25 Cheap Destinations for 2023 with great weather in February

As February approaches, nearly all of the residents of the northern hemisphere are sick of cold weather and ready to go somewhere warm. Fortunately, we’ve got a lot of great choices in all corners of the world. Needless to say, you’ll have to fly south towards the equator, and then you’ll have excellent places to go in Mexico, the Caribbean, the Middle East, and loads of them in Asia. The trick for many people will be getting a cheap flight, and then things can be very cheap while you are there.

As 2023 approaches the COVID situation has improved greatly and many of the places listed below have very light entry requirements and some have no restrictions at all. Obviously you’ll want to keep track of the news as your trip approaches, and hopefully things will get better or at least not get worse. Either way, it’s worth considering that if you visit a beach area in the Tropics you will be spending literally almost 100% of your time either in your private hotel room or outdoors. Guests naturally tend to spread out in these beach areas as well, so they should be much safer than going to a big city hotel.

This article was updated in August, 2022.

Important global holidays in 2023

Carnival celebrations happen in many countries around the world in February, and two of the most famous are listed below.

  • February 14 – Valentine’s Day
  • February 11 to 21 – Venice Carnival
  • February 17 to 25 – Brazilian Carnival
  • February 20 – Presidents’ Day (USA)
  • February 23 – Emperor’s Birthday holiday (Japan)

The Americas

Most people in the United States and all people in Canada will be frozen in February so the obvious first choice is to head south to Mexico, Central America, or the Caribbean.

The Caribbean

While the Caribbean in February is cheaper and less crowded than early January, it’s still the high season so the posh and exclusive islands will be charging a fortune at even their average resorts. However, with so many new hotels competing for your business, there are bargains to be found pretty much all year except for the Christmas weeks.

If your main goal is to relax in the warm weather instead of exploring the cultural destinations such as those mentioned below, then your best budget bet will be in Mexico, Dominican Republic, or Jamaica. If you like to indulge yourself with unlimited quantities of food and drink on your vacation then an all-inclusive resort will by far be the best deal. If you don’t drink and are a light eater then you’ll spend less at a normal resort. You might also be interested in our list of the 13 Cheapest Caribbean cruise ships, so you can visit multiple islands in a week.


Cancun, Mexico

  • February avg high: 84°F/29°C
  • February avg low: 69°F/21°C
  • February avg precip: 1.8″/4.5cm

Cancun tends to be busiest during Christmas and also the Spring Break weeks, so February is an ideal time for a winter holiday since it falls nicely between those two. This is also the first very dry month in this part of the Caribbean so the chances of even a short downpour are much lowered as well.

Hotel prices in Cancun can actually be quite high during the peak weeks, but lately there have been some very good bargains in the 3-star category for much of the high season. It’s harder to find cheap meals and drinks here, but it’s still a bargain destination compared to elsewhere in the Caribbean.

It’s worth noting that Cancun itself is mostly a long L-shaped strip of big hotels with very few restaurants in between them. If you would prefer to stay in a town filled with smaller hotels, restaurants, bars, shops, and plenty of other things to do, I’d highly recommend Playa del Carmen, which is about an hour south by taxi or shuttle. You’ll encounter actual Mexican people there rather than just hotel workers, and for many of us that is a big plus.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$44 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$89 per night for two people

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Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

  • February avg high: 84°F/29°C
  • February avg low: 70°F/21°C
  • February avg precip: 0.9″/2.3cm

February is still one of the high-season months in Punta Cana and all over the Caribbean, but this long stretch of similar beach towns on the Dominican Republic’s eastern tip is home to many of the best-value resorts in the world. In other words, this is a great place to find an affordable beach holiday even in the middle of high season.

Here you’ll find over 100 resorts to choose from, including about 60 that are fully all-inclusive. Many of these all-inclusive hotels have 500 or more rooms, which helps them keep prices modest compared to small resorts on other islands. Those mainly interested in relaxing on a lovely white beach should consider package deals that include a hotel stay and airfare into the nearby airport. Long story short, if you are interested in the best-value location to enjoy an all-inclusive beach resort in February, Punta Cana is the place to go. It also has a fairly new and efficient airport and good roads, which is more than you can say for most of its competition in the Caribbean.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$48 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$84 per night for two people

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Montego Bay, Jamaica

  • February avg high: 84°F/29°C
  • February avg low: 71°F/22°C
  • February avg precip: 0.4″/1.0cm

Again, even in high season like this in February, Montego Bay is one of the better budget-friendly choices in the Caribbean. The large and busy airport here has fairly cheap nonstop flights from many major hubs in North America and even in Europe, so it’s one of the easiest Caribbean resort areas for anyone to reach. The hotels here are mostly smaller than those in Punta Cana (above), although there is a wide variety including some really good all-inclusives.

