Where to go on holiday in February 2017 for the best weather

The cold hard truth about deciding where to go on holiday in February 2017 is that being a winter month, you will need to travel further than in the coming months for real beach break conditions. There is sunshine to be had closer to home: in the Canaries, for example, you're likely to find pleasant conditions for walking and exploring, but nowhere within six hours is really suitable for a proper beach holiday.

Where to go on holiday in February 2017: top five destinations

Fear not, however, as there are still plenty of places in the northern hemisphere you can choose from when deciding where to go on holiday in February, be it for the half term break or just to escape the British weather. Read on to discover our pick of destinations to consider when working out where to go on holiday in February for the best weather:

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1. Goa, India

  • Flight time from London: 10 to 11 hours
  • Daily high: 32°C
  • Hours of sunshine: 10
  • Sea temperature: 28°C

Those deciding where to go on holiday in February after a tropical beach experience without the hefty price tag will want to give Goa some serious thought. As India's premier beach resort for tourists and locals alike, it's a hive of travellers and sun worshippers, with two very distinct sides. Stick to the north of the for glitzy resorts and late night bars, and to the south for some laid back charm and more intimate guest houses.

Goa sunset © Maciej Bledowski - Dreamstime.com

Whichever appeals, you're certain to have some fabulous weather: not only is this the sunniest destination in February on our list, you'll also find temperatures in the low thirties and bath-like sea conditions, ideal for swimming and water sports. Although heat and humidity is high, it's the dry season, so you'll avoid any rain, and benefit from long, hot days - just don't forget the SPF, as the UV is extreme. Goa is especially good for those deciding where to go on holiday in February who crave a taste of the tropics on a shoestring.

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2. Phuket, Thailand

  • Flight time from London: 12 to 13 hours
  • Daily high: 33°C
  • Hours of sunshine: 9
  • Sea temperature: 28°C

In many ways Phuket is very similar to Goa at this time of year, with hot temperatures, extreme UV, and high heat and humidity. Important differences to be aware of when deciding where to go on holiday in February are that Phuket is slightly less sunny than Goa and prone to passing showers, although these are rarely severe. It is actually the driest month of the year in Phuket, and overall a fabulous beach holiday destination.

Phra Nang Beach, Thailand © Mark Fischer - Flickr Creative Commons

For something a bit different, head to the mountain city of Chiang Mai, which has 10 hours of sunshine and less rain than Phuket (one day versus three), and is just a degree cooler by day, although considerably chillier by night (dips to around 14°C compared with 23°C in Phuket). Wherever you decide to go on holiday in February, much like Goa again, Thailand is great value, and cheap once you arrive.

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3.The Maldives

  • Flight time from London: 10.5 hours
  • Daily high: 31°C
  • Hours of sunshine: 9 to 10
  • Sea temperature: 28°C

There's no need for the hard sell when it comes to the Maldives, which happens to be a fantastic option if you're after somewhere to go on holiday in February with hot and sunny weather. Conditions are similar to those already mentioned in Goa and Phuket, as February is the driest month of the year here also. You'll experience long days with plenty of sunshine and, at most, some passing cloud.

Island resort in the Maldives © Mac Qin - Flickr Creative Commons

The sea is perfect for taking in the island nation's reefs and marine life, while offering some respite from the high to very high heat and humidity. The baking sun provides optimum tanning conditions, while the extreme UV, also makes it prime burning territory, so do slap on high factor protection and avoid midday sun where possible. Evenings remain warm as well, with temperatures sitting no lower than around 21°C. The Maldives really is the dream beach destination that anyone with deep pockets considering where to go on holiday in February should put at the top of the list.

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4. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

  • Flight time from London: 9 hours
  • Daily high: 28°C
  • Hours of sunshine: 9
  • Sea temperature: 26°C

A skip, hop and a jump west across the Atlantic will take you to one of the Caribbean's most up and coming holiday destinations. The Dominican Republic has soared in popularity in recent years thanks to the availability of affordable holiday deals to this slice of paradise. If you're looking for somewhere to go on holiday in February, the Dominican Republic offers hot weather with plenty of sunshine, and sea temperatures warm enough to make the most of watersports and a splash about.

