March may be the high season, but it’s due to the tremendous weather you’re guaranteed. Get ready to plan your trip to Hawaii!

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Vietnam


Vietnam has so much to offer any traveler that ventures to it, and is a mix of chaos and calm from the contrasts of Hanoi to the mountainous regions of the Northern Highlands, to beautiful Ha Long Bay.

At one moment you could find yourself cruising through the endless creeks and rivers of The Mekong Delta and the next, sitting beachside at Hue or Nha Trang.

At first glance, Vietnam might seem to be a place of constant activity but if you go to the right places, you will find the most magnificent vistas, people, food, and a peaceful way of life.

March is the start of Vietnam’s spring season. If you get yourself into the northern countryside you’ll be rewarded with flowers in full bloom and beautiful colors!

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We don’t travel without travel insurance and neither should you. You never know what can happen in a foreign country and it’s best to be prepared. World Nomads provides good short term coverage

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Hiking/Daypack Backpack

You’re going to need something to carry your belongings in while you’re traveling around Italy. Even if you’re not doing extensive hikes you need at least something small for day trips. My favorite daypacks are from REI.

See our favorite hiking backpacks here!


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Sunglasses

Make sure to protect your eyes from the sun in Italy. There are a lot of options for sunglasses and everyone should own at least a pair. It’s best to make sure they do have UV protection for the health of your eyes.

We made our first investment in quality polarized sunglasses with a pair of SMITH Optics Lowdown 2. Truthfully, not everyone needs to invest $150 in a pair of sunglasses, but they do make a huge difference from the crappy $10 ones.

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Sunscreen

Skin cancer is for real, even in Italy! Don’t forget your SPF when traveling around Italy. We recommend ordering some online before leaving the house as you will need it underneath the sun in the summer.

We highly recommend getting an eco friendly sun cream that does not contain harmful chemicals.

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Travel Shoes

If you’re wondering what travel necessities to bring to Italy then good walking shoes should be your top concern.

I love my Merrell Moab Ventilators and Allbirds for travel, I’ve been going strong in them for two years! Check out my other recommendations on women’s shoes, and the best men’s travel shoes.

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Best Down Jackets
Down Jacket

I ALWAYS have a down jacket with me when I’m traveling in the winter, fall, or even spring, even in Italy. They aren’t just good for hikes, but doing anything outside. Mine came in particularly useful in the Dolomites.

Down jackets pack up light and small so there is no reason NOT to have one in your bag. Seriously it could save your life in a bad situation. We wrote a whole post on our favorites (hint –Feathered Friends, Arc’Teryx Cerium LT Hooded JacketPatagonia Down SweaterREI Coop Down Jacket)

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Kindle Paperwhite

I love real books, but for traveling it can be easier to carry a lighter and more compact item like a Kindle. Plus, then you can download new books on the go!

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Best Travel Water Bottles
Waterbottle

Please consider purchasing a travel water bottle before your trip! We hate to see one time use plastic bottles ending up in the ocean. The tap water is so good here – seriously please don’t be one of those tourist that buys plastic water bottles in Italy. It’s a waste of money and plastic!

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Delsey 24″ Spinner

Delsey makes my favorite hard side luggage and after five years of travel around the world, they have yet to let me down. Plus their bags look incredibly stylish, which is essential in countries like Italy. Many of their bags have heavy duty wheels, TSA accepted locks and two full packing compartments with tie-down straps and a zippered divider. If you want something different, check out our other favorite carry on luggage pieces.

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Best Travel Towel - REI Micro Lite towel
Travel Towel

Most hotels will provide you with a towel, but they often aren’t suitable or allowed on the beaches. I like to travel with a microfiber towel because they are light and fold up small, and they also don’t cling on to sand our dirt. Here are a few of our favorite travel towels.

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Natasha is a five-foot blonde that believes she was made short so she could fit in air, train, car, and bus seats comfortably. She believes in watching every single movie nominated for an Oscar and loves all animals. Natasha has a passion for environmentally friendly and sustainable travel. Natasha recently made a move to Canada and resides near Banff National Park in Alberta and loves new adventures in the mountains. Natasha's favorite countries are Italy, Iceland, Greece, Japan, Mozambique, and South Africa.

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