For those of us lucky enough to be taking a post-Christmas break, February seems to be the month everyone’s keen to avoid at home. After the holidays and the promise of a brand new year, our mood can plummet due to lack of sunlight, short days and that “after the party hangover” feeling.
So which destinations will be warmest in February? Here are some where the sun will most certainly be shining and you’re sure to be pool lounging while Britain freezes…
February is high season here and there’s very little chance of rain. Temperatures tend to hover in the mid to high 20Cs and rarely go below around 22C. Best of all you can expect a generous 9 hours of sun daily.
For the more adventurous, and fans of cigars and classic American cars, Cuba is an interesting choice and climate-wise in winter, it’s a winner, too.
You’ll be spoilt for choice on this continent. From Goa and Kerala where the mercury will hit around 32C, to south-east Asian destinations like Malaysia, Vietnam or Burma, you won’t have to worry about temperatures. But humidity can be a factor. Other February picks include Thailand and Cambodia, but if you’re heading to Thailand choose your destination carefully. The west coast beaches like Phuket and Ko Phi Phi have the best weather, while east coast resorts like Ko Samui have a higher chance of rain.
Golfers, wine buffs and safari lovers will already know how temperate south Africa is in February. While we’re gritting our teeth through winter in Britain, temperatures over there shout “summer”. The days are long (think 11 hours of sunshine in Cape Town) and this is the perfect time of year to rent a convertible and drive the famous Garden Route or explore the wineries of Franschoek and Hellenbosch.
You’ve got a whole host of options in the US of A, from theme park capital Orlando in Florida to gambling capital Las Vegas. If you’re prone to bronchitis in winter, the desert regions of America are an intelligent choice – Vegas, Palm Springs, Arizona, Phoenix, the Grand Canyon…all of these parts experience nice, dry sun-soaked winters and clear, starry nights. But come prepared, however warm the daytime temperatures are, nights can get nippy! Another great bet is California.
La Jolla in San Diego is a great place to bring the kids for dolphin watching and zoo hopping, Los Angeles is hard to beat if you’re a film buff or love to shop, and San Francisco will tick all the cultural, art and music boxes. (Again, remember that night-time temps can dip, so don’t expect to come straight off Santa Monica beach in your bikini and get away with a T-shirt at dinner!
With higher temperatures that the Canary Islands in many parts of Morocco including Marrakech and Agadir during winter, flights are cheap and the flight time is shorter from London to Marrakech than London to Tenerife. It’s also a dream destination if you’re on a budget, you’ll find prices very reasonable and if you’re self-catering and shop from local markets, you’ll be amazed how cheap fresh produce can be.
Every resort in Morocco is completely different, so choose according to your holiday style – Agadir is more like Marbella with new build hotels, Marrakech is busier and very luxe, with a lot of 5-star riads with exquisite gardens.
The Canary Islands
The February no-brainer, these islands escape the chills and rain that hit mainland Spain, and they’re warmer at this time of year than their popular counterparts The Balearics. While Tenerife is the most popular, if you’re visiting, hop on a ferry and explore the lesser known isles like La Gomera. The other big advantage of flying to these islands for winter sun is that every resort has a different feel, so you can enjoy the sun in peace and quiet or party into the early hours, depending on where you’re staying.