For most in the Northern Hemisphere, February brings lots of cold and wet days with it. Due to this, many are eager to get away and feel the warm sun on their skin in the dead of winter. Whether you’re looking to explore ancient desert cities or lounge on the beach with a cocktail, there are plenty of options for all you snowbirds out there. Here are the top warm destinations to escape to this February.
Warm Destinations to Escape the February Flurries
1. Phuket, Thailand
Phuket is known for its pristine Phi Phi islands, stellar hospitality and world-class cuisine. From the magnificent beaches to the vibrant nightlife, it really is the perfect escape year-round. Especially if you’re looking to get away from the winter flurries. In February Phuket’s average temperature is a balmy 33C/91F perfect for a dip in the idyllic Andaman Sea.
2. Cairo, Egypt
Most people dream of visiting Cairo at least once in their lives. Home to the famous Giza Pyramids, world-famous Khan el-Khalili bazaar and more picturesque mosques than you can count; it isn’t hard to see why. If you’re after a winter break that spells sunny weather and ancient archaeological finds, Cairo is your answer. Here you can expect afternoons to hover at around 20C/68F; perfect weather for walking the desert city.
3. Melbourne, Australia
Melbourne is one of Australia’s best cities for its lively art and music atmosphere, incredible coffee scene and melting pot of culture. Whether you’re looking to explore the roots of why Melbourne is recognised as a UNESCO City of Literature or just want to explore the surrounding nature, there’s something for everyone. Best part? In February it’s warm as can be with afternoon temps around 26C/79F perfect for park picnics or nearby hiking trails.
4. Cape Town
Situated along the rough waters of the Atlantic Ocean in the heart of South Africa, Cape Town is the perfect winter escape. It’s home to a unique gold rush history, funky nightlife and endless natural beauty like the Cape of Good Hope and Maclear’s Beacon. Speaking of natural wonders, Cape Town is also home to one of the world’s Seven Wonders of Nature – Table Mountain. The afternoon temperatures averaging at 27C/81F in February make it an ideal winter destination for sun.
5. Wellington, New Zealand
Jagged mountains, peaceful beaches and hiking trails galore are a few things you can expect from Wellington in February. This New Zealand beach town is a favourite for its unique food and drink scene, abundance of nature and warm kiwi hospitality. Whether you lounge on the beach, explore the local culture or enjoy some of the wildlife, Wellington is a perfect winter destination. In the dead of February, afternoons sit around 21C/70F, making it perfect for exploring the surrounding nature.
6. Casablanca, Morocco
Casablanca is a top choice for anyone looking to swap drab winter days for a sunny, culture drenched vacay in one of the world’s most interesting cities. The Moroccan capital is renowned for its unique blend of Arab and art deco architecture, drool-worthy cuisine and the world’s tallest minaret. Whether you go for the food or the local culture, you won’t be left wanting. Its warm climate makes it an ideal February destination when temperatures average at 18C/65F making for perfect city walking weather.
7. The Maldives
World-class luxury, crystalline waters in every shade of blue and abundant wildlife are just a few things that make The Maldives one of the most sought after destinations in the world. The collection of tiny islands that dot the Indian Ocean have year-round balmy days. February is arguably the best season given that it’s the driest month of the year and maintains its heat at around 28C/82F.