8 Underrated Spots for a February Vacation

by Alex ThatcherFebruary 3, 2017

Travel to One of These Underrated February Destinations

While summer temperatures draw crowds of tourists and travelers across states and continents, winter, too, is a great time to travel. Hotel and airfare prices sink during off-season winter months, and top tourist destinations have fewer crowds in January and February. This winter, venture into uncharted territory, and visit one of these eight underrated spots for a February vacation.

1. Dublin, Ireland

In February, round trip flights to Ireland can often fall below $400 from the continental U.S. This February, head to Dublin to explore underrated local favorite watering holes. Start your exploration of this Irish City in Dublin’s Creative Quarter – a newly formed area just south of Temple Bar. Spend a week wandering an old industrial district-turned-modern neighborhood full of independent shops, bars, and restaurants.

2. Sayulita, Mexico

25 miles north of downtown Puerto Vallarta, you’ll find the perfect beach enclave: Sayulita. This underrated beach destination is easy to reach, yet Sayulita offers a more relaxed atmosphere than many other vacation destinations in Mexico. This February, enjoy days filled with spicy breakfasts, jungle walks, and days spent on the beach below Mexican celebration flags as you bask in relaxation.

3. Montreal, Canada

Francophiles should take advantage of February deals in Montreal, Canada. Currently, round-trip flights from New York City to Montreal start as low as $213 in February. Another reason to visit Montreal in the winter? Winter months in Montreal are magical with a run of festivals, including Igloofest for electronic music fans, and the Fete des Neiges de Montreal, a whimsical snow festival.

4. Salt Lake City, UT

For winter sports enthusiasts, search no further than Salt Lake City. As an underrated February ski location, hotel and snow resort costs are lower than other top winter destinations in Colorado and California. Our recommendations: try Park City and Snowbird Ski Resort. While you’re enjoying the snow in Salt Lake City, make sure to visit other city landmarks, including Temple Square and Wasatch National Forest trails.

5. Austin, TX

Austin is one of the most underrated February vacation destinations, as peak season doesn’t begin until March. Visit the city before SXSW crowds and climbing temperatures hit, and take advantage of the city’s innovative food scene and natural wonders such as Barton Spring Pool.

6. Hilo, HI

Hawaii may not be the most affordable location throughout all of winter (it’s especially expensive over New Years), but come February, this wonderful island offers surprisingly good prices. Take advantage of the best savings by heading to the island in the first week of the February, when costs dip to 40%.

7. Hong Kong, China

Ready for an international getaway? In February, four-star hotels in Hong Kong drop as low as $125 a night. It’s also the best time to enjoy the culture, as visitors can celebrate Chinese New Years and check out the Spring Lantern Festival. Another perk: February brings excellent sales for high fashion shoppers.

8. Tucson, AZ

Enjoy a dose of warmth this February by heading to Tucson, a mountain-surrounded land that is abundant in both beauty and heritage. Aside from the endless nature opportunities, the city also boasts a vibrant downtown area. Many top restaurants and stunning music acts are making their debut in Tucson, so make your way to the city this February to enjoy these spots before this destination is fully discovered!

Enjoy Winter Travel This February

Maximize your savings by traveling to one of these underrated destinations this February. As you miss the crowds and uncover new hidden finds, any one of these winter vacation spots will be the highlight of your season.

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Alex Thatcher
Alex is a home staging guru who moonlights as a writer. She loves everything about interior design and loves working in the industry. Alex is an expert in finding what makes people light up when they walk into a room, and has made a living by creating interiors that are unique, warm and inviting. When she isn't arranging flowers or making sure she's found the right loveseat for prospective buyers, she writes about her passion — home design.

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