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Where's Hot In February?

Having given your bank account time to recover from the Christmas festivities, February is the perfect time to take advantage of off-peak prices and hunt down a bargain holiday deal!

Whether you’re looking to warm up on a short-haul winter sun getaway this half term or jet off in search of tropical shores, here’s our favourite destinations for a sun-soaked February holiday.

Canary Islands, Spain

Average temperature: 18°C

Flight time: 4-5 hours

Amadores beach, Gran Canaria

For short-haul sun in February, the Canaries are your best bet! Temperatures are on the rise and there’s an average of seven hours of sunshine a day meaning beach breaks are firmly on the cards.

It’s a top choice for a February half term holiday with plenty of water parks, zoos and aquariums to keep the kids busy for hours, plus an abundance of family-friendly hotels and resorts.

The seas around the islands are teeming with marine life (February is a great time for a whale-watching tour in Tenerife), and fans of watersports will never be left wanting; Gran Canaria has perfect conditions for kitesurfing while Lanzarote’s gentle waves make it an ideal location for a first surf lesson.

Cape Verde

Average temperature: 23°C

Flight time: 5-6 hours

Sal Rei harbour, Boa Vista

This West African paradise is comfortably warm in February and perfect for a week of tranquillity – just the sight of the miles of white sandy beaches on both Sal and Boa Vista are enough to lull you into a blissful state of relaxation.

For those wanting a range of facilities at their fingertips, Sal’s bustling resorts and beach clubs will tick all your boxes, while laidback Boa is the place to be if you’re seeking a peaceful haven. If you can drag yourself off your sunbed, try your hand at surfing, body boarding or windsurfing to get the adrenalin pumping.

Dominican Republic

Average temperature: 25°C

Flight time: 9 hours

Punta Cana Beach, Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic is currently one of the hot favourites for a luxurious all-inclusive holiday at a great value price. Punta Cana and Puerto Plata are the most popular resorts, both boasting dreamy white sand beaches backed by hotel complexes that can offer anything from award-winning restaurants to indulgent spas.

If you feel like mixing in a bit of adventure into your sunbathing days, book a jeep tour through the rainforest or take a cable car to the peak of Mount Isabel. February falls during the dry season in the Dominican Republic, so you're unlikely to get caught out by the weather.


Average temperature: 24°C

Flight time: 11-12 hours

Cancun beach, Mexico

Mexico’s picture-perfect beaches and turquoise seas are the ideal setting for a February holiday – this month has very little chance of rain and the temperature is warm without being uncomfortable.

For fly-and-flop all-inclusive holidays, make a beeline for the Caribbean coast. Here you’ll find resort big hitters such as Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Tulum.

Spend your days working on your post-winter tan, exploring beneath the waves on a snorkelling trip, getting your blood pumping with a jet-ski ride or taking a day trip to see ancient Mayan temples – the possibilities are endless!


Average temperature: 28°C

Flight time: 13 hours

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Malaysia is a true melting-pot of culture with influences from China, India and the rest of Southeast Asia, and even Britain is represented in the buildings of Georgetown, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s an exciting choice for a February holiday and a hot one, too.

As for where to go, you’ll find beautiful beaches in Langkawi and the Perhentian Islands, hiking opportunities in the Cameron Highlands and a buzzing metropolis in Kuala Lumpur. The capital has an exciting nightlife and enough shopping malls to keep you busy for weeks, plus the view from the top of the Petronas Towers is truly outstanding.

Do you have a favourite February hotspot? Tweet us @icelollyholiday and let us know!

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