From Carnival celebrations in Rio de Janeiro to the white sand beaches of Zanzibar, there are plenty of places to discover on your February holiday. We have compiled a list of the ten best places to go in February and why it’s the best time to travel there.
1. South Western Sri Lanka
Confusingly Sri Lanka’s southwest and northeast coasts have different dry and rainy seasons. The good thing is no matter when you visit, you are bound to catch one half of the island at its best. But if you want to dodge the rainy season completely you should visit the South Western part of Sri Lanka in February when it’s the dry season.
Go on a game-drive in Yala National Park, experience a scenic train ride to Ella and soak up beautiful tea plantations on our Southern Sri Lanka itinerary.
2. Rajasthan, India
February marks the end of the winter season in India and it’s a pleasant climatic time to explore the country before the heat really begins to increase. This makes India the ideal holiday in February. Marvel at the Taj Mahal, wander the vibrant markets of Jaipur and experience an overnight safari in Rajasthan.
Escape your desk and go on our 15-day Rajasthan Explorer tour.
3. Zanzibar, Tanzania
If you live in the northern hemisphere you might be wondering where is hot in February? Tanzania is the answer!
Head to the national parks of Tanzania in February and you may have the chance to witness when the wildlife have their young. Mid-February is calving season and the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater are rich in flora for the herds to provide their young with. There are also countless opportunities to spot the big five on safari drives through the nature reserves. And to top it all off you get to relax on white beaches for a couple of days before heading home.
You can experience all of this on our Safari & Beach tour.
Cambodia has fairly stable temperatures all year round, mostly around 30 degrees Celsius, rarely dropping below 20 degrees Celsius. The majority of visitors choose to travel to Cambodia from November to March when the country is in its dry season. February experiences “cooler” weather around 27 degrees Celsius making it the perfect time to explore temples and cities.
The best thing about Cambodia? It’s a relatively cheap place to travel so there’s nothing stopping you from taking off in February to explore the country on our 8-day Highlights of Cambodia tour.
Being so close to the equator Singapore, similar to Cambodia, is an all year round destination. You will find slightly less rain from February to April which makes Singapore one of the best places to go in February. The culture in Singapore is very different from the rest of southeast Asia and its modern identity won’t fail to amaze its visitors. Admire the Gardens of the Bay after dark, explore the different neighbourhoods and visit the magnificent Marina Bay Sands platform for the best views of Singapore.
Like the sound of that? Travel to Singapore on our 15-day Bangkok to Singapore tour.
6. Rio Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
A party that needs no introduction: Rio Carnival. An annual world celebration, Rio de Janeiro becomes a flood of colour, music and dance as the streets come alive in a whirlwind of samba festivities. From the 21st-26th February 2020 you can party in true Brazilian style and cheer on the parade as dancers shimmy down the Sambadrome competing for the win.
We offer two different Rio Carnival packages – the Budget or City experience – to accommodate every travel and party style. Make the long-haul journey count and combine your Rio Carnival tour with one of our South America tours ending in Rio de Janeiro. Browse our tours or contact an Adventure Specialist for more information.
7. Mendoza, Argentina
February is slowly marking the end of summer in Argentina and it’s an excellent time to visit the wine region Mendoza with average temperatures ranging from 20 to 27 degrees Celcius degrees. Surrounded by picturesque mountains and peppered with vineyards, Mendoza is a mandatory stop for any wine-lover visiting South America.
Discover Argentina on our Highlights of Argentina and Brazil tour and learn all about Argentinean wine on an included winery tour in Mendoza.
Central America is the ultimate destination for your February holiday as it’s the dry season and warm in most countries. Belize and Guatemala are no exception, dry season, warm weather and clear skies are the norm in February. Lie on the relaxing beaches of Caye Caulker in Belize, explore the jungle near the San Ignacio area and visit the Maya Site of Tikal.
If you like a combination of adventure and beach holidays have a look at our Best of Belize & Guatemala tour. You can always extend your trip by adding additional beach days in Cancun before joining the tour.
Indulge in delicious food and head to one of the many reggae bars in Panama. February marks excellent weather for the country and you can make the most of what Panama has to offer, whether that’s relaxing on the beach, learning about indigenous communities or visiting the charming village Boquete near the impressive Volcan Baru.
Colombia is one of the best places to go in February and it’s certainly a hot country to visit. It’s still high season in Colombia and you can make the most of the colourful culture and Caribbean coastline. Wander along the cobbled streets of colonial Cartagena stopping under the romantic balconies adorned with flowers and marvel at the rainbow colour buildings. After trekking through the jungles at Tayrona National Park, reward yourself with a fresh coconut juice on the beach and swing on hammocks as the sun goes down.
If you want to explore this vibrant country in its fullest then take a look at our in-depth 20-day Classic Colombia itinerary.
About the Author: Anna is on the marketing team at Tucan Travel. From a young age Anna has travelled solo and on group tours through Europe, Northern Africa, the Americas and Asia.