The 10 Best Places to Escape the Winter Blues in February

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When February rolls around, it’s almost like the calendar breathes a sigh of relief. The holiday hustle is finally behind us, and spring is just around the corner. Plus, the month is so short that it is usually over before we know it. That said, while February may feel like a flyover state when it comes to your annual calendar, it is full of opportunities to explore.

Traveling in February usually comes with deep discounts on flights and accommodations, as well as thinner crowds. The month is sandwiched between the holidays and spring break, so the odds are good your far-flung vacation dream is at its most affordable price point. Even if you opt to stay in North America, February can be an ideal time to check another state off your list or even cross the border into Canada or Mexico.

February also offers spectacular extremes: While the southern hemisphere is in full-fledged summer mode, the northern hemisphere offers a range from slightly cooler temps to ample snowfall perfect for skiing. We’ve researched your options and found 10 great destinations to book for February. From Key West, Florida, to Singapore City, Singapore, the best places to travel in February will give you the vacation you need after the holiday stress.

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Los Cabos, Mexico

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While your friends jet away to the slopes, put your passport to good use and head to Los Cabos, Mexico. Often a spring break favorite, a February trip will give you a quieter version of Los Cabos. Whether you book a sunset cruise, rent ATVs, or relax on the white sand beaches to work on your tan, you really can't go wrong here. Make sure to book a dinner reservation at The Office, a super fun restaurant serving up authentic Mexican cuisine right on the beach.

Honolulu, Hawaii


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If you’re a surfer, you probably already know February is a big wave season in Honolulu. If you’re not a big wave surfer, don’t fear: There are plenty of great activities available, and there are fewer crowds to contend with. February is also when the humpback whales migrate in Hawaii, so you are in for natural treats beyond the picturesque scenery. Whether you take in the island's history at the Pearl Harbor National Museum or go snorkeling to check out Honolulu's under-water scene, you'll get a good taste of what this beautiful island has to offer.

Beaver Creek, Colorado

Beaver Creek

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For a U.S. ski vacation, there are few states that compare to Colorado. Even if you’re not ready to hit the double black diamond, a trip to Beaver Creek comes with more activities, like snowshoeing, going to the spa, and eating well. In Beaver Creek, you can be in the snow or observe it from a comfortable distance. Make sure to check out Beaver Creek Village, which has the most charming ice skating rink.

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

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Southeast Asia is known for its humid climes, and Cambodia is no exception, which is why February is an ideal time to beat the heat and humidity. Another perk is that most of the holiday crowds have left the area by then, giving you some extra room to breathe. But be sure to book around Chinese New Year if you’d like to miss the crowds altogether. Make sure you pay the Angkor National Museum a visit, which is home to a comprehensive collection of ancient artifacts from the Angkor Empire.

If you're in the mood to play tourist, head to Angkor Wat, the largest religious monument in the world (by land area.) The attention to detail in the architecture is mesmerizing.

Key West, Florida

Key West

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It's easy to see why great minds like Ernest Hemingway and Jimmy Buffett like Key West. The southern Florida city is built on the "nowhere to be, nothing to do" mindset. February is typically warm enough for non-Floridians to enjoy the water, but everyone can enjoy the scenery and island life.

Take a tour of Old Town Key West, a historical site that is as charming as it sounds. Plus, it has some of the best Cuban food you'll probably taste in the U.S. (You may even be inspired to take a short trip to the beautiful country.)

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Jackson Hole

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February in Jackson Hole will definitely be pretty cold, but it’s also when Yellowstone National Park is least crowded. Spend your days taking advantage of actually seeing the park’s famous wildlife, like elk, moose, and buffalo, and your nights warming up in your cabin’s jacuzzi. With enough snow, you can even give the snowshoes or snowmobiles a try.

Venice, Italy

Venice Italy

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There's no denying Venice's charm. There are about a million things to do in this charming city, but if we could only recommend a few, we'd say a gondola tour on the Canale Grande, St. Mark's Basilica (which is considered the most famous structure in Venice), and, if you like pizza, Antico Forno. The pies here are perhaps the most delectable we've ever tasted and made with the freshest, locally sourced ingredients around. Pizza will never be the same after you try a prosciutto e funghi pie from this place.

Singapore City, Singapore

Singapore City

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February marks the start of Singapore's travel season because it's the end of the rainy monsoons. February is also when the city hosts one of the largest Chinese New Year lantern festivals in the world. You'll want to be there for the illuminated sky, parade, and delicious street fare.

New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans

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While New Orleans is basically a year-round party in and of itself, the city’s crown jewel typically happens in February: Mardi Gras. Come and watch the parade, catch the beads, eat all the beignets. The humidity will still be at bay, and the Big Easy will be the perfect escape from your usual routine.

Huntington Beach, California

Huntington Beach

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It’s hard to find inclement weather in southern California, but February is usually when the short rainy season stops and temperatures are still on the refreshing side. A visit to Huntington Beach will give you the best of the SoCal beaches with the casual small town vibe. Go ahead, lay in the sand and order a frozen banana from the area’s famous banana stands. One site to check out: the pier. It's 1,850 feet in length, making it one of the longest public piers on the West Coast.

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