Winter Travel

Where is it hot in February?

If the cold and rainy weather at the start of the New Year makes you want to experience some warmer weather, you have plenty of fantastic short-haul options for escaping to sunnier climates. The European mainland around the Med and locations like the Canary Islands are great options to consider. And if you don't mind travelling a little further, Dubai, Barbados, and the Maldives are excellent destinations.

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Where is it hot in February?
  • Destinations like Valletta and La Palma offer temperatures well into the twenties throughout February.
  • There are many long-haul options to Latin America and even further afield.
  • Or you can enjoy short-haul options in and around Southern Europe and North Africa
  • Choose the combination of temperature and activities you want to enjoy.
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If you want to enjoy warm evenings outside cafes, snorkelling in the ocean, and long walks on sandy beaches, you will not be able to do it in the UK in February. While we're used to this, it doesn't mean we can't do something about it by swapping the drizzle of the UK for the warm weather of places like Greece, Phuket, and the Mediterranean.

To help you find the perfect February winter sun holiday, we've put together a list of places that offer excellent hotels, sunny road trips, and beautiful beaches. Ideal if you want to spend your winter months enjoying warm weather, overseas nightlife, hours of sunshine, and maybe even some water sports to keep you smiling and moving.

Whether you're looking for a solo holiday, an adults-only getaway, or an all-inclusive package for the whole family, our selection of holiday providers has you covered. Click below to start your holiday search!

The Caribbean has to be seen to be believed

At a time of year when the UK barely scrapes into double-figure temperatures, most of the Caribbean is up towards a warm and welcome 30°C. Not only is it one of the world's most popular winter sun destinations if you're not fixed on taking a short-haul flight, but it's also ideal if you want to avoid the hustle and bustle of a city break.

Life in the Caribbean moves more slowly than back at home, giving it a sense of escapism and timeless charm hard to find elsewhere. Ideal if you want to rest and relax so you can recharge your batteries after the non-stop Christmas period.

We spoke to Jason and Sekai from JUMP INTO THE MAP, who had this tip for Age Times readers: "In February, enjoy 30°C sunshine as you relax on the sandy beaches of Grenada. Known as the Isle of Spice, Grenada is a hidden treasure unspoilt, the tri-island destination of Grenada, Carriacou, and Petite Martinique. It is home to amazing waterfalls, clear turquoise seas, aromatic spices such as Nutmeg, and organic chocolate."

Morocco is closer to home, and close to your heart

This beautiful little corner of the world is home to Marrakech - a tourist hotspot if ever there were one. You'll find architecture dating back centuries, plenty of incredible sights, and a variety of local cuisine just waiting to be sampled by you and your travel companions. 

Morocco is ideal if you want a getaway with a modest flight time of approximately three hours. Look a little further east, and you'll find Egypt, which also offers you a whole host of incredible tourist sights...

The Great Pyramid is ready to be explored

This UNESCO World Heritage Site is one many of us dream of visiting when the winter months close in and it's freezing at home. As well as taking in the pyramids, river cruises allow you to take in the sites of the River Nile, offering sightseeing opportunities you'll remember for the rest of your life.

Luxury hotels are everywhere in Egypt, as are sunbathing opportunities for those of you looking to take a break and enjoy a good book every once in a while.

Abu Dhabi is usually 30°C or above

If you want to live in the lap of luxury throughout February, this is the place to do it. Here you'll find everything from indoor theme parks to fully air-conditioned shopping malls, which means you can relax and cool down if the sunshine and desert heat get a little too much. And because you'll be visiting out of season, you won't get overrun by tourists and sun seekers if you want to do things at your own pace. 

An island getaway could be just what you need 

Tenerife, Lanzarote, Gran Canaria, Madeira. The list could go on and on. The beauty of it is that each island offers you something different, and they'll all be out of season in February, in contrast to the large numbers of tourists that descend on them in the summer months. This means the prices are lower, the hotels are quieter, and it's much easier to get a table at your favourite restaurant just around the corner from your hotel. 

For those of you who want island charm but with a little more space to explore, there's also Malta. As the gateway to the Mediterranean, it gets the full benefits of the North African heat throughout February. Ideal when you want to enjoy feeling warm in a single layer while everyone is wrapped up back home. 


For those looking to experience the perfect combination of culture, cuisine, and coastal charm, heading to one of the many resorts in Mexico is a great idea. Some use it to finish a long road trip starting in the US; others fly straight there when they want a little more sunshine and warmth. 

Whether it's the hustle and bustle of Mexico City or the likes of Cancun and Cozumel on the coast, the choice is yours. Perfect when you want to give yourself various options, each of which will give you temperatures consistently above 20°C with little or no chance of rain or cloud. 

Portugal is a great option to consider 

You don't have to speak fluent Portuguese to have fun here in the winter months because the sunshine will never leave you. There's hardly any rain, particularly towards the southern coast. Ideal if you want to head out in a single layer, explore the sights and sounds of Lisbon, or head over to the coast and walk the sandy beaches. 

Thailand is perfect if you're happy with long-haul travel 

If you don't mind a long-haul flight and maybe a couple of connections along the way, Thailand is the place to go. Temperatures in the thirties, stunning culture and architecture and vibrant nightlife are available here. 

One thing to bear in mind is the humidity, which marks it out from some of the other destinations on our list. If you don't mind it, add Thailand to your February holiday shortlist without delay. But if you're concerned it might sap your energy a little too much, look for coastal resorts instead of more urban areas. That way, you can take the edge off things thanks to a cooling sea breeze that will arrive at just the right time. 

The key to finding somewhere hot in February

The best travel advice we can give you is to look for whatever will make you smile at this time of year. It could be an exciting city break, endless sandy beaches, or just the chance to swap the winter chill for warm weather and glowing sunshine. Once you've drawn up a quick shortlist of what you want, you can have a quick read of our recommendations and start adding a few of our options to your shortlist. Work through it a few times over a coffee, and you'll be booking your tickets before you know it.

Hot February getaways: FAQs

What holiday destinations are hot in February?

Mexico, Spain, Portugal and the Canary Islands all offer you something to smile about during the winter months. On top of these, a comprehensive range of long- and short-haul options sit close to the equator or the tropics. So all you have to do now is pick your favourites and add them to your shortlist.

Where is it hot in February for long-haul travel?

Mexico is an excellent long-haul destination if you are looking for some heat in the middle of February. Not only does it sit in the tropics, but many of its main resorts also benefit from the desert heat that warms most of the country.

Where in Europe is warm in February?

The further south you go, the more you'll feel the benefits of the warm weather patterns coming over from North Africa and the Mediterranean. This makes Portugal, Spain and Greece prime candidates when you want a warm weather break in the middle of winter. All you have to do now is decide just how warm you want it and whether you want a coastal or a city break.

What is the average temperature in February?

In the UK, you consistently get temperatures below 9°C, making a double-figure day something to smile about. Head over to the Middle East, though, and it'll be unusual to get a daily high that falls below 20°C. Perfect when you want to give yourself plenty of options.

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