The majority of Europe may still be covered in layers of frost and snow, but the days are getting longer and we can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Soon comes March, when we start getting really hopeful about the sun appearing, but if you don’t want to wait for the European summer to kick in in order to get some sun, these are the 5 best destinations to see the sun in Spring.
Vietnam's usually sticky humidity vanishes in March, and sees tons of sunshine during this month, which is the driest period of the year. It's the ideal time to laze on the southern beaches, but it’s also a great opportunity for an adventure in the northern mountains. With it being low season, it means you can see much more for less. Why not admire Ho Chi Minh's French colonial architecture from a buzzing sky bar, explore Hanoi's ancient pagodas, or sail on the tranquil Mekong?
Mexico's Pacific coast is a go-to place for the Hollywood elite. It transforms the Californian cool to a warmer climate with bigger waves, and March is a fantastic time to visit with prime conditions for whale-watching, basically no rain and rising temperatures. The chilled-out Sayulita draws travellers with its colourful shops and wild beaches, and in Oaxaca you'll find the beach town Puerto Escondido, where you can surf all day and party all night.
Night-snorkelling, island-hopping, pure turquoise water, and ice-white shores… Need we say more? The island nation of the Maldives is idyllic all year-round, but March is a great time to spot manta rays and sharks, or simply enjoy the 30ºC temperatures in a private beach hut. A truly dreamy holiday destination with many spectacular hotels for couples as well as families.
The resorts along Jamaica’s north coast at Montego Bay and Ocho Rios offer the sort of sunny escapes where the European winter feels like a bad dream. Mix beach days with jungle adventures such as bamboo river rafting and zip-lining, and make sure to visit the childhood home of the legendary Bob Marley. Every little thing is gonna be alright.
Barcelona's big sister sheds her winter skin in March when a wave of warmth sweeps the city. The parks burst into bloom and locals start finding their way out onto the streets to sip sangría and dance until dawn. Temperatures still stay around 20ºC, so it’s the ideal destination if you want to experience more mellow temperatures before the sizzling heat of the Spanish summer. Explore world-class galleries, shop in designer boutiques, and eat all the traditional tapas. Siesta or fiesta? Your choice!