Where to Head on Holiday in February

Lauren Curd

With summer still such a long way away and half term week looming, it's likely you may be contemplating a getaway this month to escape to sunnier shores. We’ve compiled our recommended February holiday destinations, so whether you’re travelling alone, with a loved one or with the little ones in tow, allow us to inspire your travel plans...

The Caribbean

February is one of the prime months for travelling to the Caribbean as the weather is hot and dry – perfect for long days lazing on the beach or getting the adrenaline pumping with the wide range of activities available on land and at sea. With an average temperature of 29°C and the school holidays falling right in the middle of the month, prices do tend to soar for holidays to the most popular Caribbean islands at this time of year, such as Barbados, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, Antigua and the Dominican Republic. We recommend heading to one of the smaller islands such as Grenada or Tobago for a tropical getaway without such a price tag!

Costa Rica

Explore one of the happiest countries in the world and take advantage of hot and dry weather in February. Costa Rica is a wonderful holiday destination for lovers of the great outdoors, with its vast array of flora and fauna, tropical forests, untouched beaches and the dramatic Arenal Volcano. Activities available include zip lining, horse riding, snorkelling, hiking, cycling, white water rafting, catamaran excursions, hot spring bathing and much more.

Dubai

An extremely unique destination; Dubai has to be experienced to be understood. From the hotels and bars to shopping malls and water parks, this elaborate city in the United Arab Emirates oozes opulence. However, with several resorts now offering Half Board and All Inclusive options, it is becoming a much more affordable destination option for family holidays. Those looking for tolerable temperatures of around 25°C and plenty to do and see on holiday should certainly consider cosmopolitan Dubai for a February getaway.

Marrakech

February in Morocco sees average daytime temperatures of approximately 20°C so whilst this isn’t quite beach weather, it is ideal for a cultural city break. Marrakech is just a 3 hour flight from the UK roughly and is a fascinating destination for a long weekend, not a million miles from home. Awaken your senses with the sights, sounds and smells of lively Djemaa El-Fna square where you will find snake charmers, fortune tellers, henna artists and musicians, plus lantern-lit dining areas where you can enjoy a delicious Moroccan meal and watch the world go by as night falls.

South Africa

It’s the tail end of summer in South Africa which means vibrant festivals, wonderful vineyard tours and buzzing nightlife in the Cape Town area. The weather along the Garden Route in February is superb so hire a car and take your time exploring the famed coastal road through the Western Cape, stopping at quaint farmhouses and wineries along the way. At the end of your road trip, why not spend a few nights in a private game reserve and enjoy a safari without the need to take anti-malarial precautions? Pumba Private Game Reserve offers the rare opportunity to see the majestic white lion along with the rest of the Big 5.

Thailand

February is one of the hottest months in Thailand, particularly in the west coast resorts of Krabi, Phuket and Khao Lak where long, dry days see average temperatures of 32°C. Despite being a prime time to travel, excellent value holiday packages to Thailand can be found when booked well in advance. ‘The Land of Smiles’ is ideal for a tailor made holiday combining city life in Bangkok, the cultural north and relaxation on the beach. Plus, you will find the cost of wining and dining in local towns extremely reasonable when compared to many European holiday resorts.

Venice

With its charming waterways, stunning architecture, fascinating history and mouth-watering cuisine; Venice tops the charts when it comes to romantic destinations for a city break, particularly for Valentine's getaways. Nightlife is usually very low-key and centred around bars and restaurants however during the Carnival period (the first two weeks or so of February), life livens up after dark with several events including beauty pageants, masked balls, costume competitions and parties.

Finnish Lapland

From sun to snow (and loads of it!) we move to Finland for our final recommendation, in particular the north of the country. February sits in the middle of Northern Lights hunting season so if you have always dreamed of seeing Mother Nature’s finest light show in all its glory, now is the time to make it happen! The Aurora Borealis can be viewed from Norway, Sweden and Iceland but for an all-round unforgettable adventure with activities galore plus heaps and heaps of snow, look no further than the resorts situated in northern Finland such as Nellim, Harriniva, Muotka, Menesjarvi and Luosto. 

 

**This blog post was previously published on Medway Leisure Travel, now trading as Pettitts Travel**