Where to go on holiday in March 2017 for the best weather

Deciding where to on holiday in March 2017 might be slightly frustrating as you can see spring waiting in the wings but not quite ready to make its debut and open up options closer to home. That said, there are still a variety of places within easy reach that offer great holiday weather. March is also the final opportunity for a true winter sun holiday, not to mention a terrific time to getaway before crowds grow and prices soar.

Where to go on holiday in March 2017: top five destinations

Although the weather may be on the turn it's definitely not yet fully committed to spring, which can make deciding where to go on holiday in March a little confusing. For example, the Algarve, which is technically the sunniest destination in Europe at this time, would be an ambitious beach destination, while the often reliable coast of Dubai is still a little chilly for swimmers, and the winter haven of Thailand descends into seriously sweaty territory, with uncomfortable levels of heat and humidity.

So, where does this leave you when choosing where to go on holiday in March? Read on to discover our pick of five top destinations at this time of year:

Where to go on holiday in March for the best weather © Wonker - Flickr Creative Commons

1. Maldives

  • Flight time from London: 10 hours
  • Daily high: 31°C
  • Hours of sunshine: 9
  • Sea temperature: 29°C

This one is for heat seekers after somewhere to go on holiday in March for truly hot, tropical, beach conditions. With temperatures in the low thirties, very high heat and humidity, and extreme UV levels, the Maldives is as stunning as it is ferocious in March, so it's all about playing safe here.

Calm night in the Maldives © Ahmed Mahin Fayaz - Flickr Creative Commons

Days are largely sunny and long although as it's coming to the end of the dry season, you may well encounter the odd shower, but nothing that's likely to ruin your fun. You'll find some respite at night, when temperatures cool marginally, dipping to around 25°C, and sea breezes keep the air flowing. March is a great time to visit the Maldives as you get the best of both worlds: the heat from the impending wet season without the torrential rain, which starts in earnest in May.

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2. Marrakech, Morocco

  • Flight time from London: 4 hours
  • Daily high: 22°C
  • Hours of sunshine: 8

Spring is one of the best times of the year to visit Morocco, especially for those deciding where to go on holiday in March who are keen to get outdoors. Benefiting from the rains of winter but before the heat of summer kicks in, the land comes alive with new shoots and wild flowers aplenty, particularly in the regions of the Atlas Mountains.

March in the High Atlas, Morocco © Alexandre Baron - Flickr Creative Commons

Marrakech is a fabulous base for getting under the skin of this enchanting country. Make the most of the comfortable daytime temperatures with visits to historical sites such as the Ben Youssef Madrasa and the landscaped grounds of Jardin Majorelle, before taking a trip into the foothills to see the Ouzoud Falls or the picturesque village of Imlil in the high Atlas. Once more, just remember your layers as the temperature drop as low as 9°C in Marrakech by night, and even lower in the mountains.

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3. Miami, Florida, USA

  • Flight time from London: 10 hours
  • Daily high: 25°C
  • Hours of sunshine: 9
  • Sea temperature: 24°C

Miami in the Sunshine State of Florida is truly superb in springtime and definitely worth considering when deciding where to go on holiday in March. Days are long and largely clear, while day times are comfortable and warm. There's low heat and humidity, so it doesn't get sticky, and nighttimes remain pleasant at 18°C. There is a slim chance of encountering a shower or two but nothing that should put you off. The sea, which benefits from the passing gulf stream is also enjoyably warm.

Airboat on the Everglades, Florida © Eric Baker - Flickr Creative Commons

Go for the retro chic of this diverse city, where you'll find the art deco attractions of Ocean Drive rubbing shoulders with the bars and cafes of Little Havana, not to mention countless ways to have fun in the sun from swimming and surfing at Miami Beach to exploring the Everglades National Park.

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4. Grenada

  • Flight time from London: 12 to 14 hours
  • Daily high: 29°C
  • Hours of sunshine: 8
  • Sea temperature: 27°C

This is an easy win for those thinking about where to go on holiday in March for that idyllic beach break. Days are long and mainly sunny, with just a small chance of light rain even though March is still in the dry season. Temperatures are delightful, and the sea is perfect for snorkelling and swimming. The only danger comes with the UV which is extreme at this time, so just remember to slap on the SPF.

