Costa Rica is a fantastic February vacation spot for lots of reasons. As well as being one of the driest months (bringing warm weather), it’s a great time for wildlife spotting. On this nine-day adventure – which takes you from San José to Tamarindo – you’ll spot sloths, hummingbirds and frogs, and zipline or go whitewater rafting your way through the jungle. This trip is a popular choice for its flexibility, allowing you to tailor your itinerary if you’d like to travel privately.
Why is Thailand one of the best places to go in February? In addition to the abundance of sunshine, it’s also when the Chiang Mai Flower Festival takes place – a vibrant three-day celebration full of parades and dancing. On this 10-day adventure, you’ll explore the city by bike before continuing to Pai to marvel at the sunset from Pai Canyon. You’ll also trek through the Mae Hong Son jungle and feed and bathe elephants in a rescue sanctuary.
Another of our best February vacation ideas is Mexico City. It’s a cooler time of the year, but there’s little rainfall, making it an excellent time to immerse yourself in Mexican culture while avoiding the crowds. On our trip, a local insider will take you to the hidden corners of CDMX, through a vibrant food market and to the ruins of Teotihuacán – a Mesoamerican pyramid complex. There’ll also be a visit to Casa Azul, the museum that was once Frida Kahlo’s house.
In February, Iceland is pretty much as icy as it gets – but so long as you don’t mind the cold, there are plenty of great reasons to visit. Snow blankets much of the landscape, turning it into a winter wonderland, and it’s also a prime time to see the Northern Lights in all their green glory. On our Iceland trip, you’ll charge through the wilderness on a snowmobile, hike the frozen glacial tongue of Sólheimajökull and stay in a hot-spring-powered hotel.
Warm beaches in February are few and far between in Europe, making the Caribbean coast of Colombia a tempting alternative. Hop on a boat to the tropical Rosario Islands, which form one of the most scenic vistas in the country, canoe through mangrove forests in La Boquilla, and spot wildlife on a beach hike through Tayrona National Park. On our eight-day trip, adventurous travellers can also try river tubing in the Río Don Diego before rounding off with a farewell dinner in Palomino.