There’s no use trying to save your vacation. It’s time to get out of the office. Here are the best places to travel in March.
If spotting the elusive African wild dog is on your list, head to South Luangwa National Park in March when your chances of seeing one is greatest. The South Luangwa National Park is one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries on earth, and because it is relatively more difficult to get to than some of its neighboring destinations, it hosts very few visitors. You can be sure, a safari in Zambia during the green season will be memorable, with incredible sightings, and hardly any people around except those in your vehicle to share it with.
Every spring, the streets of Reykjavik fill with design for the epic DesignMarch festival. From fashion to furniture, architecture to food design, the festival showcases the best of Iceland’s impressive local design scene alongside renowned international names. Taking place from March 15th to the 18th, the DesignMarch scene promises to be small and intimate, allowing travelers to rub shoulders with both local and visiting designers.
March is one of the best months to visit Egypt. It’s shoulder season, when temperatures are pleasant, but there aren’t quite as many crowds at the major sites in Egypt. The ancient country has much to see – from the Red Sea where to you can sunbath and scuba dive, to the ancient temples and monuments along the Nile, and the unchanged culture of the Siwa Oasis. The best way to see it all is with Ker & Downey and our incredible private Egyptologists that uncover a world of history with you.
March is a great time to travel to the southern Chinese countryside, where spring flowers are beginning to bloom and the country is sloughing off the winter weather. In the Yunnan province, you can expect pleasant temperatures in the 70’s – ideal for hikes through the diverse and stunningly beautiful countryside.
Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
March is the heart of the Costa Rican dry season. We suggest taking the Spring Break vacation in a place where children and adults alike can benefit from both beach and rainforest activities. There are countless ways to experience the great outdoors in the Manuel Antonio area: horseback riding, kayaking, white water rafting, surfing, sailing, zip lining, and even jungle excursions to see its many monkeys, sloths, and tropical birds. From learning how to make fresh corn tortillas with a local senora to planting a tree in a nearby rainforest project, there are so many ways to make your trip one to remember.
Valparaiso is like a giant secret – South Americans know it, but it’s off the map for international tourists. In its heyday, Valparaiso was the richest, most luxurious port city in South America, but with the building of the Panama Canal in the early 1900’s, Valparaiso was nearly forgotten. Until now. The 42 hills of Valparaiso crash down into the sea – similar to Cinque Terre, but larger, and with much colorful, narrower streets. We recommend visiting Valparaiso in March when the weather is mild and the Casablanca Wine Valley – Chile’s fastest growing wine region next door – provides optimal day trips for grape harvests and wine festivals.
For photographers, green season is a special time in bush. But that goes for the desert too, where late summer rains bring dark rain clouds that contrast nicely with desert soils and a profusion of flowers and wildlife. It’s a special time in the desert when migratory birds arrive and springbok lambs are born, causing predators to gravitate to the herds for an easy kill. There are also less visitors in green season than there are in the high season, so your Namibia safari will be intimate.
Let’s face it, March is still pretty cold for much of the United States. Skip out on a few weeks of winter and travel to the far-flung islands of the Philippines. Its 7,000 blue-rimmed islands are welcoming and laid-back and temperatures are optimal for a March getaway. It can get crowded around Easter though, so make sure to plan early!
Holi in India in March is a fun colorful festival with locals throwing vibrant power and water over everyone, holding fun parties and dancing under water sprinkles. It’s a carefree festival that’s great fun to participate in, and where you’ll be sure to get wet and dirty – dress accordingly!
Though the weather is still cold, it’s a good month for Uzbekistan as the country celebrates the arrival of spring with their new year Navruz. This holiday brings on cultural performances of musicians and dancers in colorful outfits along with lively festivities – it’s a happy festive event, like Christmas. It’s also a beautiful time to explore its rich history and architecture.
See a sea of pink flamingos at the Celestun Biosphere. Due to the unique eco-system of a combination of fresh water from the estuary and salt water from the Gulf of Mexico, more than 200 species of birds flock to the area which has become famous for their large colonies of bright pink flamingos, which are out in full force come the month of March.
The Obidos Chocolate Festival takes place in Obidos every March and would be a fascinating day trip from Lisbon for anyone with a sweet tooth.