Typical hotel Punta Cana, Dominican Republic © Petrkurgan - Dreamstime.com

February is also one of the driest months of the year here (as well as March) with an average of 12 days rainfall, although these are usually short sharp bursts, nothing that lingers. Meanwhile, the heat and humidity may only be moderate, but the UV is still very high so sunbathe with caution, cream and sunhat.

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5. Gambia

  • Flight time: 6 hours
  • Daily high: 34°C
  • Hours of sunshine: 9
  • Sea temperature: 21°C

Africa has lots to offer sunseekers deciding where to go on holiday in February, and in the western nation of Gambia, days are hot with lots of sunshine, high heat and humidity, and virtually no rainfall to speak of. Just watch out for the dip in temperatures that comes after sunset, with cooler evenings sitting around 17°C. It's also worth finding a hotel with a heated pool as the sea isn't especially warm at 21°C.

Gambia is home to nearly 600 bird species © Allan Hopkins - Flickr Creative Commons

Given the high temperatures, it's unsurprising that many people who go on holiday here in February simply want to kick back and soak up some rays. However, there are many other things to do for all ages and interests in this tiny country on the Atlantic coast, from wildlife watching in the Bijilo Forest Park and market haggling in Banjul, to exploring Fort James Island and croc spotting at Kachikally Crocodile Pool.

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Where to go on holiday in February: alternative destinations

For a city break with a difference, head to Cape Town where summer is at its peak. You'll find long days with around 10 hours of sunshine and temperatures in the mid twenties. There's low heat and humidity and, again, just a small risk of seeing a shower. Bring layers for the evenings and if you wish to swim, find accommodation with a heated pool as the sea is far too chilly at 19°C for most.

Sailing inside the reef, Kenya © Dsukhov - Dreamstime.com

On Kenya's coast, resorts around Malindi also see hot days up to 31°C with high heat and humidity and nine hours of sunshine. There's a very slim chance of seeing a passing rain shower, but evenings remain warmer at about 23°C, while the sea is delightful at 28°C.

For somewhere to go on holiday in February that's a touch more exotic, consider Acapulco on Mexico's Pacific coast. February enjoys hot days up to about 31°C with very high heat and humidity, which makes it feel even warmer. You'll find eight hours of sunshine to be had plus it's certain to be a holiday free from any real rainfall. Evenings remaining pleasant at 19°C, while the warm sea at 28°C is impossible to resist.

Hotels on the beach, Acapulco Mexico © Tose - Dreamstime.com

As you can see, the destination we recommend for those trying to decide where to go on holiday in February are generally located in the southern half of the northern hemisphere. This is largely owing to the fact that they are nearer the equator while remaining within easy reach of the UK, even if it involves a long haul flight. There's a real mix of destinations to suit everyone from budget independent travellers to all inclusive lovers and luxury seekers.

Want to keep reading about where to go on holiday in February 2017? Head over to our weather in February section for more detailed look at conditions worldwide, before checking out our current collection of travel deals and discounts and dedicated half term offers for families.

