26 Cheap Destinations For 2021 With Great Weather in March

Pokhara Boats HDRThe month of March is one of the better ones on the calendar for budget travelers since it's well before the summer season in the Northern Hemisphere and the winter crowds in the tropical areas are starting to thin out at the same time. The best places to visit in March are where you might expect, and in Latin America and Asia you can find perfect weather with off-peak hotel prices and reasonable crowds.

For those starting in North America or Europe you'll find that most of these places will require a fairly long flight to reach, but that's the price you pay for warm weather this time of year, and those staying for at least two weeks can easily justify the airfare by the cheap prices they pay once they have arrived.

Looking for tropical beaches? Check our cheapest Caribbean islands list for the best-value destinations, including at least a few that are surprisingly cheap even in high season.

Important March global holidays in 2021

  • March 17 – St. Patrick's Day (Mostly USA and Ireland)
  • March 19 – St. Joseph's Day (public holiday in Switzerland, parts of Spain, and a few other places)
  • March 28, 29 – Holi and Holika Dahan (Large and colorful celebrations in India)

COVID-19 situation

As of the November-2020 edit of this article, the COVID-19 situation is pretty bad through most of the world. Many travel destinations on the list below are closed to those from outside of the regions, but quite a few are now getting ready to accept visitors. Needless to say, you'll want to check the most current information for any destination before you book. Some good news can be found in our best destinations for Americans during the COVID crisis article.

The Americas

With the United States and Canada either being frozen or expensive (south Florida) this time of year, you'll want to head to Latin America or the Caribbean for the best bargains with sunny and warm weather.

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The Caribbean

Negril JamaicaIf you are looking for cultural destinations then there are many better choices below, but if you are mainly looking to relax on a beach in the warm weather then the Caribbean is your best bet in March. Obviously many of its islands are quite expensive, while others continue to be great bargains. The Dominican Republic and Jamaica are quite cheap in general, with a few resort areas being surprisingly inexpensive.

Believe it or not, the cheapest option for most people is going to be a all-inclusive resort. Rates at most of them are very competitive so they often only cost a bit more than resorts where everything is sold separately. Specifically on the Dominican Republic and in Mexico near Cancun, you can get an all-inclusive room for two starting not much over US$100 per night in March. Nicer places start closer to US$200 per night for two people, which is still quite cheap when it includes all meals and alcohol.


Cancun, Mexico

  • March avg high: 86°F/30°C
  • March avg low: 71°F/22°C
  • March avg precip: 2.1″/5.3cm

March is still part of the high season in Cancun and all over the Caribbean, but it's still very good value and prices are lower than during the Christmas weeks. The middle two weeks of March are very popular with Spring Break crowds in Cancun, so it's best to book early if you want to visit in that period. Aside from that, you can still find pretty good deals to Cancun as well as nearby Playa del Carmen and Cozumel even a few weeks out.

Cancun is one of the best places to travel in March because the airport is the busiest in the entire region so it has more direct flights in from key hubs in North America and Europe than any other destination nearby. This keeps flights cheaper than to most islands, and easier to find as well. There are also some good all-inclusive resorts in the Cancun area, though they don't offer quite the great value that those in Punta Cana (below) do.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$32 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$82 per night for two people

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Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

  • March avg high: 85°F/29°C
  • March avg low: 72°F/22°C
  • March avg precip: 1.0″/2.5cm

Again, March is part of the high season in Punta Cana and the middle weeks of the month are very popular for Spring Breakers, but still Punta Cana is the best-value destination in the Caribbean for larger resorts and especially for all-inclusive resorts. The rates drop down in summer but then it's also hotter with some chance of rainfall, so March really is an ideal month to take advantage of the perfect dry weather and reasonable prices.

