12 Best Places to Visit in Central and South America in February

Not only are 12 best places to visit in Central and South America in February simply perfect for your summer vacation in the middle of winter, but they are also great if you have some romance on your mind.

Let’s face it, February is the month when we are all getting a little bit too tired of winter and its “joys”. In December you were excited about all the decorations, presents, Christmas spirit and end of the year parties. Shop till you drop turns into an Olympic discipline. Even if you are totally relaxed about going gift giving and you already know what you are going to buy (or get), it is hard to remain completely sane with all the hustle and bustle around you. Not to mention if you are late and the last item is sold out. Then what? So, after you successfully survive the most joyful and blissful time of the year, there comes New Year’s Eve and its euphoria. If everything goes as planned, you’ll spend the beginning of January recovering from the holiday season and getting ready for the biggest discounts of the year. It sounds as if February might be the perfect month to have a vacation if you haven’t already spent one, in 12 best places to visit in Central and South America in January. Also, everyone is nagging about the long, harsh winter, and so are you. It sounds like you should study the tourist map of South America. Actually, you don’t have to. We’ve already done that for you!

12 Best Places to Visit in Central and South America in February

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Why should you choose South and Central America? Well, for starters, they are more than affordable after all that money spending in December and January. Going to best places to visit in Central America won’t cost you an arm and a leg. Actually, a lot of people decide to settle down and retire in Ecuador, since it appears to be the best South American country to live. If you are more interested in somewhere north, Panama is the best choice. Anyway, both Central and South America have their charms due to many factors. One of them are the wonderful resorts with crystal clear water. Next, there is lush nature and rainforest for nature lovers. For more urban types, there are big cities with interesting architecture and busy nightlife. What is more, if you are both a party animal and a nature lover, the nearest breathtaking wildlife is just outside the city borders. Don’t worry about safety; we got that covered. Do you already imagine your friends or parents shaking their heads and asking: Are you sure? Have you checked it? What is the safest country in Central America?  What is the safest country in South and Central America? Do you know how much crime there is? Fear not, because you’ll be able to make them zip it. Some of the best countries to visit in South America are also the safest ones, too.

Now would be the time to explain how we constructed our list of best places to visit in Central and South America in February. The month is the key word here. Do you remember which important holiday is in February? Roses are red, violets are blue? Does that ring a bell? Indeed, Valentine’s Day is what awaits you, which made us check out the romantic destinations at SouthAmerica.travel, Travel to Blank, DreamPlanGo and 2 Backpackers (the last one had great suggestions for backpacking, and South America must-sees). Don’t roll your eyes to this if you are single. You will see (pun intended) there are more than enough places here which are actually suitable for all the single ladies (or men). Finally, one of the romantic suggestions was to visit the Ibera Wetlands, but we ruled it out due to the intensely hot weather in February, which brings us to the second criteria.

As you may already be familiar with it, traveling to this part of the world implies checking for the rainy season. For that reason, Machu Picchu and Cuzco were eliminated. To find out all the February weather forecasts, it took a lot of research at Lonely Planet, Audley Travel, Costa Rica Guide, Class Adventure Travel and last but not the least, Holiday Weather, to find the most suitable for your winter getaway.

If you can’t make up your mind which continent to go for, check our 15 Best Places to Travel in February in Europe, Asia and Tropical Destinations and you’ll decide in no time.

Finally, let’s see which are the best countries to visit in South America and what are must-sees in Central America. They are given in random order because it would be biased to rank them according to beaches or sightseeing options. We all have our preferences, and you’re about to find yours in 12 best places to visit in Central and South America in February!