Where is hot in February? 12 best destinations for 2023 - Times Travel (2022)

Whether you’re travelling with the family over the half-term holiday, with your other half for Valentine’s Day or simply to escape the northern hemisphere’s seemingly interminable winter, February has a hot break to suit your needs. Fly-and-floppers are directed to Zanzibar; animal-lovers to see whales off Mexico’s Pacific coast or big cats on a South African safari. Cultural heavyweights Cambodia, Abu Dhabi and Easter Island all offer some of their most agreeable weather, while Spain’s Canary Islands deliver short-haul sun in Europe.

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1. Los Cabos, Mexico

Average temperature 20C
At the foot of the Baja California peninsula in northwestern Mexico, these two towns — glam Cabo San Lucas and more authentic San José del Cabo — head up an area of white-sand beaches, fine hotels and a giant cacti-dotted arid interior. As one of the cooler months, February is a good bet for physical activities — from guided hiking through Sierra de la Laguna to jet-skiing or kitesurfing — and peak season for boat trips (from La Paz) to see or snorkel with whale sharks and spot baby humpback whales. Yellowtail is the main target for sport-fishers at this time, while horse-riding along the beach is also popular. Best of all, you’ll dodge the price hikes and large crowds inevitably brought when North American students flood in for March and April’s raucous spring break parties.

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2. Zanzibar, Tanzania

Average temperature 28C
Zanzibar sizzles in February, which is ideal for any visitors planning to spend most of their time horizontal — be it swimming in the bath-warm Indian Ocean, bronzing on a powder-white shore or getting massaged at a beach resort. Snorkelling is another option: Chumbe Island’s protected reef is seemingly home to fish of every shape or colour. Some verticality is required during dolphin-watching boat tours, but you can always float in the pool afterwards. For the more energetic it’s near-essential to stroll around the capital’s narrow-laned, Unesco-listed Stone Town quarter, past Persian bathhouses, Swahili restaurants, coral-stone houses and Freddie Mercury’s birthplace. February brings the Sauti za Busara music festival: four rhythmic days of African jazz and local taarab shows in Stone Town’s Old Fort.

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3. Cambodia

Average temperature 24C
In March, Cambodia swelters. That’s fine if you’re staying at one of its growing collection of island-based beach retreats — from rustic, affordable eco-lodges on Koh Rong or to the more opulent likes of Song Saa — but less ideal for sightseeing at the Southeast Asian country’s headline act. Touring the former Khmer capital of Angkor and its incredible 9th to 15th-century temples can be hot work, especially if you’re climbing Ta Keo’s steps or scrambling over huge roots at tree-hugged Ta Prohm in high humidity. Early to mid February offers a far milder heat, including for those early risers watching sunrise over Angkor Wat — the fairest and largest temple of them all. Additionally, there will be higher water levels on the Tonlé Sap River to aid cruises from capital Phnom Penh, or perhaps even Vietnam.

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4. Jamaica

Average temperature 24C
February is peak season in the Caribbean and promises perfect, dry weather for snorkelling, swimming or simply sunbathing on fudge-hued shores and sufficiently cool days during which to also explore historic plantations and waterfall hikes inland. All of that is possible in Jamaica, whose popular tamarind fruit is in season and whose visitors are deliciously ruffled by gentle daytime winds known as the “doctor breeze”. The island then throws in two cherries on top. Falling on February 6, Bob Marley’s birthday is marked by everything from concerts to fashion parades, chiefly in the settlements of Kingston and Negril. Similarly energetic, country-wide Carnival celebrations conclude after Easter with a riot of rum-soaked street parties and marching bands. Dancing is pretty much mandatory.

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5. Easter Island, Chile

Average temperature 23C
As summer ends on Easter Island — or Rapa Nui, as the locals call it — flights stay regular as temperatures revert from sweltering to tolerable. The big draw on this Chilean territory, more than 2,000 miles west and a six-hour flight from mainland South America, are its hundreds of monumental, monolithic moai statues. Supposedly carrying the spirits of ancestors, many of these huge-headed stone figures were placed on platforms around the island’s perimeter — a mind-boggling feat given their weight. Spot some as you hike a bright-green Pacific coast path; other things to do are surfing, diving to see submerged moai and, in February, attending the two-week Tapati festival. A blend of dancing and singing competitions alongside horse racing, triathlons and other traditional sporting events, it’s an excellent way to sample the local Polynesian culture.

