The 17 Best US Beaches in February 2024 For a Warm Getaway

Looking for the best US beaches in February? I’ve compiled a list of the best, warmest beaches to visit so you can escape the winter weather and have some fun in the sun! Check out the full list of 17 plus all the details about each of them.

If you’re reading this, it’s most likely because—

  1. You’re completely sick of winter weather and are desperate for a beach escape
  2. Your kids have a break for President’s Day and there’s no way you’re spending it cooped up in the house
  3. You want to celebrate Valentine’s Day on a beach
  4. You just like going to the beach, no matter the month (my people!)

Whatever your reason is, let’s get you on a beach asap. I’ve rounded up 17 amazing, warm US beaches for you to visit so you can swap snow for some sand this February.

I’ve personally been to many of these beaches in the winter months, and I can tell you that you won’t be disappointed!

From Hawaii all the way to the Caribbean, I got you covered! Let’s get started on planning your February beach vacation.

Key Takeaways

  • The best US beaches in February with the warmest temperatures are on the islands of the US—US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Hawaii. Their average February temperatures are all around 80 degrees.
  • Outside of the islands, the beaches with the warmest temperatures are in Florida, California, Texas, and Alabama. Their average temperatures are between the mid 60s and high 70s.
  • You’ll be able to swim in the islands and possibly Florida, but the other spots might be too chilly to swim in without a wet suit.

Table of Contents

17 Best US Beaches in February

I’ve grouped the beaches by state and ranked them by average temperature in February. I got all the details plus the best spots to stay—and even some ideas for amazing excursions to go on while you’re there.

US Virgin Islands

1. St Thomas: Magens Bay Beach

Average temperature in February: 83 degrees

Consistently voted one of the top-10 most beautiful beaches in the WORLD, Magens Bay Beach is what you picture when you think of a tropical beach. Crystal clear turquoise water, bright white sand with a touch of pink, a lush backdrop, swaying palm trees… it’s postcard worthy.

Since it’s a bay, the water is calm and so are the vibes. Snorkeling is great, swimming is safe, and you might even catch adults laying on floats with a drink in hand.

The beach has food options, a rental shop, showers, restrooms, picnic tables, changing rooms, and lifeguards. Only downside is that there’s an entrance fee for anyone 13+.

The Best Hotels Near Magens Bay Beach

✅ For a low-key resort on the bay: check prices and book your stay at Flamboyan on the Bay Resort here! 

2. St Croix: Rainbow Beach

Average temperature in February: 82 degrees

If you’re looking for easy beach days with local Caribbean vibes, Rainbow Beach is it.

Rhythms, the restaurant/bar on the beach, serves up local foods and drinks. There’s a spot to rent beach chairs, umbrellas, snorkeling equipment, and jet skis.

If you want a lively time, visit on Sunday Fundays when the beach lights up with locals and live music. Avoid visiting on a Tuesday though, that’s when cruise ships dock, and the beach gets crowded.

The Best Hotels Near Rainbow Beach

✅ For one of the best resorts on the island: check prices and book your stay at the Carambola Beach Resort St. Croix here! 

3. St John: Trunk Bay Beach

Average temperature in February: 82

St. John’s most visited beach, most photographed beach, AND voted one of the top 10 beaches in the world by Conde Nast! It’s pretty much the best overall beach in St. John.

Trunk Bay is long with fluffy white sand and has calm waters and thriving coral reefs that are perfect for snorkeling and kayaking. It has all the amenities you’ll need too—a snack shack, restrooms, showers, picnic tables, beach chairs, and a rental shop for beach gear. Unfortunately, there’s a small entrance fee though.

The beach can get crowded (especially on cruise dock days). Luckily, if you head left from the entrance, you’ll get more privacy and better snorkeling. And if you continue beyond the rocks, you’ll discover a small secret pocket beach, Jumbie Beach!

The Best Hotels Near Trunk Bay Beach

✅ For a beachfront apartment with glorious views: check prices and book Peter Bay Gatehouse here!

✅ If you’d rather stay in the city and take the drive into Trunk Bay Beach, book the most luxurious and family-friendly resort on the island: click here to check prices at the Westin St. John Resort Villas. 

Puerto Rico

4. San Juan: El Escambron Beach

Average temperature in February: 81

Walking distance from San Juan, El Escambron Beach is the most popular beach in the area, for tourists and locals—and for good reason.

