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Wondering where to holiday in February? Seeking an escape for Valentine’s Day? Looking for a bit of warm sun? Or to have just a little more winter? Here, we round up the best destinations for travel during the year’s shortest month.With February being the driest month in Costa Rica, it is the perfect time to travel in this tropical country – and a great time to spot leatherback turtles in Tamarindo.Meanwhile in Sri Lanka, the west and south coast, along with the island’s hill country, also experience a drier month, with tropical temperatures making it the ideal time to visit beachside Galle.In Africa’s South Luangwa, Zambia, it is the green season and the best time to spot wild dogs and capture amazing photographs of the verdant lands. In neighbouring Botswana, the Okavango delta is a great place to see birds migrating, whether you’re on foot, in a vehicle or floating along in a mokoro.
February in Chile is mid-summer, when the country is at its warmest and driest. This most elongated country has magnificent scenery from top to toe, however the Patagonia region in the far south is not that far removed from Antarctica, and the summer months are by far the most pleasant and comfortable time to explore Torres del Paine National Park and the other wonders. In the central belt, this time of year tends to be when the residents of Santiago take their holidays, which makes it a more relaxed time to visit the capital. Meanwhile, out in the Pacific, Easter Island holds its annual Tapati Rapa Nui cultural festival, when the whole island gets together in celebration of their unique culture, through music, dance and traditional sports.
While the Amazon and Rio de Janeiro can be visited all year round, summer is best with its warm and sunny days. February is also when the biggest party of the world occurs – Carnival. This vibrant, exuberant festival is an expression of culture, and has been running for more than 100 years. The costumes and floats are extravagant, and the main part of the event is the Samba Parade, so take a seat in the Sambadrome or soak up the atmosphere of this world-renowned celebration on the city’s streets.
February is one of the warmest months in New Zealand and a perfect time to fly straight from a British mid-winter into glorious mid-summer. It is also the month when the Marlborough Wine & Food Festival takes place on the beautiful Brancott Estate. The region is particularly known for its crisp sauvignon blancs, and there are countless wines to sample and local produce to taste, as well as tutorials from the region’s leading winemakers. The Marlborough Sounds are a series of intricate waterways with spectacular coves, islands and peninsulas, crystal clear waters and lush, coastal forest. There are spectacular walking trails in the region, or it can be explored from the water on a ferry cruise, aboard a hired kayak or on a luxury yacht tour.
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