Where to go in
February

There are some fantastic places to go on holiday in February, for hot conditions and a fly and flop or for an unforgettable adventure. The infamous Carnival is kicking off in Rio, it’s gorilla season in Rwanda and it’s the perfect time to see Sri Lanka. But there’s much more too… Read on to find the best place for any occasion…

Highlights

Where’s hot

You’ll have to travel further afield to chase the sun in February, but this can bring with it some adventure rather than just your regular fly and flop. Tenerife is one of Europe’s best places to visit in February for reliable high temperatures, whilst Asia is ideal for those hunting the heat…

TOWN, Country Temperatures Min° Max° Wet Days
Bangkok, Thailand 23 34 1
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam 23 34 1
Abidjan, Ivory Coast 25 33 4
Myanmar (Burma) 19 33 0
Managua, Nicaragua 21 32 1
Colombo, Sri Lanka 23 32 6
Madras, India 21 32 0
Manila, Phillippines 22 31 6
Canberra, Australia 14 29 7

Where to go

February is the perfect time to visit so many places, you’ll be spoilt for choice! The weather is ideal in Asia for places like Sri Lanka and Burma and it’s a good time to visit the Dominican Republic outside of hurricane season if you fancy a trip to the Caribbean.

  • Senegal
  • Cairo
  • Rwanda
  • New Zealand
  • Zanzibar
  • Sri Lanka
  • Tenerife
  • Venice
  • Cyprus
  • Rio de Janeiro
  • Dominican Republic
  • New Orleans

Africa

Senegal

February falls in the middle of Senegal’s main tourism period, so be sure to book tours and hotel stays in advance to get the best deal. The climate is cool and dry, with highs of 26°C or higher in the capital, Dakar. This is a great month to spend time in the country’s many coastal towns and cities for all day surfing and amazing foodie experiences at night. Discover the island of Gorée and learn more about its tragic slave history, visit the famous river town and movie location of Ziguinchor, and don’t miss Saint-Louis, Fadiouth and Podor along the way.

Further Reading – Anita Hendrieka

Cairo, Egypt

This time of year is wonderful for touring Cairo in Egypt and you can expect the most pleasant weather in February. The average temperature is usually around 15°C, which is comfortable for families travelling with children. And there’s also guaranteed sunshine with less rainfall than the previous months of December and January. Just outside of rainy season and just before the sandstorms of April and May, this month is perfect for an adventure holiday.

Further Reading – Along Dusty Roads

Rwanda

Miss the heat and humidity by travelling to Rwanda in February, the last month of the short dry season. There is light cloud cover during this period, which sometimes brings a few rain showers but it is mostly dry and comfortable for those who are sensitive to extreme climates. This is an excellent time to go on safari at Akagera National Park, and is also perfect for gorilla trekking (best time is at the beginning of Feb) or chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe (best from mid-February onwards).

Further Reading – Getaway

Asia

New Zealand

Catch the last moments of summer before golden hues of autumn descend on the parks and towns / cities of this unique country. February in New Zealand is fantastic and so much fun for the whole family (particularly outdoor enthusiasts). Stick around a few weeks into March and you will witness the most beautiful months of the year. For mind-blowing views, excellent campsites and wonderful walks, don’t miss Tongariro National Park on North Island or Nelson Lakes on South Island. Both islands are worth visiting and some of the best cities to stay in are Auckland, Hamilton, Rotorua, Whanganui and Wellington.

Further Reading – Aussie on the Roads

Zanzibar, Tanzania

Located in the Indian Ocean off Africa’s east coast and a former turning point on the Maritime Silk Road connecting Africa and Asia, Zanzibar is a meeting place of different cultures and amazing flavours. The Zanzibar Archipelago is made up of several islands, including Unguja (known as Zanzibar Island), Changuu, and Mafia Island. All of which are fabulous spots for sightseeing, sunbathing, luxury resorts, snorkelling and diving, particularly in the month of Feb. This is when the weather is hot and dry, ideal for those who desire sun, sea and sand without the humidity.

Further Reading – Seth Lui

Sri Lanka

February falls right in between the two rainy seasons of the year, so for those in search of the finest weather conditions for sightseeing, this is the ultimate month to travel in. Colombo is great at this time of year too and there are many things to do in the city, such as the Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple, the 500m long Galle Face Green, Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, and Viharamahadevi Park. Other Sri Lankan sights to add to your list include the ancient rock fortress and ruins of Sigiriya, the UNESCO listed Golden Temple of Dambulla, and the famous Temple of the Tooth in the city of Kandy.

