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The best warm-weather destinations for a holiday in March

March is a great time to plan a trip. Not only will you be beating the crowds looking for spring and Easter holidays in April, but you're also setting yourself up for finding some seriously cheap holiday deals.

March is also when the weather starts to get a lot milder in destinations closer to home. But, no matter which exciting destination you're after or which type of trip you'd like to book, there's plenty for everyone in March.

Now that the weather's improving, why not book a city break somewhere in Europe? If you'd like a bigger adventure and don't mind going long haul, you could head out on a beach holiday somewhere exotic or tick off a bucket list experience in America or Asia. Check out our top recommendations for the best destinations to visit during a March holiday.

The best warm-weather destinations for a sunny March holiday

March is a great time of year to head off on a well-deserved holiday. Not only is the UK's long winter almost officially over, you can start to see the first signs of spring too. You might be feeling like it's the right time to reacquaint yourself with how great hot weather can be. The solution? Book a sunny March getaway.

Luckily, there are a lot of warm-weather destinations to choose from in March. In Europe, the Canary Islands are a reliable option for consistently pleasant weather. Further afield, the Dominican Republic and Vietnam are top choices for a sunny holiday in March.

So, if it's warm weather you're after, here are some of our favourite hot destinations to visit in March.

1. Cape Verde

🌡️ Average temperature in March: 22°C

Only a six-hour flight away, Cape Verde is a great choice for a sunny holiday towards the end of March. Stay in Santa Maria on Sal island, and you’ll enjoy daily highs of up to 24°C. It’s also less windy at this time of year, so you can relax on one of the large sandy beaches, go swimming in the sea or even try out one of the many different watersports on offer.

2. Dominican Republic

🌡️ Average temperature in March: 25°C

With highs of up to 30°C, this beautiful Caribbean country is a great destination to visit in March. Stay in Punta Cana's Bavaro for sun, sea and some truly stunning beaches. When you want to explore, head to the rainforest, eat some of the excellent local food, visit historical Higuey or simply stay on the beach - there’s 50 miles of it here!

3. Jordan

🌡️ Average temperature in March: 20°C

March is considered to be Jordan's low season, which makes it a great cheaper option for a holiday at this time of year. Head for the historical city of Aqaba, located on the Red Sea's Gulf of Aqaba, where you can expect average daily highs of 27°C. This pleasant weather will help you make the most of the excellent beachside resorts on offer in this part of the country.

4. Canary Islands

🌡️ Average temperature in March: 18°C

It's hard to pick just one of the beautiful Canary Islands, but Tenerife is one of the most popular - and it's a good choice if you’re looking for a cheap but warm getaway in March. With a flight of just over four hours, Playa de las Americas is the largest holiday resort, with an average temperature of around 22°C in March and plenty of sunshine.

5. Vietnam

🌡️ Average temperature in March: 28°C

Depending on which part of Vietnam you'd like to visit, the temperature can get as high as 34°C in March, with plenty of sunshine throughout the day. Geographically, Vietnam is a long country, which means that the weather can really vary from place to place. During March, we'd recommend splitting your time between Ho Chi Minh City and one of the many beach resort areas nearby.

6. Australia

🌡️ Average temperature in March: 30°C

For an alternative Australian adventure, take a trip to Perth for a hot holiday in March. For one, flights are often cheaper and, secondly, the weather will be hot and dry, with temperatures hovering between 25 and 35°C. Hire a car and visit the famed vineyards of Margaret River, a must-do for any wine enthusiast. Then take a ferry trip to Rottnest Island for a selfie with the many cute quokkas that live here.

7. Dubai

🌡️ Average temperature in March: 30°C

Thanks to its consistently hot and dry weather, along with an average temperature of about 30°C, March is one of the best times to visit Dubai. Be warned - it's a popular time to be in this ultra-modern city, so make sure that you book ahead for the best prices. Take in the top attractions like the Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall, before heading out of the city for your very own desert adventure.

8. Miami, Florida

🌡️ Average temperature in March: 24°C

There's plenty of warm weather to be had across much of the USA during the month of March, but Miami, Florida, is the place to be for some guaranteed sunshine - and a whole lot of fun. You can expect temperatures to be in the mid- to high-20s°C. Stay in Miami Beach to enjoy incredible restaurants, the hottest nightlife and, of course, daily swims in the ocean, which is a balmy 24°C in March.

The best bucket-list destinations for an unforgettable March holiday

Feel like making March a month to remember? Take advantage of this relatively quiet part of year by going all out and booking a dream destination.

While everyone's bucket list is different - for some it's all about luxury while others seek pure adventure - there are a number of incredible destinations just waiting to be discovered. And, for many reasons, March is the ideal time to do so.

Here are four bucket-list-worthy destinations to consider for your holiday in March.

Canary Islands

Yes, we've mentioned these islands already, but why not take a trip that's long enough to fully explore the seven main islands of this Spanish archipelago? If you’re looking for sunny days, balmy weather and cool, strollable nights, then the Canary Islands will be everything you've hoped for - and more.

Located off Africa’s northwestern coast, each Canary Island boasts its own unique flavour. From the long, caramel-coloured beaches of Gran Canaria to the kitesurfing paradise of Fuerteventura, there’s something for everyone here.

If you only have time for one: it has to be Lanzarote. Although you’ll find warmer weather on Tenerife or Gran Canaria, Lanzarote has otherworldly volcanic cones, unsullied coastline and plentiful hiking and outdoor opportunities.

Kathmandu

March marks the beginning of Nepal's spring season, making it an ideal time for a hiking trip. Although you may think that this is the time to explore the famous alpine routes like the trail to Everest Base Camp, keep in mind that you'll still face increasingly chilly weather as you rise in elevation.

Your best bet? Enjoy the lovely, temperate days, breezy nights, plant life in bloom and fewer crowds by picking a less-frequented trail that has no significant changes in elevation.

One such walk is the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek. This five-day excursion includes beautiful vistas and bright rhododendrons in bloom. By opting for this walk, you can still get your fill of springtime hiking but with plenty of downtime in Kathmandu.

Dublin

Take advantage of off-season flights by taking a trip to Dublin, the Irish capital. Dublin has all the swanky eateries, top-tier bars, fascinating museums and stunning old-world architecture that you'd expect from a large European city - but all with the charm of a small town. Whether you'd like to surround yourself with historical splendour in Trinity College Library or try your first pint of Guinness in a hole-in-the-wall pub, there’s plenty to do in Dublin.

If you want to get into the swing of things, time your visit with Saint Patrick’s Day festivities in the middle of March. Also make sure that you take a day trip or two to nearby destinations like Giant’s Causeway, the Cliffs of Moher and Blarney Castle.

Jordan

Oppressively hot summers and bitterly cold winters may plague Jordan, but spring is where this country truly shines. Start in Amman, where you can stroll the streets and try melt-in-your-mouth baklava from local souks as you make your way to the Roman Amphitheatre. Then travel south, stopping for a dip in the Dead Sea, to make your way down to the ancient city of Petra and the desert of Wadi Rum.

In Petra, pass through the narrow rock walls of Al Siq to reach the impressive facade at the city’s entrance (return at dusk to see the entrance aglow with thousands of candles, a nightly ritual). On your trip to Wadi Rum, book an overnight stay in a luxury glamping tent to take in a night sky rich with stars.