Beach at Hillsborough, Grenada © Jason Pratt - Flickr Creative Commons

Crucially, Grenada is less developed than some other Caribbean islands, so you won't find as many big resorts or bustling beaches - it's more about laid back guest houses and quiet bays. Then there's the rich rainforest which covers the majority of the island that's ripe for hikers and nature lovers. Grenada ticks so many boxes it really is a must when considering where to go on holiday in March.

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5. La Palma, Canary Islands

  • Flight time: 4.5 hours
  • Daily high: 16°C
  • Hours of sunshine: 6
  • Sea temperature: 19°C

La Palma is the fifth largest Canary Island, and much less popular in terms of the number of people who go there, which makes it a great option if you're looking for somewhere to go on holiday in March that's perhaps a little different. Weather wise, there is a hint of the tropical about La Palma, which is by far one of the cooler and greener islands.

Inside Taburiente National Park, La Palma © Nulinukas - Dreamstime.com

Days in March may not be hot but they offer sunshine and are free from heat and humidity. You could catch a shower or two so it's definitely worth packing some waterproofs, especially if you plan on exploring the island by bike or on foot. The sea is really too cold to enjoy, so if the quieter, less developed shores of La Palma have you interested go for the rainforest trails that crisscross the island and offer dramatic scenery.

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Where to go on holiday in March: alternative destinations

If you want somewhere to go on holiday in March that's all about the beach, we have a few more suggestions including Oman. This beautiful country is incredibly diverse with all sorts to offer holidaymakers. Go in March before the serious heat builds, when you can bask in nine hours of unbroken sunshine and temperatures that head up to 29°C. There's only moderate heat and humidity and evenings remain warm at around 20°C. The sea is also pleasant at 24°C - ideal for splashing about or even taking a boat trip to seek out some dolphins.

The fort and oasis of Nakhal, Oman © Juozas Salna - Flickr Creative Commons

Finally, the Indian Ocean offers some real gems in March. From the beaches of Goa on India's west coast to the backwaters of Kerala, Sri Lanka, and Seychelles, you can expect some truly delightful weather, perfect if you're deciding where to go on holiday in March for a touch of the exotic. As a general rule, it's hotter and drier in the northern places, moving down from Goa to the Seychelles, where it is about two degrees cooler with slightly less heat and humidity, and noticeably more rain. The sea temperatures remains consistently high in all between 28°C and 29°C.

The real difference between the destinations is financial: if you're on a budget, head to Goa, Kerala or Sri Lanka, but if you're in the mood for some luxury make for the Seychelles.

Beach near Colombo in Sri Lanka © Ciaran McNulty - Flickr Creative Commons

You can only decide where to go on holiday in March once you know what it is you want to do and how far you're prepared to travel. If you need a beach fix, you don't have the options that open up across Europe and the Med from April onwards, but for those who just want to get outdoors there are loads of destinations closer to home, such as Morocco, the Canaries and southern Europe, just waiting to be explored.

If you're still unsure about where to go on holiday in March 2017, you can read more about the weather in March with us or visit our travel deals and discounts sections for the very latest offers to help you escape.