The resort hotels along the stretch of Punta Cana beaches tend to be large, with many having well over 500 rooms to go along with multiple pools and extensive recreational facilities. Many resorts here are also very family oriented so they could be ideal for a holiday with the kids or even the extended family. Flights into the Punta Cana airport are also among the cheaper fares into the Caribbean, with many direct flights from large hubs, so this is a good choice for many types of travelers.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$45 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$75 per night for two people

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Montego Bay, Jamaica

  • March avg high: 85°F/29°C
  • March avg low: 72°F/22°C
  • March avg precip: 0.8″/2.0cm

Montego Bay is along the northern coast of Jamaica, which is a long way from the capital, and this is the major hub for all foreign tourists. The large and busy airport here has direct flights in from many destinations in North America and Europe, so fares tend to be reasonable, even for a trip of just a long weekend. The Montego Bay area has hundreds of hotels in all price ranges, from modest places a few blocks off the beach up to luxury resorts that you'll never want to leave.

If Montego Bay itself doesn't sound perfect then you might instead consider Negril or Ocho Rios, both of which are about 90 minutes from the same airport and each has a different feel. All combined there are about 500 hotels to choose from, including many all-inclusives, so it can be worth checking each of the 3 areas (that are all served by the same airport) and picking the deal that suits you best. If you want to stay in a large resort then the northern coast can be a great choice, but if you want to stay in a smaller hotel and sample some Jamaican culture, then Negril is by far the best choice of the three.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$90 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$244 per night for two people

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Ambergris Caye, Belize

  • March avg high: 79°F/26°C
  • March avg low: 74°F/23°C
  • March avg precip: 1.9″/4.8cm

March is definitely part of high season in Belize, so it's a good thing that even during this period it's fairly cheap by most standards. The weather is perfect – day and night – with almost no chance of rain. San Pedro on Ambergris Caye is the most expensive part of the country so backpackers and budget travelers are advised to head to Caye Caulker, very nearby, instead, for lower prices and a similar vibe.

Belize is definitely one of the cheapest Caribbean destinations, and the offshore islands actually do have quite a Caribbean feel in spite of being surrounded by Latin America. There are wonderful resorts here for those willing to spend more, but even the cheaper hotels are decent, and very good bargains even in high season.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$108 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$292 per night for two people

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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

  • March avg high: 85°F/29°C
  • March avg low: 62°F/17°C
  • March avg precip: 0.1″/0.3cm

The Caribbean destinations listed above are ideal for most people in the eastern half of the US or Canada, as well as those in Europe. But anyone starting in the western half of the US or Canada should consider Puerto Vallarta as a probable first choice. Flights will be shorter and cheaper, and PV has many benefits over the others as well.

Among the great things about Puerto Vallarta is that it has a real historic town at its core so there are good sights, interesting restaurants, and great shopping there. Hotels are spread all up and down the coast, with a new area of posh hotels well north of the airport. As you can see by the hotel prices below, there is a huge difference between a 3-star, which is often an older traditional hotel, and a 4-star, which is usually a modern chain hotel on its own section of beach. Those on the west coast might instead look into Los Cabos, which is typically a bit more expensive, but the flight will be shorter.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$37 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$147 per night for two people

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Guanacaste, Costa Rica

  • March avg high: 96°F/36°C
  • March avg low: 71°F/22°C
  • March avg precip: 0.2″/0.5cm

We used to list San Jose, Costa Rica on this list, but the capital isn't all that charming and those coming in March are probably more interested in a beach vacation than an adventure trip anyway. The Liberia Airport is very close to the Guanacaste beach resort communities, so it's far more convenient than flying into the capital as well.

Hotels here run the gamut of prices, from simple and traditional beach shacks all the way up to posh chain hotels with all the luxuries. You don't have to spend much to enjoy the friendly towns and great March weather, but the top places are good value even at the higher rates.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$61 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$75 per night for two people

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Mexico City, Mexico

  • March avg high: 78°F/26°C
  • March avg low: 49°F/9°C
  • March avg precip: 0.4″/1.0cm

Due to its elevation, Mexico City is fairly cool during winter, but by March the days have warmed up enough that it will feel great when arriving from a cold climate. This city is routinely underrated as a cultural destination by those who might fear the worst, and the city center is very safe by almost any standard.