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1 Weather Score for Anguilla in February is 100% 100% Anguilla
  Weather Score for Antigua in February is 100% 100% Antigua
  Weather Score for Barbados in February is 100% 100% Barbados
  Weather Score for Bonaire in February is 100% 100% Bonaire
  Weather Score for Brazil in February is 100% 100% Brazil
  Weather Score for British Virgin Islands in February is 100% 100% British Virgin Islands
  Weather Score for Burma in February is 100% 100% Burma
  Weather Score for Cayman Islands in February is 100% 100% Cayman Islands
  Weather Score for Chile in February is 100% 100% Chile
  Weather Score for Colombia in February is 100% 100% Colombia
  Weather Score for Cuba in February is 100% 100% Cuba
  Weather Score for Curacao in February is 100% 100% Curacao
  Weather Score for Djibouti in February is 100% 100% Djibouti
  Weather Score for Dominican Republic in February is 100% 100% Dominican Republic
  Weather Score for Ecuador in February is 100% 100% Ecuador
  Weather Score for French Polynesia in February is 100% 100% French Polynesia
  Weather Score for Grenada in February is 100% 100% Grenada
  Weather Score for India in February is 100% 100% India
  Weather Score for Jamaica in February is 100% 100% Jamaica
  Weather Score for Kerala in February is 100% 100% Kerala, India
  Weather Score for Madagascar in February is 100% 100% Madagascar
  Weather Score for Malaysia in February is 100% 100% Malaysia
  Weather Score for Maldives in February is 100% 100% Maldives
  Weather Score for Marshall Islands in February is 100% 100% Marshall Islands
  Weather Score for Martinique in February is 100% 100% Martinique
  Weather Score for Mauritius in February is 100% 100% Mauritius
  Weather Score for Montserrat in February is 100% 100% Montserrat
  Weather Score for Oman in February is 100% 100% Oman
  Weather Score for Panama in February is 100% 100% Panama
  Weather Score for Philippines in February is 100% 100% Philippines
  Weather Score for Puerto Rico in February is 100% 100% Puerto Rico
  Weather Score for Queensland in February is 100% 100% Queensland, Australia
  Weather Score for Saba in February is 100% 100% Saba
  Weather Score for Saudi Arabia in February is 100% 100% Saudi Arabia
  Weather Score for Sierra Leone in February is 100% 100% Sierra Leone
  Weather Score for Sint Eustatius in February is 100% 100% Sint Eustatius
  Weather Score for Sint Maarten in February is 100% 100% Sint Maarten
  Weather Score for South Africa in February is 100% 100% South Africa
  Weather Score for Sri Lanka in February is 100% 100% Sri Lanka
  Weather Score for St Barthelemy in February is 100% 100% St Barthelemy
  Weather Score for St Helena, Ascension & Tristan da Cunha in February is 100% 100% St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
  Weather Score for St Kitts & Nevis in February is 100% 100% St Kitts and Nevis
  Weather Score for St Lucia in February is 100% 100% St Lucia
  Weather Score for St Martin in February is 100% 100% St Martin
  Weather Score for St Vincent & the Grenadines in February is 100% 100% St Vincent and the Grenadines
  Weather Score for Sudan in February is 100% 100% Sudan
  Weather Score for Trinidad & Tobago in February is 100% 100% Trinidad and Tobago
  Weather Score for Venezuela in February is 100% 100% Venezuela
  Weather Score for Vietnam in February is 100% 100% Vietnam
  Weather Score for Virgin Islands in February is 100% 100% Virgin Islands
  Weather Score for Wake Island in February is 100% 100% Wake Island
52 Weather Score for Angola in February is 97% 97% Angola
  Weather Score for Bahamas in February is 97% 97% Bahamas
  Weather Score for Bali in February is 97% 97% Bali, Indonesia
  Weather Score for Belize in February is 97% 97% Belize
  Weather Score for Brunei in February is 97% 97% Brunei
  Weather Score for Cancun & Riviera Maya in February is 97% 97% Cancun and Riviera Maya, Mexico
  Weather Score for Comoros in February is 97% 97% Comoros
  Weather Score for Congo-Brazzaville in February is 97% 97% Congo-Brazzaville
  Weather Score for Dominica in February is 97% 97% Dominica
  Weather Score for Federated States of Micronesia in February is 97% 97% Federated States of Micronesia
  Weather Score for Guadeloupe in February is 97% 97% Guadeloupe
  Weather Score for Guyana in February is 97% 97% Guyana
  Weather Score for Haiti in February is 97% 97% Haiti
  Weather Score for Honduras in February is 97% 97% Honduras
  Weather Score for Indonesia in February is 97% 97% Indonesia
  Weather Score for Liberia in February is 97% 97% Liberia
