Canary Islands

The Canary Islands offering sun-deprived Brits good weather all year round

Every March, thousands of Vitamin D deprived Britons head south for some much-needed winter sun. So, if you find yourself dreaming of warmer pastures, these are the best places to go on holiday in March.

Canary Islands

Spain’s Canary Islands speckle the North African Coast, offering sun-deprived Brits good weather all year round.

The beaches are empty as the peak season crowd hasn’t arrived just yet. Lanzarote’s black-sanded beaches and moon-like Parque Nacional de Timanfaya will reward those looking for more than a traditional beach holiday.

The island is also blessed with highs of 23C and eight hours of sunshine every day. La Palma’s volcanic island is a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, famed for being one of the world’s best stargazing spots due to its clear and protected night skies.

Take in the cosmos at the Roque de los Muchachos observatories. All islands are only a four hour flight from the UK, meaning you can take cabin-sized baggage and avoid expensive charges.

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Morocco

The vibrancy of Morocco can be fully enjoyed in March, a time when you’re still guaranteed winter sun without having to endure the sweltering summer heat.

First-timers should head to Marrakech, only three hours and 35 minutes flight from London airports. If you fancy trying your hand at bartering, head to the maze-like souks for textiles, jewellery and traditional Moroccan spices.

If you’re looking for a beach holiday then the coast has mainly Mediterranean conditions this time of year. Essaouira is a very affordable option and can be reached directly from London Luton airport.

This walled city, made popular by TV series Game of Thrones is made up of narrow alleyways, a sensory medina and traditional hammams. The city’s golden stretch of beach is also very popular with surfers.

Morocco

First-timers to Morocco should head to Marrakech

Jordan

Culture vultures should consider visiting the ancient city of Petra in March. Made famous by Indiana Jones’ Raiders of the Lost Ark, this city is characterised by its deep red sandstone rock.

Temperatures in March are pleasant at around 18C, compared to the uncomfortably hot summer months. The humidity is bearable, and the low and clear sunlight draws out the spectacularly deep red and orange tones from the desert rocks.

It’s also a time of bloom: wildflowers spring up everywhere, even in the usually dry and arid desert – the most unlikely of places.

Another great short-haul option, Amman is reachable in just over five hours with British Airways.

Petra

Petra was made famous by Indiana Jones’ Raiders of the Lost Ark

America

The Sunshine State has guaranteed good weather all year round, but March’s climate made it an ideal time to visit Florida as it’s not sweltering hot just yet.

Things are just that bit cooler than the summer months, with average highs reaching 25C in hotspot Miami The sea is warm, at 24C and humidity is low.

It’s also one of Florida’s driest months with only 53mm of rainfall over six days. The sun sets around 6.30pm, but this is pushed back by another hour half-way through the month due to daylight savings.

March is also a great time to visit if you’re looking to visit Orlando’s theme parks. Out of season, the prices are generally lower and queue times shorter – although you may see them rise again during the Easter period.

USA

The Sunshine State has good weather all year with March being just a nice temperature

UAE

On the Persian Gulf Coast, the UAE enjoys a hot year-round climate. Less than seven hours from the UK, favourite UAE hotspot, Dubai, was visited by 1.27 million Britons last year.

March is a good time to beat the crowds, however and avoid the sticky heat. Temperatures in Dubai are rising in March – to a comfortable 23C – after cooler winter months.

What’s more, humidity levels are still fairly low and begin to soar after the month. If you want to lie on Jumeirah Beach, the day’s are characterised by nice and warm weather with a generous eight hours of sunshine.

Evenings, best for exploring the swanky hotels and super malls, are pleasant although a light jacket may be required.

The Caribbean

The allure of the Caribbean’s palm-lined beaches and turquoise blue waters have never been stronger than in March. The dry and warm weather make it an ideal time to cruise through these 28 island nations.

Find dense rainforest, pastel-hued evening skies and pristine sand beaches on the way. March is the midst of the dry season and many places like Cuba, the Cayman Islands and Puerto Rico experience far less rain – with most islands in the Caribbean having less than ten days during this month.

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