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As we enter into the last stretch of winter, February can leave us feeling devoid of vitamin D and bored of the detoxing. With school holidays and Valentine’s day cropping up, you might be in search of a family escape or a romantic getaway. European city breaks are good value and less crowded at this time of year, while long haul destinations offer pleasant conditions for touring and are equally good for satisfying winter sun cravings.
It’s dry season in Costa Rica, with cool northern breezes keeping the temperature pleasant and comfortable. The rainforests are still lush and green after the rains that will have ended in December, making it fantastic for nature hikes and wildlife-spotting excursions in Pacuare or Manuel Antonio National Park. Furthermore, Costa Rica is poised directly between the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, so beach options are also plentiful: channel the laidback Caribbean vibes in Puerto Viejo or surf and chill on the palm-fringed beaches of the north-west.
Colourful, spiritual and hugely diverse, India is like a continent in itself. If you visit in February, you’ll be well clear of India’s monsoon season, making it one of the best months to visit. Delhi and the Golden Triangle, home to rich culture and history, are simply gorgeous at this time of year, as is Kerala: a laidback coastal stretch in the south of the country with pristine beaches and world-class cuisine. Meander along its serene waterways in a traditional boat.
Cape Town is simply gorgeous in February, when it’s experiencing its long, scorching summer. Backed by the magnificent Table Mountain, Cape Town is South Africa’s vibrant, trendy and buzzing hotspot, enveloped in spectacular beaches and teeming with festivities throughout the summer. Couple this with a visit to the Cape Winelands, for a peaceful stay on one of its many attractive vineyards, where you can enjoy al fresco lunches paired with the region’s finest wines.
Being one of Europe’s most popular holiday destinations, Italy is wonderful during these quieter months. Cities such as Venice or Rome make for superb romantic city breaks around Valentine’s Day, while Tuscany's rolling hills and charming traditional villages see carnival season, filled with music, masked dancers and colourful floats parading the decorated streets. Further south, the Aeolian Islands, though in their coolest period, experience pleasant, mild winter temperatures, for those just wanting to escape the February chill back in the UK.
Truly off the beaten track, Antarctica offers that once-in-a-lifetime holiday to the end of the Earth - perfect for adults and children alike. February is summer here and daylight can last for nearly 24 hours, meaning there’s plenty of time to explore its pristine icebergs and never-ending horizons. Luxury cruises depart from Ushuaia in Argentina or Punta Arenas in Chile, navigating snowy peaks, glacial waters and resident whales, seals and penguins.
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