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25 Best Countries to Visit in February 2024

Discover the best countries to visit in February around the world and start planning your next unforgettable trip to these unique and adventurous destinations.

Looking to escape the winter blues and embark on an unforgettable adventure in February? Are you looking for a tropical climate, lots of things to do, off season prices with fewer crowds, unique festivals in February, nature, wildlife spotting or adventure?

As fulltime travellers, this is something we are constantly needing to research and consider when doing our travel planning, and designing our itineraries. We like to slow travel and we are on a budget, so we try to choose destinations where it is the low to shoulder season. In most cases, this means less tourists, lower prices and more bang-for-our-buck when it comes to booking accommodation.

Imagine strolling through vibrant streets, basking in pleasant Weather, and immersing yourself in rich cultural experiences. February is the perfect time to explore new destinations and create lifelong memories.

From snowy wonderlands to tropical paradises, there are countless options for every type of traveller. Whether you’re seeking thrilling outdoor activities or cozy indoor retreats, these top destinations have it all. So buckle up and get ready for an extraordinary journey!

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1. Tanzania in February

Contributed by Melanie at ‘The World Travel Girl’

Diversity of Landscapes

Serengeti National Park

Why is Tanzania one of the best countries to visit in February? 

  1. Diversity of wildlife and vast savannahs and parks
  2. Hot and dry weather
  3. Stunning beaches

Located in East Africa, just south of the Equator, Tanzania is ideal to visit in February. Influenced by both Arabic and Indian traditions, Tanzania is also a visual masterpiece filled with astounding wildlife, mesmerizing savannahs and pristine beaches. 

Weather in Tanzania In February:

  • Hot, dry season; nestled between the rainy seasons
  • Weather ranging from 77°F – 86°F (25°C – 30°C) in the lowlands and along the coast, and 59°F – 68°F (15°C – 20°C) in the highlands
  • Bring a sweater if you will be in the mountains or highlands

Things to Do in Tanzania in February: 

  • Revel in the sites of Mount Kilimanjaro, the largest free-standing mountain in the world at 5,895 meters (19,340 feet).
  • Explore the Serengeti National Park and see a plethora of wildlife including lions, giraffes, cheetahs, wildebeests and over 1000 species of birds.
  • Take a guided walk along the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater, created when a volcano exploded and collapsed into itself. This natural wonder is home to over 115 wildlife species including the endangered black rhinos.
  • Relax on the beaches of Nungwi Beach on Zanzibar Island with its mesmerizing turquoise waters and white sand beaches. Catch a glimpse of the endemic Red Colobus Monkey.
  • Take a Spice Tour in Stone Town and be immersed in the cultural diversity and tantalizing cuisine due to the abundance of cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon and black pepper that are grown there.

Events / Festivals in Tanzania in February:

  • Sauti za Busara is a festival held in Zanzibar and is the largest music festival in East Africa. The festival will shut down Stone Town with a carnival that is full of colour and energy. Different artists from diverse backgrounds share their music with all.

2. Morocco in February

Contributed by Dani at ‘The Guide Marrakech’

Mild Weather and Fewer Crowds

Chefchouen Blue City

Why is Morocco one of the best countries to visit in February?

  1. Mild weather
  2. Fewer crowds
  3. Festivals and cultural events

Set in Northern Africa, Morocco is an amazing country to visit in February as you’ll get to enjoy mild weather, fewer crowds, and lots of festivals and cultural events. This country is known for its rich history, vibrant culture, and stunning natural landscapes.

Weather in Morocco In February:

  • In February, Morocco experiences winter, which is the coldest month of the year.
  • Temperatures range from 8 degrees to 20 degrees Celsius (47 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit), making it a great time to explore the cities and the desert without breaking a sweat.
  • While there may be some rain, it is usually not heavy and does not last long.

