Enjoy the Caribbean in March, with lush temperatures ideal for action or relaxation, with very little rainfall over this month, there's no reason not to put a spring in your step as the seasons turn and take a March trip to the Caribbean! While there's plenty to do on the islands with excellent tours, delicious fruits to try, and evening adventures for those who like to dress up or dress down, you'll also find pleasant temperatures in the water, perfect for snorkelling and discover the abundant marine life – you might even spot an octopus!
This stunning collection of islands enjoys some of its driest days in March, so if blue skies and baking sunshine are your things, then this is the place for you! If you love basking in the sun, then Port of Spain (Trinidad) is the destination for you, with highs of 32°C and twelve hours of daylight to soak it all up, sun-seekers will rejoice in the more southerly islands. By comparison, the Cayman Islands are by no means cold but offer a balmier average high temperature of 27/8°C, which is ideal for those who want to be a little more active during their stay.
Where ever you go, the sea is a welcoming tropical average of 27°C so with a swimsuit, snorkel and GoPro you're set.
Tip – fancy taking snorkelling to the next level? Aruba offers a range of wreck diving courses, so you can pass your PADI and explore artificial reefs at the same time! – (link to Wreck Diving in Aruba)
With the long days you'll have plenty of opportunity to make the day your own, you decide the pace, whether it's action, relaxation or taking the time to dine, you can fit it all in in one big, beautiful day. A trip to the Caribbean in March simply isn't complete without a boat trip, there's a whole range of brilliant boats to choose from and hiring a skipper in any of the ports is easy.
Get the best view of the islands from the crystal waters, and enjoy the sun reflecting from the big blue sea. The Caribbean boasts some of the finest beaches and views in the world, you're sure to snap the perfect holiday pics wherever you choose to spend your days.
Tip – Pitons, St Lucia has some fantastic geology, with dramatic high peaks it's the perfect place for that jaw dropping snap.
As for the nightlife, there's plenty going on across the islands with spring breakers, and the start of the party season as the busiest times on the island begin. (Spring Break is a vacation in early Spring at Universities and schools).
Tip – if you want a mix of evening life, culture and natural beauty then the insiders’ choice would definitely be the vibrant island of Jamaica.
If you're not tied to the school schedule by children or work in education, then you'll want to keep an eye on the holiday timetables; with long Easter breaks and the bank holiday annual leavers, if you're looking for a quieter break then make sure you book your flights in early March! 'Over the pond' Spring Break (a week's holiday for American college and university students falling 04/03-10/03/2018) also brings an abundance of people to the islands, flooding to the party hot spots such as Cancun, Curaçao and San Juan, this could be exactly what you’re looking for in the Caribbean in March, as there will be plenty of people to mix and mingle with but if you’re looking for a quieter holiday maybe avoid these areas in March.
Visiting earlier in March should also help you avoid the price rise that comes as the more popular season of the year comes around, but the popularity of the destination should only encourage you, there's a reason that it's so popular!
March Events and Festivals
Barbados Horticultural Society
On the 18th of March 2pm-6pm the Barbados Horticultural Society located at Balls, Christ Church, opens its doors. The BHS is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation dedicated to promoting gardening and horticulture in Barbados, so by attending this exclusive event not only will you experience a unique side of horticulture on the island, you'll also be promoting the preservation of the society!
Adults BB$15, children go free.
Monkeyland and Plantation Safari Tour from Punta Cana (Dominican Republic)
Enjoy a 5-hour guided trip to Monkeyland and a local plantation aboard an open-air safari-style vehicle. You'll get to observe squirrel monkeys in their natural habitat and get more of the stunning mountain views that make the Caribbean in March (and throughout the year for that matter) so stunning. You'll also be guided in the ecology and biology of the island as you tour the island’s colourful native plants and flowers in the habitat's botanical garden.
BB$75 for adults and BB$50 for children, infants go free. If you book with Dominican Republic Runners Adventure 10 days in advance you can get a nifty 10% off the price!
Jazz Artists on the Greens
Join for the 16th Edition of this event in 2018. The event is held on the 17th of March at The Greens at Farm Road, St. Joseph, Trinidad and Tobago. For the more chilled out music lovers among you, this is the perfect event to really soak up what island life and Caribbean community are all about. The event promoters encourage you to bring along your picnics, blankets and sunscreen and enjoy a day basking in the music and the brilliant vibes. Consider yourself invited to this relaxed event, doors are at 3:30 pm and guests are encouraged 'to come early and stay late' - enjoy!
Tickets are BB$61.13 with EventBrite.
Trelawny Yam Festival, yep – you've read it correctly! Held in the Trelawny Parish of Jamaica on Easter Monday, the yam festival is actually a surprisingly vibrant and busy event, regularly bringing in more than 10,000 attendees each year. The festival itself, of course, offers ample opportunities to sample yams in their finest forms.
Tip - make sure you try yams made up into delicious spicy Jamaican patties, these pastry treats give the European bakers a run for their money!
If you enjoy a good ceremony as much as the next person then you're bound to enjoy the odd event of honouring a yam king and queen and will marvel at the giant yams produced on the island. As the sun sets the festival doesn't- stay a little longer and enjoy live music well into the evening.
No tickets needed.
St Maarten Heineken Regatta, starting March 1st in St. Maarten, is enjoying the 38th year of hosting this event in the Caribbean. Drawing in world-class entertainment alongside emerging and established talent in the sailing world, you can watch from sea or shore as sportspeople from some 35 countries battle for this years' title!
Tickets range from $17.37 to $130.12.
Bermuda International Film Festival, who needs Cannes, and who says film binges are only for rainy afternoons? Combine culture, sun and internationalism in this spectacular independent event, this is one of only four independent film festivals in the world. 80 films are screened over nine days in March, with a range of lengths and subject from features, documentaries and shorts screened at four theatres on Bermuda. Enjoy discussions about the films with scheduled Q&A sessions with filmmakers, parties and social events speckled throughout the screenings. The Caribbean in March is the world’s best secret culture hot spot!
Tickets range in price depending on what screenings you'd like to attend, all information can be found on their website, www.BIFF.bm.