If Montego Bay itself doesn’t sound perfect then you might instead consider Negril or Ocho Rios, both of which are about 90 minutes from the same airport and each has a different feel. All of these resort areas have plenty of water sports and other activities on offer, at prices that are lower than in most of the Caribbean. Jamaica is also the best and cheapest choice if you want to stay at an all-inclusive hotel in a place where everyone (more or less) speaks English. On the other hand, Jamaica has a reputation for aggressive beach vendors and that is a big turn-off for many.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$68 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$98 per night for two people

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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

  • February avg high: 84°F/29°C
  • February avg low: 61°F/16°C
  • February avg precip: 0.2″/0.5cm

The above destinations are best for those in Europe or the eastern half of the United States, but those in the western US and Canada should think about Puerto Vallarta instead. Unlike Cancun, this is a real city with a historic downtown area filled with charm.

February is part of the high season in Puerto Vallarta and the weather is fittingly perfect. As you can see in the numbers below, 3-star hotels here can be very reasonable, even ones with good locations. Four star hotels here tend to be large chain hotels on the beach, so the value is still pretty good and you get a lot for your money. Flights into PV are usually pretty reasonable as well. Especially if you are on the West Coast, you might also compare prices for Los Cabos, which is discussed below.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$48 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$151 per night for two people

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Los Cabos, Mexico

  • February avg high: 79°F/26°C
  • February avg low: 55°F/13°C
  • February avg precip: 0.1″/0.3cm

As wonderful as Puerto Vallarta is, it’s also worth looking into Los Cabos if you are starting in the western half of the US or Canada. Occupying the southern tip of Baja California, Los Cabos is actually two towns with a wonderful beach in between them. In the west there is Cabo San Lucas, which is built around a gorgeous and large marina filled with restaurants, bars, and shops. And about 45 minutes to the east is San Jose del Cabo, which is more spread out and close to the airport.

You’ll notice that evenings in February get a bit cool so you’ll want to bring at least a light jacket with you, but the days will be consistently warm and perfect for the beach or poolside. The Cabo area is also very safe and tourist-oriented, so this is a good choice for anyone who worries about that sort of thing. And similar to most other Mexican resort areas, there is a huge difference in price between simple 3-star hotels a few blocks from the beach, and the larger 4-star resort hotels directly on the beach.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$47 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$170 per night for two people

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Cartagena, Colombia

  • February avg high: 85°F/29°C
  • February avg low: 76°F/24°C
  • February avg precip: 0.0″/0.0cm

In most of the tropics you can have rain on almost any day even during the dry season, but in Cartagena you might go the entire month of February without feeling a drop. This is only one reason why it’s the perfect time to visit, with many great beach options plus a colonial Old Town that is quite worthwhile as a cultural destination.

It’s true that February is still during the high season along Colombia’s beaches, but it’s still very cheap here compared to nearly any other Caribbean destination. There are larger luxurious hotels where the best deals are booked early, but also cheaper guesthouses where you can still find something at the last minute if you aren’t too picky. The historic walled city is gorgeous and hotels within the walls can be quite inexpensive. The beach area nearby has more traditional hotels, and they are close enough to go back and forth all day if you like.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$62 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$109 per night for two people

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Mexico City, Mexico

  • February avg high: 73°F/23°C
  • February avg low: 45°F/7°C
  • February avg precip: 0.2″/0.5cm

Mexico City itself is only warm during February (rather than hot) and that’s only during the afternoons, but it’s still a perfect time to go. There’s virtually no rain at all so you can visit all the outdoor ruins and monuments in the area without worry. It’s also worth mentioning that Mexico City has a huge, safe, and fascinating city center that is more impressive than most European cities, so it’s really an underrated gem.

Some choose to stop in Mexico City on the way to or from Cancun or Puerto Vallarta, as domestic flights are frequent and cheap, and it’s a nice contrast to add some big-city culture to a beach vacation as well. February is still high season for hotels in Mexico City, but there are still great bargains to be found compared to the crowded beaches.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$45 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$69 per night for two people

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Ambergris Caye, Belize

  • February avg high: 76°F/24°C
  • February avg low: 71°F/22°C
  • February avg precip: 2.6″/6.5cm

With a rainy season that lasts through part of January, Belize has a relatively late season of ideal weather, and February marks its first full month. San Pedro is actually the only city in Belize that we cover, and it’s the most expensive resort area, so those looking for better prices should look at nearby Caye Caulker island.