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6. Senegal

Average temperature 21C
Though it flies under the average tourist’s radar, there’s lots to like about a holiday to Senegal — from a cool contemporary art scene and Saint-Louis’s sun-baked colonial architecture to golden beaches and spicy eats. The West African country’s surfing scene is especially good for beginners or veterans alike, and February — with no rain, much sun and very bearable heat — is the optimum time to ride the waves. Stay at a solar-powered lodge such as N’Gor Island Surf Camp, near capital Dakar, and you could also journey southeast for a safari in the Niokolo-Koba National Park. Open from mid-December to April 30 and hugging the Gambia River, its forests are home to hippos, crocodiles, lions, leopards, warthogs and elephants. If that’s too far to go, opt for a birdwatching boat journey along the mangrove-snagged Casamance Delta instead.

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7. Singapore

Average temperature 27C
Far more than just a stopover, Singapore might even have too much to do. Hawker centres around the city serve a contender for Earth’s best street food (Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle won a Michelin star in 2016), while some of Asia’s premier cocktails are consumed in bars here. That includes the Raffles hotel’s Long Bar, from where the Singapore Sling hails. Singapore’s vertical gardens and futuristic developments impress, as do nature reserves housing saltwater crocodiles or macaque monkeys. In February, amid warm and mostly dry weather, there’s usually an added attraction: the arrival of Chinese new year. Tending to fall in this month, it involves colourful parades and many a costumed, pugilistic lion dance in Chinatown.

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8. Melbourne, Australia

Average temperature 21C
All of Australia enjoys sunshine during February — with even Melbourne and its notoriously temperamental climate liable to bask. With very little rainfall likely, the city’s buzzing, cafe-lined laneways are at their most vibrant; so too the many rooftop bars, such as laid-back Good Heavens, and gorgeous parks. Barbecues are ten a penny, as are cricket games; just try not to mention the Ashes. It’s a fine time to catch a concert at the free St Kilda Festival, or to rummage around independent clothes and homeware stores in the hip suburb of Richmond. Most of all, though, try to do as the locals do — namely, decamp an hour’s drive south to the eucalyptus-scented Mornington Peninsula, where calm, sandy beaches and informal but high-quality vineyard restaurants await.

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9. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Average temperature 20C
A more authentic alternative to Dubai, the UAE’s capital city is home to numerous treasures. Top trump, arguably, is the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque; not only one of the world’s largest Islamic places of worship, but beautiful thanks to dazzlingly white domes and minarets. Similarly eye-catching are the island-set Louvre Abu Dhabi art museum, whose aim is to bridge the gap between Eastern and Western art, and indoor theme park Ferrari World, devoted to Italy’s most famous fast car. A couple of hours’ drive east is Al Ain, a Unesco-protected garden city whose largest oasis contains 147,000 date palms; nearby are ancient, distinctive beehive tombs reckoned to be about 5,000 years old. They’re far more fun to visit in February than summer, when the mercury can surpass 40C.

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10. Kruger National Park, South Africa

Average temperature 26C
Kruger National Park in South Africa is arguably Africa’s most reliable national park when it comes to sightings of the Big Five (the buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion and rhinoceros) or other popular beasts. So while February’s dense vegetation makes things harder, your odds remain excellent. That greenery yields an upside too, as the park never looks more lush and photogenic. This is also the season when many baby animals arrive on the scene and when birding is at its best thanks to the arrival of migratory species. Try, if you can afford it, to stay on an adjacent private reserve such as Sabi Sand or Timbavati: the guiding quality will be better, there will be fewer other visitor and you’ll be permitted to go off-road (unlike in the main park) in search of those elusive animals — a crucial advantage.

