From glugging golden suds to basking on pristine beaches, we’ve picked four fantastic destinations for sun, fun, and adventure in March 2018
Best for families – Orlando, USA
With 18 theme parks within its city limit, Orlando is known as the ‘Theme Park Capital of the World’ and promises entertainment for the whole family. Walt Disney World Resort and Universal Orlando are the two main attractions. Stay in a Disney World Resort Hotel and claim your ‘Extra Magic Hours’ – the pass allows you to enjoy thrill rides before or after the crowds. Meanwhile, Universal Orlando’s VIP Experience gives you priority front-of- the-line access to all rides and personal tours.
Best for a city break – Reykjavik, Iceland
Is March a good time to catch the Northern Lights in Iceland? We don’t have a crystal ball to predict if you can see them, but you will have fun in Reykjavik on 1 March. This is because more than a century ago Iceland banned all alcoholic drinks. The country went dark (much darker than its usual winter days) for 74 years. Things changed on 1 March 1989 when the nation re-legalised beer. The date, known locally as Beer Day, is now celebrated annually with gusto. So head to Reykjavik this March for boozy late nights – just don’t get a hangover that will last longer than an Icelandic winter. PS: if you don’t like beer, try Brennivín, aka “Black Death”, a signature spirit of Iceland.
Best for a beach break – La Parguera, Puerto Rico
Still listening to “Despacito” and imagining you’re in Puerto Rico? That’s so 2017. This March, swing your hips and create your own magic by jetting off to Puerto Rico. Within La Parguera Nature Reserve on the west coast of the island, the hardly-known Mata la Gata makes the perfect base for swimming and snorkelling. Before you go, read this useful Puerto Rico travel guide.
Best for an adventure break – Scotland
If you’re prepared to plough through mud-filled trenches and scramble up scree slopes in the UK’s biggest night race, sign up for the annual, notoriously tricky Mighty Deerstalker obstacle race on 3 March 2018. Wear a head torch; you’ll need it to overcome all the obstacles the course will throw your way. If that sounds too rough, walk the 104km (65 miles) Borders Abbeys Way trail peppered with pretty towns and villages. For more ideas, see our Things to see & do in Scotland guide.