Belize is definitely one of the cheapest Caribbean destinations, and the offshore islands actually do have quite a Caribbean feel in spite of being surrounded by Latin America. There are wonderful resorts here for those willing to spend more, but even the cheaper hotels are decent, and very good bargains even in high season.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$119 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$317 per night for two people

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Guanacaste, Costa Rica

  • February avg high: 94°F/34°C
  • February avg low: 70°F/21°C
  • February avg precip: 0.1″/0.3cm

Those in search of adventure and water sports will probably want to head to a different part of Costa Rica, but those looking for a wonderful and quiet beach community should head to the Guanacaste area. You can fly directly into the nearby Liberia Airport and be at your resort less than an hour later in many cases.

There are water sports here and plenty of other activities, but this region is now known mostly for some larger beach hotels that are packed this time of year. There are several small towns in the area as well, so you can find cheaper hotels that are walking distance to the beach if you look around a bit.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$62 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$79 per night for two people

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Lima, Peru

  • February avg high: 80°F/27°C
  • February avg low: 69°F/21°C
  • February avg precip: 0.0″/0.0cm

Lima is popular this time of year among middle-class and upper-class South Americans so it does get a bit crowded, but at least it won’t feel overwhelmingly touristy. The beaches here are good, but not great, yet the sunny and dry climate with warm days and mild nights still feels fantastic this time of year.

Hotels in Lima are near their peak prices for the year in February, but still quite good bargains by international standards. By the way, the rainy season in Cusco goes on in February, so the trails can sometimes be cut off, although many people go anyway.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$52 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$94 per night for two people

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Santiago, Chile

  • February avg high: 84°F/29°C
  • February avg low: 54°F/12°C
  • February avg precip: 0.0″/0.0cm

With warm days that are bone-dry for the entire late summer (in the Southern Hemisphere), Santiago is an ideal stop on any tour of South America or even one just concentrating on Chile itself. This is a very large city with more than a bit of everything, including culture and beaches not too far away, but other parts of the country are even more tempting this time of the year.

February is part of the high season for hotels in Santiago, but things are still quite reasonable by international standards so it remains a great bargain. Even a backpacker can live quite well in Chile on limited funds, but those willing to splash around a bit more cash can find the best of everything here. You’ll also want to visit nearby Valparaiso on the same trip, and you might even want to stay there.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$62 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$104 per night for two people

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Buenos Aires, Argentina

  • February avg high: 84°F/29°C
  • February avg low: 67°F/19°C
  • February avg precip: 4.6″/11.5cm

While Buenos Aires actually gets quite hot and wet during the peak of summer, by the time February rolls in it cools off a bit so it’s quite pleasant pretty much around the clock. It still may rain a few times per week, but BA is actually more of an indoor city so any rain is unlikely to take much of a toll.

February is near the end of the high season in Buenos Aires, and hotel prices can still be relatively high toward the beginning of the month, with better deals appearing as March nears. As 2023 approaches, the Argentinian currency keeps dropping and the whole country is a crazy bargain. Inflation keeps moving prices higher, but the exchange rate means that it’s still among the world’s best-value destinations. You can usually get a FAR better exchange rate in person if you arrive with US dollars, making the place an even better deal. Research the “blue rate” for more up to date information.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$42 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$63 per night for two people

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Bariloche, Argentina

  • February avg high: 71°F/22°C
  • February avg low: 42°F/6°C
  • February avg precip: 1.0″/2.5cm

If you are thinking about visiting Buenos Aires during its summer season then you might also want to come to Bariloche for cooler weather and something very different. Unlike BA, which is a very large city, Bariloche is a mountain resort area that is gorgeous from almost every angle.

This tourist town is also generally cheaper than Buenos Aires, so it’s excellent value in addition to providing great contrast on your trip of Argentina or South America in general. Perhaps surprisingly, Bariloche has German roots and it’s still famous for many chocolate shops as well as other European carry-overs that aren’t widely found elsewhere in the region. And while you are at it you might consider also visiting Argentina’s wine country in Mendoza.