Further Reading – On Time Travel

Europe

Tenerife, Canaries

One of the best winter sun destinations in Europe, Tenerife offers holidaymakers a little bit of everything. From well serviced beaches with family friendly restaurants to nature walks and fantastic national parks. The climate in February makes it the perfect escape for those who seek a bit of sun, sea and sand, with averages of 20°C and higher. Going walking at Mount Teide National Park, or enjoy whale and dolphin spotting at the coast. This is also high season for many of the island’s golf courses, and there are some superb tracks for pro or amateur cyclists.

Further Reading – Independent

Venice, Italy

What a fabulous time to visit the romantic city of Venice, one of Italy’s most famous destinations for couples, families and tourists. Visit in the month of Feb and you will be able to miss the rush of the summer crowds. Expect the weather to be around 9°C, 10°C or 11°C on a good day. Lows are around 2°C, so bring some warm layers. The well-known St. Mark’s Square is much quieter in the colder season and getting tickets for St Mark’s Basilica or the Gallerie dell’Accademia will be so much easier.

Further Reading – Hand Luggage Only

Cyprus

Whilst this is one of the coldest months in Cyprus, there are still so many reasons to be visiting during the wintertime. First off, the island is much quieter out of season so you won’t have to rub shoulders with too many travellers. And secondly, the weather can still be lovely, reaching a nice 18°C in the day and with plenty of hours of sunshine so you can spend time on the beaches. Cyprus is far from gloomy in winter and some of the best places to stay are Paphos, Limassol, Larnaca, and Kyrenia along the north coast.

Further Reading – LOREM IPSUM

Americas

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

A trip to Rio is perfect at the end of winter, and the weather is warm and sunny enough to hit the beaches all day long. This huge seaside city ranges from 24°C to 33°C in the month of February, and although there’s still a small chance of precipitation, rain showers are generally short-lived. Copacabana and Ipanema Beach are of course the most well-known, but there are many more beaches for sunbathing or surf fans. Including Praia do Sao Conrado, Praia Grumari, Barra da Tijuca, and Praia do Recreio. Other things not to miss are Jardim Botânico, Tijuca National Park, and Sugar Loaf Mountain.

Further Reading – LOREM IPSUM

Dominican Republic

February in the Dominican Republic is extremely pleasant, starting with temperatures of around 25°C at the beginning of the month and slowly rising as we get closer to March. Because this month falls outside of the hurricane season, you can be assured that the weather will be nice and dry. This shared island nation (neighbouring Haiti) is famed for its luxurious beach resorts and some of the top places to stay include Punta Cana with its clear waters and white sandy beachfront, Puerto Plata which is great for both sunbathing and golfing, and Bayahibe for some of the best dive spots in the Caribbean.

Further Reading – LOREM IPSUM

New Orleans, USA

Spend your winter in this stylish Louisiana city, when the weather is comfortably cool and the area is bustling with the best events, festivals and top nightlife. Known as one of the best party cities in the southeastern region of the US, New Orleans is the place to come for great food and drink, bars and nightclubs as well as booze cruisers and beach socials. Don’t miss Bourbon Street (the French Quarter) for the best blues and jazz, and head to the Aquarium of the Americas or Audubon Zoo for wholesome family fun.

Further Reading – LOREM IPSUM

Holiday types

We’ve broken down the best options for particular types of travellers in February, whether it’s a family escape or a glamorous honeymoon. February is a great month for nature lovers and there’s no shortage of choice for an adventure break for those looking for a thrill…

Family Holidays

February brings long days of sunshine and cool temperatures (18°C) in California, making it ideal for family travel. Disneyland is of course one of its biggest draws and there are some superb national parks such as Yosemite.

For balmy temps and amazing coastal views, the Algarve in Portugal is a must for families. There’s something for everyone along this spectacular coastline, including beaches, golfing, fine dining and kids’ attractions.

The island of Crete is also worth a look at this time of year, especially if you want to avoid extreme heat for the little ones. Days average at around 12°C and rarely go below 8°C so it will never get too chilly.

Activity

Need a fun February activity to get the adrenaline going? Try skiing in Aspen, one of the most iconic resorts in the world. This Colorado ski resort is also suitable for beginners and provides a great run for snowboarders.

Scuba diving in the Cayman Islands is also excellent at this time of year. It’s been ranked as the number one diving destination in the Caribbean and Mexico, and you will have a chance to see spotted eagle rays, stingrays and sea turtles.

