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14 Tropical Destinations To Visit This March

by Staff

Summary

  • Fiji is one of the most perfect March vacation ideas for those who crave palm-lined beaches, vibrant coral reefs, and engaging cultural rituals.
  • Bora Bora is another one of the most beautiful places to visit in March; it boasts stunning coral reefs, overwater bungalows, and a rich Polynesian culture.
  • The Whitsunday Islands in Australia are also among the abundance of beautiful tropical places in March; they offer quiet beaches, hiking trails, and opportunities for diving and boating.



Whether it’s cabin fever, seasonal blues, or just cold toes, most people have had enough of winter by the time March rolls around. Plus, even if the days are finally getting longer where one lives, it might be time for a sun-soaked escape. That said, with a planet full of exciting places waiting to be explored, it can be tough to know where to travel and when.

Ready to escape winter’s chill sooner rather than later this year? If some warm weather and world-class beaches are starting to sound good, there are many beautiful tropical destinations waiting to be explored. Keep reading to learn about these incredible destinations that will be in their prime this March. And the best part is that some of these places are among the cheapest tropical destinations to visit, making them an excellent choice for budget-conscious visitors.


This list includes some of the best tropical places to visit in March, with something for every type of traveler, including activities ranging from mild to wild, culture, cuisine, party hotspots, and more!

UPDATE: 2024/02/22 22:55 EST BY REENA JAIN


Check Out Even More Of The Best Tropical Places To Visit In March

For those seeking a warm-weather escape, we have updated this list of the best tropical destinations to visit in March with two new exciting locations, as well as the latest information on those already on the list.

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14 Fiji

Clear waters, vibrant coral reefs, cultural festivals

While planning to visit any of the best tropical destinations in March, one cannot overlook Fiji. It is the ideal tropical vacation destination for individuals with an appetite for beaches lined with palm trees and coral reefs of every hue. Fiji’s rich culture and customary rituals also add more fun to the vacation experience.


Also, water-based activities, including diving, surfing, and snorkeling, are abundant across the archipelago because of abundant marine life, coral gardens, and crystal-clear water, adding to the adventure factor. So, Fiji has something for every type of traveler, from luxurious, all-inclusive Fijian resorts and thrilling outdoor activities to nature and culture.

13 Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Turquoise lagoon, overwater bungalows, coral gardens


When considering where to go for the best tropical vacations in March, French Polynesia’s Bora Bora should definitely be on the list of destinations. With its stunning coral reefs, lush mountains, vibrant marine life, and a crystal-clear blue lagoon, this tropical paradise is a dream destination for nature lovers and snorkelers.

Bora Bora’s overwater bungalows also give the location a romantic touch, whereas the rich Polynesian culture and delicious cuisine contribute to its charm, all helping to create priceless memories. With a variety of dreamy resorts in Bora Bora, travelers can expect a one-of-a-kind and luxurious Polynesian getaway.


12 Whitsunday Islands, Australia

Great Barrier Reef, snorkeling, sailing

One of the more remote tropical spots to check out this upcoming spring is the Whitsunday Islands. Here, the islands lie between the northeast coast of Queensland, Australia, and the Great Barrier Reef, giving tourists incredible opportunities for exciting activities in the Whitsunday Islands, such as diving, boating, and nature-centered activities. The Whitsunday Islands’ beaches are also much more quiet than most.

Hotels will mostly be on the mainland, with private flights and boats going between Australia and the Whitsundays each day. Something interesting to note about the Whitsundays is that they are mainly uninhabited, mostly characterized by dense rainforests, hiking trails, and white-sand beaches. Pricing might be on the higher side in the peak spring break season, although early March shouldn’t be affected.


The town of Airlie Beach on the mainland is the region’s central hub. That is where most of the action will happen, so that’s where we recommend going if in the area. Australia’s coastline is also expansive, offering everything from white sand beaches to five-star resorts, restaurants, shopping, and adventures; it’s the perfect contender among this list’s March tropical vacation ideas.

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11 US Virgin Islands

Warm beaches, vibrant coral reefs, water sports


The next travel idea for March this spring is the US Virgin Islands. Per the area’s official website, as a United States Territory, travel to the U.S. Virgin Islands does not require a passport for U.S. citizens arriving from Puerto Rico or the U.S. mainland. That makes it the perfect trip for people coming from the USA and even those with a dual passport, citizenship, or a visa.

These islands are known for their natural splendor, often being a retreat for the rich and famous. Moreover, the Virgin Islands consist of the main islands of Saint Croix, Saint John, and Saint Thomas and 50 other surrounding minor islands and cays. That gives travelers more than enough opportunity to enjoy a memorable tropical vacation and have unique experiences in the US Virgin Islands.


10 Maldives

Turquoise lagoons, vibrant coral reefs, and stunning overwater bungalows

This island nation is an ocean lover’s paradise, with some of the world’s best beaches, a bustling coral reef ecosystem, and plenty of surf breaks, too. Every adventure here begins in the capital city of Malé, well worth a day’s exploration thanks to its museums, parks, and markets.


Each Maldivian atoll features different activities and amenities, ranging from quiet guesthouses to some of the planet’s most luxurious private island resorts. Other options for exploring the region include yacht rental and liveaboard safari boats, which include scuba diving or snorkeling.

It is illegal to import alcohol into the Maldives
, and travelers who are caught may face steep fines and penalties.

9 Costa Rica

Lush rainforests, vibrant wildlife, stunning beaches


This legendary destination offers a bit of something for every traveler, with lush tropical rainforests, stunning white-sanded beaches, and even epic surf spots in Costa Rica. For the ultimate jungle experience, head to Manuel Antonio National Park, famous for its secluded beaches and cool wildlife, including sloths and monkeys.

Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast is home to a string of stunning seaside resorts ranging from lively backpacker hubs like Puerto Viejo to calm Cahuita and Manzanillo. In addition to beautiful beaches, this region is famous for fantastic snorkeling and scuba diving.


8 Thailand

Azure water, dense jungles, culture, nightlife

Thailand can be very budget-friendly and is home to hundreds of tropical islands, each boasting its own attractions and distinct characteristics. On the West Coast, the Andaman Sea beckons visitors with beautiful blue water, dense jungles, and plummeting limestone cliffs in the Phi Phi Islands, contrasted by Phuket’s wild party scene.

To the east, visitors can find outstanding scuba diving, beautiful beaches, and plenty of budget-friendly destinations like Koh Chang. Head north to renowned nightlife hotspots Koh Tao and Koh Phangan to dance the night away. Plus, March is typically the dry season in Thailand, which means less chance of rainfall. However, it can also be one of the hottest times of the year to visit.


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7 Riviera Maya

White-sand beaches, vibrant reefs, ancient ruins

Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula is a legendary Spring Break destination, hosting some of the planet’s biggest and wildest parties in Cancun and Playa del Carmen each March for college-aged students. Still, visitors can do far more than drink and dance in this multidimensional region.


Culture fans can tour the seaside ruins in Tulum and the region’s mysterious Mexican cenotes to encounter authentic Mayan culture. Or, for an adrenaline rush, head to Isla Cozumel for scuba diving, wind sports, and pristine beaches. Inland, Bacalar Lagoon is one of the country’s most photographed attractions, thanks to its stunning blue hues.

6 Sri Lanka

Lush tea plantations, vibrant festivals, wildlife safaris, historic ruins

This tropical paradise has a twist, offering all the culture, natural attractions, wildlife, and once-in-a-lifetime experiences of India scaled down. So, visitors don’t need months or even weeks to take it all in. An extensive and easy-to-use train system also makes this a surprisingly easy-to-navigate country, even for less experienced explorers.


Sri Lanka’s southern beaches are among the island’s finest, home to powder-fine sand and turquoise seas. Head north to explore inland lakes and savannahs, tea plantations, towering peaks, and nature preserves, home to the country’s most famous wildlife – elephants.

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5 St. Barts

White-sand beaches, vibrant coral reefs, natural pools

For travelers who enjoy the finer things in life, this tiny French-speaking Caribbean island ticks all the boxes and is a celebrity favorite. St. Barts is the perfect place to indulge in fine dining, designer boutique shopping, strolls past yacht-filled harbors, and lazy beach days that happen to include 5-star service.


When it’s time for a break from pristine powder-white beaches, visitors can explore the island’s natural pools and hike its lush green hills and historical attractions. Visit the Wall House and Fort Karl to learn about the Swedish colonial era and how it shaped the region’s history.

4 Hawaii

Lush landscapes, snorkeling, traditional Luaus


This archipelago of 8 major islands and dozens of islets and atolls is famous for its lush landscapes of tropical green, breathtaking Pacific beaches, and outdoor activities galore. Visitors can trek volcanoes, try their hand at paragliding or ziplining, or hit the waves by going surfing, snorkeling, and scuba diving.

No trip to the Hawaiin islands is complete without attending at least one authentic Luau. There are a number of small towns in Hawaii with authentic Luaus, plus many of Maui’s beaches host Luaus.

Visitors who want to learn more about the Hawaiian Kingdom and its history can also tour the Polynesian Cultural Center and Ioni Palace. For a more contemporary lesson, visit the somber yet fascinating Pearl Harbor National Memorial.


3 Seychelles

Turquoise waters, lush jungles, vibrant reefs

The island chain known as Seychelles is home to some of the planet’s most picturesque landscapes, including pink boulder-studded beaches, deep mountainous jungles teeming with wildlife, and a thriving coral reef system. Mahé is a hotspot for tropical trekking, rock climbing, and water sports. It’s also home to the country’s capital, famous for Creole culture, architecture, and cuisine.

Praslin Island is a garden paradise beloved for its palm-fringed coast, rugged rock formations, and intimate resorts. For a real walk on the wild side, visitors can head to the southern atolls. These remote islands boast world-class scuba diving and fascinating ecosystems complete with giant land tortoises.


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2 Colombia

Coffee plantations, Caribbean beaches, lush rainforests

Colombia’s Caribbean coast is home to a vibrant culture, pulsing nightlife, and pristine nature. The vibrant coastal city of Barranquilla hosts one of the world’s largest Carnival celebrations. It’s also a fantastic place to eat arepas, dance salsa, and visit the Museo Romántico.

Visitors who don’t mind getting some mud on their boots can head south down the coast to Parque Tayrona, home to monkeys, capybaras, poison dart frogs, and even jaguars. It’s also got some of the region’s most beautiful (though not swimmable) beaches. Plan a few days of wandering romantic streets in the famous walled city of Cartagena before heading home.


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1 Dominican Republic

Pristine beaches, vibrant culture, affordability, lush landscapes

Travelers looking to spoil themselves at the many excellent all-inclusive Dominican Republic resorts need to look no further. The DR hosts some of the Caribbean’s most comfortable and affordable options and some of the region’s most competitive pricing, especially in the iconic resort area of Punta Cana.


While at the beach, don’t miss out on water sports for all types of guests, from glass-bottom boat tours to jet skiing. Day-tripping around the island is easy, and visitors will find plenty to see, from caves and cenotes to jungles and wetlands. Those who are up for a bit of adventure can take on a waterfall trek, try their hand at downhill mountain biking, or even join a whitewater rafting tour. Be sure to visit the capital of Santo Domingo before going home.

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