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Where is hot in February

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By Mark Hodson, Sunday Times Travel Writer and Editor of 101 Holidays

Q.  Where is hot in February?


A.  It’s peak season in the Caribbean and Mexico, and summer in South Africa. The best short-haul weather can be found in the Canary Islands, but it’s also worth considering South East Asia, including Thailand, for perfect weather and low prices.

February offers a perfect opportunity to escape the cold of winter at home in search of warmer climes. It’s only four hours flying time to the Canary Islands where you’ll find temperatures in the mid-20s. Seven hours gets you to the Arabian Gulf where the weather is genuinely hot. It’s also the time for Valentine’s Day breaks and half term holidays, so if you’re looking for bargains it’s usually best to avoid 14 February and the second-to-last week in the month.

If you’re travelling with children, check out our tips for the best family holidays in February half term. If you’re travelling solo, see the best singles holidays in February.

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The Caribbean in February

February is high season in the Caribbean where you’ll find lots of sunshine and very little chance of rain.  Temperatures consistently hit 28°C and seldom dip below 22°C, and you can expect an average of 9 hours sunshine a day.

Of the larger Caribbean islands, Barbados ranks among the best for luxury hotels, while Jamaica has lots of character, history and sights. Of the smaller islands, Tobago and Grenada both have pretty beaches and oodles of charm. If you’re a real beach bum, craving miles of white sands, I recommend the Cayman Islands or tiny Anguilla.

My favourite hotels include Round Hill in Jamaica, Coral Reef Club in Barbados and – for families – Beaches Turks & Caicos.

Cuba will soon start changing rapidly following the renewal of diplomatic relations with the US. Get there before McDonald’s and Dunkin Donuts arrive! I recommend a stay at the Hotel Saratoga in the capital Havana, followed by beach time at Melia Cayo Santa Maria.

There are some great deals to Mexico, where you’ll find endless beaches, guaranteed sun and plenty of culture as well as good food and nightlife. Check out this selection of all-inclusive hotels.

See our full selection of the best Caribbean holidays and details of the Caribbean weather in February.

Other long haul holidays in February

Over in Asia, Rajasthan in Northern India is perfect in February with stunning temples, vibrant culture and low-season hotel rates. Agra – home to the Taj Mahal – and the capital Delhi enjoy temperatures of up to 25°C and 8 hours of sunshine a day. Goa and Kerala further south on India’s west coast are even warmer, with temperatures reaching 32°C.

February is also a good time to visit Southeast Asia before the hot season begins. Temperatures hit 30°C in Malaysia, Vietnam and Burma although humidity is not uncomfortably high at this time of year.

Other options in February include Thailand – where the west coast beaches such as Phuket and Ko Phi Phi experience the best of the weather. At this time of year it’s best to avoid the east coast resorts such as Ko Samui, as there is a higher risk of rain. This is a great value destination because of the weakness of the Thai baht.

If you want to go beyond the beach in Thailand in search of culture and adventures, check out these great ideas from Experience Travel Group including bespoke food tours.

Bali has temperatures of 31°C and 8 hours of sunshine. You could combine the island with a short tour of Indonesia, one of Asia’s most exciting destinations. See the cultural treasures of Java and the dragons on KomodoCambodia is also a fabulous destination with welcoming people and world-class sights such as Angkor Wat.

This is a wonderful time of year to be in Costa Rica where you can expect 7 hours of sunshine, temperatures of 25°C and low rainfall. British Airways now flies direct and there some keenly priced tours including this 12-day tour, Value Costa Rica: The Essential Highlights, visiting jungles, cloud forest, volcanoes and beaches.

It’s the height of summer in Cape Town where you can look forward to temperatures of 27°C and 11 hours of daily sunshine. Enjoy the summer festivals and take a trip into the gorgeous Winelands.

Other options in Africa in February include gorilla tracking in Rwanda and the mass wildlife migration from Tanzania to Kenya, a truly amazing sight.

There are some great things to do in America at this time of year. It’s always warm in Las Vegas and you can combine Vegas with New York or hop over to the beaches of Hawaii, or join an escorted tour of the islands. Find the best cruise holidays in February.

Florida is a great bet for sunshine in February. Savour the glamour of South Beach Miami, discover your inner child in Orlando or drive the spectacular 150 miles on Highway 1 from Miami to Key West. For beaches it’s hard to beat Fort Lauderdale.

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Short haul holidays in February

If you want hot weather in February – but you don’t fancy flying long haul – there are several options within just a few hours flying time of the UK, and some are great value.

The Canary Islands is one of the most obvious destinations with direct flights from across the UK taking around 4 hours. Of the larger, more popular islands we recommend Tenerife and Lanzarote, both of which offer temperatures in the mid-20s. If you want somewhere more remote, you could hop on the ferry from Tenerife to beautiful La Gomera, or to tiny La Graciosa which lies north of Lanzarote.

Further east you could fly to Egypt in about 5 hours. In Cairo you’ll find 8 hours of sunshine and temperatures of about 20°C – perfect for visiting the Pyramids.

February is a great month to visit Abu Dhabi in the Arabian Gulf. Not just for guaranteed sunshine, but stunning hotels, white sand beaches, desert safaris and attractions including the Al Ain Oasis, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and Yas Island which is home to Ferrari World, a waterpark, Formula 1 race track and the world’s fastest roller coaster.

You can enjoy desert safaris, camel-riding, sand-boarding, visit the beautiful  and marvel at . Abu Dhabi also has three world-class championship golf courses.

Last updated: 4 January 2017

>> See more expert recommendations for where to go on holiday in February and honeymoons in February. Also see my colleague Annabelle Thorpe’s tips for city breaks in February.

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