10 warm places to visit in February in USA
And, as much as I enjoy Christmas and the wintry weather that comes with it, by February I’m ready for a change.
With Christmas long behind us, and spring a month or two away, a winter sun vacation is a good option.
Plenty of choices— warm places to visit in February in USA
When it comes to warm places to visit in February, you can do no wrong in the US.
This mighty nation is blessed with an abundance of cities and coastal towns where winter sunshine is the norm. If you’re in urgent need of some Vitamin D (and sea), these places will hit the right spot.
From Florida and Hawaii to southern California, here are 10 warm places to visit within the US in February.
1. Miami, Florida
This vibrant city in southern Florida needs no introduction. With average high temperatures of 78°F / 26°C in February, Miami consistently tops the US’ list for its warm weather.
Blessed by bountiful beaches and a year-round summer vibe, booking a winter getaway to Miami is always a good idea.
While Miami Beach is where most visitors flock to, there are other beachy contenders worthy of a second look. Crandon Park has a 2-mile stretch of sandy beach, plus walking trails and a picnic area.
For a crowd-free experience, Sunny Isles Beach is a good bet. Clean waters and a peaceful setting, it’s as good as its name suggests.
Where to stay in Miami
Choices on where to stay in Miami are seemingly endless. To narrow it down, I’ve chosen 2 options: 1 mid-range and 1 luxury hotel.
An Italian-style villa located 1 block from Bal Harbor Beach, Sun Harbour Boutique Hotel is an affordable choice for Miami. Comfortable rooms, and a pool on site, the hotel’s also within close distance to the nearby boutique shops.
Overlooking the ocean, 1 Hotel South Beach epitomizes everything you expect from a hotel in Miami. The 4-star hotel boasts 4 swimming pools, a spa and wellness center. Restaurants and the best nightlife in South Beach is just 5 minutes from the property by car.
Escape the crowds at Crandon Park beach in Miami
“This mighty nation is blessed with an abundance of cities and coastal towns..”
2. Sarasota, Florida
Get used to several mentions about Florida, as there are a few Floridian cities in this post.
Located in southwestern Florida, the city of Sarasota combines the best of both worlds. Offering beaches as well as cultural attractions, Sarasota makes a great family destination.
Some landmarks to note include the Ringling Museum, housed in a renaissance-style building, and the Asolo Repertory Theatre. The latter hosts a variety of shows from family-friendly musicals to plays for serious literary buffs.
More to see in Sarasota
In February, the average temperatures sit somewhere along a very pleasant 73.9°F / 23°C.
Surrounded by barrier islands with an abundance of white sands and crystal blue water, winter will be a distant memory. Sarasota contains several keys, including Lido Key, Bird Key and Siesta Key, creating plenty of opportunities for day trips.
Where to stay in Sarasota — warm places to visit in February in USA
Stay in the best spot in downtown Sarasota at Art Ovation Hotel, Autograph Collection. As its name suggests, the hotel regularly hosts exhibitions and performances. Alongside the chic rooms and suites, there are also complimentary bikes and a shuttle for guests to use.
A consistent visitor favorite, Carlisle Inn Sarasota is another option worth considering. Features include an outdoor swimming pool and a hot tub on site. Siesta Key and its beach is 8km / 5 miles away.
Siesta Key Beach, Sarasota
3. St. Augustine, Florida
Holding the title of the oldest European-established settlement in the continental US, St. Augustine mixes warm weather with history.
Walking along its 400+ year old cobbled streets, you’d be forgiven for thinking you were somewhere in Europe. St. Augustine’s main attractions aren’t only confined to its Spanish colonial buildings in the Colonial Quarter.
The city boasts a total of 42 miles of beach, with Crescent and Vilano Beach just 2 of several in the region.
Average high temperatures hover around 70°F / 21°C, making St. Augustine slightly cooler than its Floridian neighbors. However, what it lacks in a few degrees temperature drop, it more than makes up for in charm.
Where to stay in St. Augustine
Stay in the heart of the historic old town in St. Augustine at Villa 1565. Located opposite one of the city’s main sights, the Fountain of Youth, and a trolley stop, it’s an ideal choice for first-time visitors.
Spend a few nights at this beautiful beachfront property opposite Vilano Beach. The Saint Augustine Beach House has a balcony overlooking the ocean, and is also dog friendly. St. Augustine lighthouse is 10 minutes’ by car, while Castillo De San Marcos is just 5 minutes.
European-inspired Aviles Street in St. Augustine
4. San Diego, California
Known for its year-round warm climate, beaches, parks and feel-good vibes, there’s always a good reason to visit San Diego.
