With the shorter days and colder temperatures of winter, are you longing for some sun? You don’t have to wait for the summer to get your fix, book your February holiday in the sun now. To help you along, we have put together our top picks of perfect destinations for a warm February break.
Average daily high: 29°C
Hours of sunshine: 9 hours
Average flight time from the UK: 9 hours
Time difference: -4 hours
What better way to spend your well-earned break, than basking in the sun on a white sandy beach in the Dominican Republic? Although the climate here is tropical, February falls in the middle of the dry season, and there is plenty of sunshine to enjoy. The average sea temperature is 26°C at this time of year, ideal for swimming, snorkelling and the range of other water sports on offer. Feeling adventurous? Have a go at white water rafting on the rapids or try out a zip wire experience through the tropical forests.
Average daily high: 21°C
Hours of sunshine: 7 hours
Average flight time from the UK: 4.5 hours
Time difference: 0 hours
The Canary Islands are warm all year round, making Fuerteventura an excellent choice if you want some sun without the long-haul flight. In February, you can expect pleasantly warm, sunny days, without the crowds that the summer months bring. The island sits 100km off the coast of Africa, and is the second largest of Spain’s Canary Islands. With white-sand beaches, sheltered coves and sand dunes, there is plenty to do by the sea. Alternatively, take a hike through the soft peaked mountain ranges, or stop for a drink and bite to eat in one of the traditional villages on the island.
Average daily high: 31°C
Hours of sunshine: 10 hours
Average flight time from the UK: 10.5 hours
Time difference: +5 hours
If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life, The Maldives is the place for you. Made up of over 1,000 islands, most of which are uninhabited, The Maldives has something for everyone. The exclusive resort islands are often aimed at particular groups, be that couples, young families or diving groups. Scuba diving in the coral reefs you could see sharks, turtles, manta rays or all sorts of colourful reef fish. This is the ultimate destination for luxury. From fine cuisine, to sipping a cocktail watching the sun set over the Indian Ocean, it will feel like you are in paradise.
Average daily high: 32°C
Hours of sunshine: 9 hours
Average flight time from the UK: 10 hours
Time difference: -5 hours
Cancun is the perfect destination for your February holiday. Outside of the hurricane season, and before the heat and humidity become too intense, this is an ideal time to visit. No trip here is complete without swimming with dolphins in the clear waters of the Caribbean Sea. Take a break from relaxing on the beautiful beaches, and visit the ancient Maya ruins at Chichen Itza. As night falls, enjoy the buzz of the salsa clubs or try the local cuisine at one of the many restaurants or bars.