Things to Do in Morocco in February:

  • Marrakech in February is a real treat! Visit the historic medina, explore the souks, and relax in a traditional hammam.
  • Discover ancient architecture and the tanneries in Fes.
  • Wander through the blue-washed buildings of Chefchaouen and hike in the nearby Rif Mountains.
  • Explore the beautiful seaside town of Essaouira without the crowds.
  • Spend the night in the Sahara desert.

Events / Festivals in Morocco in February:

  • One of the coolest festivals in Morocco in February is the Almond Blossom Festival in Tafraoute. During the festival, you’ll be able to enjoy the beautiful pink and white blossoms of the almond trees and participate in traditional music and dance performances.

3. Ethiopia in February

Contributed by Iris at ‘Mind of a Hitchhiker’

Experience Wedding Season

Stomping freshly roasted beans at an Ethiopian coffee ceremony in Lalibela

Why is Ethiopia one of the best countries to visit in February?

  1. Lots of weddings
  2. Comfortable dry-but-not-hot weather for outdoor activities
  3. Before the Lent fasting time, when some foods are off the menu

Ethiopia is a country in east Africa just north of the equator. It’s one of the oldest civilizations in the world and one of the first to adopt Christianity. It has a truly unique culture and traditions, incredible food, and so many natural wonders.

Weather in Ethiopia in February:

  • Though Ethiopia is in the northern hemisphere and therefore in winter, the temperature will depend on the altitude and humidity
  • Most cities are at or above a whopping 2,000m / 6,500ft above sea level and often sunny and rainless in February, making the days a pleasant 23°C / 73°F and the nights chilly
  • The country is big and diverse, so you can experience humidity in the forests and dry dustiness in the Ethiopian Highlands
  • If you crave extreme heat, the Danakil Depression measures temperatures above 50°C/122°F

Things to do in Ethiopia in February:

  • Enter via the capital city Addis Ababa and spend some time acclimating.
  • Enjoy the quiet Ethiopian Orthodox spirituality in the monasteries on Lake Tana (and see hippos!).
  • Experience an Ethiopian coffee ceremony with a snack and a cloud of incense.
  • Travel to Lalibela to see the wonders of the rock-hewn churches such as Bete Amanuel.
  • Go from wedding to wedding to celebrate all those newlyweds.
  • Watch people harvest and thresh teff—the grain that forms the basis of the Ethiopian diet.
  • Take a cooking class to learn how to prepare injera, shiro wat, and all your favourites. Buy ingredients to cook them at home and make the trip last longer.  

Events / Festivals in Ethiopia in February:

  • Between Ethiopian Orthodox Christmas and the start of Lent is the wedding season. Though you can’t just crash a wedding, a local travel guide will be happy to take you on a tour of multiple weddings and explain the customs and abundant food and home-brewed beer called tella.
  • If you come a bit earlier, you might catch Timkat in late January; the celebration of Jesus’ Baptism.  

4. South Africa in February

Contributed by Anoushka at ‘Anoushka’s Adventures’

Great for Wildlife Spotting

Views of Camps Bay Beach in Cape Town

Why is South Africa one of the best countries to visit in February?

  1. Escape Winter in the Northern Hemisphere to experience a balmy South African Summer.
  2. A great time to spot wildlife, including whale sharks, migratory birds, and turtle nesting season.
  3. The best month for exploring the many things to do in Cape Town, with dry weather and great conditions for discovering the local wineries.

Located at the Southern tip of Africa, South Africa is an ideal February destination thanks to its warm temperatures, particularly in the cosmopolitan capital of Cape Town. The diverse country has something to offer every kind of traveller.

From world-class safari drives and cultural experiences in KwaZulu-Natal, to gastronomic delights in the major cities, and renowned vineyards. However it’s particularly suited to nature lovers, due to the sheer breadth of landscapes and wildlife that call the country home, with countless national parks and animal viewing opportunities.

