Need a last-minute March getaway? Try these three places.

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Pacific Beach in San Diego

A few months have passed since December, once of the busiest travel months of the year, and this is around the time when people start feeling the need to take a break again. March is another busy travel month, partially because of this, but also because it’s March Break/Spring Break. A lot of families take a vacation. It can be an expensive month to travel, especially if you go during the Break times, which varies depending on the country.

If you’re itching to go somewhere this month but haven’t made any plans, there are some places you can book to kick back and unwind. From seeing vineyards, relaxing on a beach, or going at your own pace in a picturesque setting, there are options.

Two main cost saving tips to consider since March is peak season:

Two weeks is the sweet spot: When not fully booked, airlines, hotels, and cruise ships often offer huge discounts two weeks before the travel date.

Be flexible: The time of day and the day of the week you travel can have a huge impact on costs either higher or lower.

Some places to visit in March to unwind

I tried to pick three places that people may not consider as their destination spot.

Tip for all locations: Check the dates for March/Spring Break.

Tortola, British Virgin Islands (BVI)

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Tortola hotel view

I’ve been to the BVI twice and the islands are relaxing and very beautiful. You can go anywhere in the Caribbean and feel relaxed, but when I speak to people, BVI doesn’t come up enough. I enjoyed Tortola a lot for a place to relax.

Some attractions

Many beaches: For snorkeling or swimming head to Brewers Bay or Cane Garden Bay, which also has water sports (more on this beach below). If you surf, check out Apple Bay. For complete peace and quiet and a great swim, you’ll be at home at Elizabeth.

Cane Garden Bay: The Bay has hotels and guesthouses and the beach mentioned above. Check out the seaside restaurants, shop or just hang out at the beach. The roads to get in and out are extremely steep if you’re driving.

Boating: During the day you can also take a boat ride to do some snorkeling, diving or fishing farther out from Tortola, like The Baths at Virgin Gorda, shown in the picture.

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The Baths at Virgin Gorda

Food scene: There are restaurants scattered all over the island, so you won’t have trouble just popping in and grabbing a bite to eat when you’re hungry. Better still, hop on a short boat ride to enjoy an amazing dining experience at one of the smaller islands like Peter Island (a resort and spa) or Cooper Island (an eco-resort).

Nightlife: There are a few places to unwind with live music and drinks. Check out Limin’ Times for places and events.

Average temperature: High 84 F / 29 C, Low 75F /24C

For more information, read what other travelers have said on TripAdvisor.

San Diego, USA

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Torrey Pines is great for hiking and whale watching

 

I found San Diego a laid back place to visit. It’s large, but you can relax here. Even though it’s warmer in the summer, it has lots of attractions, so going in March means it will be cheaper and less crowded to visit.

Some attractions

Many beaches: For peace and quiet try Del Mar or Coronado. If you surf, Pacific is the place for you. If you want to try kayaking or snorkeling, head to La Jolla.

Torrey Pines: For golfing or hiking; you can watch for dolphins or whales in March as you hike.

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I got to capture some dolphins in action

 

Food scene: San Diego has become a quiet foodie paradise. You won’t be disappointed with your options. The San Diego Eater gives some restaurant ideas.

If you are still looking for last minute things to do with the family, here are family friendly places.

  • Beach: Moonlight Beach
  • Belmont Park: An Amusement park with a wooden roller coaster and vintage games.
  • Balboa Park: Has a zoo and museums to keep the family entertained.

Average temperature: High 80F / 27C, Low 52F /11C

For more information, read what other travelers have said on TripAdvisor.

Fleurieu Peninsula, Australia

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Fleurieu has beautiful panoramic views

 

As you may have noticed, Australia pops up a lot in my posts. I have only been once, two years ago, but I spent a month there and mostly in the south. The Fleurieu Peninsula is located outside of Adelaide in the south. If you love Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, and other hearty wines, you will be in your element.

Some attractions

Vineyards: There are over 70 cellars. Victor Harbour, Mclaren Vale, Langhorne Creek are just a few of the names.

Sporty: Go skydiving, golfing, hiking, fishing and cycling.

Food scene: I enjoyed local Australian food a great deal. The food in Fleurieu is locally sourced, and there are a lot of impressive options. Eat local South Australia has a list of options in the region.

I included some free options below that are also family friendly.

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Kangaroo Island is one free option

If you are still looking for last minute things to do with the family. These are family friendly places, and free.

  • Granite Island: Stroll the island and penguin watch.
  • South Australian Whale Center:  Showcases whale artifacts and exhibits.
  • Coorong National Park: Campgrounds, swimming and surfing, and wildlife sightings.

Average temperature: High 73 F / 23 C, Low 55F /13C

For more information, read what other travelers have said on TripAdvisor.

Doubt you can get away but still want to relax? Staycation anyone?

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Washington Square Park, NYC during a festival

 

As the saying goes, home is where the heart is, and it can become a relaxing vacation place for you too, if you’re open to it. It may not satisfy your need to get away, but it can do the job.

People ask how I do it living in New York, but it’s easy even in a city like this to find relaxing things to fill my time when I need it. I find parks where I like to read or listen to music, go to smaller galleries or shows, and I eat in quiet restaurants. Almost every place has things to see and do at your own pace.

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Relaxing in Central Park

 

Some tips to unwind at home:

  • Don’t let anyone know you’re staying home. You don’t want to be called in for something at work, or to help someone move, or whatever comes up on a regular basis. Pretend you’re away.
  • You don’t have to lie either. Tell everyone it’s a secret, and you’ll let them know when your vacation’s over.
  • Tour your hometown like you’re away. See the sites, take lots of photos, dress like you’re away, and try things you’ve never done before or haven’t done in a long time.
  • Do things during off-hours. You run less of a risk of being seen by people you know.
  • Go to a spa. Nothing makes you unwind better than a spa. It is less costly than a trip away, even if you purchase a few services. Groupon has deals on spas.
  • Stay somewhere else other than your home. Even if it’s for just one night, it can make you feel like you’re away.

I didn’t want to duplicate any of the places I listed in Five awesome beach destinations, but all of those would be excellent for a March getaway too, except for possibly Sicily. It can still work depending on what you want to do because Sicily is laid-back. It just won’t be beach weather and it can be rainy in March. Sicily in April is beautiful, so if you can hold out for a month, that is the place to go!

Some resources to help you with better pricing for your trip:

These are a few areas I have visited to relax in March. Do you have any others to add to the list?

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  1. Great post Aldo! March is also a great time to take a trip to celebrate the end of winter if you are going to a beach destination. I am glad that you mentioned destinations that don’t receive a lot of attention in March. They are usually the best rates. Three years, I went to Carthegena, Colombia in March and I would highly recommend it to visit in March.

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    • Thanks a lot Marko! I like to try to explore places not everyone I know has seen, but it also depends on where work will send me! Some I do on my own too. I haven’t been to Columbia yet. Thanks for the recommendation. I will have to check it out.

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    • Thank you. Sometimes it is hard to get away so I think it’s important to think of home in a different way. So many things to do depending on where you live to make it feel like you’re away. I hope you get your relaxation!

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