Top 10 February destinations


February is a fantastic time to travel – it’s the off-season (between the Christmas and Easter holidays) so flights and accommodation are generally cheaper and tourist destinations aren’t too busy, making this the ideal month to go on holiday.  Here are 10 of the best February destinations to help you plan your next vacation:

Where to go on holiday in February: 10 great ideas to help your holiday planning

  1. Dubai, UAE


Travel to Dubai in February for a shopping extravaganza! During the month-long Dubai Shopping Festival, thousands of retail outlets based in over 40 malls cut their prices drastically and induce a shopping bargain frenzy. The Dubai Desert Classic, Global Village Dubai and the Dubai Tennis Championships are also fun February events.  Slightly cooler than the rest of the year, February also makes for great outdoor adventure, some of the best destinations being the Wild Wadi water theme park, Camel Racing at Nad Al Sheba, and Jumeirah Beach for swimming. Ski Dubai is an indoor ski resort that offers visitors the opportunity to ski year-round, and the Bateaux Dubai dinner cruise is particularly enjoyable during the pleasant February evenings.

  1. Auckland, New Zealand


Auckland
is a wonderful holiday destination in February, least of all for its comfortable weather. The tourist destinations tend not to be too crowded and there are some excellent events to attend; the Auckland Anniversary Regatta promises fun in the sun for everyone, the Waiheke Island Wine Festival is a connoisseurs’ delight and the Auckland Lantern Festival is also great. The Sky Tower is a great attraction to visit in February, offering remarkable views of the city, the harbour and the nearby gulf islands.

  1. Bali, Indonesia


February is a great time to visit Bali – although temperatures are great year-round in this island destination, the rainy season is only just drawing to a close and the beaches are still fairly quiet. Another favourite attraction to Bali in February is the Nyepi Parade, celebrating the Balinese New Year, when locals dressed as ogoh-ogoh (monsters) takes to the streets and festivities abound.

  1. Mozambique


Mozambique
is an excellent February destination; the weather is perfect, the diving subliminal and the beaches uncrowded. There are wonderful beach resort destinations to enjoy in Mozambique, such as Indigo Bay, Pemba Beach and Vilanculos. February is a great month for diving in the clear, warm waters of the Bazaruto archipelago, with popular sites including Manta Reef, Two-Mile Reef, Vengies, Rainbow Runner Reef and the Greek Temple.

  1. Jamaica


Jamaica
’s fantastic weather attracts visitors year-round but February is an especially good time to holiday on this friendly, laid-back island – Bob Marley Week is held in Kingston at the beginning of the month and reggae lovers flock to the city to celebrate the musician’s life and talent. There are also many outdoor activities to be enjoyed, such as exploring Spanish Town in Kingston, tours of the Croydon plantation near Montego Bay, and relaxing at Seven Mile Beach. Sunny February is also a good time to visit Dolphin Cove or the Green Grotto Caves in Ocho Rios, or perhaps the Blue Lagoon (from the 1980 Brooke Shields movie) near Port Antonio.

  1. Buenos Aires, Argentina


Buenos Aires
in February is an extraordinary holiday destination; the temperatures are just starting to cool a little, there are a couple of great cultural events to enjoy and many outdoors things to see and do. Don’t miss the Buenos Aires International Jazz Festival or the Tango Festival, both of which offer fantastic February entertainment. The warm days are a good time to visit the city’s historic cultural attractions, such as Plaza Dorrego in San Telmo (the bohemian artists' quarter) and the colourful La Boca barrio. The Floralis Generica metal sculpture on United Nations Square is also worth seeing.

  1. Bulgaria


February is a great time to go on a skiing holiday in Bulgaria. The temperatures are comfortable, the conditions are good and the ski resorts are not too crowded, some of them even offering off-peak discounts. Bulgaria’s most popular February ski destinations include the Bansko, Borovets, Pamporovo and Chepelare mountain resorts, and the Bansko resort has the longest ski season (15 December to 15 May).

  1. Cape Town, South Africa


Cape Town
is a great destination to visit in February, offering extraordinary sightseeing, cultural heritage and trendy social venues, as well as superb food and wine, all enhanced by beautiful sunny weather. The allure of Cape Town in February is irresistible – the famous Table Mountain offers wonderful views of the city and surrounds, best reminisced over lunch at Le Med in Clifton, or cocktails at Caprice in Camps Bay. For fine dining and excellent wine tasting, head out to charming Winelands town of Franschhoek. A trip to Robben Island, infamous for the incarceration of Nelson Mandela, is another must. Travelling out the city, along the Garden Route, is a great way to experience the small coastal towns, such as Wilderness and Knysna, and stunning scenery of the Western Cape.

  1. Cuba


Cuba
is a February holiday destination with a difference – while it has plenty of gorgeous Caribbean beaches, it also boasts a rich cultural and colonial heritage that visitors can experience on warm, sunny days and balmy nights. Spanish colonial architecture adorns the streets of Havana, the best of which can be seen in Habana Vieja (Old Havana), and the world’s finest cigars can be purchased from local cigar factories. Visit Havana’s classic bars, some of which were frequented by Ernest Hemingway, and listen to acclaimed salsa or jazz bands – the Havana Jazz Festival is held in February.

  1. Miami, Florida


Miami Beach
is a fantastic February destination for more than the sun and sand; after dark, the compact South Beach streets come alive with pulsating nightlife entertainment. There are a number of trendy bars, classy restaurants and fashionable clubs to be seen at. During those warm February days, head for the Lincoln Road Mall, a pedestrian promenade that is home to stylish cafés and galleries, or take a South Beach walking tour to learn about the area’s art deco architecture. And don’t miss the Coconut Grove Arts Festival, held in February each year.

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