A February holiday as always provides most potential and choice, offering plenty in variety. February’s best performing locations are Thailand and Malaysia, which are particularly blessed with beautiful weather at this time of year. Dubai is also outstanding to visit, as the weather is warm but not to the point that it is uncomfortable. Read on to see our top “Where to holiday in February” locations.
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In Australia, the country’s biggest cities are situated along the coastline. Sydney (around 23 degrees this time of year and can get as high as 26) is famous for its vibrant culture, lively bar scene and golden beaches, while Melbourne (around 21 in Feb and can get as high as 26) is known for its elegant architecture, its edgy art and music scene, and its museums. To the north, you will find the multicultural tropical city of Darwin (which can get up to 30 degrees) overlooks the Timor Sea and serves as the perfect base from which to visit Kakadu National Park or the Tiwi Islands, while to the south you can discover the cosmopolitan Tasmanian capital of Hobart where the weather is around 18 degrees in February.
Made up of stunning islands dotted in the Caribbean sea, from Barbados to Bahamas, Antigua to St Lucia, Jamaica and Dominican Republic – there’s just so much choice in January for your Caribbean getaway! Barbados is the perfect escape for white sandy beaches with world-class dining and luxury resorts. You can expect picture-perfect temperatures of up to 28 degrees – as with Jamaica, which can also go as high as 28 degrees – imagine yourself drinking rum punch with the sound of reggae in the background as you top up your tan… St Lucia offers breathtaking vistas of rolling green hills, azure blue waters and the majestic Piton Mountains in the backdrop. If you’re thinking of St Lucia for your winter sun holiday in Jan, you can enjoy highs of 29 and lows of 24 with plenty of sunshine.
Located between the USA and Central America, Mexico serves as the perfect base to either explore while in America, or offering as a gateway to the Caribbean. Exuding with culture, culinary delights, history and natural wonders, Mexico holidays offer it all. Those who love to spend their holiday eyeing-up the destination’s history will love Tulum in January, which has temperatures averaging at 23 degrees and can go as high as 29 degrees, this Mayan city offers walled ruins close to the sea where you can spectate some pretty outstanding views. As a whole, the Riviera Maya offers a splendid beach life with an amazing restaurant and night scene to keep you up and busy!
Sri Lanka in January is hot and sunny with temperature averages of 27 degrees, so combining the likes of Dubai and Maldives for a multi-centre holiday is perfect this time of year. From its verdant tea plantations to its snow-white beaches, incredible World Heritage Sites – and, of course, the friendly and hospitable locals – Sri Lanka is blessed with many wonders, both natural and cultural.
February is one of the driest months to visit in the Maldives and enjoys around 10 hours of sunshine a day and average temperatures of 28 degrees. The Maldives is a picturesque island nation in the Indian Ocean, a country famous for its natural beauty and highly popular as a tourist destination, particularly for weddings and honeymoons. Blessed with 1,192 pristine islands clustered in a double chain of 26 atolls, Maldives holidays are characterised by its unsullied white beaches, turquoise lagoons and coral reefs rich with a colourful variety of marine life. Home to some of the best diving spots in the world, this island nation is also renowned for its luxury resorts and for the richness of its local culture.
Thailand’s capital, Bangkok enjoys 8 hours of sunshine a day with warm temperatures between 23 and 33 degrees. Beach destinations such as Phuket, Koh Yao Noi and Koh Samui enjoys lovely temperatures if you’re looking to combine a city and beach. Thailand Holidays conjure wonderful images of exotic islands, decadent cities and a relaxed, friendly atmosphere; but the reality is so much better. No words can describe it you’ll just have to experience it for yourself. Explore the bustling city of Bangkok where you can sample scrumptious street food and sightsee the many temples around the city. Phuket is a stunning beach destination to explore in the Thailand, here you will find the majestic limestone cliffs that rise above the emerald green sea. Island hopping is very popular in Phuket, explore the Phi Phi Islands, visit James Bond Island and visit the renowned Phi Phi islands.
Perfect weather for touring, Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital sees temperatures between 15-21 degrees in February. Vietnam boasts a plethora of options for holidaymakers, whether you are keen to spend your vacation hiking, visiting temples, lazing on a beach, or soaking up as much history and culture as you possibly can. Head to Hanoi and wander the atmospheric streets of the Old Quarter, witness a dawn tai chi session beside the sun-gilded expanse of Hoan Kiem Lake and admire its centuries-old pagodas. Visit the War Remnants Museum and the vibrant markets of Ho Chi Minh City, which enjoys lovely temperature of 28 degrees in February.