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11. Lanzarote, Spain

Average temperature 18C
Keen on escaping somewhere sunny over February half-term, but less so on a long flight? Getting to Lanzarote takes just over four hours from London and you can expect seven daily hours of the yellow stuff on average. There are theme parks and family-friendly beach resorts aplenty, especially on the south coast. But try also to explore this Canary Island’s bumpy geography. Walking some of the Cueva de Los Verdes’s four-mile lava tube (a cave created by lava flows 3,000 years ago) should delight youngsters, as will deep craters amid Timanfaya National Park and its hundreds of volcanoes. Should parents need a hedonistic break, it’s usually easy to hire a babysitter and journey to one of the main malvasia vineyards for a tour and tasting session.

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12. The Philippines

Average temperature 27C
Palawan’s longstanding tagline as the Philippines’ Last Frontier made sense two decades ago, but thanks to social media, the whole world now knows about how beautiful it is. Luckily Palawan, archipelago, contains more than 1,700 isles to accompany its namesake main one, and still has the potential for escapism. Visitors might go diving on eco-spirited Pangalusian, meet monkeys on Coron, tour pearl farms on Large Bulucan or settle into luxury life on private Pamalican, where Aman operates a resort. With lagoons, street parades, rice terraces and wreck dives, the El Nido area of Palawan still has the most rounded offering, however.

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FAQs

Where is warm in February 2023? ›

February is peak season in the Caribbean (28ºC) and the Maldives (31ºC) and Dubai (26ºC). The best short-haul weather can be found in the Canary Islands and Madeira (both 20ºC).

Where is good for a hot holiday in February? ›

The hottest places to go on holiday in February

On average, some of the hottest places to visit in February are: Phuket (33.1 °C) Cancun (32.3 °C) Singapore (31.6 °C)

What is the warmest place in Europe in February? ›

Tenerife- perfect winter sun in Europe destination

Tenerife is the place to be when it comes to catching some winter sunshine in Europe in February. It may not be the most beautiful island in the world– but it's got a lot going for it, especially since it's one of the warmest places in Europe in February.

Where is good for February sun? ›

All destinations sun and beach in february
DestinationTemperatureDays of sunshine
Costa Rica34°27
Cuba27°25
Dominica28°16
Dominican Republic30°20
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Is Greece hot in February? ›

Make no mistake, Greece is not hot in February but the weather is slowly starting to warm up, and it's a whole lot nicer than the UK or elsewhere in Northern Europe. You might get some cloud and even some light rain showers, but if you head to the southerly islands you can expect up to six hours of daily sunshine.

How hot is Cyprus in February? ›

February Weather in Paphos Cyprus. Daily high temperatures are around 62°F, rarely falling below 55°F or exceeding 68°F. Daily low temperatures are around 47°F, rarely falling below 40°F or exceeding 55°F.

What country is hot in February? ›

The Canary Islands, Morocco, Egypt and Cyprus are all nearby, affordable and most importantly, hot in February!

Is Turkey hot in February? ›

January, February and March are fairly cold months in Turkey, although temperatures do warm up by March. Snow is not uncommon in January and even February, especially in the interior around Cappadocia.

Is Portugal hot in February? ›

Average daily temperatures

It can be quite cool at this time of year, so visitors are recommended to take warmer clothes especially for venturing out after dark. The average daily maximum is 16 C and the average daily minimum is 10 C.

Are the Canary Islands warm in February? ›

The Canary Islands are an increasingly popular destination for year-round sun, with mild and pleasant temperatures in February.

Where in Spain is hot in February? ›

Andalucia is the hottest part of Spain in winter. It's the best bet for a warm honeymoon destination in Europe for couples who choose to marry in winter. Between November and February, most of the places we mention here maintain a sunny outlook. Making it ideal for a beach holiday.

How hot is Tenerife in February? ›

The average high temperature during February is 20ºC, giving plenty of chance to work on your winter tan. So if you're planning holidays to Tenerife at this time, warmer clothes for the evenings as well as your beach gear are essential, as temperatures cool to 12ºC.

Where is good for winter sun in February? ›

Caribbean. The Caribbean islands will always satisfy the need for a spot of February winter sun. From the Bahamas in the north of the Caribbean region to Barbados in the south, there will be plenty of package holiday deals to suit travellers who are desperate to soak up some winter rays.

Is it warm enough to sunbathe in Tenerife in February? ›

Sunshine hours

Tenerife gets an average of 7 to 8 hours/day of sunshine in February, which is really good for a winter month. The UV index is higher than it was in January, situated at a 6 on a scale that goes up to 11 as max.

