As winter drags on, many feel that itch for a warm getaway. As lonely eyes turn to Florida, it’s difficult to narrow down the best February vacation destinations. There’s literally hundreds of possible places to get away from the blustery winds and snow drifts, so how do you choose?
Well, do you dream of warm beaches or adventure attractions? Do you want a full home for your family, or more of a cozy beach bungalow? You can find all that and more on FloridaRentals.com. We wanted to share the short list of our favorite February vacation spots, along with a few reasons each is worth visiting. Happy planning!
Top Florida February Vacation Spots
Siesta Key is a barrier island in the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of Sarasota, Florida. It’s known for its sandy beaches and friendly locals. Fine white sand and gentle gulf breezes keep visitors coming back year after year. An ideal escape for a couple looking for romance, or a family looking to escape the Disney or Panama City crowds.
Siesta Beach has relatively shallow waters and it is monitored by lifeguards year-round. Plus, there’s plenty of room to spread out and enjoy a long, relaxing day. Turtle Beach is the most active (think volleyball net and horseshoe pits) while Crescent Beach is known for its seclusion and relaxed atmosphere.
Daytona Beach is fun and fast. From one of the world’s most famous racetracks to one of its most famous beaches – Daytona offers something for all travelers (including spring breakers!) With low hurricane risk and averaging 80 degrees every single day, there’s no bad time to visit.
Arts and cultural attractions are woven into the fabric of the area – but the main draws are the sand and the speedway. You’ll find plenty of southern hospitality at this east coast destination.
With sunny skies and a range of outdoor and cultural attractions, Palm Beach is one of the most affordable February vacation spots. Enjoy a game of golf at a number of pristine local courses, or hit the beach and catch up on your reading. You could spend an entire day on Peanut Island, a popular tourist attraction with a bunker built for President John F. Kennedy during the Cold War. The island also includes a museum and plenty of picnic areas, plus biking and walking paths.
Located on the gulf coast of Florida, Sarasota offers much to do both above and below sea level. Blending some of Florida’s most significant cultural attractions with spectacular barrier islands, the area is a wonderland of blindingly white sands, turquoise waters, and upscale shopping and dining. Encompassing areas like Lido Key, Longboat Key, and Siesta Key, the settings for Sarasota are picturesque and easily accessible to all beaches and attractions in the area.
This sunny, friendly location is about much more than Spring Break. Those college coeds knew what they were doing though, Fort Lauderdale is gorgeous. Boasting 23 miles of flawless beachfront, Fort Lauderdale welcomes thousands of visitors each year.
From students to families to winter snowbirds, Fort Lauderdale attracts all types. Beyond beaches, your family will love the arcades, water attractions, go karts, and more!
Relaxing, laid-back Key West calls to beach bums who prefer their landscape pristine and untouched. Key West is famous for watersports, nightlife, beaches and historic sites. Don’t miss Duval Street, one of the most energetic strips of shops, bars and cafes in Florida. Whether you prefer culture or the outdoors, Key West has plenty to offer in a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere.
Every year 50 million people head to Orlando to experience thrilling rides and flawless weather. You can ditch the umbrella. You’re mostly guaranteed sunny, clear skies with temperatures hovering around 80 degrees daily. Families flock here during school vacation weeks and throughout the summer months. Orlando’s earned its reputation as the happiest place on Earth. The Magic Kingdom, plus new and improving theme parks like The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Universal Studios, make the area a must-visit for families.
Considered one of America’s most charming cities, St. Augustine is even more lovely during the wintertime. Here visitors can stroll along its 450 year old cobblestone streets in the historic district through historic landmarks, quaint cafes, and haunted ghost tours, while history buffs can explore the Castillo de San Marcos fort, stroll through the Colonial Quarter to watch the famous re-enactments, and drink from the Fountain of Youth that dates back to 1565.