With temperatures remaining low outside and restrictions easing, many more people are looking for where they can escape to enjoy the sun and warm weather.
January is the peak of winter with temperatures dropping below 0 degrees Celsius, rising winds and early sunsets as soon as the working day is over, and February isn’t much better. Therefore, now may be the time to look at where you can fly to enjoy the February sun in the weeks to come.
For some sunshine that doesn’t come with the rain, crossing the pond might be the best bet and experience what the rest of the world has to offer in terms of the long-awaited warmth.
Where is it hot in February?
The Met Office revealed the hottest February destinations vacationers and getaway-seekers could take. Other travel agents and experts like TUI and Travel Awaits noted other sunny destinations that could be particularly appealing.
With their average temperatures, here are the hottest places for the next month:
- Phuket (33.1 degrees Celsius)
- Cancun (32.3 degrees Celsius)
- Singapore (31.6 degrees Celsius)
- Barbados (29.2 degrees Celsius)
- Dominican Republic (28.9 degrees Celsius)
- Cape Town (27.3 degrees Celsius)
- Melbourne (26.7 degrees Celsius)
- Auckland (24.2 degrees Celsius)
- Orlando (23.1 degrees Celsius)
- Cairo (20.5 degrees Celsius)
- Cape Verde (25 degrees Celsius)
- Gran Canaria (15-21 degrees Celsius)
- Tenerife (15-20 degrees Celsius)
- Costa del Sol (12-18 degrees Celsius)
- Cyprus (15 – 20 degrees Celsius)
- Maldives (30 degrees Celsius)
- Costa Rica (30 degrees Celsius)
- Saint Lucia (30 degrees Celsius)
Whether you’re looking for the beaches, a bustling sunny city or the warm atmosphere of a rainforest, these destinations will offer you a variety of choices.
Where to go on vacation in February?
Cancun will offer some great beaches and resorts in Mexico, with hotels costing an average of £43 and flights lasting just under 11 hours one way. Singapore will bring hot weather and humidity to Southeast Asia, but similar hotel prices and around 13 hours of flight time will get you to a city full of places to visit with the heat balanced by strong winds.
Barbados in the eastern Caribbean will bring a rich culture with its sunshine, home to a synagogue from 1654 but offering beautiful beaches on the island with botanical gardens. Hotels here start a bit higher from around £100, but flights are a bit shorter starting at just under 9 hours.
The Dominican Republic in the Caribbean is also known for its beaches and resorts like Barbados and shares an island with Haiti to the west. The Dominican Republic also has Spanish landmarks such as a Gothic cathedral from five centuries ago – although travelers be warned of the crime levels of this destination.
Cape Town on the southwest coast of South Africa will bring a warm Mediterranean climate with a bustling harbor and hotels ranging from as little as £47 on average. Melbourne is also a coastal city, located in Australia, it will bring bustling squares, restaurants and bars during Australia’s peak tourist season in February. the flight to that other part of the world can be the biggest commitment, with a trip lasting over 21 hours.
Auckland, New Zealand will bring more ports and a warm urban area, but with an even longer flight of over 23 hours. Orlando, Florida is a popular family vacation destination and it will give you a different type of vacation being away from the beaches but in a central city. Home to the grounds of Disneyland and Universal Studios, hotels will average higher here from £116 and flights from the UK will start from just under £500 one-way.
The sandy coves of St Lucia in the eastern Caribbean offer hotels from the upper-end on average at £96 for three stars and nearly nine hours flying time for over £600. Culture, nature and tropical beaches can be found in Costa Rica, which starts on average at £70 per person for hotels and offers eleven-hour long-haul flights.
With coral reefs and sandy terrain, the Maldives in the Indian Ocean is a warm getaway with ten-hour flights around £500 and hotels from £40 and £67.
Where is hot in February and cheap?
At the top of the February hottest list, Phuket is a city on the island of Phuket, Thailand.
Known to be quite safe for women traveling alone, the city has an old town with Sino-Portuguese buildings, littered with history and art and 19th century shophouses. The rich blue waters will also provide a calming backdrop to your travels where there is cheap hotels on offer, from just £10.
Flights from the UK from London are just under 12 hours and range from £168 one way.
Cairo, the capital of Egypt is along the Nile and will again bring a different holiday with a desert climate. Cairo enjoys a long hot summer and a mild winter while hosting great historical monuments. Hotels start on average from £28 and you can enjoy a shorter flight lasting just over 4 hours.
Gran Canaria is located in the Canary Islands and only just over 4 hours flight time at the lowest cost of £92 for a starting price. Cape Verde is a Portuguese-speaking country off West Africa with short flights of 5-6 hours from £168.