Where is warm in February short haul? ›

You'll find cheap hot holidays in February if you hop over to Tenerife and the Algarve, with many winter sun deals available for those who wish to avoid the long-haul flight. If you prefer a faraway paradise for your winter sun holiday, Mauritius and the Maldives are some of the best spots to try.

Is Italy hot in February? ›

In February, Italy is still experiencing winter weather, with cool temperatures across the country. The north is generally much cooler than the milder southern regions, so if you want a marginally warmer climate head to Rome or Sicily.

How hot is Malta in February? ›

Malta weather averages and climate information

Winter is mild and wet, and temperatures only dropping to around 15 - 17 °C during December to February.

How hot is Crete in February? ›

February Weather in Crete Greece. Daily high temperatures are around 59°F, rarely falling below 51°F or exceeding 68°F. The lowest daily average high temperature is 59°F on February 7. Daily low temperatures are around 49°F, rarely falling below 42°F or exceeding 55°F.

How hot is Morocco in February? ›

February Weather in Marrakesh Morocco. Daily high temperatures increase by 4°F, from 67°F to 71°F, rarely falling below 58°F or exceeding 82°F. Daily low temperatures increase by 4°F, from 45°F to 49°F, rarely falling below 39°F or exceeding 55°F.

How hot is Antalya in February? ›

On average Antalya experiences temperatures of 110C in the daytime, with highs of 150C at the peak of the day and lows of 60C at night. With around 11 hours of daylight each day, February's a great time to explore the sights, but prepare for wet weather as the city can be rainy this month.

Is it worth going to Cyprus in February? ›

Despite the fact that February on the calendar is still the winter months, in Cyprus it marks the beginning of the awakening of nature and the onset of spring. This is one of the main reasons why it is worth traveling to Cyprus island at this time.

Where is it warm enough to swim in February? ›

Ocean Temperature
BeachWater °F
Honolulu, Hawaii76
Miami, Florida73
Hilo, Hawaii72
Key West, Florida70
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Where is the warmest place in Europe in winter? ›

Canary Islands

What is this? Winter temperatures in the Canary Islands tend to range from a low of 14-15 C (57-59 F) to a high of 21-23 C (70-73 F), making it the warmest place in Europe in the winter.

How hot is Egypt in February? ›

The weather in Egypt in February is in general perfect. February is a winter month in Egypt. February has maximum daytime temperatures ranging from moderate in Mersa Matruh with 18°C (64°F) to warm temperatures in Luxor with 26°C (78°F).

Is Malta Nice in February? ›

February is an amazing time to visit Malta if you're looking for a mild winter trip but are willing to risk a few days of possible rain and bad weather. You won't be disappointed if you do decide to chance it.

How hot is Tunisia in February? ›

February Weather in Tunis Tunisia. Daily high temperatures increase by 2°F, from 60°F to 63°F, rarely falling below 54°F or exceeding 72°F. Daily low temperatures are around 47°F, rarely falling below 40°F or exceeding 53°F.

Whats the Weather in Spain in February? ›

Spain has an area larger than California, so the weather varies significantly across the country.
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Spain Weather in February.
CityAverage HighAverage Low
Madrid54 F (12 C)34 F (1 C)
Barcelona57 F (14 C)41 F (5 C)
Seville64 F (18 C)44 F (7 C)
Malaga63 F (17 C)46 F (8 C)
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Is Algarve hot in February? ›

You'll have a decent amount of sun and warm weather, as the Algarve is one of Europe's sunniest destinations. You'll be sheltered from Atlantic winds by mountains that lie to the north, while you'll be warmest and driest in the east. The Algarve's capital, Faro, has an average high of 16ºC in February.

How hot is Mallorca in February? ›

The average minimum temperature (usually the minimum temperature is noted during the night) in Mallorca in February is 8.0°C (46.4°F). The amount of rain in February is normal with an average of 37mm (1.5in). It rains on average a total of 6 days. The average maximum daytime temperature lies around 15.5°C (59.9°F).