Weather in South Africa In February:

  • February in South Africa is Summer
  • Temperatures range across the country, with highs of 29 degrees and lows of 16 Celsius / 84 to 60 Fahrenheit.
  • Ideal temperature for Cape Town and The Garden Route, with warm, dry days and a slight breeze.

Things to Do in South Africa in February:

  • See the sights of Cape Town from Table Mountain and Lion’s Head.
  • Explore the wine regions of Stellenbosch and Constantia and discover the country’s rich wine-making heritage through charming local vineyards.
  • Spot wildlife on safari at Kruger National Park.
  • Top up your tan along the South African coast, with the perfect climate for lazy beach days.
  • Nesting seasons along the beaches of iSimangaliso make it a prime time to view turtles.
  • February is peak season for bird-watching along the Soutpansberg-Limpopo Birding Route.

Events / Festivals in South Africa in February:

  • Cape Town Art Fair: The only international art fair on the continent, this annual event in the Capital showcases local and international artists with a focus on African talent. 

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5. Malaysia in February

Contributed by Zhen at ‘Greedy Girl Gourmet’

Fun and Festive Atmosphere

Chinese New Year decorations in Banyan Tree Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

Why is Malaysia one of the best countries to visit in February? 

  1. You get to experience a Chinese New Year celebration! (Well, unless Chinese New Year falls in January, as it sometimes does.) 
  2. The weather is not as hot as it is in the summer months, and not as wet as it is during the end of the year. (Note that Malaysia is a huge country so some parts do get rain in February. However, the most popular cities- Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Melaka- will be dry.)
  3. Besides Chinese New Year, you can often experience Thaipusam, a Hindu festival, in February!

Located in Southeast Asia, Malaysia is a great place to visit in February. It has a mix of races and cultures, including Malays, Chinese and Indians. Malaysia also has beautiful beaches, lush rainforests and delicious food.

In the cities, most people will speak some basic English, so it won’t feel as challenging to navigate as some other Asian countries. Last but not least, it can cater to every budget! The cost of living is not very high in Malaysia compared to American cities. However, there is also a wide variety of exclusive, luxurious resorts for those who want to live it up!

Weather in Malaysia In February: 

  • As a tropical country, Malaysia really has only one season: summer! However, in February, it is slightly less hot and less wet than other parts of the year.
  • Temperatures range from 79F/ 26C to 86F/ 30C.
  • Despite the hot weather, do bring a light cardigan or shawl as the air conditioning in malls can be quite brutal. 

Things to Do in Malaysia in February: 

  • Eat in Penang: Malaysian street food is famous and Penang has some of the best food in Malaysia. Some dishes special to Penang are Assam Laksa and Penang Hokkien Mee.
  • Take a cooking class in Melaka: Melaka is a UNESCO World Heritage city. An easy drive from the capital, Kuala Lumpur, it is a great place to admire Peranakan food and architecture. (Peranakans are the descendants of Chinese and Malays, also called Straits Born Chinese.) Peranakan food and culture is a big part of Southeast Asia. Some of the best Peranakan dishes to try include Ayam Buah Keluak- chicken made with a poisonous nut!- and Pandan Jelly.
  • Swim in the ocean: With the weather so pleasant (for the tropics), February is a good time to visit one of Malaysia’s beautiful beaches! Some places to consider include Langkwai, Tioman and Borneo.
  • Trek in the rainforest: Did you know that you can find 20% of the world’s animal species in the rainforest? Kinabalu National Park is one of the top rainforests to visit.
  • Have tea in Cameron Highlands. The weather in Cameron Highlands is much more temperate than the rest of Malaysia, and it’s famous for its strawberries and tea plantations!

Events / Festivals in Malaysia in February:

  • Chinese New Year: Chinese New Year is one of the biggest festivals in countries with a significant Chinese population. However, many countries such as Taiwan and China come to a stop during this time of the year, as shops are closed and people travel back to the villages to reunite with their family. In Malaysia, which has several different races, you get to experience the fun of Chinese New Year and none of the inconvenience!
  • Thaipusam: In this religious festival, devotees take to the streets and perform acts of self-flagellation whilst appearing to experience no pain. Like Chinese New Year, Thaipusam sometimes falls in late January.

