If you hate cold conditions, what do you do when February comes around? Do you simply stay at home and hide from the miserable weather outside? There is an alternative.
There are plenty of countries and locations that are warm while your locality might be struggling under the weight of winter. Some of the best places to visit in February with warm weather include the following:
- Fort Lauderdale
- Sri Lanka
- Rio de Janeiro
- The Maldives
- New Orleans
- The Philippines
1). Fort Lauderdale
Fort Lauderdale in Florida sits on a system of waterways that are reminiscent of canals. This has encouraged comparisons with Venice. Fort Lauderdale is a cruise port more than anything else, one of the largest in the world. The beach destination attracts visitors from all corners of the globe.
It typically appeals to people with a wide variety of tastes, hence all the cocktails, expensive shopping centers, and live music shows. If you love the water and you have a yacht, this is the place to be in February. The hotels are some of the best in the country and there’s a litany of exclusive restaurants. If you can afford it, Fort Lauderdale offers the vacation of a lifetime.
When people are discussing dream vacations, many would rarely consider Oman. For that reason, the allure of Middle Eastern nation might surprise most of you. Home to over 4.5 million people, Oman is warm and dry most of the time. And yet, despite common assumptions, a lot of the country isn’t unbearably hot during the month of February
Newcomers to the Middle East will appreciate the Muscat Festival because it attracts revelers of all ages and backgrounds. This is where you come to bask in the traditions and customs of Oman. But all this happens in the city. People who have no interest in urban life can go to Nizwa, a historically rich port that borders a trading hub from where you can secure silver daggers, spices, crafts and the like. Oman is a unique destination, perfect for anyone who wants to avoid conventional locations.
3). Algarve, Portugal
Algarve has great weather. The summers are not only hot but long. Spring and Autumn are pleasant, and winter isn’t as cold as you might expect. People tend to flood Algarve between July and August. The beaches are always crowded and finding a hotel in this season always presents a challenge.
The weather is also attractive in June and September. But that doesn’t make February any less appealing. The temperatures are not as high as what you might encounter in the summer but the Algarve is still sufficiently warm in February.
More importantly, the tourists are few. As such, you don’t have to worry about the annoying crowds. The Algarve, situated on Portugal’s southern coast, attracts a lot of interest because the beaches are beautiful and the fishing towns are charming. The level of English among many of the locals is quite proficient, so you won’t have much of a problem finding your way around.
4). Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is such an unique cultural location. It counts the Dutch, Portuguese, and the British among its former colonial masters. As such, the country’s culture and traditions emerge from an interesting mix of influences. With that being said if that doesn’t interest you, Sri Lanka has amazing beaches.
In February, the monsoon season is gone and the skies are blue which is perfect for anyone who wishes to visit the ruins of Anuradhapura, the old Bo Tree or the rock fortress of Sigiriya. The month of February allows you to see the sites without interruption.
5). Rio de Janeiro
The greatest show on earth isn’t a sporting event or a musical concert. The greatest show on earth, to some people, is the Carnival that is held in Rio in February every year. There are parades, performances, and street parties, not to mention all the live music and dancing. This is as good a reason as any to visit Rio de Janeiro in February.
At this time of year, you still have amazing weather. Places like Iapanema Beach and Copacabana Beach offer white sands and a breathtaking views of marvelous landscapes. If you appreciate vacations that are loud and active, this destination will exceed your expectations.
But even if you prefer quieter affairs, Rio de Janeiro has you covered. You can visit Pra do Secreto which is known for its crystal-clear pools.
Thailand is beautiful all year round. So you can visit the country any time you desire. November is particularly popular because the rain stops and people flood the beaches. Few other places in the world can rival Thailand in this area.
It has some of the most beautiful beaches you will ever see. There is Railay in Krabi. The vicinity is quiet and there are no vehicles. So kids and families can play and scream in peace. If you can rent a kayak, it won’t take you long to reach Phra Nang. It is close to Railay. It offers rock climbing and cave exploration.
There is also Karon beach with its restaurants and nightlife, Kata Beach with its calm surroundings and choppy water, and Khao Lak, to mention but a few.
If you are traveling in February, Thailand doesn’t have the heat you see in the summer. But the country is still warm and dry at this point in the year. The North is particularly inviting in February, because of its pleasant climate.
February is a great month to visit Barbados because this is the dry time of year. It stretches from December to June. So the temperatures are perfect for anyone who wants the warmth. The sun tends to drench the entire island in heat. The skies are blue and the award-winning beaches are full.
Silver Sands (Christ Church) is great for surfing, windsurfing, and kite surfing. You can also parasail if you want to. Accra/Rockley has a very wide stretch of sand, one of the widest in Barbados. You can relax, participate in water sports, and interact with the many vendors that roam the beach. There is also Dover, Pebble, Brownes Beach, and many more.
8). The Maldives
This destination is saturated with lagoons and luxury hotels. You will also find over-water bungalows that will attract anyone who wants to see the magical sunsets. For many people, the weather isn’t central pull to the island as tourists typically descend on the Maldives to enjoy its hotels which are some of the best in the world.
For more adventurous individuals, the temperatures are nice and warm. So you can spend your vacation in the capital, walking the streets, visiting the national museum, and observing the local life.
9). New Orleans
When people from other countries are planning vacations in February, no one ever thinks about New Orleans in the United States. This is despite the fact that it is such an exciting place. The people who visit New Orleans frequently love it because it is so active.
There are various festivals running throughout the month of February, parades and performances that aptly capture the artistic spirit at the core of New Orleans. This is the one destination that forces you out of your comfort zone, compelling you to actually participate in the festivities.
10). The Philippines
The Philippines is a place of endless wonder. There are 7,000 islands, so there is no end to the number of sites you need to see before you leave. February is the perfect time to visit because you are basically at the center of the dry season.
The weather is warm and beautiful, the air is clear, and the views are breathtaking. You can go hiking and snorkeling. There are mountains to see, beaches to visit, and ancient ruins to study.
Perth in Australia is a suitable vacation spot for any traveler looking to escape in February because it is quite warm. The sandy beaches are beautiful and the waves are perfect for anyone who wants to surf. February is also the month in which they hold the Perth Festival which puts all forms of art on display; not just music but comedy, film, and dance.
There is plenty of entertainment for the adults but children are also catered for.
Hawaii is the first place most people think of when they are challenged to identify a suitable vacation spot in February. Kauai is especially attractive because the weather is warm and there is plenty of adventure to occupy thrill-seekers, not just helicoptering but zip-lining over threes and waterfalls.
As you might expect of any location in Hawaii, the beaches are unrivaled in their splendor. The same can be said for the rugged cliffs and unspoiled jungles. Kauai is the only rational option for anyone that is looking for a wholesome and well-rounded vacation.
Don’t let anyone convince you that February is the worst time to travel. There are plenty of locations across the globe that are a brilliant holiday destinations and not to mention have comfortable warm climates.