The food, the nightlife, and the shopping are other great reasons to visit Mexico City at any time of year. Perhaps best of all, it's all very cheap compared to most of Latin America so you can afford to splurge a bit while still keeping costs down. If you know how to speak at least some Spanish you'll be even better off because English isn't widely spoken outside of larger hotels and restaurants.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$74 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$89 per night for two people

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Lima, Peru

  • March avg high: 80°F/27°C
  • March avg low: 69°F/21°C
  • March avg precip: 0.0″/0.0cm

As a very popular summer destination for South Americans, Lima can be quite crowded from December through February, but by March the crowds are thinning out and hotel prices are falling a bit, in spite of the continuing perfect weather. This is another historic colonial city that also has very good nightlife and excellent food at very good prices.

Most people who visit Lima from far away will do it as part of a tour of South America, and in that context it's a great stop for at least a few days. By the way, the rainy season in Cusco goes on in March, so the trails can sometimes be cut off, although many people go anyway.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$54 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$116 per night for two people

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Cartagena, Colombia

  • March avg high: 86°F/30°C
  • March avg low: 77°F/25°C
  • March avg precip: 0.1″/0.3cm

Cartagena is an excellent choice for a late-winter vacation as the weather is still pretty much perfect and yet hotel prices are starting to ease off of their high-season levels. There are great deals on beach hotels in this city from 2-star all the way up to 5-stars, and airfare prices are often cheaper than you'd expect as well.

Another key feature about this city is that it's a cultural destination in addition to being a great beach spot so you can explore the historic city center and include some culture on an otherwise hedonistic getaway. The beaches in the city aren't the fluffy white sand you might dream about, but there is so much to see and do in this place that you might not notice.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$53 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$87 per night for two people

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Santiago, Chile

  • March avg high: 80°F/27°C
  • March avg low: 51°F/11°C
  • March avg precip: 0.1″/0.3cm

Santiago is far enough south that it's starting to cool off just a bit by March, which is a good thing because it's even more pleasant. This is another city that is popular with South Americans during their summer so hotel prices start coming down and crowds start thinning out by March, making it an ideal time to come. There's almost zero threat of rain, and evenings are pleasantly cool.

Another feature of Santiago is that it's the gateway to several different other destinations within Chile so many people come and stay for just a few days before heading on to a mountain resort or the colonial city of Valparaiso.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$61 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$110 per night for two people

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Buenos Aires, Argentina

  • March avg high: 84°F/27°C
  • March avg low: 63°F/17°C
  • March avg precip: 5.3″/13.3cm

Though March is actually the wettest month in Buenos Aires, visitors are unlikely to notice because rainfall is fairly consistent through the year. Again, the temperatures in March are pretty much ideal and many South American tourists have gone back home by now so hotel prices are a bit lower.

Buenos Aires was starting to look a bit expensive by South American standards, but the currency has fallen in recent years and it's now firmly back in the bargain category. Food and drinks are notoriously good and cheap so you will feel like you are splurging even while keeping your budget low. The government has had some struggles in recent years so it's not a bad idea to watch the news before you book.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$58 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$69 per night for two people

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Bariloche, Argentina

  • March avg high: 66°F/19°C
  • March avg low: 39°F/4°C
  • March avg precip: 1.0″/2.5cm

If you are flying in from a long distance to visit Buenos Aires then you'll probably also want to include a side trip to Bariloche. This is a mountain resort that is popular all year round since the water activities morph into ice and snow activities in the winter (June through August). March is actually a shoulder-season month here, so room rates will be even lower than they are in summer and winter.

Bariloche is also unusual in that it was once a German community and there are still many chocolate shops around town as a reminder. The value here is excellent and it will provide a nice contrast from your other stops in South America.