  Weather Score for Lombok in February is 97% 97% Lombok, Indonesia
  Weather Score for Mayotte in February is 97% 97% Mayotte
  Weather Score for Mexico in February is 97% 97% Mexico
  Weather Score for New Caledonia in February is 97% 97% New Caledonia
  Weather Score for New South Wales in February is 97% 97% New South Wales, Australia
  Weather Score for Reunion in February is 97% 97% Reunion
  Weather Score for Turks & Caicos Islands in February is 97% 97% Turks and Caicos Islands
  Weather Score for Vanuatu in February is 97% 97% Vanuatu
76 Weather Score for Bangladesh in February is 96% 96% Bangladesh
  Weather Score for Cambodia in February is 96% 96% Cambodia
  Weather Score for Florida in February is 96% 96% Florida, United States
  Weather Score for Goa in February is 96% 96% Goa, India
  Weather Score for Kenya in February is 96% 96% Kenya
  Weather Score for Mozambique in February is 96% 96% Mozambique
  Weather Score for Tanzania in February is 96% 96% Tanzania
  Weather Score for Thailand in February is 96% 96% Thailand
84 Weather Score for Benin in February is 93% 93% Benin
  Weather Score for Ghana in February is 93% 93% Ghana
  Weather Score for Hawaii in February is 93% 93% Hawaii, United States
  Weather Score for Norfolk Island in February is 93% 93% Norfolk Island
  Weather Score for Palau in February is 93% 93% Palau
  Weather Score for Peru in February is 93% 93% Peru
  Weather Score for Singapore in February is 93% 93% Singapore
91 Weather Score for American Samoa in February is 92% 92% American Samoa
  Weather Score for Cameroon in February is 92% 92% Cameroon
  Weather Score for Costa Rica in February is 92% 92% Costa Rica
  Weather Score for East Timor in February is 92% 92% East Timor
  Weather Score for El Salvador in February is 92% 92% El Salvador
  Weather Score for Fiji in February is 92% 92% Fiji
  Weather Score for Guam in February is 92% 92% Guam
  Weather Score for Guatemala in February is 92% 92% Guatemala
  Weather Score for Nicaragua in February is 92% 92% Nicaragua
  Weather Score for Northern Mariana Islands in February is 92% 92% Northern Mariana Islands
  Weather Score for Samoa in February is 92% 92% Samoa
  Weather Score for Seychelles in February is 92% 92% Seychelles
  Weather Score for Solomon Islands in February is 92% 92% Solomon Islands
  Weather Score for Suriname in February is 92% 92% Suriname
105 Weather Score for Togo in February is 89% 89% Togo
106 Weather Score for Argentina in February is 88% 88% Argentina
  Weather Score for Pakistan in February is 88% 88% Pakistan
  Weather Score for United Arab Emirates in February is 88% 88% United Arab Emirates
  Weather Score for Uruguay in February is 88% 88% Uruguay
110 Weather Score for Equatorial Guinea in February is 87% 87% Equatorial Guinea
  Weather Score for Gabon in February is 87% 87% Gabon
  Weather Score for Guinea in February is 87% 87% Guinea
  Weather Score for Guinea-Bissau in February is 87% 87% Guinea-Bissau
  Weather Score for Northern Territory in February is 87% 87% Northern Territory, Australia
  Weather Score for Papua New Guinea in February is 87% 87% Papua New Guinea
116 Weather Score for Western Australia in February is 84% 84% Western Australia, Australia
117 Weather Score for Nigeria in February is 83% 83% Nigeria
118 Weather Score for Taiwan in February is 82% 82% Taiwan
119 Weather Score for French Guiana in February is 81% 81% French Guiana
  Weather Score for Sao Tome & Principe in February is 81% 81% Sao Tome and Principe
121 Weather Score for Egypt in February is 80% 80% Egypt
122 Weather Score for Cape Verde in February is 77% 77% Cape Verde
123 Weather Score for China in February is 74% 74% China
124 Weather Score for Israel in February is 71% 71% Israel
  Weather Score for Jordan in February is 71% 71% Jordan
  Weather Score for Sharm el Sheikh area in February is 71% 71% Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt
  Weather Score for Victoria in February is 71% 71% Victoria, Australia
128 Weather Score for New Zealand in February is 68% 68% New Zealand
129 Weather Score for Bahrain in February is 67% 67% Bahrain
  Weather Score for Namibia in February is 67% 67% Namibia
  Weather Score for Qatar in February is 67% 67% Qatar
  Weather Score for Senegal in February is 67% 67% Senegal
  Weather Score for South Australia in February is 67% 67% South Australia, Australia
  Weather Score for Tasmania in February is 67% 67% Tasmania, Australia
  Weather Score for Western Sahara in February is 67% 67% Western Sahara
136 Weather Score for Morocco in February is 62% 62% Morocco

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