6. Cambodia in February

Contributed by Colleen at ‘Then We Walked’

Milder Temperatures and Fewer Crowds

Elephants at Mondulkir

Why is Cambodia one of the best countries to visit in February?

  1. Cambodia is rich in history and with a people so resilient and welcoming that it should be on every bucket list; and February is a great time to visit.
  2. December and January are peak season, so expect fewer crowds in February.
  3. It’s dry season and temperatures have not yet reached their hottest.
  4. Ideal for visiting the floating villages on the Tonle Sap.

Cambodia is in Southeast Asia. It shares borders with Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and the Gulf of Thailand.  Cambodia’s geographical diversity includes rainforests and the incredible Mekong Delta.

Many people head to Angkor Wat at Siem Reap, but the capital, Phnom Penh, sitting at the confluence of the Mekong, Tonle Sap, and Bassac rivers, is a fabulous destination too. Alongside these great cities, there are rainforests, mountains and stunning beaches and  islands in Cambodia.

Weather in Cambodia In February:

  • Cambodia has two seasons; wet and dry and February is the dry season
  • Average daily temperature highs range from 31°C / 90°F to 33°C / 93°F and average lows from 22°C / 73°F to 25°C / 76°F
  • Very little rainfall is expected however humidity is rising

Things to Do in Cambodia in February:

  • Angkor Wat in Siem Reap is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with some of the world’s most famous temples.  No visit to Cambodia would be complete without at least one day exploring.  Do go with a guide and go early to catch the sunrise.
  • Explore the floating villages of the Tonle Sap, the largest freshwater lake in South-East Asia and a designated UNESCO Biosphere.
  • Visit the Bunong people and their elephants in the rainforest of Mondulkiri; one of our most amazing travel experiences.
  • Tour The Killing Fields and S-21 in Phnom Penh and see first-hand the devastating impact of the Khmer Rouge.  Go with a guide to help absorb all that you see.
  • Lose yourself Phnom Penh’s incredible markets. The Russian Market is a fabulous maze of tiny shops whilst Central Market has many artisan craft stalls.

Events and Festivals in Cambodia in February:

  • Meak Bochea Day is an important Buddhist celebration which takes place on the full moon and commemorates a speech by Lord Buddha.
  • Chinese New Year Whilst not an official holiday it’s widely celebrated by the Vietnamese and Chinese population; some shops close and celebrations are evident in the days leading up to New Year.

7. Vietnam in February

Contributed by Simon at ‘Backpack Moments’

Best Weather for Exploring the North and South

Ha Giang Loop

Why is Vietnam one of the best countries to visit in February? 

  1. Best season weatherwise for both North and South Vietnam
  2. Lunar New Year (Tet Nguyen Dan) could be in February
  3. Fewer tourists because it’s shoulder season

Vietnam is located in Southeast Asia spanning the length of the region’s South China Sea coast. The sheer length of the country, at more than 1650 km from south to north, guarantees its diverse landscapes, climates, and diverse culture. Some say that the North and the South act as two very different separate countries! As such, an itinerary that takes you through the whole country is bound to offer you a plethora of experiences and sights

Weather in Vietnam In February:

  • February is the dry season in South Vietnam and the beginning of Spring in North Vietnam
  • Temperatures in South Vietnam range from 26 to 35 Celsius (79 to 95 Fahrenheit) whereas in the North they are between 10 and 22 Celsius (50 to 72 Fahrenheit)
  • Weather is very dependent on the region. In February you may be hot in a t-shirt in Ho Chi Minh, but cold in a jacket in Sa Pa.