You might also consider including Mendoza on your trip, which is the main wine region of Argentina, and also good value. A short side trip (by air) to Iguazu Falls can be wonderful if you've got at least two extra days.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$72 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$80 per night for two people

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  • March avg high: 90°F/32°C
  • March avg low: 73°F/23°C
  • March avg precip: 5.1″/12.8cm

With Carnival going on in late February in 2020, Rio de Janeiro will be much less crowded in March. There will be some rain, but Rio is in the Tropics so it tends to come and go quickly, usually in the late afternoon.

Rio de Janeiro has crept up in price in recent years so it's not the bargain it once was. Budget travelers can still do well here if they stay inland from the beaches or even in the city center area, but those who want to participate in the good life in Copacabana and Ipanema most days will be paying more for it.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$75 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$83 per night for two people

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From November through March there are literally no European cities that could qualify as having “great weather,” except for the Canary Islands, mentioned just below. So during the winter Europe is all about cultural tourism, and lower hotel prices make it especially appealing for those who like to stretch their travel budgets and avoid crowds at the same time.

If you are thinking about a city break instead you should check out our recommended cheap London hotels, our recommended cheap Paris hotels, and our recommended cheap Amsterdam hotels, recommended cheap Rome hotels, recommended cheap Prague hotels, and recommended cheap Berlin hotels.

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Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

  • March avg high: 71°F/22°C
  • March avg low: 60°F/16°C
  • March avg precip: 1.1″/2.8cm

Tenerife is the most popular part of the Canary Islands (off the coast of Africa) for English-speaking tourists, but there are other options with similar weather and prices. It's not as warm in March as most other places on this list, though at least it's fast and cheap to reach by plane from Europe, which isn't true of the others.

Compared to Europe this island is a relative bargain, which helps make it popular pretty much all year round. Needless to say, prices can range quite a bit from one part of the island to another so it's good to stay somewhere central if possible so you have the most options for food and drink. Most of the crowd in March will be retired refugees escaping the late winter from northern Europe, so don't expect much nightlife.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$52 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$74 per night for two people

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March is a good month for the northern and southern parts of Africa, which are where most of the popular destinations are anyway.

Cairo, Egypt

  • March avg high: 75°F/24°C
  • March avg low: 52°F/11°C
  • March avg precip: 0.2″/0.5cm

March is part of the sweet period in Cairo where it's nicely warm but still not overwhelmingly hot. With so many things to see in the outdoors in Cairo you are much better off avoiding the summer heat. Even as part of the high season for hotels, Cairo is incredibly cheap by most standards so you can find a great bargain any time of year.

When Egypt is struggling to attract tourists you might find that you can get a fantastic deal at a 3- or 4-star hotel, since they tend to lower prices when demand is weak while the cheaper places generally hold steady. Food tends to be very cheap in Cairo as well, as long as you avoid the restaurants in those fancy hotels.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$39 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$63 per night for two people

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Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt

  • March average high: 77°F/25°C
  • March average low: 61°F/16°C
  • March avg precip: 0.0″/0.0cm

March tends to be an in-between month in most of the world for weather, but in Sharm el-Sheikh it's pretty much the annual sweet spot. Days are warm enough to enjoy sitting on the beach, but they are still not too hot and the evenings are pleasant as well.

Many people add a trip to Sharm el-Sheikh to a visit to Cairo, but more people are just skipping the chaos of Cairo and coming here instead. This is an area that is known for amazing value beach resorts along with diving and other activities. You won't find a better beach hotel deal anywhere. That said, check the news before you book because Egypt has had a few problems in the last ten years or so.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$15 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$33 per night for two people

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Marrakech, Morocco

  • March avg high: 72°F/22°C
  • March avg low: 49°F/9°C
  • March avg precip: 1.5″/3.8cm

It may still be a bit chilly in Marrekech during March so it's not really ideal for those who are absolutely fed up with snow and freezing temperatures, but at least it'll be pleasant here. Fez tends to be a bit cooler year round and a bit cheaper as well, though March may be a bit too early for that city if you need warm weather.

