Best Places to Visit in February: Where to Travel This Winter
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Looking for warm weather? 10 hot places to go in February
Barbados with its pristine white beaches is still in its dry season come February, promising glorious warm weather round 29°C degrees, with low humidity and warm sea temps. Do a walking tour of Bridgetown, sample the Cockspur rum at the West Indies Rum Distillery and head for the village of Oistins – on the south coast of Barbados– to savour a Friday night Fish Fry, where the streets are lined with stalls serving fried delicacies to the tunes of reggae.
The month of February is usually considered one of the best times to visit offering warm weather and sunshine all month. Temps hover around 26 °C during the days and cool off in the evenings. As it is the peak time season prices also reflect this, however flight prices are significantly cheaper than the month before (which is school holidays). Take a stroll around Vic Market, grab a third wave coffee, check out the vintage shops in Fitzroy or head down to St Kilda to chill on the beach.
3. The Maldives
Paradise awaits in the Maldives in February – the best time of the year to visit – with temps between 26°C-32°C, and it is also the driest month. Choose between one of the gorgeous atolls and stay in an overwater bungalow for a memory of a lifetime. Spend the days on a pristine white beach gazing out over the turquoise water, try SUP boarding, go dolphin spotting and enjoy snorkelling.
The best time to visit Dubai, February offers sunny days on average reaching a pleasant 25° C, whilst the evenings remain warm. (This compared to peak summer where the temps reach a scorching 40°C.) It's a great time to hit any of the city’s beaches, visit the impressive Burj Khalifa, shop til you drop at Dubai Mall and experience a thrilling desert safari with an overnight glamping stay.
4. Rio De Janeiro (Brazil)
Rio sees the sunniest month of the year in February, with scorching temps around 31°C, and the nights are balmy with moisture hanging in the air. Take a tour round the iconic Sugarloaf Mountain and visit the Christ the Redeemer statue, then unwind with a fruity cocktail on Copacabana or Ipanema Beach. There's endless things to do in Brazil's capital along with enjoying the weather.
February is a great time to visit Zanzibar with its powder white beaches, wide-stretched spice plantations and a rich history. Expect average temps around 29°C during the day and night temps around 26°C. Stroll around Stone Town, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, search for wild dolphins during a ‘blue safari’ boat tour, and visit the legendary Freddie Mercury's birthplace. Before you leave, make sure you get a snap of the Instagrammable Rock restaurant.
5. Costa Rica
February is in fact the most popular month to visit tropical Costa Rica, with temps ranging anywhere between 26°C-32°C with very low chances of rain. It is a good time for spotting wildlife – think toucans and sloths – and relaxing on the beach in equal measures. The Pacific beaches, Guanacaste and Central Valley areas are in summertime mode in February. Costa Rica is a fantastic destination for an eco-friendly retreat.
Weather and temperature vary from island to island in Hawaii, and in February you can generally enjoy balmy temperatures especially round Oahu and Maui. Temperatures sit in the mid-20°Cs and aside from Valentine’s Day, you will see smaller crowds here at this time of the year and reasonable prices (compared to peak season December-rates for instance.) February is humpback whale season, and you can also see cherry blossoms bloom on Big Island. Meanwhile, over at Oahu island surfing tournaments are in full swing due to some epically “big waves”.
Cuba makes for a great holiday destination come February, with sunny days reaching an average of 27°C and very low chance of rainfall. Take a tour around Havana in a classic vintage car with the breeze in your face, and enjoy a sunset walk on El Malecon. Santiago de Cuba is the cultural capital of Cuba, with lots of sightseeing on offer whereas Varadero offers powder soft beaches flanked by crystalline waters.
10. Cape Town
February is the dry season in Cape Town, with temps reaching 26°C - 29°C degrees and lovely water temps of around 20°C. Catch the penguins on Boulders Beach, jump on the cable car to the top of Table Mountain for scenic views of the city, and pay a visit to Robben Island.
The top 4 destinations for February
Between the rush of the winter holidays and the busy travel time of spring holidays lies February, making it a great month to travel. Fewer crowds in popular destinations, cheaper flights and accommodation, and a wealth of warm- and cold-weather options means the skies the limit when it comes to making your February travel plans. Check out our top picks for a February getaway and start planning ASAP.
Fiordland National Park, New Zealand
Catch the tail end of the New Zealand summer by planning a trip in February, when the peak summer heat is just starting to slow as the transition to autumn begins. This sweet spot is the ideal weather for a multi-day hike through one of New Zealand’s many national parks, and there is none more beautiful or untamed than Fiordland National Park. With stunning views of not only fiords but also rich, green forests, sky-scraping peaks, and deep, blue lakes, its truly a hiker’s paradise. Skip the super-popular Milford Track, sure to be in high demand in summer, and opt for the Kepler Track instead, a 3-4 day trek that shows off all the wonders the park has to offer.
Mexico City, Mexico
Avoid the cold weather of early winter and the crowds of the peak March-May season by planning your Mexico City trip for February. You’ll snag discounts on accomodation, and can still enjoy warm days and stay cozy in the local bars and restaurants when the nights grow chilly. Wander through the markets, sipping micheladas and sampling tortas and tacos while you peruse the wares. Take advantage of the sunny daytime hours to take a trip to the ancient pyramids of Teotihuacán, about an hour outside the city. At the end of your long day of exploring, live music, carefree dancing, and strong, cold drinks await you at bars across this vast metropolis.
With almost non-stop sun, warm-but-not-too-hot weather, and plenty of beaches on which to enjoy them both, Muscat is an ideal destination for February travelers looking for a break from bleak wintery days. During your time in the city, take a walk through the cool, shaded halls and bright, gleaming atria of the Sultan Qaboos Mosque. For a lazy afternoon, stop by an open-air market to pick up a bag of dates, an Oman specialty, and head for the beach. Muscat is also the ideal home base for day trips to other Omani gems, like the golden dunes of the Wahiba Sands or the cool, crystalline waters and whitewashed rocks of the Wadi Shab gorge.
Sultry Texas hits its stride in the winter and spring, when it’s cool enough for a stroll around brightly-colored Dallas in the American south. Check out a live rodeo show at AT&T stadium, host to two major rodeo championships at the end of the month. Stop in to sample your way through the tacos at Torchy’s then head for a beer at one of the many establishments in town with fireplace-heated patios. Or, if you want a more mobile dining experience, explore the food stalls at the Legacy Food Hall in Plano, on the outskirts of the city.