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The Best Places To Go in March

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Craving a getaway but not quite sure where to go? Here are 10 wanderlust-worthy vacation ideas to put on your radar for March.

Tulum, Mexico


Escape the last days of winter in Tulum, where you’ll find near-perfect temperatures—high 70’s and low 80s—all month long. The coastal Caribbean town has a number of chic properties that’ll suit just about any type of traveler: couples should head to Be Tulum, a romantic hideaway with suites nestled in the tropical jungle; design lovers will adore Casa Malca; and eco-conscious visitors should book a room at Azulik. The food scene in Tulum is arguably one of its greatest selling points, with standout restaurants like the always-buzzy Hartwood (reservations open a month in advance) and Posada Margherita (Italian food that’ll blow your mind—we promise.) Spend the afternoon at the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve or the Mayan Ruins, and then cap things off with a spicy mezcal cocktail at Gitano.

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Oman


This tiny Middle Eastern country isn’t widely known amongst American travelers, but wealthy Europeans (Prince Harry included) have considered it a secret hideaway for years. Oman is ostensibly the anti-Dubai: rather than glitzy skyscrapers, you’ll find charming 17th century villages that appear to be frozen in time, and a stunning landscape comprised of deserts, mountain ranges, and beaches—all in close proximity to the capital city Muscat. With unmatched hospitality, spectacular luxury hotels (like The Chedi MuscatAl Bustan Palace, and Alila or Anantara in Jabal Akhdar) and a rich culture unlike anything else in the region, Oman truly lives up to its nickname as the Pearl of Arabia. March is a particularly perfect time to go, as it falls just after the winter rush and just before the oppressive summer humidity. The best way to experience the country is through a travel company like Mountain Travel Sobek. (We recommend requesting Naheed, one of their top local guides.)

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Patagonia, Chile


"The first half of March is an ideal time to visit Patagonia, Chile. It’s the tail end of their summer, tourism is slowing down just a bit and the weather is only just beginning to change," recommends Tamara Lohan, the founder of travel club Mr & Mrs Smith. "Tierra Patagonia, in the Torres del Paine National Park, is architecturally stunning and remote enough to make you feel like you’re at the edge of the world."

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Bermuda


The Caribbean island’s tourism heyday was undoubtedly at its peak in the 80s, but lately, it seems Bermuda is making something of a comeback. Last year saw the opening of The Loren, a boutique property that was Bermuda's first new hotel in a decade, and several other properties—like The Hamilton Princess—underwent major renovations in preparation for America’s Cup. Though it won’t quite be warm enough to swim in March, the weather is still pleasant for beach trips and ideal for golfers. Plus, you’ll find great deals on rooms at the top hotels, since March falls just before peak season.

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Carmel-by-the-Sea, California


Epicureans should head to Carmel-by-the-Sea in March for GourmetFest, a “foodie extravaganza” featuring parties, cooking demos, wine tastings, wine dinners, and other experiences featuring top Relais & Châteaux chefs from around the world. Beyond the event, which takes place the weekend of March 15, there’s plenty to do in the one-square-mile village all month long. The Carmel Wine Walk is a highlight: spend the day visiting tasting rooms with your “wine passport” in hand, which, for $100, entitles you to a 1oz pour at up to 10 locations in town. (Ask nicely, and they’ll usually top you off should you discover a bottle you love.) If you’re still standing by sunset, book a table at Clint Eastwood’s Mission Ranch for dinner.

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Delhi, India


For a culturally rich vacation, consider India. "March is the very end of the dry season in India and also marks the start of Holi, the Hindu holiday that celebrates the beginning of spring," says Lohan. "It’s also known as the festival of colors so a very vibrant time to visit the cities and towns in India." Lohan recommends staying at The Lodhi, which offers a tranquil escape in the middle of Delhi’s festivities.

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Dublin, Ireland


Head to Ireland’s capital for the ultimate bucket list experience in mid-March: St. Patrick’s Day. The city comes to life with a five-day festival that kicks off on Thursday, March 15. On Saturday, March 17, central Dublin’s Temple Bar neighborhood plays host to the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade—a decidedly raucous event complete with costumes, overflowing pints, and packed pubs. While you’re in town, pay homage to Irish tradition by visiting the Jameson Distillery and the Guinness Storehouse. For those who prefer a quieter trip, book a room at The K Club’s Straffan House, a 19th-century chateau-style villa just 30 minutes outside the city.

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Belize


"Peak season in the Caribbean means many islands are almost entirely booked up, but Belize has still remained somewhat under the radar for easy beach getaways from the US," says Lohan. "The jungle/beach combo trip at Gaia Riverlodge and Matachica is the perfect mix of adventure and flopping on the sand in the sun."

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Doha, Qatar


“It’s both a modern and eclectic city boasting high-end dining and shopping, as well as colorful souqs and adventurous excursions,” says Tom Stein, Vice President of American Express Travel, who adds that AmEx has seen a 79% increase in bookings for March and April this year. Stein suggests checking out the Qatar International Food Festival, which takes place from March 23 until April 8, as well as The Pearl-Qatar, a manmade island located off the West Bay coast that’s often referred to as the Arabian Riviera. “Plus, right outside the city, travelers can experience unique adventures such as sandboarding, camel rides, and explore the Ras Abrouq Rock Formations,” he adds.

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Lake Louise, Canada


If you’re on the hunt for a winter wonderland, look no further than the Canadian Rockies, where snowfall reaches its peak in March. The best part? With average temperatures in the low 30s, you’ll be able to ski without freezing your face off. Book a room at the cozy Post Hotel in the heart of Banff National Park. The Relais & Chateaux property is home to a fantastic spa, crackling fireplaces, and indulgent après ski comfort food (like traditional Swiss fondue.)

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This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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