First of all, it’s gorgeous. It has beautiful, clear waters, the sand is soft, plus there are mountain views to stare at. There are also plenty of palm trees for shade, and even a couple of spots you can hang a hammock to really relax.

Not only is it huge but it offers two different experiences on each side. On one side there’s a protected cove so the waves are calm and it’s the spot for swimming and lounging around. On the other side, the area is perfect for snorkeling and scuba diving.

Plus, there’s restrooms, showers, lifeguards, plus numerous restaurants and cafes nearby. This beach is a total crowd pleaser!

Need an itinerary for your first time in Puerto Rico? Read over my 7 day itinerary with everything you must do while you’re on the island!

The Best Hotels Near El Escambron Beach

✅ For the best hotel around San Juan: check prices and book your stay at the Caribe Hilton here!

Hawaiian Islands

5. Maui: Wailea Beach

Average temperature in February: 82

Wailea Beach, one of Hawaii’s beaches that is consistently on the world’s best beaches list, is the beach for the Grand Wailea and Four Seasons resorts. So, if you’re feeling fancy, this is your spot.

Wailea Beach is wide, has soft golden sand, and umbrellas and cabanas are sprinkled along the water. There’s a paved walkway that runs the length of the beach, bathrooms, showers, and free public parking.

When the ocean is calm, boogie boarding, body surfing, and snorkeling are great to do here.

Visiting Maui with kids? Read over my list of the top things to do while you’re on the island!

➡️ Check out this 5-star Clear Kayak and Snorkel Tour!
View the perfectly clear waters and sea life of Maui through a clear kayak, then enjoy some snorkeling!

The Best Hotel Near Wailea Beach

✅ For the best, most glamorous resort in all of Maui: check prices and book your stay at the Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort here! 

6. Big Island: Hapuna Beach

Average temperature in February: 81

Not only one of the best US beaches in February, Hapuna Beach is regularly voted among the best beaches in the world! It’s roughly 200 feet wide and stretches for about a half mile. It’s a breathtaking beach with pure white sand and a gradual slope into the ocean.

Besides being beautiful, the beach has everything you will need. There are restrooms, picnic tables, beach and gear rentals, food concession stands, lots of trees for shade, lifeguards, and a large parking lot. Snorkeling is good on the north and south sides too. 

I absolutely loved my time on this beach, I stayed for almost the full day! (And the fish tacos at the food stand were delish!)

Note: the beach is currently undergoing water work that will make showers unavailable until sometime in 2024.

➡️ Check out this 5-star Night Manta Ray Adventure tour!
Take a short cruise at sunset to swim with manta rays! All equipment and light refreshments are included.
And if you don’t see any manta rays, they’ll book you on another tour for free.

The Best Hotel Near Hapuna Beach

✅ For the ultimate luxury stay: check prices and book your stay at The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort here!  

7. Oahu: Waikiki Beach

Average temperature in February: 81

Waikiki Beach is not only one of the best US beaches in February, but it’s also one of the most popular destinations in any of the winter months. The weather is perfect, the beach is gorgeous, and the water is clear with vibrant coral reefs.

In addition to being able to lounge on the beach, February is the perfect time to learn how to surf because the waves are perfect for it. My first time surfing ever was on Oahu and I had a blast! The instructors are awesome.

Waikiki Beach is centrally located too, so you will be close to everything you could want—shopping, dining, desserts, plenty of amazing hotels, and countless activities.

 Take this 3-hour snorkeling + waterslide + Diamond Head cruise! It’s earned 5 stars and a Badge of Excellence! 
➡️ Check prices and book this traveler-favorite cruise from Waikiki!

The Best Hotels Near Waikiki Beach

✅ For a family paradise: check prices and book the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort here!

✅ For beautiful, old-school Hawaiian vibes: check prices and book the The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort here! 

8. Kauai: Poipu Beach

Average temperature in February: 81

The Garden Isle’s Poipu Beach is very well-known as one of the best beaches for families on the island. It’s on the south, more bustling and touristy side of the island.

Clear waters and a natural wading pool make it perfect for small kids (or even adults who want to relax in calm waters—like me, I loved it).

This beach has everything you’ll need—lifeguards, bathrooms, picnic area, showers, big parking lot, even a playground. You can spend a full day here. Close by is Sprouting Horn, a blowhole—the water can reach up to 50 feet!

