Best holiday destinations for March including where it’s hot and sunny

When you're not tied to the school holidays, March can be a brilliant time to go on holiday.

For a start, there are still heaps of winter sun destinations where you can enjoy hot and sunny weather, whether you want to flop down on a beach or spend a week or two exploring a new destination.

Meanwhile, those who prefer the cold winter weather can still find some great hotspots for skiing, as the season isn't quite over yet.

Then there's the lack of bank holidays or school breaks, which often means it can be a great time to find deals.

To give you a helping hand, we've put together a guide to the best holiday destinations for March – as well as tips for bagging a bargain.

Check out our guide below…

Where is hot in March?

1. The Caribbean

March is one of the best months to visit the Caribbean; the weather is hot and sunny but with a light breeze, with average daily temperatures around 28C.

Basically, ideal conditions whether you want to make the most of those ridiculously beautiful Caribbean beaches or explore the islands' rich cultures, charming towns and historic landmarks.

As it's peak season you're unlikely to find huge deals, but that doesn't mean there aren't bargains to be found – to give you a helping hand, we've put together a guide to cheap Caribbean breaks.

You may also want to bookmark our Caribbean page which includes all the latest news, destination guides and deals that we think are worth being on your radar.

2. Bali

Bali has average daily temperatures of around 27C in March and the weather is usually dry, so it's the ideal time to go and explore what the Indonesian hotspot has to offer.

After all, the island offers heaps of amazing things to visit, a plethora of picture-perfect beaches for those lazy days, and of course, it's home to some of the world's most incredible temples.

TUI can be a good source for Bali holidays with prices from £769pp, while has a good selection of late deals if you're feeling spontaneous. 

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3. Dubai

Dubai has average temperatures up to 29C in March – but it's still much cooler than the heatwave that hits during the summer months.

In fact, the winter months tend to be some of the best times to visit if you're after the sunshine without the overbearing heat, especially if you're planning to explore the city's highlights and beaches.

Check out our Dubai city guide with plenty of top tips on the best attractions, restaurants and general travel tips not to miss.

On a budget?

We've picked out Dubai's best cheap hotels, but if you're after packages then TravelSupermarket currently has late deals for March with Dubai holidays from £390pp, while British Airways has Dubai breaks from £394pp as well as more offers throughout the year.

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4. Cape Verde

Cape Verde has everything you need for a beach holiday with plenty to explore.

From Sal Island to Santa Maria there are heaps of beautiful locations, and the average temperatures of 25C in March can make for ideal sightseeing conditions.

Intrepid explorers will be spoiled for choice thanks to the charming seaside towns, fascinating salt mines, breathtaking lagoons and bustling resorts.

There are heaps of postcard-worthy beaches, and for the more adventurous, you can find plenty of sports including kite-surfing.

LoveHolidays has Cape Verde breaks from £326pp, but if it is an all-inclusive you're after then you may want to check out First Choice's Cape Verde holidays too.

5. Thailand

If Thailand has always been your bucket list, then March could be one of the best times to go.

For a start you won't be battling the school holiday crowds to be found in the likes of October half term or the Christmas breaks, but you'll still get plenty of sunshine and balmy temperatures.

There's so much to see and do in Thailand if you're after an itinerary packed with adventure, but if you do want to have a lazy day there are some incredible beaches too.

Mercury Holidays can be a great source for Thailand getaways, offering everything from all-inclusive getaways to tours of some of the country's best highlights.

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6. Morocco

If you're not a huge beach fan but you're after a city break in the sunshine, Morocco delivers.

For a start there's Marrakech which has heaps of brilliant things to visit, while the country's world-famous Blue City is a must visit if you're looking for a city break with a difference.

Average temperatures in March tend to be around 22C, making for ideal conditions if you're going to be out and about exploring during the day, especially compared to the overwhelming hot temperatures during the summer months.

If you can be flexible with your date of departure, TravelSupermarket can be a good source for finding cheap Morocco breaks from £312pp.

7. Vietnam

Vietnam is packed with vibrant cities, beautiful temples and paradise-esque islands, and March's balmy temperatures can make for a dreamy scenario to explore them all.

It's hot enough that you can make the most of the beaches, but not so hot that a day spent sightseeing can feel a little daunting.

With some much to visit the choice can be a little overwhelming, so we've put together a guide to the best things to see and do in Vietnam to give you a helping hand.

Looking for a bit of an adventure? Responsible Travel and Intrepid Travel offer up some brilliant tour that let you immerse yourself in the country's culture and history.

8. Valencia

March brings average daily temperatures of 19C so it's not particularly hot, but the weather does tend to be dry and sunny, not to mention Valencia makes for a picturesque city break. (Oh, and you won't face the peak summer crowds when the school holidays are in full swing).

There's plenty to explore in the port city, with highlights including the Valencia Cathedral, El Miguelete bell tower and the City of the Arts and Sciences. You can also check out more of Valencia's top attractions on TripAdvisor.

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9. Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka's temperatures in March tend to be around 25C-30C, which works well if you're planning to do plenty of sightseeing but also want some days to relax on the breathtaking beaches.

There's so much to see and do too whether you're heading to the ancient citadel of Sigiriya, keeping an eye out for exotic wildlife in Udawalawe National Park, or visiting iconic temples such as the Dambulla Cave Temple and the Temple of the Tooth.

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10. The Canary Islands

The Canary Islands tend to offer year-round sunshine, and in March you can enjoy daily average temperatures of around 20C.

It may not be quite hot enough to lounge on the beaches, but each island boasts plenty more to explore thanks to the varied landscapes, historic landmarks and attractions including theme parks.

Our Canary Islands guide has top tips on how to choose the right island for your holiday, but we've also got individual guides to some of the most popular islands including Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura.

Ski holidays

Not fussed about hot and sunny weather, and dreaming of the slopes instead? March can still be a good time for skiing, although it is nearing the end of the season so you may want to head to higher resorts for a better chance of snow.

Some popular resorts for March include Courchevel and Alpe d'Huez in France, Zermatt in Switzerland, and Solden and St Anton in Austria.

You should still get good conditions for hitting the slopes, but prepare for the occasional warmer day too!

As for skiing on a budget? We've got a guide for finding cheap ski holidays.

Can't pick one destination, or want to do a wider trip that encompasses a few different winter sun hotspots?

A cruise could be the answer, and can make for great value if you're looking at destinations such as the Caribbean, as your accommodation, entertainment, destinations and transport are all covered (and in most cases, your food and drink too).

It's also worth keeping an eye out for taster cruises if you're thinking of going away on a mini break or long weekend – it can be a great way to do some sightseeing, and decide if a longer cruise is right for you!

Mirror Cruise can also be a great source for last minute discounted holidays and these often include extra perks such as free cabin upgrades and drinks packages. 

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