Averages for Florida in February
February is said to be one of the least expensive months of the year to visit Florida, the most southeastern state in the United States. Even though February falls in the heart of "winter", in these parts, it still is a wonderfully warm, dry and sunny month. In fact, it is one of the driest months of the whole year. In Miami, one of the state's absolute tourist hotspots, only 53mm of rainfall is observed—only December is drier—and there are merely 6 days with precipitation, which is the...
February is said to be one of the least expensive months of the year to visit Florida, the most southeastern state in the United States. Even though February falls in the heart of "winter", in these parts, it still is a wonderfully warm, dry and sunny month. In fact, it is one of the driest months of the whole year. In Miami, one of the state's absolute tourist hotspots, only 53mm of rainfall is observed—only December is drier—and there are merely 6 days with precipitation, which is the annual minimum.
The probability of your experiencing any type of rainfall is 29% in February. The specific types that may be experienced range from light rain (occurring on 46% of the days with rainfall) to moderate rain (24%) and thunderstorms (18%). Heavy rain and drizzle are occasionally observed as well (6% and 5% respectively), but are much, much rarer.
Florida is famous for its beaches and warm weather, but the cool weather in February provides relief from the super-hot peak summer months of July and August. February's average temperature is the same as it was in December and January—16°C. Nights are still cool, averaging about 9°C, but the afternoons are pleasant and warm, with an average high temperature of 23°C. The sea temperature is exactly the same as that average high and is at 23°C this month—this is actually as "cold" as the sea water around Florida ever gets. The weather is perfect for swimming all year round.
In the course of February, the days continue to gradually grow longer. February 1 is the shortest day of the month with 10.52 daylight hours; February 28 is the longest day with 11.34 hours of daylight. It is this increase in daylight that is responsible for the increase in sunshine hours. While January days had 7 hours of sunshine, February has 8 hours of sunshine per day on average.
A slight decrease in cloud cover may also play a small part in that rise in sunshine hours, although it is minimal. Cloud cover decreases from 43% to 38% in the course of the month. In February, you may expect clear skies almost 50% of the time. It is, however, also overcast or mainly cloudy on 39% of the time this month.
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Front beach road, Panama City, Florida
Where to Stay
Vacationing in Panama City Beach, Florida, in February? If you're on a budget and/or with little children, you might consider staying at Days Inn Beach. This pirate-themed hotel is a fun place to stay for both adults and kids. Amenities include a lagoon pool with waterfall, poolside bar, free breakfast and well-equipped rooms.
Panama City Beach is a hugely popular beach destination, shown in the fact that there are more than 15,000 (!) accommodations available. A particularly great hotel is the Bay Point Golf Resort & Spa. This expansive hotel features no fewer than 120 golf villas, a restaurant, two golf courses, five tennis courts, a wellness centre and a private beach, among many other things.
Another recommended place to stay is the beachside Casa Loma. At this hotel, you will have ocean views from your balcony and will be just mere steps from the soft sands of the Gulf of Mexico. In addition to a perfect location, Casa Loma also has its own pool.
Panama City Shoreline, Florida
Things to Do
The St. Andrews Mardi Gras Festival and Parades in Panama City, Florida take place either at the end of January or in the beginning of February. Unlike the Mardi Gras celebration of other places, St. Andrews Mardi Gras is a family-friendly festival with numerous family-oriented activities along with the classic beads, masks, floats and doubloons. There will also be a fireworks display, vendors selling food and drinks, bands and kid rides. After the festival or during a break in between the festivities, enjoy the beach at St. Andrews State Park where you can sunbathe, take a boat tour to Shell Island or eat your lunch in one of the pavilions in the area.
Wonder Works is really something to wonder at, since upon entering the building, everything you will see is upside down. Imagine the feeling of being inverted as well. Additional attractions include the Natural Disasters exhibit, Space Discovery, the Far Out Art Gallery and the Light and Sound Zone. Your children will rave about this for months.
For more children-friendly activities, cap the day with a visit to the Gulf World Marine Park where you can watch live shows of sea lions, dolphins and birds. You can also walk through tropical gardens, which are the homes of all kinds of animals, from sharks to alligators and from penguins to turtles.
Explore the beaches in Camp Helen State Park
Hit the Beach
There are more than 50 kilometres of beaches in Panama City, Florida, so you'll definitely be able to enjoy the warm temperatures and 23°C water. The main beaches are found at Camp Helen's State Park and St. Andrews State Park, as well as at Schooner's Beach. Between those main beach areas, there are nearly a hundred other access points to the beach—no matter if you're looking for crowds or solitude, you'll find what you're looking for here.
Eating and Drinking Out
No food is more appropriate for a beach vacation than seafood. Head to Billy's Oyster Bar, a popular seafood restaurant and oyster bar in Panama City Beach. With its indoor and outdoor seating areas, this is a great place for both afternoon snacks and extensive evening dinners. Definitely try crab cakes, baked oysters and coconut shrimp.
Another recommended seafood restaurant is the tropically named Pineapple Willy's. Having served guests since the mid-80s, this much-visited restaurant in Panama City Beach is a wonderful place to go for fish and seafood dishes, refreshing cocktails, live music in the evening and just plenty of fun. If you've ever wanted to have ribs—the menu also features grilled meats and sandwiches—on the beach, this is the place to do it!