Romantic March Vacation Spots 2014

The Best Places for a March Vacation -
Warm Weather, Beaches, Spring Skiing Destinations, & more

by Arnie Jacobsen, Editor

Updated: March 3, 2014

March vacation

March vacation by the pool!

Spring Break! All-right! After a long dreary winter and spring starting to peak its head around the corner, people want to get away from it all.

It seems that many, if not most, want to go someplace warm and tropical with balmy breezes. But, this is also a perfect time for skiing.

Spring skiing is hard to beat, if you are a skier that is. And, for me, Spring skiing at Squaw and Heavenly Valley is just... Well, heavenly!

We'll list some options that we're sure will fill the bill for you no matter what your preference.  So, let's look at some vacation ideas for March 2014.

Warm Weather Destinations

We all know that March is the time for all of the spring break madness in many of the most popular spots. So keeping that in mind, we have listed some places that are a bit more sane, shall we say.

Also, keep in mind that you are not the only one traveling at this time of year, so make sure that you book your reservations ahead so you get your first choice and won't be disappointed.

Caribbean Destinations

I must confess, that I if I am not going spring skiing, an island getaway in the Caribbean is just the ticket. A trip to the BVI (British Virgin Islands) and renting a sailboat is a fabulous way to spend a relaxing week or two while getting away from it all.

But, maybe sailing isn't your thing, and you prefer a posh resort with a sandy beach, and a couple of swim-up bars so you can wet your whistle.

So, let's start with your ABC's for your next great warm weather March vacation.

Aruba

March vacation in Aruba

Aruba is at the top of my list. Why? The weather is wonderful! It's warm, sunny, dry, and breezy. And, there's no monsoon season! Also, no threat of tropical storms, because the island is outside the hurricane belt. Aruba is a great place to visit, particularly if you like active sports, because of Aruba's constant trade winds.

Places to Stay in Aruba

Bucuti and Tara Beach Resorts

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An oasis for adults on Aruba's best beach is the way Bucuti and Tara Beach Resorts can be described. If you are looking for a fabulous honeymoon spot or just a romantic getaway, look no further.

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Barbados

March vacation in Barbados

It's hard to pick a bad time to visit Barbados, but most would agree that the December to April time frame is the optimal time to visit. Relaxing tropical breezes, gorgeous beaches, fantastic weather! What's not to love? Barbados is a great spot for a March vacation.

Caymans

March vacation in the Caymans

The best time to visit the Caymans, weather-wise, is mid-December to mid-April it's perfect for hanging out on the beach: It's usually dry, and the cooling trade winds from the northeast moderate the high temperature.

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U.S. Destinations

Ok, Ok, Ok!  So, maybe you want to go someplace a little closer to home for your sunshine fix.  We can suggest a few of those too, and, to change up the pace for your March vacation, not have a beachy theme.

Palm Springs

Do not scoff!!  Palm Springs offers a ton of things to do to go along with its great weather.  You can find accommodation to suit, and take in as many recreational activities, outdoor adventures, world-class shopping spots, and resorts as you can stand during your March vacation.

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Grand Canyon

This is a great time of year to visit the Grand Canyon.  No Joke!  You will have the place to yourself, except for others that might have read it here, and actually be able to enjoy your visit without tripping over hoards of people. Rafting the Colorado might be a bit on the chilly side though.

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San Diego

I know, we said we would stay away from beachy here, and we are. Though everybody knows San Diego has beaches, but San Diego is romantic and, a heck of a lot of fun, because there are so many other things to see and do,  not just hang at the beach.  This is one of our favorite California haunts.

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Mountain Vacations

As much as I like finding warm weather locations for a romantic March vacation, nothing compares, in my opinion, like traveling to a great skiing resort for great spring skiing. Being able to shuck all the heavy clothing while gliding on a broad groomed run in the sun is perfect. And, then reclining on the deck with a beer basking in the sun with the aroma of food on the grills after a fantastic day. Priceless.

Spring Skiing Locations

Why spring ski? Aside from obviously better weather in many cases? Well...

  1. The days are longer.
  2. The prices are lower.
  3. The crowds are lighter.

The last one always confuses me, as this is the time I like best, and I can't understand people putting their skis away before May. But, I digress.

Early March is quite often one of the snowiest months in the western part of the continent. So the base is building. Bargains are everywhere. Except during spring break peaks.

Our recommendations for great spring skiing include:

Canada

California

Colorado

Idaho

  • Sun Valley

Montana

  • Big Sky - Away from it all, and it can stay cold here

New Mexico

  • Taos Ski Valley - A long season is possible because of high elevation, but it is kind of remote. The lack of visitors may mean an earlier closing with plenty of snow still on the ground.

Oregon

  • Mount Bachelor, Bend, Oregon - Big mountain with great spring skiing, very popular destination for spring skiing
  • Mount Hood

Utah

  • Alta/Snowbird
  • Park City
  • Solitude

Other Possible March Vacations

So, let's say that none of things really appeal to you.  Maybe, a vacation in March means something totally different to you.  Not wanting to leave anyone out, we have come up with some additional ideas for you that might be a little different than what we have listed above.

  • If you are a college basketball fan then the first addition to our list of March vacation opportunities will come as no surprise.  March Madness is Nirvana for college basketball addicts.  Need to plan ahead for this one.
  • A truly fun experience in one of my favorite snow getaways is The Snow Festival of North Lake Tahoe & Truckee. Here you will find 10 days of fun-filled events for the whole family. Spring Skiing is at its peak.
  • Looking for a place to go that is warm and wild? Then check out SXSW in Austin, Texas.  Often called The Live Music Capital of the World. Austin is host to the South By Southwest Music Festival and Convention. Every night you can find live music on over 80 stages in downtown Austin. It's estimated that about 1,800 musical acts will be presented.

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