Carnival parade costumes, Trinidad & Tobago
© Trinidad & Tobago Tourism Development Co. Ltd.
Couple walking on Ponce, Puerto Rico beach.
© Hilton Hotels
Bob Marley statue at the Bob Marley Museum.
© Dub dem sound via Flikr
February Weather in the Caribbean
Generally speaking, you can expect February temperatures in the Caribbean to average a low of about 72ºF and a high of about 82º F. But beach weather is not guaranteed, with rain likely on 8 days of the month, on average. In the more northerly destinations -- Bermuda, the Bahamas, and the Florida Keys -- you can expect sunshine and warm weather most days but perhaps not necessarily swimming weather.
Visiting the Caribbean in February: Pros
There's a reason this is the most popular time of the year to visit the Caribbean: the weather is warm and sunny even though there's snow and chilly temperatures up north. Also, there is no better time for a romantic trip to the islands than on or around Valentine's Day, when many Caribbean resorts offer special packages designed to woo couples
. And of course February is when Lent
begins and the frenzy of Carnival
hits its peak on many Caribbean islands.
Visiting the Caribbean in February: Cons
February is high season in the Caribbean -- the third busiest month behind March
-- so expect crowds and rates on the high end for hotels and flights. February school vacation brings lots of families
down to the islands, so avoid school-vacation weeks if you're looking for a romantic getaway. Book well in advance, and follow my Caribbean travel blog
for the latest travel deals.
What to Wear and What to Pack
bathing suits and summer-weight clothing for the days, perhaps a sweater at night. Pack a light jacket if you're heading for the Bahamas
, or the Keys
February Events and Festivals
, St. Barts
are among the islands celebrating Carnival
in February. The International Love Festival invites romantics to warm up in Bermuda
, while Jamaica
celebrates the life and music of Bob Marley,
born Feb. 6, 1945. For more details, see my article on Top February Events in the Caribbean