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Where is hot in February

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 By Mark Hodson, The Sunday Times Travel Writer


Q.  Where is hot in February?


A.  February is peak season in the Caribbean and Mexico, and summer in South Africa. The best short-haul weather can be found in the Canary Islands and Madeira. Also consider South East Asia, including Thailand, for perfect weather and cheap 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, while seven hours in the air gets you to the Arabian Gulf where the weather will be seriously 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 our guide to singles holidays in February. Note: all the travel companies featured are personally recommended by our editors.

Hottest destinations in February

Country Destination Average highs Average hours of sun
Barbados Bridgetown 28°C 9 hours
Spain Tenerife 20°C 7 hours
Thailand Phuket 33°C 9 hours
UAE Dubai 26°C 8 hours
India Delhi 25°C 8 hours
Portugal Algarve 16°C 6 hours
Costa Rica San Jose 25°C 7 hours
South Africa Cape Town 27°C 11 hours
The Gambia Banjul 34°C 9 hours

 

    • Caribbean beaches

    Average temperature in February: 28ºC
    Hours of daily sunshine: 9
    Flying time from UK: 9 hours

    February is high season in the Caribbean where you’ll find warm sunshine and very little chance of rain. Of the larger islands, Barbados ranks among the best for luxury hotels. If you’re a real beach bum, craving miles of white sands, I recommend the Cayman Islands or picture-perfect Anguilla.

    My favourite Caribbean hotels include Round Hill in Jamaica, Coral Reef Club in Barbados and – for families – Beaches Turks & Caicos. See details of the Caribbean weather in February.

    Also consider: there are some great deals to the Caribbean coast of 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.

      • Canary Islands

      Average temperature in February: 20ºC
      Hours of daily sunshine: 7
      Flying time from UK: 4 hours

      The Canary Islands is the most obvious destination for easy winter sun, with direct flights from airports across the UK taking around 4 hours. Of the larger, more popular islands we recommend Tenerife (especially for stylish hotels) and Lanzarote (especially for villas with pools). Both islands offer temperatures around 20ºC. If you want somewhere quieter, you can hop on a ferry from Tenerife to beautiful La Gomera, or to tiny La Graciosa which lies north of Lanzarote.

      Also consider: the Portuguese island of Madeira which has year-round sunshine, mountains, walking trails and botanical gardens. See the latest special offers.

        • Phuket, Thailand

        Average temperature in February: 33ºC
        Hours of daily sunshine: 9
        Flying time from UK: 14 hours (via Bangkok)

        It’s a longer flight to Thailand but you’ll find hot weather, great food and low prices. In February, head to the west coast beaches such as Phuket and Ko Phi Phi where you can expect long days of unbroken sunshine (but relatively low humidity). Avoid the east coast resorts such as Ko Samui, which is still in its rainy season.

        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.

        Also consider: Cambodia has welcoming people, pristine beaches and world-class sights such as Angkor Wat. Other countries on your list at this time of year should include the west coast of Malaysia and Vietnam.

          • Arabian Gulf

          Average temperature in February: 26ºC
          Hours of daily sunshine: 8
          Flying time from UK: 7 hours

          February is a great month to visit Abu Dhabi and Dubai in the Arabian Gulf. Flying time is seven hours and you can expect highs of 26ºC with guaranteed sunshine and almost zero chance of rain. Both destinations offer stunning hotels, white sand beaches and desert safaris. Dubai has mega malls, ice rinks, ski domes and an exciting restaurant scene, while Abu Dhabi has 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.

          Also consider: if you are put off by the glitzy image of the Gulf, head to neighbouring Oman which enjoys the same fabulous weather, but has mountains and beaches, authentic villages, desert camps, turtle nesting spots and 5,000 years of Arabian history. Spend a few nights in the capital, Muscat – best place to stay is The Chedi – and perhaps head out to the Musandam Peninsula to stay at Six Senses Zighy Bay.

            • Rajasthan, India

            Average temperature in February: 25ºC
            Hours of daily sunshine: 8
            Flying time from UK: 8 hours 30 minutes

            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 both enjoy temperatures of around 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. You can also see India on one of these luxury train journeys.

            Also consider: it’s only five hours flying time to Egypt. In Cairo you’ll enjoy 8 hours of sunshine and temperatures of about 22°C, which is perfect for visiting the Pyramids.

              • Algarve, Portugal

              Average temperature in February: 16ºC
              Hours of daily sunshine: 6
              Flying time from UK: 3 hours

              One of the few destinations in mainland Europe that offers a b chance of warm sunshine is the Algarve – I’ve enjoyed a long week of warm sunshine there over February half term. If you find somewhere special to stay, you can even tolerate a few chilly days – i-escape has a wonderful collection of  boutique hideaways. See more information on where’s hot in Europe in February.

              Also consider: it’s only about another 30 minutes flying time to Morocco with direct flights from across the UK, and you’re seriously increasing your chances of fine weather. In the beguiling historic city of Marrakech you can expect 20°C highs and an average seven hours of daily sunshine. Again, perfect weather for sightseeing.

                • Costa Rica

                Average temperature in February: 25ºC
                Hours of daily sunshine: 7
                Flying time from UK: 11 hours

                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 to the capital, San Jose, and there are some good value tours including this 12-day Costa Rica Highlights itinerary which visits jungles, cloud forest, volcanoes and beaches.

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