Things to Do in Vietnam in February:

  • Motorcycle on the legendary Ha Giang Loop in the extreme north.
  • Take a lift to Fansipan, the highest peak in continental Southeast Asia.
  • Try all the Vietnamese food in Hanoi.
  • Explore the marvellous Ha Long Bay by boat.
  • Ride a bicycle through rice fields in the magnificent Ninh Binh Province.
  • Go back in time to the 19th Century in the preserved old town of Hoi An.
  • Enjoy the seaside in Nha Trang.
  • Lose yourself in the funky, Gaudi-inspired Mad House in Da Lat.
  • Learn about the Vietnamese resistance during the Vietnam War by crouching inside the Cu Chi Tunnels.
  • Party the Vietnamese way in Ho Chi Minh City.
  • Live the slow boat life in the Mekong Delta.
  • Enjoy the tropical gem that Phu Quoc Island is.

Events / Festivals in Vietnam in February:

The Lunar New Year, known as Tet Nguyen Dan or simply just Tet in Vietnam, falls somewhere between mid-January and mid-February. Tet is Vietnam’s biggest holiday and the whole country slows down to a halt for 5 days during it. This could be both a curse or a blessing.

If you’re in Vietnam during Tet, it’s best to find a local family to join. Some guesthouses remain open and offer immersive experiences, including celebrations, family dinners, and visiting temples. You should avoid traveling between places in Vietnam during Tet because either there won’t be any tickets or there won’t be any buses/trains running. The best place to be in Vietnam during Tet is hands-down Hoi An.

8. Indonesia in February

Contributed by Robin at ‘Where to Stay Bali’

Low Season Rates and Crowds

Pura Tirta Empul in Ubud

Why is Indonesia one of the best countries to visit in February?

  1. Low season rates.
  2. Perfect time to explore the coral reefs of Raja Ampat.
  3. Great for avoiding crowds in the most popular destinations such as Bali.

Consisting of over 17,000 islands, Indonesia is nestled between the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean. Visiting Indonesia in February is an excellent choice due to the transition from the wet to the dry season in many regions. 

Weather in Indonesia in February:

  • In February, Indonesia experiences the transition from the wet (rainy) season to the dry season. Rainfall decreases as the country moves towards the drier months.
  • Temperatures range from 26°C to 32°C (79°F to 90°F) in the lowlands. In highland areas, temperatures can be cooler, dropping to around 15°C to 22°C (59°F to 72°F) at night.
  • The places that experience the wettest time in February are Lombok, Nusa Tenggara and Flores. 

Things to Do in Indonesia in February:

  • Stay in Ubud and experience the best of Balinese culture. Some of the best activities include the purification ceremony at Pura Tirta Emul and the daily performance of the traditional fire dance – Kecak. 
  • February in Raja Ampat is a dream come true for underwater enthusiasts. With calm seas and excellent visibility, it’s the perfect time to snorkel or dive amidst the vibrant coral reefs.
  • Explore Gunung Leuser National Park, located in Sumatra, for unforgettable encounters with orangutans. 
  • Trek up and explore Mount Bromo’s surreal landscapes and the ethereal Ijen Crater, famous for its blue flames. These volcanic wonders, located in East Java, promise excellent hiking opportunities and stunning vistas. 
  • Visit Yogyakarta, the cultural capital of Java. Explore Prambanan Temple and delve into the historical heritage of the Kraton Palace and Taman Sari Water Castle.  

Events/ Festival in Indonesia in February:

  • Chinese New Year: Celebrated by the Chinese-Indonesian community, Chinese New Year is a vibrant and colourful festival. You can witness traditional dragon and lion dances, visit temples adorned with lanterns, and savour delicious Chinese cuisine in areas with a significant Chinese population, such as Jakarta and Semarang.

9. Sri Lanka in February

Contributed by Amy at ‘The Sunrise Dreamers’

Best Time to Visit the South Coast

Niwella Beach near-Hiriketiya on the South Coast

Why is Sri Lanka one of the best countries to visit in February?