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Rank Rating Score Destination
1 Weather Score for Anguilla in March is 100% 100% Anguilla
  Weather Score for Antigua in March is 100% 100% Antigua
  Weather Score for Bahamas in March is 100% 100% Bahamas
  Weather Score for Bali in March is 100% 100% Bali, Indonesia
  Weather Score for Barbados in March is 100% 100% Barbados
  Weather Score for Belize in March is 100% 100% Belize
  Weather Score for Bonaire in March is 100% 100% Bonaire
  Weather Score for Brazil in March is 100% 100% Brazil
  Weather Score for British Virgin Islands in March is 100% 100% British Virgin Islands
  Weather Score for Cancun & Riviera Maya in March is 100% 100% Cancun and Riviera Maya, Mexico
  Weather Score for Cayman Islands in March is 100% 100% Cayman Islands
  Weather Score for Chile in March is 100% 100% Chile
  Weather Score for Cuba in March is 100% 100% Cuba
  Weather Score for Curacao in March is 100% 100% Curacao
  Weather Score for Dominica in March is 100% 100% Dominica
  Weather Score for Dominican Republic in March is 100% 100% Dominican Republic
  Weather Score for Ecuador in March is 100% 100% Ecuador
  Weather Score for French Polynesia in March is 100% 100% French Polynesia
  Weather Score for Grenada in March is 100% 100% Grenada
  Weather Score for Guadeloupe in March is 100% 100% Guadeloupe
  Weather Score for Haiti in March is 100% 100% Haiti
  Weather Score for India in March is 100% 100% India
  Weather Score for Jamaica in March is 100% 100% Jamaica
  Weather Score for Lombok in March is 100% 100% Lombok, Indonesia
  Weather Score for Malaysia in March is 100% 100% Malaysia
  Weather Score for Marshall Islands in March is 100% 100% Marshall Islands
  Weather Score for Martinique in March is 100% 100% Martinique
  Weather Score for Mauritius in March is 100% 100% Mauritius
  Weather Score for Mexico in March is 100% 100% Mexico
  Weather Score for Montserrat in March is 100% 100% Montserrat
  Weather Score for Mozambique in March is 100% 100% Mozambique
  Weather Score for Oman in March is 100% 100% Oman
  Weather Score for Panama in March is 100% 100% Panama
  Weather Score for Philippines in March is 100% 100% Philippines
  Weather Score for Puerto Rico in March is 100% 100% Puerto Rico
  Weather Score for Queensland in March is 100% 100% Queensland, Australia
  Weather Score for Saba in March is 100% 100% Saba
  Weather Score for Sint Eustatius in March is 100% 100% Sint Eustatius
  Weather Score for Sint Maarten in March is 100% 100% Sint Maarten
  Weather Score for South Africa in March is 100% 100% South Africa
  Weather Score for Sri Lanka in March is 100% 100% Sri Lanka
  Weather Score for St Barthelemy in March is 100% 100% St Barthelemy
  Weather Score for St Helena, Ascension & Tristan da Cunha in March is 100% 100% St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
  Weather Score for St Kitts & Nevis in March is 100% 100% St Kitts and Nevis
  Weather Score for St Lucia in March is 100% 100% St Lucia
  Weather Score for St Martin in March is 100% 100% St Martin
  Weather Score for St Vincent & the Grenadines in March is 100% 100% St Vincent and the Grenadines
  Weather Score for Sudan in March is 100% 100% Sudan
  Weather Score for Trinidad & Tobago in March is 100% 100% Trinidad and Tobago
  Weather Score for Virgin Islands in March is 100% 100% Virgin Islands
  Weather Score for Wake Island in March is 100% 100% Wake Island
52 Weather Score for Angola in March is 97% 97% Angola
  Weather Score for Comoros in March is 97% 97% Comoros
  Weather Score for East Timor in March is 97% 97% East Timor
  Weather Score for Federated States of Micronesia in March is 97% 97% Federated States of Micronesia
  Weather Score for Guam in March is 97% 97% Guam
  Weather Score for Guyana in March is 97% 97% Guyana
  Weather Score for Honduras in March is 97% 97% Honduras
  Weather Score for Indonesia in March is 97% 97% Indonesia
  Weather Score for Madagascar in March is 97% 97% Madagascar
  Weather Score for Mayotte in March is 97% 97% Mayotte
  Weather Score for New South Wales in March is 97% 97% New South Wales, Australia
  Weather Score for Nicaragua in March is 97% 97% Nicaragua
  Weather Score for Northern Mariana Islands in March is 97% 97% Northern Mariana Islands
  Weather Score for Seychelles in March is 97% 97% Seychelles
  Weather Score for Sierra Leone in March is 97% 97% Sierra Leone
  Weather Score for Suriname in March is 97% 97% Suriname
  Weather Score for Turks & Caicos Islands in March is 97% 97% Turks and Caicos Islands
  Weather Score for Vietnam in March is 97% 97% Vietnam
70 Weather Score for Bangladesh in March is 96% 96% Bangladesh