You might also consider including Mendoza on your trip, which is the main wine region of Argentina, and also good value.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$77 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$108 per night for two people

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  • February avg high: 91°F/33°C
  • February avg low: 73°F/23°C
  • February avg precip: 4.7″/11.8cm

The last two weeks of February are still good bargains in Rio de Janeiro, but since Carnival goes from February 17 to 25 in 2023 you are going to want to have left, or be prepared to pay triple the price you were paying earlier. The weather is warm all day and all night, and you’ll get some rain in February as well, but usually only in short tropical downpours.

It can’t be stressed enough that Carnival is by far the most expensive week of the year in Rio de Janeiro, and as great of a spectacle as it can be, it’s better to avoid it unless you are dead-set in attending the 4-nights’ worth of festivities in the city center.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$71 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$92 per night for two people

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Europe

From November through February there are literally no European cities that could qualify as having “great weather.” So during the winter Europe is all about cultural tourism, and lower hotel prices make it especially appealing for those who like to stretch their travel budgets and avoid crowds at the same time.

>>>Best destinations in Europe in February

If you are determined to go to Europe in February you’ve got plenty of great choices as long as you bring some warm clothes. The list above are our best picks, including one beach destination.

If you are thinking about a city break instead you should check out our recommended cheap London hotels, our recommended cheap Paris hotels, and our recommended cheap Amsterdam hotelsrecommended cheap Rome hotelsrecommended cheap Prague hotels, and recommended cheap Berlin hotels.

Africa

It’s too cool in northern Africa to qualify as “great weather” during February, but it’s not a bad time to visit Cairo for smaller crowds and reasonable temperatures. Otherwise you’ll have to head to the south for a proper sunshine holiday in Africa this month.

Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt

  • February average high: 72°F/22°C
  • February average low: 57°F/14°C
  • February avg precip: 0.0″/0.0cm

Whether you are interested in visiting Cairo on the same trip or not, Sharm el-Sheikh could be a great place to spend at least part of your February. This Red Sea resort isn’t really warm enough for much sunbathing this time of year, but still the weather is warm, dry, and pleasant, which is more than you can say about any area of Europe in February.

Since February is part of the off season in this resort area, the hotel prices can be unbelievably low. In the years before the pandemic, Sharm bad become unpopular partly because of one suspicious departing plane crash. Prices had gotten insanely low, but as of 2022 it’s getting busy again. It’s still a great bargain even if the prices aren’t as low as they were a few years ago.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$47 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$68 per night for two people

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Cape Town, South Africa

  • February avg high: 80°F/27°C
  • February avg low: 60°F/16°C
  • February avg precip: 0.7″/1.8cm

The high season for hotels is still in effect in Cape Town in February, but especially as the month goes on you are likely to find good bargains mixed in. The weather doesn’t really get any better than February in Cape Town, with pleasant and warm sunny days with mild nights.

It’s a long way to travel for most people to just come to sit on the beach so many people combine a trip to Cape Town with a safari or some other adventure, and this is the ideal season for pretty much anything in the country.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$44 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$92 per night for two people

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Middle East

February is cool and even a bit rainy in most of the Middle East. An exception is Dubai (below) and Abu Dhabi, which both have perfect sunny weather. However, Abu Dhabi doesn’t make this list because it’s not really cheap enough to make the cut for a “cheap destinations” list.

Dubai, UAE

  • Febuary avg high: 78°F/26°C
  • Febuary avg low: 60°F/16°C
  • Febuary avg precip: 1.0″/2.5cm

Dubai is very popular among Europeans and other people in the region in February because the weather is pretty much perfect. It’s warm enough to spend days on the beach, but most people seem to prefer to spend their time in Dubai’s many huge shopping malls.

Unlike its neighbor, Abu Dhabi, at least it’s fairly easy to get a reasonably priced hotel room in Dubai. The large chain hotels in the best locations such as Downtown Dubai or the Dubai Marina are very expensive, but you can find a nice independent hotel in other nearby neighborhoods for a surprisingly cheap price. There are many apartment hotels in Dubai and often those go for similar prices to normal rooms. Food also comes in a wide range of prices, and eating cheap local food is quite easy if you look around a bit.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$58 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$79 per night for two people

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Asia

The peak season for all of Southeast Asia starts around Christmas and goes through February, so you won’t be alone and prices are at their yearly peak. The good news is that things are still far cheaper than pretty much anywhere else in the world.

For a more complete list, please see the best Asia destinations in February, which includes many more options.