Sitting adjacent to the Mexican border, a strong culture remains in the city that was once part of the Mexican Empire. The Old Town San Diego State Historic Park and Chicano Park are 2 such examples of Mexican landmarks.
When it comes to beaches, choosing which one to visit is no easy feat. Coronado Beach is ideal for swimming and surfing, while La Jolla Cove offers opportunities to swim, bathe and scuba dive.
Comfortable climes — warm places to visit in February in USA
Though February temperatures are typically lower than the norm (average highs of 66°F / 19°C), it’s still beats winter weather.
Cooler climes also make it more enjoyable to engage in other activities in San Diego such as hiking. Get to the top of Sunset Cliffs Natural Park to watch the sun set over San Diego. Alternatively, find a trail that suits your level of fitness at Torrey Pines State Reserve.
Where to stay in San Diego
Enjoy a Balinese-style experience in the heart of La Jolla at the fabulous Pantai Inn. Part of the collection of the Small Luxury Hotels Of The World, you’ll fall head over heels with this hotel. What’s more, La Jolla Cove Beach is just 5 minutes’ walk from the property.
Wake up to dreamy ocean views at Tower 23 Hotel. This minimalist chic-style hotel is located 2 minutes from Pacific Beach Pier and the boardwalk. Whale watching tours, golfing and surfing are just a smidgen of the activities to partake in during your stay.
Coronado Beach, San Diego
5. Kailua, Oahu, Hawaii
No post about the warmest places to visit in the US in February would be complete without one from Hawaii.
There’s no such thing as winter weather in Hawaii, particularly in Oahu, in February. The pacific island boasts a perfect temperature (average highs) of 77°F / 25°C.
And, given its perfectly warm climate, there’s no lack of activities for enjoying the best of Kailua outdoors.
This coastal town on the east coast of Oahu is renowned for its sandy beaches, and scenic hiking trails.
Kailua Beach is an excellent choice for all types of beach activities. Its gentle waves makes it safe for young families, as well as for sports like kayaking or kiteboarding.
Where to stay in Kailua
The accommodation in Kailua tends to consist of beach houses and rental properties than big name hotels.
Take Kailua Beach Guest House. With a lush green garden and terrace, the holiday home has all the amenities you need for a comfortable stay. Kailua Beach is 1.1km away and the nearest airport, Honolulu, is 20km / 12 miles.
Unique Find Suite in Lanikai is another vacation rental worth considering. The home comes with a patio, free private parking and complimentary WiFi. Kailua Beach is 2.9km / 1.9 miles from the property.
Head to dreamy Kailua Bay in Hawaii
6. US Virgin Islands
Enjoy the vibes of the Caribbean, and plenty of warm sunshine, and all without having to leave the US.
The US Virgin Islands (USVI) are made up of 3 islands: Saint Croix, Saint John and Saint Thomas. Measuring 22.7 miles (37km) long, St Croix is the largest, offering its visitors a taste of its multicultural heritage.
Its 2 main towns, Christiansted and Frederiksted, reflect its European ancestral past. Colorful buildings from the 19th century grace the former, while lush, tropical rainforest make up the latter.
It goes without saying, that with average highs of 82.4°F / 28°C in February, visiting the beaches are a must. Turtle Beach, Cruz Bay and Bolongo Bay are a handful of the beautiful places to explore in the USVI.
When night falls in the USVI in February, so do the temperatures — though only slightly (69°F / 20.5°C). That said, be sure to bring a light jacket or sweater to wear on evenings out.
Where to stay in the US Virgin Islands — warm places to visit in February in USA
Situated on the smallest of the 3 islands, the Ritz-Carlton St. Thomas ticks many boxes. With an outdoor swimming pool, beachfront location and scenic views, you’ll find it hard to leave when checkout day arrives.
Spacious suites, and a 400m white sandy beach, The Westin St. John Resort caters for all types of travelers. Its on-site restaurant serves fresh seafood, while a home-cooked breakfast is served daily at its Beach Café.
St John Trunk Bay in the US Virgin Islands
7. South Padre Island, Texas
The Lone Star State is famous for many things. Big steaks, cowboy hats and mild temperatures come winter.
Another well-known destination lies off the tip of the southernmost corner of Texas.
South Padre Island is home to a resort town, which you can reach via a 2.5 mile long bridge called the Queen Isabella Causeway.
Visiting in February means facing slightly cooler temperatures than when visiting in spring. Average highs hover around 72°F / 22°C during the day.
South Padre Island is popular with spring break vacationers as well as with families — just not at the same time. Water sports, dolphin watching and ecological tours are just a handful of the activities on offer.
