50th birthday holidays in March
By Mark Hodson, Sunday Times Travel Writer
If you have a 50th birthday in March and you want to line something REALLY special, I’ve got some cracking ideas for you. Perhaps you want to celebrate in style, set out on a unique adventure or toast your half century surrounded by friends and family. Whichever way, here’s my guide to the best 50th birthday holidays in March.
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Ethiopia is one of the unsung heroes of Africa, offering dramatic mountain scenery, ancient churches and monasteries, national parks and volcanic lakes. It’s the dry season in March, ideal for a trekking holiday.
In South America, Colombia is fast emerging as a must-visit destination for jungle, mountains, beaches, coffee plantations, colonial cities and rainforest. You could explore Brazil or Argentina with on-the-ground specialists, Dehouche.
There’s much more to Thailand than luxury hotels and backpacker huts. Take a cruise on the Chao Phraya River, then escape to remote Koyao Island Resort. Then take a ride on the Eastern & Oriental Express between Bangkok and Singapore for gourmet dining and 1920s colonial style.
You’ll also find old-school glamour in Egypt where you can cruise Nile on a Dahabiya, a traditional sailing boat. A private charter for up to 12 people can be arranged.
You can now fly direct to Costa Rica for rainforest and cloud forest, volcanoes, wildlife reserves and Pacific and Caribbean beaches. The weather in March is ideal, but prices are lower than in the peak winter season.
Rent a house for your 50th party
Surrounding yourself with friends and family is one of the best ways to celebrate a birthday. The easiest option is a cottage or large house in the UK, and March is a very cheap time of year to do this.
If you want some scenic walks on your doorstep, you could rent a luxury cottage in the Lake District or the Peak District. The Cotswolds is a great option because it’s fairly easy to reach from points across mainland Britain. Further north you could try the Yorkshire Dales.
For large properties in sunnier climes, check out Vintage Travel.
City breaks for 50th celebrations
You could turn up the adrenalin with a few days in New York. For something even more special, you can combine the Big Apple with Miami’s South Beach.
March is a bit early in the season to guarantee hot weather in the Mediterranean. But you only have to fly four hours to reach Madeira where you’ll find historic hotels, scenic walking paths and superb Portuguese restaurants. It’s also four hours flying time to Lanzarote and Tenerife where you can look forward to temperatures of 22ºC and 7 hours of daily sun.
It’s the tail end of the high season in Goa so you’ll find good deals on luxury hotels to enjoy white sand beaches, sunsets and fresh seafood. Expect 9 hours of daily sun and 30ºC. See the latest offers.
March is a wonderful time in the Caribbean and is good value if you avoid the Easter holidays. For pure beach hedonism and amazing dining, head to Anguilla or the Cayman Islands. For romance and sightseeing, try St Lucia. And if you want to combine beaches with exciting Latin culture, head to Cuba.
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Last updated: 3 February 2020
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