  1. It’s the best season to relax on the beautiful beaches of Sri Lanka
  2. The weather isn’t too hot yet, so it’s easy to explore the cultural sights
  3. Sri Lanka is in peak season, but the country isn’t that popular yet!

Located in South Asia, underneath its neighbour India, Sri Lanka is one of the best places to visit in the winter months. The country has two monsoons at different halves of the year and in February the South Coast is the perfect time to visit. Sri Lanka is home to ancient sites, jungle safaris, amazing beaches and incredible cuisine

It’s best to spend at least 1 week in the country, but if you have two to three weeks in Sri Lanka, you can experience so much! The country is small, but there’s a lot to see.

Weather in Sri Lanka In February:

  • Sri Lanka is a tropical destination with warm weather all year round!
  • Temperatures range from 25°C to 27°C / 77°F to 90°F
  • The country is humid most of the year, although February is slightly more fresh than the hot summer months. 
  • Sri Lanka has mountains and tea plantations which are quite a lot cooler and sometimes rainy in February!

Things to Do in Sri Lanka in February:

  • Explore Sigiriya and climb the ancient rock fortress.
  • Go on an animal safari to see elephants, crocodiles, leopards and more!
  • Relax or surf on the beaches of the South Coast of Sri Lanka. Eat traditional Sri Lankan cuisine with your toes in the sand at Mirissa, our favourite beach destination in Sri Lanka.
  • Hike in the beautiful mountains of Ella and see incredible sunsets.
  • Experience the hustle and bustle of Colombo.
  • Visit Buddhist temples in Kandy and all over the country.

Events / Festivals in Sri Lanka in February:

  • Shankra Festival – Created for the love of Psychedelic Trance, this immersive festival brings people from all around the world to dance to their heart’s content (12 – 18 February, 2024).

10. Thailand in February

Contributed by Steffi at ‘Beach Bum Adventure’

Cooler With Less Humidity

Koh Lipe

Why is Thailand one of the best countries to visit in February? 

  1. Fabulous clear blue skies
  2. One of the less humid times of year
  3. Avoid peak season in December / January

Thailand, located in South East Asia, is a wonderful city to visit in February. Many visitors learn to love Bangkok, the capital, but initially find it overwhelming and the heat doesn’t help. February can be a great time of year to visit because it is not as hot and humid as other times of the year. Furthermore, combining a trip to Bangkok with a visit to the South of Thailand to check out areas like Krabi or Thai islands like Koh Lipe is definitely worth it. 

Weather in Thailand In February: 

  • It is dry season
  • The temperature in Thailand is usually around 30 degrees Celsius / 86 degrees Fahrenheit 
  • Very often cloudless, blue sky days
  • The humidity is less than during rainy season

Things to Do in Thailand in February: 

  • Explore Bangkok, from the bustling metropolis of skybars and market shopping, to ancient temples and alleys in Chinatown.
  • Fly from Bangkok down to Krabi and hike national parks, swim in blue lagoons, island hop Thailand’s famous beaches without the crowds.
  • If you have time head to the paradise island of Koh Lipe for white sand, clear turquoise water and healthy coral reefs for snorkelling or scuba diving.
  • Enjoy the many things to see and do in Phuket, including a Phi Phi island hopping tour.
  • Two hours from Bangkok, lies the oldest National Park of Khao Yai. Head here in February for a good chance to see wild elephants.
  • Avoid the North of Thailand as it is very often burning season which means a lot of air pollution around this time of year.

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11. Belize in February

Contributed by Daria at ‘The Discovery Nut’

Perfect for Snorkelling and Diving

Ambergris Caye is the largest island in Belize and a gateway to the Great Mesoamerican Barrier Reef.

Why is Belize one of the best countries to visit in February? 