Where to stay in South Padre Island
Just 200m from South Padre Island beach, the Courtyard South Padre Island is worth checking out. Family friendly and with a swimming pool on site, nearby attractions include the Schlitterbahn Beach Waterpark and Andy Bowie Park.
An alternative choice is La Quinta by Wyndham South Padre Island Beach. This beachfront hotel is pet friendly and has an outdoor swimming pool with a whirlpool tub. There’s also a fitness center in the resort and restaurant facilities.
The sun setting over South Padre Island
8. Puerto Rico
Head to the birthplace of Benicio Del Toro and Ricky Martin with a sunny winter escape to Puerto Rico. With average temperatures around 83°F / 28°C in February, Puerto Rico has winter sun getaway written all over it.
Its capital, San Juan, offers visitors a destination filled with sandy beaches, historical attractions and historic walking tours.
Stepping into Old San Juan gives you a first-hand experience of its colonial history. Colorful house fronts and cobbled stone streets characterize the oldest settlement in Puerto Rico.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, most visitors come to see Castillo San Felipe del Morro. The Spanish built the fort around the 16th century, which was designed to defend the city from seafaring enemies.
Those of you familiar with, and who like, the song Despacito, may be interested to visit La Perla. This historic shanty town was the location for the award-winning song, as well as for other Puerto Rican hits. What used to be an off-limits quarter now welcomes visitors, giving them a chance to explore the local culture.
Puerto Rico beaches
With its prime Caribbean location, Puerto Rico is blessed with several noteworthy beaches. Ocean Park Beach and Isla Verde Beach are popular choices with the locals in San Juan.
A little further afield are the islands of Culebra and Vieques. Culebra is home to Flamenco and Tamarindo beach, while Vieques offers visitors bioluminescent bays, gorgeous beaches and ample snorkeling opportunities.
Where to stay in Puerto Rico
Enjoy the sights of San Juan by booking a stay at the exceptional Trópica Beach Hotel. Modern and spacious rooms, facilities include an outdoor swimming pool and complimentary WiFi.
If your prefer your Puerto Rico trip on the quieter side, check out Malecon House on the island of Vieques.
This gorgeous boutique hotel has just 13 rooms and is located on the malecón (embankment along the waterfront). With a swimming pool and picturesque views from your room, you’ll quickly forget that it’s still winter.
Castillo San Felipe del Morro in San Juan
The US territory of Guam is typically known for its number of strategically-placed American air bases in the pacific.
However, its geographic location in Micronesia in the western pacific makes Guam much more than another military base spot. Temperatures in February usually range from 77°F / 25°C to a sweltering 86°F / 30°C. In short, it’s an ideal winter destination.
Its ancestral heritage and unique blend of Spanish and Polynesian cultures make Guam stand out from the rest. The capital city, Hagåtña, is home to its own Plaza De España, and stone bridges that reflect Spanish architectural influence.
Relax at one of the pristine beaches at Tumon Bay, or explore the island’s historical sites. A trip to Guam is a chance to learn about Chamorro culture as well as its unique landscape.
Where to stay in Guam — warm places to visit in February in USA
Most of the hotels in Guam fall under 2 categories: resorts or family-style accommodation.
The Sheraton Laguna Guam Resort has sea-view rooms and 2 outdoor pools overlooking the Philippine Sea. Other amenities include 5 dining options, as well as a 24-hour fitness centre and a cocktail bar with water views.
Located right on the beachfront, Lotte Hotel Guam overlooks the scenic Tumon Bay. With modern rooms, a fitness centre and dining options on site, you’ve everything you need for a comfortable stay.
An aerial view of Hagåtña Guam
10. Phoenix, Arizona
If scorching temperatures have put you off from visiting Phoenix in the past, February is a good time to consider.
Average highs hover around 71°F / 22°C degrees, making it a comfortable change from the unbearably hot summers.
While other US states typically spend February indoors, Arizonians take advantage of the good month’s warm weather.
Phoenix also hosts an array of events in February, from music festivals and horse shows, to beer and cocktail weeks.
Visiting during this period also lets you take advantage of its usually busy attractions like the Desert Botanical Garden.
Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, Arizona
Where to stay in Phoenix, Arizona
Experience the sleek décor and stylish surroundings of the boutique AC Hotel Phoenix Blitmore. Facilities at the hotel include a swimming pool, fitness center and private parking.
Lap up the atmosphere at the seriously chic Hermosa Inn. As its name suggests, this beautiful hotel, designed in a southwestern style, offer individually-decorated rooms and cozy features.
Mealtimes are made even more special at its on-site restaurant, LON’s at the Hermosa. Enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner with homegrown produce and a memorable view of the landscape.
What do you think about these US winter destinations? Is there any place here that you’d like to escape to in February? Let me know in the comments below.
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