March heralds change: the northern hemisphere enters spring and days lengthen, while autumnal rains begin in the south
Latin American summers start to cool, but monsoons have yet to hit Asia (though heat is building). Daylight returns to the Arctic, and the northern lights glow. Semana Santa Easter celebrations rock the Catholic world.
New England transforms into a tapestry of colour in March as the season shifts from winter to spring
Celebrate the end of winter in Bostonian style: with plenty of food and fun. And as the city's population is one that lays claim to Irish roots, it's also one of the best places to mark St Patrick's Day - after the Emerald Isle itself of course.
This wildlife-rich, great value isle is ideal for honeymooners looking to combine palm-fringed beaches with misty hills, delicious food and a dose of culture
The sublime south-west shores are driest and most tranquil November-April, after the main monsoon. This is also when cetaceans flock to Sri Lankan shores. Dondra Point, on the south coast, offers some of the world's best viewing of blue and sperm whales; March and April are two top months, with up to 90% of trips sighting the planet's biggest creature.
Sunshine hours peak in March, too, making it an ideal time to nip into Yala National Park to spot leopards, go trekking in the quiet Knuckles mountain range, or take in the cultural sights of Kandy, including the Temple of the Buddha's Tooth.
Wind up with a romantic train ride to Horton Plains National Park, where you can watch the sun set from the panoramic 'World's End'.
March is a prime time to see the northern lights: skies are still dark but viewing them is less chilly. Lying in the 'aurora oval', Fairbanks offers great displays, and the World Ice Art Champs (Feb-Mar) brings icy sculptures to town.
Monsoon rains hit north-west Malaysia from April; get there beforehand (driest Dec-Mar), to explore this blissful 99-island archipelago - plus the water's now warm, calm and clear. Take a day trip to Pulau Payar Marine Park, moor up at the underwater glass chamber to spy the seabed then snorkel over canyons and crevices, home to many colourful fish.
This smattering of islands off Brazil's north-east coast is something of an eco-paradise - perfect for rounding off a Latino honeymoon. August-April is dry season; November-May sees sea turtles visit to lay eggs. Take a boat trip to spot spinner dolphins, then finish the day with a sunset dune-buggy ride.
Hot (around 28°C) but not yet unpleasantly baking, Dubai is ideal for spring heat-seekers. Combine jewellery splurges in the glittering gold souk with breezy boat trips on the Creek and 4WD dune-bashing adventures in the desert.
It takes two to tango - and that's a promise in seductive Buenos
Aires. As the city simmers nicely in mid-20°C heat, the annual
Tango Festival (early March) is even hotter. Learn a few
of your own before sharing a candlelit dinner of probably the best (and best value) steak you'll ever have.
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