25 Cheap Destinations For 2023 With Great Weather in February | Price of Travel (2022)

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

25 Cheap Destinations For 2023 With Great Weather in February | Price of Travel (1)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 the13 Cheapest Caribbean cruise ships, so you can visit multiple islands in a week.

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Cancun, Mexico

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

25 Cheap Destinations For 2023 With Great Weather in February | Price of Travel (2)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

25 Cheap Destinations For 2023 With Great Weather in February | Price of Travel (3)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

25 Cheap Destinations For 2023 With Great Weather in February | Price of Travel (4)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 considerNegrilorOcho 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

25 Cheap Destinations For 2023 With Great Weather in February | Price of Travel (5)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 forLos 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

25 Cheap Destinations For 2023 With Great Weather in February | Price of Travel (6)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

25 Cheap Destinations For 2023 With Great Weather in February | Price of Travel (7)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

25 Cheap Destinations For 2023 With Great Weather in February | Price of Travel (8)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

25 Cheap Destinations For 2023 With Great Weather in February | Price of Travel (9)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 thecheapest 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

25 Cheap Destinations For 2023 With Great Weather in February | Price of Travel (10)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

25 Cheap Destinations For 2023 With Great Weather in February | Price of Travel (11)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 inCuscogoes 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

25 Cheap Destinations For 2023 With Great Weather in February | Price of Travel (12)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 nearbyValparaisoon 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

25 Cheap Destinations For 2023 With Great Weather in February | Price of Travel (13)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

25 Cheap Destinations For 2023 With Great Weather in February | Price of Travel (14)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 inMendoza.

You might also consider includingMendozaon 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

25 Cheap Destinations For 2023 With Great Weather in February | Price of Travel (15)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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