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As the UK hopes to see the beginning of spring, it is still a while until higher temperatures return. Some of the best escapes to warmer climes at this time include Cuba, where there are sunny skies, warm weather, little rain and fewer crowds than usual. March to April is the last opportunity to visit Oman before real summer highs set in. Peak tourist season has past, so you may be lucky enough to combine warm temperatures with uncrowded sightseeing. Burma is similarly coming to the end of high season as March sees the last of the dry weather – the perfect time for peaceful Irrawaddy cruising and temple visits. Meanwhile Argentina is moving from summer into autumn, the season of plenty. Grapes are harvested and the wine flows freely at Mendoza’s 10-day wine festival.
Temperatures are creeping up but rainy weather and hurricane season will hold off until after April making this an ideal time to explore the historic cities, magnificent landscapes and exuberant culture of this island nation. Tour Havana, the beating heart of the country; Santiago, the cradle of the Cuban revolution; and colonial ports that thrived on the sugar trade. Away from the cities relax amid the green valleys and tobacco plantations of Viñales or spend idle hours on the glorious stretches of white sand that fringe the cayes of Cuba’s enticing coastline.
The best months to visit Oman are between October and April while temperatures will be between 20–30°C, and cooler in the mountains. April will also be less busy than the winter months and is the end of the rose-blooming season in the Jabel Akhdar mountains, near to Muscat. As a conservative country, Omani traditional culture is very welcoming and hasn’t been completely shrouded by great wealth like its neighbours.
Visiting Argentina in the autumn months, between March and May, has numerous advantages. The weather is most temperate in Buenos Aires and autumnal leaves turn the Lake District and Mendoza into a spectacular scene. It’s also harvest season, and the country celebrates with their wine festival in the region where most of it is produced – Mendoza. The revelry lasts for 10 days with the Queens Carousel Parade, a spectacular stage show, fireworks, dancing and, of course, plenty of wine to taste. With the country being the world’s fifth largest wine producer, it is no wonder the festival is such a popular event.
March is a perfect time to visit Burma (Myanmar) as it’s the country's dry season and the weather is not too hot. As the dry season ends in March, this spells the start of the low season for tourists and often means sights will be less crowded than usual. We regard March as the best time to visit the ethereal temples in Rangoon (Yangon) and Pagan (Bagan) as well as to cruise the Irrawaddy. Why not explore the further reaches of this country, perhaps discovering the pristine beaches in Ngapali or heading to the cool highlands to stay in Pyin Oo Lwin.