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Forget being buffeted by March winds - getting away for a holiday this month means you can visit some of the world's most exotic destinations at a time when they are enjoying the best of the weather - and for a remarkably low price! Whether you fancy lazing on a faraway beach or exploring some of the world's finest cities, you can find a fabulous all-inclusive holiday or package holiday to suit your budget at The Co-operative Travel.
Puerto Rico marks the meeting point of modern America and the laid-back Caribbean, and the result is a colourful island with superb weather, fantastic beaches and a fascinating mix of cultures and histories.
There are signs of its Spanish heritage all over, in the shape of many old buildings, yet nearby you'll also find modern shopping malls and swish casinos. And if you want to trade the high life for the simple pleasures, you're never far from some of the Caribbean's finest beaches, along with natural treasures in the shape of numerous caves and coral reefs. Nowhere do all the trappings of the island's history come together more startlingly than in Old San Juan, one of the best-preserved old colonial cities in all the Americas.
The characteristics which persuaded Admiral Nelson to choose Antigua as the base for Great Britain's Caribbean Fleet in 1784 now make it one of the region's - and the world's - most sought-after holiday destinations.
Enjoy a March holiday in the caribbean
It offers a superb climate, and its many palm fringed white sandy beaches make this reasonably-priced Caribbean island a magnet for sun-worshippers. Warm, steady winds, an interesting coastline with safe harbours, and a protective wall of coral reef. The clear waters provide excellent swimming, sailing and diving facilities.
The most westerly of the Caribbean islands, Antigua is bathed in year-round sunshine, making it an ideal out-of-season destination.
With awesome beaches and a fantastic mix of African, Brazilian and Portuguese culture, Cape Verde has been dubbed the African Caribbean.
Despite being discovered by the Portuguese in the 15th century, Cape Verde is a far more recent discovery as a holiday destination. But its beaches make you wonder why, when stretches such as Sal and Boa Vista have the sort of sand and sea that people flock to the Caribbean to enjoy.
Inland, meanwhile, the landscape of these West African islands is startlingly varied, encompassing anything from arid flatlands to lush valleys and volcanic hills streaked with rivers of frozen lava. It's a football-mad region, while the hub of the town's social scene is the town's squares.
Book a skiing holiday at some of the world's biggest resorts
A high-octane resort which nonetheless welcomes skiers of all abilities, Alpe d'Huez is blessed with many south-facing slopes to give winter sports fans a thrilling mix of snow and sunshine.
Offering one of the longest winter sports seasons of any resort, Alpe d'Huez boasts modern, efficient lifts which take skiers and snowboarders to a massive 140 miles of piste, much of which passes through amazing scenery, and includes the longest black run in Europe, the 10-mile Sarenne.
The resort's extensive facilities for boarders includes two terrain parks, a halfpipe, and boardercross and skiercross courses.
Alpe d'Huez has been popular since the 1960s, and its accommodation covers anything from cosy chalets to no-expense-spared hotels. Non-skiers will find plenty to do, including walking, sledging, ice skating, snowmobiling, tennis and indoor and outdoor swimming.
Skiing holidays don't come much better than val d'isere
One of the top ski resorts in the world, Val d'Isere hosts a multitude of top winter sporting events, yet its ascent to the pinnacle of winter holiday desirability has been relatively recent, considering that the town was first settled in the 13th century.
Development of the resort has been careful to preserve many aspects of this long heritage, having adopted much of the traditional Savoyard style. Nonetheless, beneath this unspoilt exterior beats a heart that craves excitement and a fast-paced way of life, which is satisfied by a very lively après-ski scene!
The nursery slopes are handily located in the village's centre, while intermediate and cross-country skiers are spoilt for choice, and the most advanced can ski the 1992 Winter Olympic course, as well as some challenging moguls and off-piste terrain.
book a skiing holiday in the rocky mountains
The ski and spa resort of Banff is the cultural centre of the Rocky Mountains, with the picturesque Lake Louise marking the heart of a resort boasting 240 runs, reached by a fast and efficient lift network. A tri-area lift pass gives access to all the lifts in the linked resorts of Lake Louise, Norquay and Sunshine Valley, whose combined skiable terrain stretches to an amazing 7,000 acres.
