A lot of people only think about traveling in the summer months, but if you can find the time it’s worth exploring the world at different times of the year. You don’t want to be caught in a monsoon in Southeast Asia, or go on safari when the animals aren’t nearly as in abundance. Maximize your fun by seeing destinations in all their glory.
Here is a list of amazing places around the world that are in their prime in March.
1. Playa Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
This is easily one of our favorite beaches in the entire world. Manuel Antonio is a small village situated on the west coast of Costa Rica, and inside the gates of its national park sits a stunning beach. You’ll need to line up early in the morning to get in, but March is nearing the end of peak season so you’ll be in good shape to get in. We love that they limit their daily numbers – it keeps the park and the beach itself pristine.
2. Sa Pa, Vietnam
Vietnam can be a tricky place to visit, as it’s North and South have different rainy seasons. March is a great month to visit Northern Vietnam and avoid the rain. You’ll want to pay extra attention to the weather in Sa Pa, a fantastic place for hiking where it’s best to remain as dry as possible.
3. Kyoto, Japan
While Tokyo is everything you think of when you consider modern Japan, with bustling streets and neon lights, Kyoto is what you’d imagine a more traditional Japan to look like. The weather is temperate here, making March, April, and May all great months to visit – though March may be the least busy. When you visit, be sure to check out these 8 places in Japan. Nara and Osaka can both be added on as day trips from Kyoto.
4. San Blas Islands, Panama
It’s best to visit Panama during its dry season, which happens to be quite short, falling between December and March. This minimizes your chances of rain when you visit the San Blas Islands, a chain of pristine tropical islands that are sure to impress. It’s off the radar of most travelers and is a bit rugged, but that’s what we love about the islands. Plan to stay for at least a couple of days.
5. Jodhpur, India
Nicknamed “The Blue City”, Jodhpur is stunning. The fort that overlooks the city, Mehrangarh Fort, is extremely daunting and one of the largest in all of India. The markets are busy, the food is delicious, and the weather will just be starting to heat up in March. We prefer Jodhpur closer to the beginning of March as opposed to the end – the temperature gets hot quickly in India!
6. The Forbidden City, Beijing, China
The Forbidden City is huge, and you should expect to do a lot of walking around Beijing in general. That’s why we recommend you visit during a more temperate month like March. Visiting in the Summer is simply sweltering, and the winters are quite cold. When you get outside the city, the colors are also nice this time of year.
7. Koh Tao, Thailand
March is a great time of year to visit this amazing island, with sunlight being maximized throughout the day (more time to scuba dive!) and temperatures coming in at around 85 degrees Fahrenheit. April is the hottest month of the year, so you’ll be reaching the peak of the heat, but hey! You’re in Thailand, heat on the beach is good with us.
8. Angkor Wat, Cambodia
There’s less heat, but more tourists between November and March, which is why we recommend visiting on the bookends of the busy season. March is the perfect time to visit to minimize tourists and heat. You’re going to be walking a ton, so it’s best to avoid the rainy season which falls between June and September.