Boracay Island, Philippines

  • February average high: 82°F/28°C
  • February average low: 74°F/23°C
  • February avg precip: 1.8″/4.5cm

If you haven’t yet heard of Boracay Island in the Philippines then you are in for a treat. This gorgeous stretch of sand is an up and coming destination for winter holidays, providing excellent value along with a surprisingly low-key vibe compared to busy places like Phuket. It’s even nicer now after the island was closed to tourists for a general clean-up for 6 months in 2018.

Prices for food and hotels here are bargains, even in high season like February, although getting here can be a bit tricky. Nearly every hotel is on or within a 1-minute walk of the beach, so you can stay at almost any of them and feel like you are in a desirable and luxurious spot. Most people are happy to just relax on the sand of White Beach, but there are loads of water sports, activities, and excursions available, not to mention excellent wind-surfing on the east coast of the island, which is only 10 minutes away on foot.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$74 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$103 per night for two people

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Goa, India

  • February avg high: 89°F/32°C
  • February avg low: 69°F/21°C
  • February avg precip: 0.0″/0.0cm

As long as you are willing to put up with the hassles that go along with any visit to India, you won’t find a cheaper or more pleasant beach resort area in February anywhere in the world than in Goa. This is actually a small state with dozens of small beach towns up and down its coast, so choosing the one that fits you best is at least half the battle.

More package tourists pour in every year and more hotels for them are built, but there are still many backpacker-style guesthouses around, including some very cheap ones right on the beach if you know where to look. In Calungute and Baga it might feel like prices are only a bit cheaper than in, say, Spain, but if you go to Anjuna or Vagator and find a family-run hotel and eat in local restaurants you’ll be spending a fraction of that. If you are in the mood to tour around, Mumbai has great weather during February, and Delhi has warm days but cool evenings this time of year.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$37 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$76 per night for two people

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

  • February avg high: 91°F/33°C
  • February avg low: 73°F/23°C
  • February avg precip: 0.2″/0.5cm

Saigon (as it’s locally known) isn’t a beach city, but there are some very nice (and cheap) beaches not far away so it works well on a tour of Southeast Asia in general. It’s starting to get quite hot in February, especially toward the end of the month, so it’s probably not ideal to plan more than a few days in this huge and sprawling city.

This is part of the high season for hotels, but it’s still extremely cheap by international standards, although it’s the most expensive part of Vietnam at the same time. If you are in the area it’s a must to stop off here for at least a few days, so it’s good to know that at least this is the driest time of year.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$57 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$74 per night for two people

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Phuket, Thailand

  • February avg high: 91°F/33°C
  • February avg low: 75°F/24°C
  • February avg precip: 0.8″/2.0cm

February is still quite crowded in Phuket, as it’s a longtime favorite sunshine destination for northern Europeans among others. It’s also the most expensive part of Thailand, but still quite a bargain by international standards. In case you haven’t researched it yet, you should know that Phuket is a large island with about 10 different major beach towns, each with its own vibe and price range.

Those looking for a package hotel where you don’t have to leave the complex for an entire week will find plenty of those, and there is also Patong Beach, which is loaded with bars and nightclubs that go on into the morning. There are also family areas and some where all the resorts are very pricey, so do your research and pick a place to fit your style.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$54 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$86 per night for two people

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Bangkok, Thailand

  • February avg high: 91°F/33°C
  • February avg low: 74°F/23°C
  • February avg precip: 1.2″/3.0cm

By the time February rolls in the large winter crowds are fading a bit, so it’s still a very good time to visit as long as you are okay with hot and humid days and nights that are still very warm and humid as well. Bangkok is a huge favorite among anyone exploring Southeast Asia, so it’s wise to book in advance if you can.

This huge city has several different tourist districts that are relatively far apart, so choosing the best one for you is important. The Sukhumvit area is where you’ll find the best retail shopping and many fancy hotels, while the Khaosan Road area is close to the main tourist sites and it’s filled with cheap backpacker guesthouses and budget hotels. The Siam Square area is literally packed with large air-conditioned shopping malls and chain restaurants if that’s your thing.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$38 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$69 per night for two people

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Chiang Mai, Thailand

  • February avg high: 90°F/32°C
  • February avg low: 59°F/15°C
  • February avg precip: 0.2″/0.5cm

February is also the driest month of the year in Chiang Mai, which comes in especially handy since the best things to do in this part of Thailand tend to include trekking and other outdoor activities. The days will be warm, but at least the nights are wonderfully cool so the steamy part of the day only lasts a few hours, unlike in Bangkok when it goes on all night as well.