  1. Belize is a perfect destination for a February trip if you want to escape the cold winter. 
  2. It’s known for its spectacular natural landscapes, including lush rainforests, pristine beaches, and crystal-clear waters that are perfect for snorkelling and scuba diving. 
  3. It’s still less crowded than some of the most popular destinations in the region like Costa Rica, Mexico or Panama, so if you are looking for a less-explored place, Belize should be on your bucket list. 

Located in Central America, Belize is a perfect destination for a February trip if you want to escape the cold winter. The country is located in the Caribbean along the doorstep of the second-largest barrier reef in the world. 

That means that prices on accommodations and tours are usually higher than during the low season, however, the upside is that you will be able to enjoy some of the best weather with minimal rain and plenty of sunshine which is perfect for spending time outdoors. 

Weather in Belize In February: 

  • February is the middle of the high season in Belize.
  • Daytime temperatures typically range from the mid-70s to mid-80s Fahrenheit (24 – 29°C), making it an ideal time to enjoy outdoor activities without the sweltering heat and humidity of the wet season.
  • February offers plenty of warm, sunny days with little chances of rain which is perfect for spending time outside.
  • Days are often warm and sunny, but can get chilly in the evening

Things to Do in Belize in February: 

  • Explore the Mayan Ruins: February’s dry weather makes it an ideal time to explore Mayan archaeological sites like Xunantunich, Caracol, and Altun Ha. You can learn about the ancient Mayan civilization and marvel at the impressive ruins.
  • Snorkel and Dive: Belize is renowned for its crystal-clear waters and the Belize Barrier Reef. February is a fantastic time for snorkelling and diving, with excellent visibility and diverse marine life. Explore the Great Blue Hole, Hol Chan Marine Reserve, and Shark Ray Alley.
  • Enjoy the Beaches: Relax on the beautiful beaches of Belize, especially on the cayes (islands) like Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker. You can swim, sunbathe, or simply unwind in a hammock by the sea.
  • Cave Tubing: Go cave tubing in the Cayo District, where you can float through underground river caves surrounded by stalactites and stalagmites. It’s a unique adventure experience.
  • Wildlife Watching: Belize is home to a rich variety of wildlife. February is a great time for birdwatching, and you can spot colourful birds like toucans and parrots. You might also encounter howler monkeys, iguanas, and manatees.

Events / Festivals in Belize in February: 

San Pedro Carnival – San Pedro Carnival is a traditional celebration held in San Pedro around Feb. 6-9. This carnival is one of the most popular and lively events in Belize. It is a colourful and vibrant festival that combines elements of Mestizo, Maya, and Garifuna cultures, as well as influences from European traditions.

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12. Brazil in February

Contributed by Chanelle at ‘Chasing Chanelle’

Carnival Festivities

Guanabara Bay in Rio de Janeiro as seen from Christ the Redeemer

Why is Brazil one of the best countries to visit in February?

  1. There’s beautiful beach weather
  2. February is Carnival season
  3. It’s the liveliest time of year in Brazil  

As the biggest country in South America, Brazil has so much to see and do. And February is the height of summer in Brazil, making it one of the best destinations for warm weather seekers. With a 4,500-mile-long coastline, there are thousands of pristine beaches to escape the winter and soak up the sun. Plus, February is the height of the festive season in Brazil as it’s when the country’s famous Carnival takes place. So, it’s also the most fun time of year to visit!

Weather in Brazil In February: 

  • Summer – the hottest month of the year
  • Temperatures range from around 22 to 31 degrees Celsius / 72 to 88 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Although one of the sunniest times of year, it’s also the height of the wet season, so you should expect some rain

Things to Do in Brazil in February: 

  • See Brazil’s most notable landmarks in Rio de Janeiro including Christ the Redeemer, Guanabara Bay, Sugarloaf Mountain and the Lapa Steps.
  • Celebrate the most famous Carnival in the world in Rio de Janeiro or one of Brazil’s other major cities.
  • Stroll up and down Rio’s Copacabana with itsiconic 4 kilometre black-and-white wave patterned boardwalk.
  • Spend 2 – 3 days at Iguaçu Falls to see the largest series of waterfalls in the world when water levels are at their highest and most impressive.
  • Relax on the beach, drink caipirinhas and soak up the sun in Florianópolis – a stunning 54-kilometre-long island in the Santa Catarina State, with pristine beaches, untouched forest, and small seaside towns.

