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Half Term Holiday Getaways from Gatwick

As the UK braces itself for yet another storm, perhaps you’re giving serious thought to escaping the UK during the February.

If you’re looking for sun this half term, and flying from Gatwick, there are many operators and airlines offering flights to hot and sunny resorts in February.

If you’re not sure where to go – the traditional summer resorts across the Med won’t be warm enough - then let us help you. Whether it’s for the family or a couple this February half term, here are some of the best choices:

Canary Islands
It will take just four hours from Gatwick to reach the diverse Canary Islands. With a choice of five islands to choose from – Tenerife, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria and La Gomera – each one offers something different. What’s more, there’s a great choice of package holidays, or apartments and villas that can be booked directly, all with great prices.

Costs are reasonable once in resort too, with a mix of culture, nightlife and beaches to enjoy. You can enjoy average temperatures of 22ºC in the Canary Islands during February.

  • Average February Temperature: 22ºC
  • Average Hours of Sunshine: 7 hours
  • Average February Rainfall: 55mm
  • Currency: Euro

Egypt
With 5* hotels and seemingly endless sunshine, Egypt makes for a perfect sunshine destination in February.

While some people have been put off by the civil unrest of last year, things have calmed down. Also, popular tourist resorts, such as Sharm el Sheikh are many hundreds of miles away from the trouble. What’s more, there is currently no Government warnings about avoiding the country and package holidays continue as normal.

From Gatwick, it will take around five hours to get to Egypt where you can enjoy temperatures in the mid to high 20s and warming sea temperatures too.

  • Average February Temperature: 26ºC
  • Average Hours of Sunshine: 11 hours
  • Average February Rainfall: 1mm
  • Currency: Egyptian Pound

Caribbean
Enjoying its high season, the Caribbean Islands will offer you unadulterated sunshine and minimal rainfall in February. Temperatures average high 20s, often creeping in to the 30s.

There’s something for everyone in the Caribbean, from families to couples, to adventure buffs to those who just want to chill out.

To reach the many islands in the Caribbean it will take around 10-12 hours from Gatwick.

  • Average February Temperature: 28ºC
  • Average Hours of Sunshine: 9 hours
  • Average February Rainfall: Varying island to island, minimal
  • Currency: Various

Florida, USA
You’d be forgiven for thinking that Florida was all about Disney, but it’s not. It’s the perfect place to enjoy sun and fun with its miles of sandy beaches. What’s more, you’ll actually see far less rain in February than if you were to go in the summer months, with temperatures of around 23ºC in February.

You could be enjoying Florida in just nine hours from Gatwick, with many later daytime flights so you could grab some shuteye if you can’t face the long haul journey.

  • Average February Temperature: 23ºC
  • Average Hours of Sunshine: 8 hours
  • Average February Rainfall: 82mm
  • Currency: US Dollars

Dubai
Hot all year round, this luxury tax-free paradise offers bearable temperatures in February of mid 20s (it’s simply too hot in the summer with temperatures of more than 40ºC). There are stunning hotels and sandy beaches, out-of-this-world shopping and driving safaris if you want a break from the sunlounger.

  • Average February Temperature: 20ºC
  • Average Hours of Sunshine: 8.5hrs
  • Average February Rainfall: 25mm
  • Currency: UAE Dirham

Cancun, Mexico
History, nightlife, diving and stunning beaches, Mexico’s Cancun is a ten-hour flight from Gatwick. Package holidays offer many kids’ clubs, so the resort is perfect for families escaping during the half term.

  • Average February Temperature: 28ºC
  • Average Hours of Sunshine: 7 hours
  • Average February Rainfall: 55mm
  • Currency: Mexican Peso

Cape Verde Islands
Just six hours away, you could escape to the hidden treat that is Cape Verde. Not heard of it before? Many haven’t, which is why it’s a good idea to go now so you enjoy its unspoilt beauty. Stunning hotels, miles of golden beaches, it actually feels like you are in the Maldives.

Situated in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, Cape Verde offers a mix of African and Portuguese influences. The country boasts temperatures of average around 25ºC in February and, unlike many hot countries, has little rain in February.

  • Average February Temperature: 25ºC
  • Average Hours of Sunshine: 9 hours
  • Average February Rainfall: 3mm
  • Currency: Escudo

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