Banff itself sparkles as the cultural heart of this region, and its 200 shops and restaurants welcome 4.5 million visitors each year.
Unusually, all four sides of the Victoria Glacier adjoining Lake Louise can be skied down, giving plenty of scenic variation and the possibility of following the sun as it encircles the slopes.
Families can also enjoy a dream winter holiday here, with once-in-a-lifetime experiences such as a sleigh ride, dog-sledding, toboganning and ice fishing on offer.
Book a holiday to hong kong in March
Springtime is a great time to sample the extraordinarily vibrant and fantastically atmospheric delights of Hong Kong.
During March the weather is cool and the humid conditions of late spring and summer still some way off, which makes this time excellent for satisfying your wanderlust and exploring this unique Asian destination.
Amid the amazing skyscrapers you can spot signs of both the traditional Chinese culture and British colonial heritage. Don't miss the charming funicular tram journey up to the famous Victoria Peak viewpoint to enjoy some of the most awe-inspiring views the city has to offer, then take a ferry to the outlying islands, where you will find beaches, fishing villages, ancient temples and a colourful insight into a much more relaxed Hong Kong lifestyle.
Noisy and chaotic street markets vie for your attention along with state-of-the-art shopping centres, while the main shopping streets are a wonderfully atmospheric riot of neon lights, karaoke bars and bustling street life.
Dining out is a many-faceted experience, ranging from the fun and relaxed street cafes, through traditional Chinese waterfront restaurants to first-class gourmet establishment found in the best Hong Kong hotels.
A fine collection of museums, galleries and cultural centres also provides a relaxing break from Hong Kong's fast-paced excitement. At the other extreme, if your holiday coincides with a race night at the Happy Valley racecourse, don't miss the chance to experience the city's residents going gambling-crazy.
March and April are for the most part dry but the weather can be quite variable. Humidity in Hong Kong is less severe at this time of year and evenings remain pleasantly warm.
Indulge your cultural side on a holiday to luxor
The remarkable Nile Valley city of Luxor is home to more prestigious tombs and monuments than anywhere else in Egypt, and great archaeological discoveries dating back as many as 4,000 years have unearthed proof of its past as a major centre of ancient Egyptian civilisation.
A highly hospitable city, with every type of accommodation available, from small family hotels, to luxury spa hotels and beautiful holiday apartments, you will also find a world of cuisine and great nightlife.
Luxor is the site of the famous city of Thebes - the city of a hundred gates and home to great nobles and Pharaohs. This was the capital of Egypt from the 12th dynasty (1991 BC) until the period known as the New Kingdom, 1570 to 1100 BC. In Luxor's East Bank lies the iconic Karnak Temple which features three temples built and enlarged over a 1,300-year period.
Across the Nile in Luxor's West Bank area, you will find the great Theban necropolis of the Valley of the Queens and the Valley of the Kings, including perhaps the best-known - the tomb of Tutankhamun.
Queen Hatshepsut's Mortuary Temple and the two giant statues known as the Colossi of Memnon are also here. Sight-seeing will take up a great deal of your time in Luxor, but also allow yourself the treat of a felukka boat ride on the Nile, and don't forget to explore the colourful cafes, restaurants, shops and March is considered one of the best months for a holiday to Luxor with seven to eight hours of sunshine, and temperatures of around 22C.
Take some down time on a March beach holiday in perth
The Western Australian capital of Perth offers all the essential ingredients for a great holiday, including some of the country's best beaches, plenty of nightlife, bustling markets, inner city parks, outdoor dining and amazing marine adventures.
Located alongside the widest stretch of the meandering Swan River, the city and its neighbour, the port of Fremantle, enjoy a relaxed outdoors lifestyle, with the river offering the chance to enjoy boating, fishing and surfing. Fremantle's majestic historic architecture takes you back in time, while its marine heritage draws you to the ocean and a short ferry ride to Rottnest Island, a remarkable nature reserve which is the sole habitat of the quokka, a furry, large domestic cat-sized kangaroo-rat lookalike.
Australia's late summer/autumn is a great time to enjoy one of Perth's finest sights, the sun setting into the Indian Ocean from the lawns and beach of Cottesloe, after which you can take a stroll to a nearby pub for a few bevies.
If you can't go any further into the year than March before getting itchy feet, we hope you've found some inspiration for your next break here.