Events / Festivals in Brazil in February: 

  • Carnival – This annual festival is the most popular holiday in Brazil and the whole country stops to celebrate. Held over the four days before lent, with celebrations including parades, street parties, dances, and concerts, which have earned it the reputation of the best party in the world. Although Rio de Janeiro is the most famous Carnival destination, celebrations take place across the country, and you will be able to enjoy the festivities no matter where you are in Brazil.

13. Argentina in February

Contributed by Maria at ‘Map and Camera’

Go Wildlife Watching in Ushuaia

Beagle Channel, Ushuaia

Why is Argentina one of the best countries to visit in February? 

  1. The days are still long, providing plenty of daylight hours for city walks and outdoor activities.
  2. Perfect time for hiking, bird-watching and animal-watching in Ushuaia.
  3. High water levels and therefore impressive Iguazu falls.

Located in South America, Argentina is the ideal place to enjoy summer in February, as the seasons are opposite to the northern hemisphere. Argentina is a huge country and it has it all: stunning architecture, diverse wildlife, beautiful beaches, breathtaking landscapes, wonderful national parks. Delicious food, excellent wines, vibrant nightlife and friendly people make the Argentina experience unforgettable.

Weather in Argentina In February: 

  • Last summer month – pleasant weather throughout the country
  • Temperatures vary widely throughout the country. They range from 20°C to 27° C / 68°F to 80°F in Buenos Aires to 8°C to 16°C /46°F to 60°F in Ushuaia.
  • The weather in Patagonia is unpredictable all-year round, so pack appropriate clothing

Things to Do in Argentina in February: 

  • Walk along the streets of Buenos Aires to admire the architecture, go to a soccer game at the Boca Juniors stadium and attend a tango show in the evening.
  • Go wine-tasting in Mendoza.
  • Take a Beagle Channel boat tour in Ushuaia to see penguins, whales, dolphins and sea-lions.
  • Sail along glaciers in Los Glaciares National Park. You can even hike there.
  • Ride the End of the World train and hike to the End of the World Post Office in Tierra del Fuego National Park.
  • Take a boat ride at Iguazu Falls – the largest waterfall system of the world.
  • Enjoy a gaucho day experience at a farm in San Antonio de Areco.

Events / Festivals in Argentina in February: 

  • Carnaval Porteño – Buenos Aires’ annual carnival takes place in February. Parades are held in various parts of the city. They begin on the first Saturday in February and continue every weekend throughout the month.

14. Chile in February

Contributed by Ellie at ‘This Remote Corner’

Best Weather for Outdoor Adventures

W Trek in Torres del Paine National Park

Why is Chile one of the best countries to visit in February?

  1. Warm temperatures and long days for trekking in Patagonia.
  2. Summer festivals and cultural events throughout the country. 
  3. Best weather for outdoor adventure sports such as rafting, horseback riding, and canyoning. 

Extending over 4,000 kilometers along the western edge of South America, Chile is a fantastic country to visit in February. From the high-altitude Atacama Desert to the world-famous Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia, Chile has an incredible variety of landscapes to explore. 

Weather in Chile in February:

  • One of the warmest months of the year.
  • Temperatures vary quite a bit depending on where you are in the country. In the capital of Santiago, average February temperatures range from 11 to 30 degrees Celsius / 52 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit. In southern Patagonia, this range is significantly cooler: 4 to 13 degrees Celsius / 39 to 55 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Always be prepared for rain when trekking in the mountains. Bring rain gear and layers!

Things to Do in Chile in February:

  • See flamingos, go sandboarding, and explore unique landscapes in the 

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