Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

Wanderlusting: Top 5 Sunny Destinations for March


March is often a month when I get away.  By this time, Boston has been such a mess of rain, snows and dark afternoons that I can’t take it anymore!  This year, I’m not running off to South Padre Island to dance with Vanilla Ice again, like I did in 2007, but a girl can dream of what she’d like to do in the future.

Here are the top 5 sunny destinations that I’m dreaming about this March:

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5) Panama. My sister went here in January and loved it so much that our mom went a month later!

Panama is is a destination to go to NOW.  It has everything that Costa Rica has — rainforest, ziplining, beaches, surfing, backpacker hangouts, upscale resorts and more — but it’s cheaper and under the radar.  Plus, Panama City is a surprisingly fun and chic — and you can’t say that about most Central American cities!

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4) Miami. Why haven’t I made it here yet?  It’s hot, the nightlife scene is insane, and it’s easy to get to from Boston!  Beaches, hot restaurants, clubs, shopping, spas, cruising down Collins Ave. in a convertible…it sounds like Vegas, minus the gambling, plus a beach.

Miami is also best during this time of year in terms of weather and scene (though not in cost).  I found this out when I was considering booking a trip there in June — turns out June is the rainiest month!

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3) Turks and Caicos. High on my list of Caribbean holidays.

Turks and Caicos is a Caribbean paradise with gorgeous beaches, but it hasn’t yet been developed as much by as other resort destinations.  You go to Cancun to pile 10 friends into a godawful but cheap hotel room — you won’t find that in Turks and Caicos.  Quality is still a value here.

My friend The Missus is a big fan, having been with her husband several times.  And there is currently a sale on Jetsetter for the Gansevoort Turks and Caicos, which opened last year!  (Not a member at Jetsetter? Contact me. I’ll send you an invite.)

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2) Basque Country, Spain. Desert, ocean, and fantastic food.

Not sure how the weather is here in March, but I would love to see San Sebastian, which I first read about in my favorite book of all time, The Sun Also Rises.  There’s Frank Gehry’s incredible Guggenheim of Bilbao, and Hemingway’s Pamplona.  Northern Spain is also the top cutting-edge cuisine destination in the world, believe it or not!

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1) The Seychelles. If I somehow strike it rich, this is where I’m going.

The Seychelles are an archipelago not too far from Madagascar in the Indian Ocean.  They’re also home to some of the most luxurious resorts on the planet.  When David and Victoria Beckham celebrated their tenth anniversary, they rented out the entire North Island.

The Seychelles’ relative isolation, mystery and exclusivity are what make me want to visit them the most.

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