There are amazing numbers of hotels in Marrakech and it's good to be aware that the bottom price level will usually be for something that is very shabby by European standards so many will want to pay a bit more for something nicer. Still, things tend to be cheap in all of Morocco so it's a good overall destination.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$52 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$59 per night for two people

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Cape Town, South Africa

  • March avg high: 78°F/26°C
  • March avg low: 58°F/14°C
  • March avg precip: 0.8″/2.0cm

March is yet another very dry month in Cape Town, and temperatures tend to be pretty much perfect all day and all night as well, even for the beach. The high season hotel prices have eased off a bit so this is a perfect time to enjoy the best possible weather without having to pay the highest prices for it.

Cape Town is relatively cheap once you get there, so the main problem for most people is that it's quite expensive to fly in. Since most people coming from longer distances tend to combine Cape Town with a safari or other activities then the airfare can still be worthwhile for a longer visit, even if it's too expensive to just pop down for a few days.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$64 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$113 per night for two people

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March is a good month to visit many parts of Asia, although some cities like Bangkok, Saigon, and Siem Reap are already too hot during the day for most people. Those looking for hot countries in March will find plenty to choose from in Southeast Asia.

Boracay Island, Philippines

  • March average high: 86°F/30°C
  • March average low: 76°F/24°C
  • March avg precip: 1.8″/4.5cm

You may not have heard of Boracay Island in the Philippines yet, and there are plenty of people who'd rather keep in that way. This small resort island feels like Phuket might have 30 years ago, where pretty much the only way to get around is to saunter along the sand path along White Beach. This place feels modern and there are a few chain restaurants, but generally this island feels far more relaxed and old school than the famous beach resorts in Asia.

One thing that Boracay Island lacks is super-cheap hotels, but many people prefer to NOT have the backpacker crowd mixed in. Still, hotel value is excellent, especially considering that pretty much every hotel on the island is within a 2-minute walk of the sand, or it's up in the hills with gorgeous views. Those looking for a new place to relax in March should consider Boracay, at least until it really catches on in a few years. The whole island was closed to tourists for half of 2018 to repair the infrastructure, so it should be in much better shape now.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$55 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$69 per night for two people

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Pokhara, Nepal

  • March avg high: 72°F/22°C
  • March avg low: 50°F/10°C
  • March avg precip: 1.2″/3.0cm

It's still a bit cool in Pokhara, especially toward the beginning of March, but at least it's very dry, and that is a big key here. This is the trekking capital of the world so you'd rather have cooler days as long as they are clear and dry.

Hotels in Pokhara are incredibly cheap by most standards, and they've built so many new ones that prices are likely to stay low for years to come. Food and drinks are also very good deals here so it's a great place to chill out for a while. The trekking tours can be expensive, however, so if you want to go on multi-day trips with guides you are going to spend a decent chunk of money compared to just staying in town.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$16 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$63 per night for two people

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Chiang Mai, Thailand

  • March avg high: 95°F/35°C
  • March avg low: 65°F/18°C
  • March avg precip: 0.5″/1.3cm

It's good to consider that April is the hottest month of the year in most of Southeast Asia so March is already pretty scorching. Fortunately, Chiang Mai is one of the cooler cities in the region, especially in the evenings, so it's still quite nice and bearable this month. Hotels are still in high season, but the prices here are fantastic even then so there is no point in trying to save money by going when it's hellishly hot instead.

Chiang Mai is one of the world's great budget destinations, especially with its hotels but also with its food, drinks, and shopping. It's very popular for those spending a month or more in the region because it's much less hectic than Bangkok or other big cities while being cheaper as well.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$26 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$43 per night for two people

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Goa, India

  • March avg high: 90°F/32°C
  • March avg low: 74°F/23°C
  • March avg precip: 0.0″/0.0cm

The difficult part of Goa is that it's quite remote for most people so it's not the sort of place you can go for a long weekend. For that reason this Indian state tends to be very popular for longer trips of a couple weeks or more. The weather is really ideal in Goa during March, though it probably means you'll want a place with air conditioning rather than just a fan.

