Vacation Places Guides March – April 2018
Note that Sunday April 1 is Easter day in 2018 so the week before and after are going to be hectic for tourist accommodation and crowds (book early! ) but equally hectic with festivals, with plenty of colorful Carnival events during March and April. If you want to confirm festival dates check our festivals listings for March – April here.
The Northern Hemisphere is coming out of its winter depression, daylight hours are a decent length, grey skies are morphing into blue and spring flowers are popping up so it’s time to celebrate! Now. . . where to go?
Low cost vacation places in 2018
Currently the cheapest long-haul tourist destinations worldwide, based on typical holiday spending are:
1: Tokyo, Japan
2: Cape Town, South Africa
3: Mombasa, Kenya
4: Colombo, Sri Lanka
5: Hoi An, Vietnam
6: Bali, Indonesia
7: Tamarindo, Costa Rica
8: Orlando, Florida, USA
9: Penang, Malaysia
10: Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (some hurricane damage but major tourist destinations, including Punta Cana, Santo Domingo, Puerto Plata, and Samana are operating normally)
US Vacation Places March – April 2018
Washington DC cherry blossom time, with the peak bloom between the last week of March through the first week or of April, USA. Photo al jazeera
Beaches in southern California should be reaching comfortable highs of around 69F (20C), lows around 50F (10C) while on the other side of the country north Florida – such as Panama City – should be warmer with Daytona Beach showing highs of 77F (25C) and lows of 52F (11C).
Saturday 3rd of March is the start and best bit of Alaska‘s Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race; the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo runs from Feb. 27 – March 18; Daytona Beach’s Official Bike Week – the world’s biggest motorbike fest runs from 9 – 18 March in 2018; USA, St Patrick’s Day Parade is as always on 17 March and is an especially good event in Chicago, Boston, New York and San Francisco; California’s Coachella Valley Music and Art Festival takes place 13 – 15 & 20 – 22 April;
New Orleans’ spectacular Mardi Gras goes over-the-top on Tuesday February 13th but locals start celebrating up to two weeks before while the biggest party in Texas, Fiesta San Antonio, runs 19-29 April.
Canada March – April 2018
Snowshoeing and snowmobiling around Whistler’s lower zones. Photo by CTC.
Canada tourist life is still mainly about winter sports during these months with BC’s Whistler and Quebec’s Mont Tremblant at the top of winter destination list. Whistler’s WSSF -World Ski and Snowboard Festival is Canada’s largest free outdoor concert series, snow and music/arts/sports combined! It usually runs for 10 days in mid April but no date for 2018 has been announced yet (as of December ’17). Canadian hiking life begins properly starts in May.
Caribbean Vacation Places March – April 2018
Doctor’s Cave Beach, Jamaica, Caribbean
Mexico and the Caribbean will be good and hot for your dollars as usual, and coming towards the end of their best season. Mexico offers a lot more culture (this is one of the world’s most interesting countries) and low cost travel options than the Caribbean but budget Caribbean islands do exist. The cheapest Caribbean island that also happens to host some of the best beaches and a wide range of activities is the Dominican Republic which was not hit badly by the Fall hurricanes, unlike Puerto Rico and the US/British Virgin Islands. See below for more on hurricane damaged islands.
Please note that the infamously boisterous American college Spring Breaks will effectively take over some popular tourist destinations throughout March in 2018. Vacation here at your own risk: South Padre Island, Texas; Panama City Beach, Florida; Colorado Skiing; Cancun (Mexico), Cabo San Lucas (Mexico), and the Bahamas (almost Caribbean).
Hurricane Irma did considerable damage in some locations, especially when compounded with the Hurricane Maria follow-up.
These destinations sustained severe damage:
Barbuda (sister to Antigua)
St Maarten/Saint Martin
British Virgin Islands
USVI, especially hotels on St Thomas & St John
Florida Keys, particularly Middle Keys, and Miami is still a mess.
Cuba/Havan/Varadero has been well cleaned up we’re told
Turks and Caicos
The Bahamas southern islands
However, these islands – and more – are still beautiful and untouched by Irma:
Trinidad & Tobago
Latin America Vacation Places, March – April 2018
Miraflores district of Lima, Peru.
Peru is an absolute must-see destination for any traveler interested in exotic surroundings with colorful people, amazing Inca structures, Andes Mountains, Amazon Rainforest, Nazca Lines and guinea pigs for dinner! Yum.
In Latin America (Central and South America) March – April should be fine in Argentina (esp. Patagonia or Bariloche hiking and Valdes wildlife), Chile (esp. Atacama Desert and brilliant hikes in Torres del Paine NP), Costa Rica (esp. wildlife + beaches+rainforest + volcanoes), the Galapagos Islands (wildlife) , Guatemala (pyramids and colorful people), Peru (everything! #1 must-see in the world! ) and of course Mexico (magnificent Maya structures, brilliant beaches, great food and drinks, cheap! ) but the weather in the remainder of the South American continent is at its worst.