– Datai Beach, Langkawi Island. One of the world’s most secluded and picture-perfect hideaways.
– Pantai Teluk Belanga (Emerald Bay), Pangkor Laut. A luxury resort on the brilliant crescent bay of a tiny private island.
– Berjaya Tioman Beach Resort, a secluded, palm-fringed beach, or Kampung Juarafor total serenity. Both on Tioman Island.
– Long Beach, Kecil Island, Perhentian Islands. A popular destination for budget travelers.
– Puraran Beach, Catanduanes Island, one of the Philippines’ major surf venues with with white sand that demands a hug.
– Redang Island, Redang archipelago, with a superb marine park, is excellent for scuba/snorkel addicts.
– Turtle Beach and Golden Beach, Similajau National Park, Sarawak. Well worth the hassle to get there for some of Malaysia’s finest beaches.
– Honda Bay, Palawan, Philippines. An area of outstanding natural beauty.
– Malapascua Island, Cebu. Relatively unknown but highly rated as one of the world’s best beach/dives.
– Bantayan Island, Cebu. A low-key, laid-back resort with friendly locals.
– Muelle Bay, Puerto Galera, Mindoro Island. An ideal place to go island-hopping on to pristine beaches.
– Alona Beach, Panglao Island, Bohol. A picturesque beach near the famous Chocolate Hills landscape.
– White Beach, Boracay Island. Exceptionally white, soft sand that never gets hot, a long palm fringe and with a huge variety of small, friendly accommodations.
– Mui Ne Beach, Mui Ne, near Phan Thiet. An upcoming resort area known for its spectacular sand dunes.
– Hon Chong Beach, Ha Tien; a seductive beach near the Cambodian border.
– Bai Tam (Long Beach), Phu Quoc Island. A secret jewel of Southeast Asia.
– USA: the state of Florida is southerly enough to be warm by April, but keep on going south to the Florida Keys for smaller beaches but more heat.
– Canary Islands (Spain), a grand variety of beaches on offer from action-packed, to big and placid, to secluded and natural.
– South Africa, Camps Bay, with stunning views and easy access from beautiful Capetown, but chilly water.
– Brazil is blessed with many massive, fine beaches, such as Rio’s magnificent Copacabana- perhaps the world’s best city beach- though the seas are usually rough and cold. (December-February is Brazil’s summer holiday season so a busy time and extremely hot, 40C+).
– Rock Islands, Palau, known for their curious and beautiful coral rock formations and great beaches, but the most of south Pacific islands are in the wet season.
Beaches that are not a good idea in March
Ile Sainte Marie. An idyllic island resort fringed by peaceful beaches, though the cyclone season is from February to March.
such as the Cook Islands, Fiji and Samoas are still in a wet patch.