Chiang Mai is among the world’s best travel bargains, even during high season. Hotels here are amazingly cheap in all categories so it’s a fantastic place to just relax for awhile as part of a tour of Southeast Asia in general. The food and drinks here are cheaper than in Bangkok as well.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$26 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$44 per night for two people

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Luang Prabang, Laos

  • February avg high: 88°F/31°C
  • February avg low: 59°F/15°C
  • February avg precip: 0.6″/1.5cm

The end of February does start to get quite warm in Luang Prabang, but at least it remains dry and it still cools off at night. This colonial city continues to get more popular every year as new tourists hear about its charms. This contributes to Luang Prabang being relatively expensive for Laos, though it’s still a great bargain by international standards.

During February it would be wise to reserve a hotel in advance since the better places will all be booked solid by the time you arrive, and the next tier of hotels with empty rooms will be outside the charming little tourist district along the river. Food and drinks are great bargains here all year round as long as you look around a bit and avoid the expensive hotel restaurants and bars.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$44 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$63 per night for two people

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Siem Reap, Cambodia

  • February avg high: 92°F/33°C
  • February avg low: 69°F/21°C
  • February avg precip: 0.1″/0.3cm

The best months to visit Siem Reap are November through February, so needless to say this is your last best chance until late in the year. Of course you’ll be visiting the Angkor Wat temples just north of Siem Reap itself, and February is still very dry and not yet insanely hot, so a long day outdoors will be pleasant rather than a drain on your soul.

Even though this is part of the high season it’s the late part so you can find good deals here at hotels if you look around and book early. There are plenty of cheap guesthouses for the backpacker crowd, even if you arrive without a reservation, but all the best places are booked up well in advance this time of year. Food and drinks are very cheap here all times of year as long as you avoid the hotels and shop along Pub Street instead.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$36 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$59 per night for two people

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  1. anne says:

    have you thought about including Banda islands, Indonesia

    1. Roger Wade says:

      Anne,

      To be honest, I hadn’t thought about including the Banda Islands. They are extremely remote and hard to reach for most people looking for somewhere sunny and interesting to visit for a week or so. With these articles I try to focus on places that are well connected and have a good tourist infrastructure. Thanks for the comment though. -Roger

  2. Adam Lambert says:

    Should include Armenia. Historic country, great food, wonderful people, and incredible locations to see. Very cheap.

    1. Roger Wade says:

      Adam,

      Thanks for taking the time to comment. If I did add Yerevan to these lists, it certainly wouldn’t be for February when the average temperature there is right at the freezing mark. I mostly try to include places with good tourist infrastructure so you can get in on affordable flights, and I’m not sure Yerevan qualifies for that either. -Roger

  3. Ted says:

    You should include Malaysia. Fabulous weather and cheap and hygienic water and food.

    1. Roger Wade says:

      Ted,

      I’m a big fan of Malaysia myself, and I’ve got KL on the list for a few months. But the weather there isn’t exactly “fabulous” by most standards. It’s very hot and humid every day, and it rains a good bit as well. I’ve even spent a month in the Cameron Highlands, and the weather there would be great if not for the daily massive downpours. Thanks for the comment though. -Roger

  4. Laura says:

    Did I miss Australia?

    1. Roger Wade says:

      Laura,

      I’ve been updating these lists for about 4 years now and Australia (and New Zealand) have never been cheap enough to qualify. Due to the surge in the US dollar and the relative collapse in the Aussie dollar, you could say that Australia might be “cheap” for Americans but it’s still pretty expensive for just about everyone else. Thanks for the question though. -Roger

  5. Wandering Voyager says:

    Boracay is beautiful- just came back from 3 weeks in Philippines. I think you mean the windsurfing is on the east coast side of the island just FYI.

    1. Roger Wade says:

      Yes, I did. Thank you. 🙂 -Roger

  6. Glenis says:

    Why not go to eilat in Israel it’s great weather

    1. Roger Wade says:

      Glenis,

      I don’t think Israel is cheap enough to make it on this list. Most of these places have hotel rooms starting around US$30 per night with cheap meals and drinks nearby. -Roger

  7. Kanzah says:

    Go to Tenerife, its so beautiful especially in February, it’s a good family destination for a family that just need a break under the sun next to the sea xxx hope this helped ?

  8. STevie says:

    Algarve in Portugal is wonderful in mid-March and a very temperate area all through the year

  9. Nicole says:

    I stayed in dubai and abu dhabi in feb 2012 and stayed in really nice and new hotels for average $75 per night.

  10. Ioana says:

    In Europe – a vacation in Tenerife is the best in february!