Cambodia is situated in Southeast Asia and is a relatively new travel destination and has the nickname Kingdom of Wonder'. Cambodia is the perfect holiday destination for all ages as it is a fascinating country where it is easy to step back in time whilst exploring ancient cities, temples and colourful markets. Cambodia is the land of temples and the best-known and most visited one is Angkor Wat (with temperatures of around 33 degrees in Feb), which dates from the 11th century when it was the capital of the Angkor Empire.
South Africa is a fantastic destination to visit in January, particularly Cape Town, with high temperatures reaching 29 degrees and with an average of 11 hours of sunlight a day. If you’re looking to combine your holiday with a safari, Kruger National Park can reach around 32 degrees. Perfect for families and couples looking for romance, a South Africa holiday can vary depending on your passions. From thrilling game drives in one of the game drives to sampling wine in one of the many sweeping vineyards in Cape Wine lands District – a visit to Cape Town is a must too, see the penguins on Boulders Beach, abseil Table Mountain and dine and shop along the stunning V&A Waterfront.
South America is a vast continent with 12 countries including Brazil, Columbia, Chile, Argentina, Peru and Galapagos Islands. Most rainfall happens in the months of May to November and the rest of the year is much drier. Brazil in February is a lovely time to visit with the average temperature being 27 degrees and highs of 30! If Machu Picchu is on your bucket list, Peru is perfect to visit in February with an average temperature of 24 and highs of 27 degrees. Another bucket list for many, the Galapagos, which can enjoy 30 degrees on average in February, however it is common for afternoon showers to make an appearance!
Kuala Lumpur is the capital of Malaysia and is a stunning destination to visit for a few nights before seeing more of Malaysia or elsewhere. In February, Kuala Lumpur enjoys warm weather and in the afternoon you can expect temperatures to rise to 32 degrees – so head inside enjoy the city views from the observation deck at the Petronas Towers! If you’re looking to combine your Kuala Lumpur holiday with Borneo, February is perfect, combining the natural wonders of Mount Kinabalu, the Seoiok Orang-Utan and a jungle of wilderness with the relaxation and indulgence or fabulous beach resorts – borneo is a tropical paradise waiting to be explored!
Dubai holidays afford the ultimate location for your family holiday or special holiday for two with some of the world’s best hotels, attractions and enjoys warm temperatures year round. From the beach to the desert, Dubai offers plenty of experiences depending on your holiday style. In the month of February, Dubai averages temperatures 20 degrees and high temperatures of 30 degrees. For a true Dubai holiday experience, venture into the desert by four-wheel drive where you will leave the Dubai city skyline in your rear-view mirror and discover a different world of experiences. We love Atlantis the Palm for your Dubai family holidays where you will be blown away by the impressive architectural design, luxurious accommodation options and world-class service with some of the best amenities in Dubai.
With so much to see and do in New Zealand, from hiring out a campervan and exploring the open road, stopping off in Dunedin, which has the world’s steepest street – or seeing the film set of The Hobbit! Alternatively, explore this fascinating country by cruise where you can see the stunning Milford Sound as well as exploring top destinations such as Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. February is summertime in New Zealand and in Auckland the average temperatures is 20 degrees and highs of 23 – perfect if you’re looking to be active!
The weather in Goa, which is known for stunning beaches, enjoys average temperatures of 24.5 degrees and this increases throughout the month and can reach highs of 30. With an outstanding 32 world Heritage Sights, India is a spectacle of mesmerizing architecture, time-told structures and breathtaking landscapes. India’s dramatic panoramas compromise of snow-topped mountains, idyllic beaches, captivating ruins, urban streets and ancient fishing villages, although you’ll have to explore this colour destination to discover them all!
The average temperature in Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital, is around 0 degrees. There are so many reasons to visit the small Nordic nation of Iceland. Undoubtedly top of the list is its incredible scenery, which includes dramatic volcanoes – such as that famous one nobody can pronounce – its desolate lava fields, black sand beaches and spurting geysers. Then, of course, there are the Aurora Borealis, also known as the Northern Lights, which can be easily seen during the winter months. Be sure to check out our selection of hotels in Iceland, some of which serve as the ideal base from which to view this breath-taking phenomenon.
February in Finland still enjoys winter weather with average temperatures of -10 degrees. The scenery still makes you feel like you’re in winter wonderland and visitors can enjoy a skiing holiday here this time of the year. Finland will leave you feeling mesmerized by the county’s jaw-dropping locations that offer distinctive holiday experiences in one amazing destination, from forest-lined ski resorts to self-drive trips that unveil sweeping lakes, wonderful countryside and captivating culture – and of course, the home to Santa’s magical grotto and an excellent viewpoint of the bewildering Northern Lights