If you need help figuring out which area of Kauai you want to stay in, read over this post that goes through each region and the best hotels in each!

If you only do one excursion in Kauai it MUST be a Na Pali Tour!
➡️ Check prices and book this sunset cruise of one of the most beautiful coastline in the world here!

The Best Hotel Near Poipu Beach

✅ For the most popular family-friendly resort: check prices and book your stay at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa 

Florida

9. Ft. Lauderdale: Hollywood Beach

Average temperature in February: 78

Named one of Fodor’s Best Beach for Families, Hollywood Beach is amazing—it’s wide, goes on for miles, and the water is clear.

Right outside of Ft. Lauderdale, the beach has a lot of options for water activities—jet skis, surf lessons, kayaking, parasailing, paddleboats, or just swimming. There are multiple volleyball nets set up on the beach too. And some resorts have full service on the beach, so you can get food and drinks right at your beach chair.

The beach is lined by the Hollywood Beach Broadwalk, full of restaurants, boutiques, dessert shops, live music, and great people watching.

A free shuttle ride away is Young Circle, the downtown area, with even more activities and many events.

If you’re visiting Hollywood Beach for the first time, read over my full guide by clicking here!

The Best Hotels Near Hollywood Beach

✅ For the ultimate beachside resort (we LOVED our stay here!): check prices and book your stay at Margaritaville Hollywood Beach here!  

10. Palm Beach: Singer Island

Average temperature in February: 78

Palm Beach, one of America’s most luxurious resort areas, is also home to many of the best beaches in South Florida. Dozens of tropical beaches that go on for 47 miles down the Atlantic side of Florida.

You can’t go wrong with any of them, but Singer Island is a real treat. Along with being gorgeous—powdery soft sand and clear waters—Singer Island is THE spot for water sports. Specifically, diving! It’s one of the best diving sites in the WORLD.

And if you’re not a diver, there are boat charters and tours, jet skis, kayaking, canoeing, paddleboarding, snorkeling—you get the idea.   

Want to see Singer Island from above?
➡️ Try this highly-rated 5-star parasailing excursion by clicking here!
You’ll float around overlooking the area and you might even spot dolphins!  

The Best Hotel near Singer Island

✅ For an upscale, beachfront resort with amenities galore: check prices and book the Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort and Spa by clicking here!

11. Marco Island: South Beach

Average temperature in February: 75

South Beach is one of the best beaches on quiet Marco Island—powdery white sand and turquoise waters for miles. And along with being beautiful, it’s one of the best shelling beaches in the country!

South Beach offers a good old fashioned beach day. Calm waters are great for swimming or renting a kayak or paddleboat. If you want more action, jet skis, parasailing, and boat tours are available. There are plenty of restaurant options within walking distance too.

The Best Hotels Near Marco Island

✅ For an upscale beachfront resort with amazing amenities: check prices and book your stay at the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort here

Texas

12. South Padre Island: Isla Blanca Beach

Average temperature in February: 71

Did you know you can get tropical vibes in Texas? South Padre Island is 34 miles of light sand beach between the Gulf of Mexico and the Laguna Madre Bay. And with 300 days of sunshine, this is a great spot for a February beach vacation.

Isla Blanca Park is known as the best beach in the area. Besides lounging on the beach, kayaking, paddleboarding, and fishing are also popular activities. for the more adventurous, there’s beach horseback riding, jet skis, and parasailing. There are plenty of food options to choose from in the area too.

The Best Hotels Near South Padre Island Beach

✅ For an upscale resort on the beach: check prices and book your stay at Margaritaville Beach Resort South Padre Island here! 

California

13. Laguna Beach: Main Beach

Average temperature in February: 68

Main Beach is the beach hot spot in iconic Laguna Beach, so you know it’s good.

You’ll be there all day using all the amenities—basketball, volleyball, a big grassy area, a boardwalk, and a play structure for the kids.

As for water sports, (you’ll need a wetsuit because the water is chilly!) you can body board, snorkel, kayak, and paddleboard.

The beach area is so walkable, you’ll find plenty of restaurants, museums, art galleries, and shopping.

The Best Hotels Near Main Beach in Laguna

✅ A charming beachside inn with amazing location and perfect views: check prices and book your stay at The Inn at Laguna Beach here!  

