March is finally here, which means only one thing: spring is coming! Not soon enough, you say? Well, there’s only one way to fix that: take a trip somewhere warm and savor an early taste of spring!
French Riviera: The Good Life
March is a great month to explore the Riviera. From Nice to Cannes and Monte Carlo, take advantage of the off season to experience the area at your own pace, as the streets are quieter and the atmosphere more laid-back. Swimming may not be an option just yet, but the early spring weather should lend itself perfectly to sightseeing and outdoor activities. For instance, you could enjoy a coastal hike around the beautiful Cap Ferrat peninsula, between Villefranche-sur-Mer and Beaulieu-sur-Mer: the panoramic views across the coastline are unforgettable. Make a stop in the delightful harbor village of St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat for a relaxing meal in one of the seafood restaurants along the quayside. You can also take a boat trip around Cap d’Antibes and the Lerins islands, where clear turquoise waters lap gently along the shore. The possibilities are endless.
See our vacation rentals on the French Riviera
Puerto Vallarta: Colorful Culture
How would you like to vacation in a city that combines stunning tropical scenery, gorgeous beaches, a rich history and a vibrant nightlife? If this sounds like your kind of place, then Puerto Vallarta is the perfect destination for you! And with glorious weather and warm waters offering perfect swimming conditions right about this time of year, March is the ideal month to go. Encircled by the rugged Sierra Madre, and fronted by stretches of golden sand on the beautiful Bay of Banderas, Puerto Vallarta gives you the option to go hiking or mountain biking in the morning, then laze away on the beach in the afternoon. A day about town will take you through the narrow cobblestone streets of its old historic center, where you will find a multitude of gourmet cafes, top restaurants, art galleries and bars. Sweet life.
See our vacation rentals in Puerto Vallarta
Lombok: Unspoiled Beauty
If you are yearning for a peaceful and relaxing getaway by the beach, amid tropical jungles, the Indonesian island of Lombok is just what the doctor ordered! Going in March, which is Lombok’s low season, means you’ll easily find the calm and tranquility you’re looking for. As it is still officially wet season, expect brief but powerful thunderstorms in the afternoons: perhaps the ideal time to surrender into deep relaxation with a traditional massage, while listening to the soothing sound of the rain. In the mornings, you could go snorkeling along the reef, or catching some waves on the southern coastline, which happens to be a world-class surf spot. Of course, simply sinking your toes into the sand on one of the island’s pristine beaches and absorbing the serene beauty of your surroundings is also a perfectly valid alternative…
See our vacation rentals in Lombok
Algarve: Spring Sunshine
Blue skies, balmy temperatures… the Algarve is calling. Spring temperatures are ideal for sitting in the sun, or exploring the unspoilt countryside on foot, bike or horseback. Following the Via Algarviana, a long footpath that stretches from the Spanish border to the Atlantic coast, through mountains, clifftops and valleys, you’ll be rewarded with spectacular vistas all along the way. And with orange blossom season in full swing, the countryside is particularly beautiful in March. Take a deep breath as the delicate white flowers fill the air with their enchanting scent, mixing with the fragrance of the acacias, which are also in full bloom. For a unique insight into local life, soak up the atmosphere of traditional villages and make sure to visit a fish market in the morning, right after the fishermen have brought in their catch!
See our vacation rentals in the Algarve