Some cities, such as Anjuna and Vagator, are better for the budget crowd and the nightlife crowd, while other beaches further south specialize more in package hotels in the mid range. You can get by on very little in this area if you need to, but paying more will often get you much better quality that's worth it. The cheaper hotels in Goa (and all over India) tend to be very disappointing, so it's almost always better to splurge a bit and get something with consistent very good reviews.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$31 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$61 per night for two people

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Luang Prabang, Laos

  • March avg high: 92°F/33°C
  • March avg low: 64°F/18°C
  • March avg precip: 1.3″/3.3cm

Similar in some ways to Chiang Mai mentioned above, Luang Prabang at least has cooler evenings through this period of the year so it's still quite nice to visit in March. The key is to do your sightseeing as early as possible and then relax for most of the afternoon.

March is still part of the high season for hotels in Luang Prabang, and accommodation here isn't as cheap as it is in many other tourist cities in the region, but it's still quite cheap by most other standards. Affordable food and drink are also easy to find if you look around a bit, so don't just go into the first place you see if you are trying to save money here.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$38 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$51 per night for two people

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Phuket, Thailand

  • March avg high: 92°F/33°C
  • March avg low: 76°F/24°C
  • March avg precip: 1.9″/4.8cm

It's getting quite hot in March in Phuket, but since it's almost exclusively a beach destination it is still worthy of consideration. In fact, all of the islands in Thailand can be quite nice to visit in March, with Phuket being the most expensive of them. The crowds are thinning out after February so hotel prices are coming down a bit as well.

Phuket is quite a large island with many different beaches on its edges, most of which are quite expensive and lined with posh resorts, so if you are on a low budget you are going to have to choose a beach carefully or even stay in Phuket Town, which is inland. Still, food and drink prices are quite low and it's a fun place if you find the right area for your style.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$40 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$64 per night for two people

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Hong Kong

  • March avg high: 71°F/22°C
  • March avg low: 62°F/17°C
  • March avg precip: 2.8″/7.0cm

Those looking for warm places to visit in March should consider Hong Kong because it's still fairly cool, but at least it's mostly dry, so it's a good time to visit before the summer rainy season can be problematic. This is mostly an indoor city anyway and the evenings are very mild so this is an ideal month to come and enjoy the restaurants, nightlife and shopping in this unique city.

Hotels in Hong Kong have fairly steady prices throughout the year, and the hostels are generally terrible, so finding a cheap hotel isn't too easy. Still, compared to most of the rest of the world Hong Kong is fairly cheap and it's a fascinating place to visit, at least once in your life.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$68 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$84 per night for two people

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Middle East

March is cool and even a bit rainy in most of the Middle East. An exception is Dubai and Abu Dhabi, which both have perfect sunny weather. However, Abu Dhabi isn't cheap enough to make the cut, and Dubai is below.

Dubai, UAE

  • March avg high: 83°F/28°C
  • March avg low: 64°F/18°C
  • March avg precip: 0.8″/2.0cm

Dubai does have a few beaches, but it's mostly popular this month among Europeans who are tired of the long winter and want to escape to a place with warm weather in March. The number one activity here seems to be shopping, as evidenced by the many huge and fancy shopping malls. The weather in March is pretty much perfect and you are unlikely to get any rainfall at all.

Hotels and restaurants in Dubai can be found in a very wide range of prices. Many independent hotels offer great value, including the many that are nightly apartment rentals rather than small hotel rooms. And finding cheap restaurants is easy as long as you follow the locals rather than the other tourists. Alcohol is extremely expensive in bars, which are only attached to hotels. Those who like a drink should consider stopping at the famous Dubai Duty Free on the way in, where you can buy two liters at low prices.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$51 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$69 per night for two people

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17 Responses to “26 Cheap Destinations For 2021 With Great Weather in March”

Mike says:

For the Middle East, you can add the Kish Island of Iran in Persian Gulf which has a perfect weather in winter time and the prices are much more reasonable compared to Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Kish is a beautiful place for vacation.

