The 8 best destinations to visit in February
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Yes, folks, we are officially in the dead of winter. It’s dark pretty much all day, and the frigid temperatures keep you stuck inside. The solution? Book a vacation.
Although your hometown might feel like a drag right now, there are many destinations where you won’t mind the time of year. You can jet off to a tropical beach to thaw out or hit the ski slopes to enjoy the best part of the season: snow. Plus, Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to plan a romantic getaway.
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Obviously, the surge of omicron cases has changed travel plans for many, and these continue to be very uncertain times. Airlines are having to cancel flights due to staffing shortages, while countries across the globe are monitoring the situation and changing both restrictions and requirements without much notice.
So, it’s essential to review the latest recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and medical experts and any foreign countries you plan to visit. This will help ensure you’re prepared and protected.
But even with new restrictions, you can still beat those winter blues in many beautiful places. So, get ready to pack your snow boots or sandals to visit one of these top destinations in February.
There’s a reason people are bicoastal: Winter is a whole lot more bearable in southern California. Temperatures are in the 60s, there aren’t as many tourists and, according to Skyscanner, it’s one of the cheapest times to fly to the city. Plus, this February, Los Angeles will host Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium, making it the prime time to visit La La Land. While there, check out Universal Studios Hollywood, the Getty Center, Runyon Canyon, the Hollywood sign, Rodeo Drive, Santa Monica beach and more.
TPG Tip: Stay at the new 148-room hotel in LA’s Culver City neighborhood called The Shay from 20,000 World of Hyatt points a night. Or, opt for Avalon Hotel in Beverly Hills, where you can book an award night from 50,000 Marriott Bonvoy points a night.
Belize has the privilege of being in Central America and the Caribbean. It’s covered in lush rainforests, secret waterfalls and mystical Mayan ruins, making it the ideal warm getaway in the winter. And the revamped All-Inclusive Rainforest Respite in Mayflower Bocawina National Park just opened, offering more than 7,000 acres of pristine tropical rainforest, waterfalls and access to Belize’s longest canopy zipline.
Otherwise, you can stay at Mahogany Bay Resort & Beach Club, a Curio Collection property by Hilton (available for around 64,000 Hilton rewards points per night), or the new Alaia Belize, an Autograph Collection hotel from 50,000 Marriott Bonvoy points a night.
TPG Tip: Belize announced three new nonstop flights operated by American Airlines, Alaska Airlines and Frontier. You can now have easy access from Denver, Orlando, Los Angeles and Seattle.
Surrounded by the natural beauty of the Sierra de la Giganta mountains and the Sea of Cortez, Loreto, Mexico, is a hidden gem on the eastern coast of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula. Travelers can explore the charming destination without the crowds. It’s best known for its secluded, unspoiled setting on the Loreto Bay National Marine Park, A UNESCO World Heritage site. The nearby city is rich with culture, beautiful colonial buildings and history dating to 1697. Warm weather? No crowds? Sound like a perfect February getaway to us.
TPG Tip: Book a room at Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto. The property overlooks the Sea of Cortez, has four restaurants, five pools and a spa. And new accommodations were just added, including penthouses and suites with picturesque views. Plus, new direct flights from San Francisco (SFO) started in December.
Panama is a beautiful destination to visit year-round. However, February is one of the best months to visit, as it’s during the country’s dry season, which runs from mid-December to March, offering travelers better odds at sunny days. With an abundance of national parks, wildlife reserves and tropical islands, ample outdoor recreation opportunities are available. Volcan Baru National Park, Soberania National Park and La Amistad International Park are just a few of the incredible places that showcase Panama’s vast biodiversity. Panama will also be hosting the Bocas Invitational from Feb. 15 to 20, the first event of its kind in the Bocas del Toro archipelago.
TPG Tip: There are plenty of hotels where you can use your points in Panama. Both the Waldorf Astoria Panama and Hilton Panama are available from approximately 40,000 Hilton Rewards points per night. And AC Hotel Panama City is available starting at just 15,000 Marriott Bonvoy points a night.
La Romana, Dominican Republic
You’ve likely heard of Punta Cana as a destination in the Dominican Republic. But, you should consider the quieter town of La Romana for your February trip. Why? Well, La Romana is home to the cultural center of Altos de Chavon, which has a 16th-century replica Mediterranean village complete with shops and restaurants. Plus, the destination is home to some of the world’s most challenging golf courses, including the famed Teeth of the Dog. Oh, did we mention you can get round-trip flights to Punta Cana (under an hour away) for around $200 from major airports in New York City, Dallas,and Los Angeles?
TPG Tip: Heading into 2022, Casa de Campo, a 7,000-acre resort paradise in the Dominican Republic countryside, will mark its 50th anniversary. To celebrate, the property will host events, festivals and golf tournaments throughout the year. Opt for a superior casita with a golf cart.
The oldest city in the United States and its territories, Old San Juan, celebrates its 500th anniversary in 2022. In honor of the major anniversary, the blue cobblestone city is celebrating with events, festivals, tours and more through June 2022. But, for those looking for calmer accommodations away from the festivities, Hyatt Regency Grand Reserve Puerto Rico (from just 15,000 World of Hyatt points per night) is only a quick drive and offers a slice of paradise on a private peninsula. The resort offers all-suite, bungalow-style accommodations; three pools including Puerto Rico’s largest lagoon-style pool; Puerto Rico’s first floating waterpark over the ocean; a full-service spa; five culinary venues; and two 18-hole Tom Kite-designed golf courses.
TPG Tip: Puerto Rico is one of the most accessible destinations for travelers from the U.S. who can get here without a passport. You can get round-trip flights for as low as $100 from New York City; $78 from Miami; $150 from Dallas; and $130 from Chicago.
Why not check off a bucket-list destination this February? The Palm Islands located on the coast of Dubai are a must-see for all travelers seeking luxury, adventure, world-class dining, shopping and more. Hugging the crescent of the palm lies Atlantis, The Palm, one of the world’s most famous resorts, which is also home to the largest waterpark in the world. Of course, there are plenty of places you can book on points here, too. Get a room at the newer Grand Stay Hotel Szr Dubai from 25,000 Marriott Bonvoy points a night or Habtoor Palace Dubai, an LXR Hotels & Resorts property, for roughly 80,000 Hilton rewards points a night.
TPG Tip: Through March 31, Dubai is hosting the Dubai Expo, making it a particularly exciting time to visit.
The charming town of Breckinridge is at the base of the Rocky Mountains’ Tenmile Range. Best known for its ski resort and year-round alpine activities, the destination usually averages more than 20 inches of snow in January, making it the perfect destination for a February getaway. Enjoy the best conditions for outdoor recreation like skiing, fat biking, sledding and even dog sledding. For an apres-ski experience, wander through the preserved former mining town’s Main Street, complete with buildings from the 1880s, galleries, shops and restaurants.
TPG Tip: Book the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Breckenridge from about 89,000 Hilton Rewards points per night. Or, stay at the Residence Inn Breckenridge for about 60,000 Marriott Bonvoy points a night. For travelers who have a family or group in tow and want a bigger space, check out the short-term rental brand AvantStay. They have a seven-bedroom, seven-bathroom mountain home with a hot tub and warm and cozy finishings to make guests feel right at home here.
Featured photo of the Los Angeles skyline by LeoPatrizi/Getty Images.
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