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best destinations to visit in February

This is a “round-up” post based on my experiences and recommendations from Lonely Planet, The Blonde Abroad, and Condé Nast Traveler.

February is the perfect month to travel! It’s after the holidays and before spring breaks, which means accommodation, airfare prices, and crowds are generally lower.

Plus, you can have a snow-filled Winter getaway, or you can get away from Winter to a warm destination. February is also when some of the world’s best celebrations take place.

So here are the best destinations to visit in February!
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best destinations to visit in February

Kerala, India

Kerala is a state in Southern India that National Geographic calls one of the “50 must-see destinations of a lifetime.” Travel and Leisure has Kerala listed as “One of the 100 great trips for the 21st Century.”

Kerala has it all – beaches, backwaters, lakes, mountains, hiking, temples, and wildlife sanctuaries.

February is the end of the peak season, so it’ll seem like you have the canals and beaches to yourself. This month also has incredible weather with low humidity and little chance of rain.

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best destinations to visit in February

Argentina

February is the end of Argentina’s peak season, so prices and tourist numbers will decrease throughout the month. Beaches and accommodations should have thinned out enough that you can find a chair by the pool or beach.

And you’ll still have great weather during this month, especially in Patagonia.

The end of February is when the famous Carnaval de Buenos Aires takes place. Late February is also when the Vendimia Festival takes place in Mendoza – the heart of Argentina’s wine country.

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best destinations to visit in February

Finland

Finland will be your Winter Wonderland in February. This month sees some of the lowest crowds and prices while still being the peak-snow season.

You’ll want to visit the Finnish Lapland for snow sports. Fun alternatives for skiing are fat biking and taking the Ylläs Ski Resort sauna gondola. You’ll also have a good chance of seeing the Northern Lights in February.

The Laplands offer some fantastic snow glamping in igloo-like accommodations, such as the Aurora Domes at Harriniva.

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best destinations to visit in February

Hawaii

Hawaii is a 365-days a year destination, but that means it’s an expensive destination. There are no actual off-season months in Hawaii, but February will have some of the lowest prices and crowd numbers all year because it’s after the holidays and before spring breaks.

February is the peak season for humpback whale-watching, so you’ll have lots of opportunities to see these impressive gals.

This month is also the end of “Big Wave” season on Hawaii’s north shores

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best destinations to visit in February

New Orleans

Get ready for one of the best parties of your life with Mardi Gras! Yes, it will be crazy, but this is an experience everyone should do at least once in their life.

Book and plan your accommodation and excursions well in advance to save some money and make sure you’ll have a place to stay.

If Mardi Gras seems outside of your budget, then staying in an RV (there are parks in and very near the city) can save you money to spend on the festivities.

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best destinations to visit in February

South Africa

February is an excellent time for beaches, wine, and safaris in South Africa. It’s the end of summer, so prices and crowds will be less, but the weather will still be great. Cape Town and the Garden Route are particularly lovely this time of year.

You can experience grape harvesting during this month, so take advance of the many wineries, especially in Constantia Valley.

This is not peak season for a safari because wildlife can harder to spot. But lodge prices and tourist numbers will be much lower in the usually more crowded and pricer Kruger National Park and Sabi Sands.

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best destinations to visit in February

Singapore

Singapore is one of the best destinations to visit in February because this month is the sunniest and least humid month all year.

This is about a month before the Chinese New Year, but the city will already be set-up for the holiday. So you can enjoy the ambiance and decorations of the Chinese New Year without the crowds and prices.

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best destinations to visit in February

Bahamas

Trade white snow for white-sand beaches in the Bahamas in February. This month sees some of the lowest prices and crowds outside of hurricane season because the holidays are over, and spring breaks won’t start until March.

This is the dry season, so there’s a low chance of rain. And the temperature is perfect with highs in the mid-70s and lows in the 60s (17°C – 25°C).

If you get up early enough, you could even have most of a beach to yourself. And the already laid-back lifestyle of the islands becomes even more leisurely and slow-paced during this month

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best destinations to visit in February

North American Ski Resorts

If you’re going to be in the United States or Canada in the Winter, then I recommend visiting a ski resort or two. February has optimal skiing conditions and affordable prices.

In the U.S., you’ve got places like Aspen, Vail, and Jackson Hole in the Rockies. And there’s Killington, Stowe, and Whiteface Mountain on the east coast.

Then in Canada, you’ve got your choice of fantastic ski destinations throughout the entire country from Whistler and Banff to Mont Tremblant and Lake Louise.

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Rio de Janeiro

February is Carnival month in Brazil! You’re going to think Mardi Gras in New Orleans is tame compared to Carnival in Rio.

The city is overflowing with decorations, energy, music, parades, and never-ending street parties.

Carnival isn’t for the faint of heart, but it’s an incredible experience. Make sure you book your accommodations as far in advance as you can.

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  • July 1, 2020

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