10 Best Hot Destinations This Month

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    Party on the Beach in Cabo San Lucas

    The beaches of Cabo come alive in March as spring breakers head south to enjoy the sun and sand. There's certainly plenty to do besides partying at Cabo's nightclubs, as March is prime whale watching season as well. With daily highs in the low 80s, it's the perfect temperature for fun in and out of the water.

    Photo courtesy of Ken Bosma

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    Enjoy the Snow in Stowe, VT

    If you'd rather enjoy the last vestiges of winter this month, head to Stowe, VT. March is the snowiest time of year, so you're more likely to have perfect powder with plenty of sunny days mixed in. Roads are usually clear by the end of February, and you'll rarely have to wait in line at the lifts.

    Photo courtesy of Stowe Mountain Resort

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    Get Cultural in Paris, France

    If you don't mind a few afternoon showers, March can be a lovely time to visit Paris. In the heart of the shoulder season, you'll often find discounts on hotel rooms, and lines for popular attractions will be much shorter than in summer, so you can ponder the Mona Lisa in peace. If you visit early in the month, be sure to squeeze in some ice skating at the Hôtel de Ville.

    Photo courtesy of Till Krech

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    Soak up the Sun in Turks & Caicos

    There's not really a bad time to visit the Turks & Caicos, thanks to year-round temperatures hovering in the 80s. If you're looking for a spring break getaway that's a little bit more luxurious and low-key than Cancun or Miami, these picturesque Antilles islands might just fit the bill.

    Photo courtesy of Turks and Caicos Tourism

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    Southern Charm in Charleston, SC

    With flowers in bloom and warm -- but not too warm -- weather, March is one of the best months to visit charming Charleston. While you'll have to contend with lots of fellow tourists, a great lineup of events, including the Spring Jam Music Fest, Charleston Film Festival and Charleston Garden Festival, makes it worth your while.

    Photo courtesy of Photo courtesy of ExploreCharleston.com

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    Autumn in New Zealand

    If you can't wait six more months for fall leaf-peeping, consider New Zealand in March. This southern hemisphere destination enjoys a riot of fall colors beginning in March, while the weather is still warm enough for t-shirts and shorts. Since most New Zealanders have returned to school, you should be able to land discounts on accommodations as well.

    Photo courtesy of Ben Crawford - Tourism New Zealand

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    Springtime in Santa Barbara, CA

    The gloomy rain and fog of Santa Barbara's winter are beginning to fade come March, so while you'll still need a light jacket, you'll get to experience a city largely devoid of tourists. Get a dose of spring color at the annual Santa Barbara International Orchid Show.

    Photo courtesy of California Travel and Tourism Commission/Andreas Hub

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    Hit the Beach in Siesta Key, FL

    March brings the best weather to Siesta Key, just west of Sarasota. That means plenty of sunshine and very little rain to ruin your day at the beach. Families on spring break will love the gentle, kid-friendly waters and powdery sands, while golf enthusiasts can tee off at one of the dozen public courses in the area.

    Photo courtesy of Mike Miller

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    Winter Wonderland in Banff, Canada

    Spring break "powder heads" will love Banff for its copious fresh snow and rocking après–ski scene during the March vacation. Even if skiing's not your thing, you can still soak in the hot springs, take an expedition onto a glacier or watch a hockey game on scenic Lake Louise.

    Photo courtesy of Banff Lake Louise Tourism/Paul Zizka

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    Kick Back in Costa Rica

    March is the in the middle of Costa Rica's dry season, making it the perfect time to hit the beach or explore the rainforests of this Central American country. While technically still high season, the crowds who descend upon Costa Rica to escape frigid winter temperatures further north have largely dissipated by now.

    Photo courtesy of Ryan Kozie


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