14. Los Angeles: South Bay Beaches

Average temperature in February: 67

Los Angeles South Bay beaches, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, and Redondo Beach, offer the laid-back California vibe in their own distinct ways. And they’re all connected by a bike path called The Strand, so getting to each of them is easy!

They share the same beautiful stretch of sand, tall palm trees, and lifeguard stations. Each of them has their own bustling boardwalk area— Manhattan Beach is a bit ritzy, Hermosa Beach is a vibrant boho chic, while Redondo is down-to-earth casual.

The best part about the South Bay is that it’s so walkable. Wherever you stay you’ll be minutes away from exceptional dining, shopping, treats, culture, events, you name it.

Read over my top things to do in Hermosa Beach here!

The Best Hotel Near The South Bay Beaches:

✅ For a beachfront hotel—also on The Strand—with all the amenities you need: check prices and book your stay at The Beach House Hermosa Beach by clicking here!

15. San Diego: Coronado Central Beach

Average temperature in February: 66

Coronado Beach is pretty famous—it was voted #1 beach in America by Dr. Beach, top US beaches on TripAdvisor, and even featured in the old film “Some Like it Hot.”

It’s a picturesque California beach town. It’s long and wide and even sparkles due to the mineral mica in the sand. There are beach chairs and cabanas, volleyball, firepits, tidepools, and calm waves for swimming or boogie boarding.

Orange Avenue, full of restaurants and shops, is just a stroll away.

If you’re visiting San Diego with kids, check out my full guide including the best things to do while you’re there!

The Best Hotel Near Coronado Central Beach

✅ The absolute best resort in San Diego for everyone: check prices and book your stay at Hotel Del Coronado here!

16. Santa Barbara: East Beach

Average temperature in February: 66

Santa Barbara is a charming, quintessential California beach town. It has a laid-back vibe with beautiful Mediterranean-style architecture.

East Beach is the beach hot spot—it’s like the backdrop on one of those retro California postcards. A big sandy beach lined with tall palm trees, volleyball nets, lifeguard stations, a beach playground, and a bike path.

It’s also right in the middle of the action. It’s within walking distance of plenty of delicious dining options, Stearns Wharf, the Santa Barbara Zoo, and many beachfront hotels. It’s also a few minute walk to the Funk Zone—the trendy district with dining, shopping, and culture.

The Best Hotel Near East Beach:

✅ Stay right on the beach: check prices and book your stay at the Hilton Santa Barbara by clicking here!

Alabama

17. Orange Beach

Average temperature in February: 66

Most people don’t think of Alabama when they’re searching for a beach escape, but you should! Orange Beach is a charming, relaxing little hidden gem on Alabama’s Gulf Coast. 

If you just want to get away and enjoy some tranquility, this is your spot. You can enjoy the intense beauty of the beach with its pristine white sands and clear emerald water.

If you want to get on the water, rental shops line the beach for all types of water activities (bonus, February marks the beginning of dolphin-watching season!)  

And after the beach you can head to the Wharf for all kinds of dining options, a Ferris wheel, events, an arcade, and boat tours.

Speaking of dolphin tours—check out this highly rated dolphin tour that’s earned a Badge of Excellence by clicking here!

And if you can make it an adults-only night, try this 5-star sunset cruise on a tiki bar (where you also might spot dolphins)! 

The Best Hotel Near Orange Beach

✅ A crowd-pleasing beachfront hotel with something for everyone: check prices and book your stay at the Perdido Beach Resort by clicking here!

FAQs: Best US Beaches in February

What is the warmest US beach in February?

The warmest US beaches in February are in the Caribbean—the beaches of the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico will all give you 80-degree days in February.

 

Where in the US is nice in February?

In February, the areas that it’s nice in are California, Florida, Texas, Alabama, the Hawaiian Islands, the US Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.

 

Where is it 80 degrees in February in USA?

In February, the places where it hits 80 degrees are the Hawaiian Islands, the US Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.

Wrapping Up: Best US Beaches in February

There you have it! No need to wait for summer for a warm beach day, there are plenty of spots to visit right now.

From the surfer vibes of Waikiki to a tropical escape in Florida, these beaches will give you the dose of sunshine and vitamin sea to melt your winter woes away.

And if you’re still not convinced, take a look at this picture of my son at Hollywood Beach during our trip there in February 2023:

best us beaches in february includes hollywood beach outside of ft lauderdale
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