Go trekking in Morocco during the cooler season. It’s around 20° in Marrakech at this time, so the Atlas Mountains are a fine destination for hikers.

Honeymoon

Plan a honeymoon with a difference in North India during the cool winter, exploring Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttaranchal, and Utter Pradesh.

Visit Thailand in this great season and book a luxury spa stay on the coast of the Andaman Sea, in Phuket, Krabi, Khao Lak or somewhere along the west side. The weather is still pretty hot even though it’s the ‘cool’ season.

Enjoy a week of romance on the island of Anguilla and the famous Rendezvous Bay, or take a boat tour to discover secreted coves and beaches. The weather is nice and hot, so it’s ideal for sunbathing.

City Breaks

Skip the crazy Christmas rush and visit Prague in February when the weather is chilly but not freezing. Winter is still in the air and there are some fantastic things to do in the city, including great nightlife.

Enjoy warm weather in Dubai with averages of 25°C and 11 hours of sunshine every day. Go shopping in the designer malls, see the sights, and wind down on the beautiful Jumeirah Beach.

St. Petersburg is cold in winter so wrap up warm, but Feb is a good time to travel as there is less chance of rain and there’s so much to see and do for all ages. Including the striking Winter Palace and the gardens of Peterhof Palace.

Nature Breaks

For the best nature holiday in February time, Borneo is a must. The island is home to the UNESCO site of Kinabalu Park as well as the protected Gunung Mulu National Park.

Head out on a safari in the Lofoten Islands in Norway for the best of winter wildlife. You may also get a chance to catch sight of the phenomenal Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) if you’re lucky.

For an outdoor adventure to remember, why not track wolves in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho?

Events and festivals

You’ll struggle to find a better month for festivals than February. With Mardi Gras in New Orleans and Carnival in Rio, there are iconic experiences to be had all over. For something lesser-known, head to Bolivia for the intriguing Oruro Carnival…

Mardi Gras

New Orleans, USA

Shrove Tuesday, February

One of the biggest events and a world-famous festival that takes place in South Louisiana’s top party town. With an incredible street parade, plenty of delicious food and lots of live music for everyone to enjoy.

Carnaval de Quebec

Quebec, Canada

February

A lovely winter festival taking place in the worldwide capital of snow that dates back to 1954 when social gatherings were used to warm the hearts of residents having to face the harsh winter conditions. Featuring many winter sports, activities and entertainment throughout.

Rio Carnival

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

February

A week-long carnival of colours, famed for its spectacular costumes and awe-inspiring parades led by samba music, plus entertainment and fun activities for all ages. There’s a street party in every neighbourhood so no matter where you’re staying, you can soak up the samba atmosphere.

Chinese New Year

Hong Kong

February

The most important celebration for the Chinese, with a big countdown by the harbour and a display of fireworks over the water. The Chinese New Year night parade is also not to be missed and many of the city’s restaurants will offer a celebratory taster menu in honour of the occasion.

Carnevale de Venezia

Venice, Italy

February

This tremendous Carnival of Venice takes place every year to celebrate Lent and the 40 days in the run-up to Easter. Join to crowd and witness the Venetian masks and costumes, plus performances at Piazza San Marco.

Oruro Carnival

Bolivia

February

Taste the best of Bolivian life and be a part of something truly special, one of UNESCO’s ‘Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity’. This lively festival takes place each year on the Saturday before Ash Wednesday, with amazing outfits and fancy dress, music and dancing, and delicious street eats.

Places to avoid

There are plenty of places that you wouldn’t want to visit in February, including most of Europe where the weather is miserable.

Here’s where you should avoid visiting in February…

  • Northern Europe – there’s a high chance the weather will be dreadful and you’ll end up indoors most of the time. You could get away with a cultural city break, but we’d suggest coming another time.
  • Madagascar – it’s rainy season in Madagascar so don’t head there hoping for a once in a lifetime wildlife trip when you’re more likely to be stuck staring out the window.

Here’s what we would do

Asia

February is a great time to visit Asia, and there are lots of options in Thailand, Burma and Borneo. But we’d head to Sri Lanka.

It’s the perfect time to visit with beautiful weather and low risk of rain. You can cruise along the coast and stop in undeveloped beach towns, watching the legendary stilt fisherman at work.

The wildlife is stunning with whale watching and national parks packed with elephants and other safari icons.

Then there are the fascinating cultural places like a pilgrimage to Adam’s Peak or the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy. Unforgettable.

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