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Sometimes you just can’t wait for summer. The good news is, you don’t have to. Here are five of the warmest destinations – that are also easy to get to from most major U.S. cities – for a quick summer escape in March and early spring.

MEXICO in March

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Mexico might actually be hotter in March than the middle of summer back home depending on what part of the country you live in. With daily highs in the low to mid 80s and nights dipping to the 60s, things are already heating up in Mexico. You can expect plenty of sunshine, little rain and warm seas, making it one of the best places right now to relax with your feet in the sand.

Places to Go & Things to Do

It doesn’t matter if you’re an all-inclusive resort kind of traveler or an adventurer, Mexico has something for everyone. From beachside resorts like Cancun, Cozumel and Cabo San Lucas to the grand colonial cities of Guadalajara, Merida and Oaxaca, there are plenty of places to choose from to base yourself – and when it comes to things to see and do, the list is endless. In the water, there is snorkeling, diving and fishing, while on land there’s the historic sites of Mexico’s ancient civilizations like Chichen Itza, Tulum and Cobá, as well as plenty of opportunities to explore nature or get your adrenalin pumping with activities like canyoning or surfing. Don’t forget to make time to simply explore the streets and savor the local cuisine as well – unless of course your goal is to spend all of your time soaking up the sun on a beautiful beach, which is also a totally valid vacation plan.

CUBA in March

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Now is one of the best times to visit this notoriously hot and humid Caribbean destination. During March, visitors can expect sunny days with daily highs around the 83 degree mark, lower humidity and balmy nights in the low 60s. It’s also a great time for enjoying the stunning Cuban beaches, with sea temperatures at a perfect 79 degrees.

Places to Go & Things to Do

The largest island in the Caribbean at over 42,000 square miles, there’s a lot to explore in Cuba. From the fading facades of Havana to the all-inclusive resorts of its palm tree-lined beaches, Cuba is as blessed with natural beauty as it is steeped in fascinating history. From strolling the quaint streets of Old Havana to exploring the rugged mountains of the Sierra Maestra, to simply relaxing on the white sandy beaches of Varadero, in Cuba, you get the best of what the Caribbean has to offer with an old world charm unlike anywhere else.

PUERTO RICO in March

The Temps

Visit Puerto Rico in March and you’ll be treated to daytime highs in the low 80s and a very comfortable night time temperature right at 70 degrees. Light island breezes keep humidity levels lower than in the summer months, making it the ideal time to visit.

Places to Go & Things to Do

If you’re looking for a Caribbean escape with the comforts of home, Puerto Rico is a great choice. From vast tropical rainforests to palm-fringed beaches, this colorful country also offers vibrant historic centers like Old San Juan, in addition to modern amenities including the biggest shopping mall in the Caribbean. If it’s white sandy beaches and azure waters you crave, Playa Flamenco is a short ferry ride from the main island, while back on Puerto Rico, check out Rincon for beautiful surf beaches or the clear waters of Isla Verde. The island is also home to the third largest cave system in the world, Rio Camuy Cave Park, where you can explore gigantic underground caverns and waterfalls.

THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC in March

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Although December to April is the main tourist season in the Dominican Republic, it’s for a good reason: the weather is divine. Make the most of plentiful sunshine, glorious 80 degree daytime highs and sultry nights in the low 70s, and get yourself to the Dominican Republic pronto.

Places to Go & Things to Do

There are three main points of entry for visitors to the Dominican Republic: Santo Domingo, Puerto Plata and Punta Cana. Santo Domingo is the island’s capital and one of the oldest in the Caribbean, with the historic Zona Colonial dating back to the 1500s. Discover the Alcázar de Colón palace, the cathedral, plazas and museums as you wander the quaint streets at the heart of the city, seemingly a world away from the surrounding metropolis of modern Santo Domingo.

If it is beaches you’re looking for, it doesn’t get any better than “The Coconut Coast” at the easternmost tip of the country. With some 40 miles of pristine beaches, the white sand and clear waters of Bávaro and Punta Cana seem endless. Other favorites include the Sosua and Playa Dorado resorts of Puerto Plata with their luxury beachfront resorts and golf courses, although it’s worth spending some time in city’s old colonial-era center which showcases historic Victorian-era architecture and a vibrant arts and restaurant scene.

JAMAICA in March

The Temps

If daily temperatures in the 80s and nine hours of sunshine sounds pretty good to you right now, then Jamaica is the place to be. Receiving around an inch of rain on average across the entire month of March, you can be pretty confident that blue skies, warm seas and good times lay ahead.

Places to Go & Things to Do

Popular destinations on the north coast of Jamaica include the beachside resorts and nightlife of Montego Bay, and the all-inclusive resorts of port town Ocho Rios with nearby Dunn’s River Falls. Further east is Port Antonio, the perfect hub for those looking to explore lush jungles and mountains, along with stunning beaches, the Blue Lagoon and Reach Falls. On the west coast, most visitors head to Negril, which is popular for its Seven Mile Beach resorts and reggae clubs. Bob Marley fans will of course want to visit the nation’s capital, Kingston, to visit the Bob Marley Museum. While you’re there, explore the rugged, world heritage listed Blue Mountains north of the city.