  Weather Score for Burma in March is 96% 96% Burma
  Weather Score for Colombia in March is 96% 96% Colombia
  Weather Score for Djibouti in March is 96% 96% Djibouti
  Weather Score for Florida in March is 96% 96% Florida, United States
  Weather Score for Hawaii in March is 96% 96% Hawaii, United States
  Weather Score for Kenya in March is 96% 96% Kenya
  Weather Score for Maldives in March is 96% 96% Maldives
  Weather Score for Palau in March is 96% 96% Palau
  Weather Score for Saudi Arabia in March is 96% 96% Saudi Arabia
  Weather Score for Thailand in March is 96% 96% Thailand
  Weather Score for United Arab Emirates in March is 96% 96% United Arab Emirates
  Weather Score for Venezuela in March is 96% 96% Venezuela
83 Weather Score for Benin in March is 93% 93% Benin
  Weather Score for Brunei in March is 93% 93% Brunei
  Weather Score for Ghana in March is 93% 93% Ghana
  Weather Score for Tanzania in March is 93% 93% Tanzania
87 Weather Score for Cambodia in March is 92% 92% Cambodia
  Weather Score for Fiji in March is 92% 92% Fiji
  Weather Score for Goa in March is 92% 92% Goa, India
  Weather Score for Kerala in March is 92% 92% Kerala, India
  Weather Score for New Caledonia in March is 92% 92% New Caledonia
  Weather Score for Papua New Guinea in March is 92% 92% Papua New Guinea
  Weather Score for Reunion in March is 92% 92% Reunion
  Weather Score for Samoa in March is 92% 92% Samoa
  Weather Score for Solomon Islands in March is 92% 92% Solomon Islands
  Weather Score for Vanuatu in March is 92% 92% Vanuatu
97 Weather Score for Pakistan in March is 91% 91% Pakistan
  Weather Score for Western Australia in March is 91% 91% Western Australia, Australia
99 Weather Score for Northern Territory in March is 89% 89% Northern Territory, Australia
  Weather Score for Togo in March is 89% 89% Togo
101 Weather Score for Congo-Brazzaville in March is 87% 87% Congo-Brazzaville
  Weather Score for El Salvador in March is 87% 87% El Salvador
  Weather Score for Guatemala in March is 87% 87% Guatemala
  Weather Score for Liberia in March is 87% 87% Liberia
  Weather Score for Singapore in March is 87% 87% Singapore
106 Weather Score for American Samoa in March is 86% 86% American Samoa
  Weather Score for Cameroon in March is 86% 86% Cameroon
  Weather Score for French Guiana in March is 86% 86% French Guiana
  Weather Score for Taiwan in March is 86% 86% Taiwan
110 Weather Score for Norfolk Island in March is 85% 85% Norfolk Island
111 Weather Score for Costa Rica in March is 84% 84% Costa Rica
  Weather Score for Peru in March is 84% 84% Peru
113 Weather Score for Guinea in March is 83% 83% Guinea
  Weather Score for Nigeria in March is 83% 83% Nigeria
115 Weather Score for China in March is 82% 82% China
  Weather Score for Equatorial Guinea in March is 82% 82% Equatorial Guinea
  Weather Score for Gabon in March is 82% 82% Gabon
118 Weather Score for Sao Tome & Principe in March is 81% 81% Sao Tome and Principe
119 Weather Score for Cape Verde in March is 80% 80% Cape Verde
  Weather Score for Egypt in March is 80% 80% Egypt
  Weather Score for Uruguay in March is 80% 80% Uruguay
122 Weather Score for Argentina in March is 77% 77% Argentina
123 Weather Score for Guinea-Bissau in March is 75% 75% Guinea-Bissau
124 Weather Score for Israel in March is 71% 71% Israel
  Weather Score for Japan in March is 71% 71% Japan
  Weather Score for Jordan in March is 71% 71% Jordan
  Weather Score for Qatar in March is 71% 71% Qatar
  Weather Score for Sharm el Sheikh area in March is 71% 71% Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt
129 Weather Score for Victoria in March is 68% 68% Victoria, Australia
130 Weather Score for Bahrain in March is 67% 67% Bahrain
  Weather Score for Fuerteventura in March is 67% 67% Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, Spain
  Weather Score for Kuwait in March is 67% 67% Kuwait
  Weather Score for Morocco in March is 67% 67% Morocco
  Weather Score for Namibia in March is 67% 67% Namibia
  Weather Score for Senegal in March is 67% 67% Senegal
  Weather Score for South Australia in March is 67% 67% South Australia, Australia
  Weather Score for Western Sahara in March is 67% 67% Western Sahara
138 Weather Score for Gran Canaria in March is 64% 64% Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain
  Weather Score for Tenerife in March is 64% 64% Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain
140 Weather Score for New Zealand in March is 63% 63% New Zealand
141 Weather Score for Georgia (USA) in March is 62% 62% Georgia, United States
  Weather Score for Tunisia in March is 62% 62% Tunisia

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