Ajish says:

During March in India, hill stations in southern parts of India are more delighting and refreshing. For beaches, there are many less spoilt beaches in Kerala.

Larisa says:

I think it’s a little unfair to say that in Europe, the weather is not great in March.Yes, you can’t go to the beach and sun tan, but many European cities are lovely in spring. In my country, Romania, the weather is perfect in March fro backpack travel, cycling or simply to explore the countryside or the most popular cities.

    Roger Wade says:


    I know what you mean and I generally prefer to do my city trips in the shoulder seasons as well, particularly in Europe. However, I stand by my claim that the March weather in nearly all of Europe falls short of “great.” I notice that the average highs and lows in Bucharest in March are such that you’d need a substantial jacket or sweater every day, and the average is close to freezing at night. If you consider this “great” then you’ve lived in Europe too long.

    These monthly lists are constructed for people who are looking for inexpensive destinations where the weather is better than where they are living. If I included every city that had nights that average slightly above freezing at night in March, the list would have maybe 1,000 entries. That’s why I don’t do it and why it only has 24 entries. But again, I do appreciate the comment and I’ll happily visit Romania in March, even if I don’t consider the weather to be great. -Roger

Jo says:

Chiang Mai in March is not the best idea due to burning season dont you think?

    Roger Wade says:


    It really depends on why you are going to Chiang Mai and many people are happy to be there, but you are right that it’s probably worth mentioning in the little blurb so I will add it. Thank you. -Roger

ali says:

I think in the middle east Jordan would be an excellent place to visit in March in terms of weather and sites…you should considering adding.

Aaron says:

Living in Hong Kong. Can confirm. March rocks.

Chris says:

Hi – I was in Israel a couple times in March and it was amazing. Fantastic weather, cheap prices, very friendly people, and lots to see, culturally, historically, and geographically. I would definitely recommend. Tel Aviv in March is around 15*C–19*C, Jerusalem is around 16*C, and Eilat is 20-26*C. Eilat doesn’t charge the VAT tax, so shopping and things in general is super cheap in Eilat, plus you have the coral reef and all the great red sea scuba diving and snorkeling there.

    Roger Wade says:


    Thank you for this. I used to have Tel Aviv on some of these lists because the weather is great, but it is more expensive than nearly all the others on the lists, especially for alcohol. But non-drinkers and those with good budget-travel skills can still keep costs reasonable. -Roger

Guy Barrfy says:

Have you not considered The Gambia.
32c – 35c in March.
The cost of living is really cheap.
Dining out for only a few £s a head.
Only 5.5 hours flying tome from London Garwick



    To be honest I hadn’t considered The Gambia, but I’ve just read that the official travel warnings against going there have been suspended earlier this (2017) year. It looks like an interesting place for those with a big sense of adventure. But I’m seeing no nonstop flights from London and no cheap flights either. Hopefully the country is able to maintain positive momentum in the world travel market. -Roger

susan says:

I was in Chiang Mai in March and it was beautiful and no burning. You should read about what they are doing now about the burning as the government is moving the dates around and stopping some of the burning for tourists.

Jin says:

March 2018 US virgin island destination. Any suggestion? Should we avoid to go to any of these islands due to the previous destruction from the hurricane last year? We are thinking to go to St. Thomas.

Teresa says:

I’m trying to go to Egypt at the end of March (anytime between the 19th-31st). When do you think is the best time I can find the best airfare prices? I’m traveling from the US. Thanks!



    For longer flights like the US to Cairo it seems that the cheapest fares are earlier than they used to be. In other words, most likely the fares you’ll see right now for March flights will be close to the minimum and they will stay around the same price until December or January, when they are likely to start creeping up. I’d recommend doing a fare alert on kayak or airfarewatchdog and they can email you if the fare goes down for your dates. If it doesn’t go down between now and late November I would think about buying anyway. I hope this helps. -Roger


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