Can you sunbathe in Portugal in February? ›

Temperatures average around 17 degrees in the sun, but this feels like mid-twenties when the sun is out (which is often). This means it can frequently t-shirt/sunbathing weather (by British standards anyway). The temperature is perfect for taking a stroll down the beach, or even a jog if you're the active type!

Is Gran Canaria hot in February? ›

It's pretty mild at this time of year, but it's a good idea to bring along a jumper or light jacket for the evenings. The average daily maximum is 21 C and the average daily minimum is 16 C.

Where is it hot in March 2023? ›

The best short-haul options in March are the Canaries (20ºC) and Morocco (22ºC), but if you want real heat you should fly a little further to The Gambia (34ºC) or the Arabian Gulf (28ºC). It's still high season in the Caribbean (30ºC), and also a good time for a city break in the southern Mediterranean.

Is Cape Verde hot in February? ›

Cape Verde Weather in February

February is another great month to go out and explore what the islands have to offer, or alternatively partake in water sports. A comfortable 25°C is the average maximum temperature, and sea temperatures average at 23°C, making it ideal for water sport enthusiasts.

Is Turkey hot in February? ›

January, February and March are fairly cold months in Turkey, although temperatures do warm up by March. Snow is not uncommon in January and even February, especially in the interior around Cappadocia.

What is the hottest Canary Island in February? ›

Gran Canaria is the hottest island in February, remaining warm even in the evenings.

Is Gran Canaria hotter than Tenerife in February? ›

In February, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura and Gran Canaria enjoy average temperatures of 18°C, with highs of 21°C and lows of 14°C at night. Tenerife is slightly cooler at this time of the year, with an average temperature of 16°C. If you want to swim in the sea, the water is still a reasonably cool 18°C.

Which is better Gran Canaria or Tenerife? ›

Go for Tenerife if you prefer popular tourist destinations with great restaurants and nightlife. On the other hand, Gran Canaria is your best bet if you want to explore the breathtaking landscapes and outstanding beaches.

Which Canary Island is hottest in March? ›

Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura are all equally hot at this time of year, with Tenerife just a touch cooler. If you are planning a beach holiday, the sea will be slightly warmer in Gran Canaria (19ºC), but Fuerteventura is forecast to have a little less rain.

How hot is Cyprus in March? ›

Throughout March temperatures during daytime will usually reach highs of about 19°C (66°F). However, during recent times high temperatures of 29°C (85°F) with the low -3°C, about 27°F were recorded by the Cyprus Government meteorological service.

Where is hot in March abroad? ›

Where's hot in March?
CountryCityAverage temperature in March
CubaHavana27°C / 81°F
Cape VerdePraia26°C / 79°F
Canary IslandsFuerteventura25°C / 77°F
Canary IslandsTenerife25°C / 77°F
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Is Cape Verde hotter than canaries? ›

Both archipelagos have their own atmosphere and culture. Quite similar are the climate and the beautiful beaches. Cape Verde is approximately 700 kilometers more to the south than the Canary Islands and is closer to the equator. Partly because of this, the temperature is slightly higher in Cape Verde.

How hot is Mallorca in February? ›

The average minimum temperature (usually the minimum temperature is noted during the night) in Mallorca in February is 8.0°C (46.4°F). The amount of rain in February is normal with an average of 37mm (1.5in). It rains on average a total of 6 days. The average maximum daytime temperature lies around 15.5°C (59.9°F).

How hot is Egypt in February? ›

The weather in Egypt in February is in general perfect. February is a winter month in Egypt. February has maximum daytime temperatures ranging from moderate in Mersa Matruh with 18°C (64°F) to warm temperatures in Luxor with 26°C (78°F).

Is Portugal hot in February? ›

Average daily temperatures

It can be quite cool at this time of year, so visitors are recommended to take warmer clothes especially for venturing out after dark. The average daily maximum is 16 C and the average daily minimum is 10 C.

What country is hot in February? ›

The Canary Islands, Morocco, Egypt and Cyprus are all nearby, affordable and most importantly, hot in February!

Is Spain hot in February? ›

In February, Spain is still on the cold side, but with temperatures gradually warming up as the month goes on, there's a chance of warm weather, especially on the southern coast. With cool evenings and some light rain showers, make sure you pack for all eventualities with plenty of layers and a waterproof coat.

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