The ides simply refers to the 15th of the month. It was on the ides of March in 44 BC that Julius Cesar was assassinated. The phrase “Beware the ides of March” is one of the many oft-quoted lines from Shakespeare. There is another cause for unease in March.
Though technically called spring break* (though not yet officially spring) March break is a time for students of all ages to get a week’s reprieve from school. While high school students may travel with their families, it is the notorious antics of college students that make Spring Break destinations infamous and worth avoiding if you can.
*Refers mainly to Canada and the U.S.
For those unfamiliar with this North American phenomenon, spring/March break is notorious for the college students who choose to descend into debauchery (and manners of undress) while alcohol lubricates the way. Cheap and warm places are popular destinations of choice. If you visit, do so responsibly or do so well away from the ides of March.
Cancun and Cabo San Lucas Mexico
Miami and Panama City Beach, Florida
Montego Bay and Negril Jamaica
South Padre Island, Texas