For most of us, March can’t come soon enough after puffy coats and icy roads of winter. March ushers in the first day of spring. It brings longer days when we spring forward those clocks. It can include the Easter holiday. It might even be the month you take your spring break. March is certainly a transitional month, making it an ideal time to hit the road. The month tends to fall in the shoulder season of many destinations, when the weather is not too hot and too cold. Perhaps Goldilocks said it best. It’s just right.
If you are getting married in March or just trying to pen down the best time to take your honeymoon, March has its moments. With many destinations starting to bloom during the month and the crowds of summer still far off in the distance, March can be a great time to head to these parts of the world for your honeymoon.
Situated on the equator, Tanzania frequently falls into the “year round destinations” category. Weather conditions are favorable no matter the time of year in this southeast African country. With it’s pristine national parks, Tanzania also provides the chance for couples to see the famed Big Five, elephants, lions, leopards, buffalo and rhinos. Oh my!
At the same time, March brings this portion of Africa some of the best game viewing conditions with drier weather. The lack of rain also means fewer mosquitoes raining on your honeymoon parade. March is also a good time to visit Tanzania as many of the birds that have flown south from Europe are still here and calving season is underway when you can see thousands of calves born everyday in the Serengeti.
For a romantic honeymoon spot in the country, couples can settle into Azura Selous. Located on the massive Selous Game Preserve, a sprawling 44,800 square kilometers, the luxury safari camp provides all the space and seclusion your honeymoon in Tanzania might need.
The property outfits with 12 tented villas, all with views over the Great Ruaha River. Amenities on site include private plunge pools, indoor and outdoors showers and spa services. Honeymooners can also take advantage of Azura Selous’ location in Tanzania and go on a game drive through the preserve.
Where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortez, you will find Cabo San Lucas relishing in its natural positioning. Known for its protected beaches, abundance of water sports, lively bars and those iconic sunsets, Cabo San Lucas can be a favorite honeymoon destination, especially in March.
While you might find prices to be a bit higher and more crowds, March brings Cabo some of its best weather. Average temperatures hover in the perfect range from the mid 70s°F to the mid 80s°F. If you want to whale watch as newlyweds, March can also be the best in Cabo for spotting whales.
At the same time, Cabo can be a bit of a zoo, especially around spring break. That doesn’t mean you can’t find a quiet corner of paradise. For honeymooners seeking a bit more privacy, try Villa Serena and Villa Amanda. The two beachfront vacation villas ideally locate on their own private white sandy beach. Guests can enjoy views of the Sea of Cortez right from their bedrooms.
Amenities on site include flat screen televisions, high thread count linens and your own personal Lifestyle Concierge. Villa Serena and Villa Amanda can be rented out together or individually and reside just 30 minutes from Los Cabos International Airport. You can also check out our locals guide to Cabo San Lucas for more Cabo honeymoon planning tips.
Texas can be downright miserable in the summer months and surprisingly chilly in the winter. It is in the shoulder season in which Texas begins to shine, especially in Austin and throughout the Hill Country. Austin provides all the music, eating and culture you could want in a honeymoon. While March can be the busiest month in town as the SXSW Music Festival occurs, it can also be a once in a lifetime experience to head to the city for the acclaimed event.
In close reach to Austin, you can find the Hill County, a region in central and south Texas. Known for its wide open spaces, unending blue sky and rocky terrain, the Hill Country might seem a bit like an out there honeymoon destination. However, in March, it’s hard to beat the romance of this area when the wildflowers, especially the blooming bluebonnets, awake for spring. March is also a fine time in the Hill Country for outdoor pursuits. Its cool mornings prove ideal for hiking in the area.
If you want to honeymoon in both Austin and the Hill Country, you can set up camp in Austin at the boutique Hotel Cecilia. Right within walking distance of the South Congress District, home to Austin’s main music and restaurant scene, couples are put right in the heart of the action of the city.
At the same time, the hotel’s proximity to the Hill Country makes it possible to escape out of town on day trips to explore more rural Texas. Guest can appreciate a 50-foot pool and an ambiance harking back to the music, arts and culture of the 1960s and 1970s.
Florence appears very much like it dropped out of a Renaissance painting and was never touched. The main city in Tuscany is also one of the most popular to visit in Italy no matter the season. Couples dreaming of la dolce vita in Florence won’t necessarily have to battle the crowds and lines if you plan your honeymoon in March. March in Florence brings more spring-like temperatures. The humidity of summer is still kept at bay with temperatures reaching highs in the 60s and lows in the 40s.
Couples who love activity will find it in Florence, especially in the festival department. March brings its fair share of food festivals to Florence and free museum days. However, the city is perhaps best known for its Easter celebrations including its Explosion of the Cart in which a firework laced cart parades through town.
While you can always stay right in the heart of Florence, couples seeking to make day trips into town can rest up at Borgo Santo Pietro. For a quieter experience than the city life, the boutique hotel sets up in a renovated 13th century villa in Tuscany. Suites adorn with antique furnishings, ornate chandeliers and hand painted murals for that certain Italian flare.
Borgo Santo Pietro positions just one hour from Florence in the Valle Serena. Couples can easily pop into the city during the day and head for the hills of Tuscany by night.
Honeymoons are by their very definition romantic, but some destination put in a little extra effort to offer a truly amorous setting. Running northeast from Mount Abu to the ruins of Ancient Delhi, Rajasthan identifies as the largest state in India.
The area fills with majestic forts, opulent palaces, wild desert terrain and colorful cities. Couples come to Rajasthan for its enduring architectural wonders, sand dunes, jungle, wild animals and vibrant culture. Should you choose to come in March, you will be visiting in Rajasthan’s best time of the year when the sun isn’t as intense and the crowds have lessened. March also welcomes one of the area’s most celebrated festivals, the Elephant Festival in Jaipur.
Honeymooners can join in the magic of the area by staying at JAWAI Leopard Camp. The classic safari camp featured 8 luxury-tented suites. Such accommodations prove ideal for couples looking to have a safari type honeymoon. Each tented suite has its own private deck to enjoy the rural views. In addition, the property can arrange for you and your new spouse to take a game drive, visit the on site spa or even travel to the UNESCO Heritage site at Kumbhalgarh.
Settled into the heart of Central America, wedged between Mexico and Guatemala, Belize fills with Maya ruins, rainforest and some of the best snorkeling and scuba diving in the world. March in Belize falls in the dry season, which can mean high prices and crowds. However, it also affords couples some of the best weather with highs around 85°F and lows in the 70s. The clear and calm waters of March also mean better conditions for snorkeling and scuba diving making March the perfect time for a honeymoon in Belize.
Belize features a number of islands, some of which you can have all to yourself. Located in the Western Caribbean, you can find Cayo Espanto. The private island is home to seven villas, all overlooking the sea. One of the villas hangs out over the water in dramatic fashion. The others have their merits too with private plunge pools and alfresco showers. Cayo Espanto caters to honeymooners in that the property can set up all of the your activities in Belize, from bird watching to snorkeling.
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