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Wondering where to holiday in February? Craving some sun or just a little more winter? See our recommendations for the best destinations for travel during the year’s shortest month. February is the driest month in Costa Rica, making it the perfect time to travel around 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. Zambia’s South Luangwa see’s the green season, making it the best time to capture amazing photographs and spot wild dogs. 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 canoe.
February is Chile’s summer and the weather is warm and dry. This elongated country has magnificent scenery from top to toe. Patagonia, in the far south, is not that far from Antarctica and the summer months are a great time to explore Torres del Paine National Park. In the central belt, this time of year tends to be when the residents of Santiago take their holidays, which makes visiting the capital more relaxing. Easter Island holds its annual Tapati cultural festival; together the whole island celebrates their culture through music, dance and traditional sports.
While the Amazon and Rio de Janeiro can be visited all year round, summertime is best with warmer and sunnier days. Although February is southern Brazil’s wet season, it is also when the biggest party in the world occurs, carnival! Competing for the title of Brazil’s best carnival are the cities of Salvador, Rio and São Paulo – the vibrant and exuberant festival is an expression of culture that has been running for over 100 years. The main event at Rio’s carnival is the Samba parade, take your seat in the Sambadrome and watch the extravagant floats and costumed dancers go by. After which, you can soak up the atmosphere at blocos, the city’s street parties.
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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