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Goa in February

The Guide for Visiting Goa in February

February in Goa is still the high season with many Indian and foreign tourists. There is a lot of excitement all around. There is almost no rain in the air, so you can stay on the beach or swim in the sea throughout the day. The sea is calm and perfect for swimming. The average temperature is 24.5°C at the beginning of the month with the average daytime highs being 30°C. The night is considerably cooler, with the average temperature staying around 19°C. The daytime average goes up to 32°C by the end of February, while the average nighttime temperature is also up to 21°C.

February is still a great time of the year to stay at a luxury villa in Goa and enjoy your time in the sun, go for a swim, do some sightseeing, party all you can, or just relax and go back home refreshed. You are sure to love Goa in February. The peak season (November to February) is coming to an end, so the prices are beginning to come down, which means savings for you.

The beach shacks, restaurants, bars and street side stalls are all open in February. There is a range of water sports activities on offer. The beach villas in Goa are an easy walk away from the best eateries, pubs, water sport activity providers, and of course the many beaches here. You can go scuba diving, snorkeling or on a dolphin watching trip as well.

There are many festivals this month in Goa, the most important being the Goa Carnival, which is famous all around the world.

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Quick Overview

Infographic: Goa in February

Weather Slightly warmer than January. The temperature goes up as the month progresses. Average daytime temperature between 30°C and 32°C and the nighttime average is between 19°C and 21°C. 0.1mm rainfall. Humidity between 34% and 85%.
Beach Fewer domestic and international tourists than January. The beaches and streets are cleaner. Activities still available.
Sea Generally mild. A few days can be choppy.
Parties Fewer parties. But many nightclubs are still busy and happening after dark till late in the night.
Water sports Full range of water sports available.
Shacks Many are beginning to close down as the peak season is almost over. The biggest shacks are still open.
Festivals Goa Carnival, Linc Tower Run, Monte Music Festival, and the Wine Festival.
Prices Prices beginning to come down.

Weather in February

The temperature in February is slightly higher than January, which is the coldest month of the year. The average temperature is around 31°C this month. Both the average day time and the night time temperature are higher than last month. In a typical year, the temperature will usually go up slightly as the month progresses.

GOA
31°
Avg weather in February
SUN
10 Hrs per day
RAIN
0 mm per month
HUMIDITY
58 % avg
WIND
6 Mph avg

This is also one of the driest times of the year in Goa. Every year, on an average, there is just 0.1mm rainfall, usually on just 1 day in the month. January by contrast, receives 0.2mm rain, also on 1 day of the month. The probability of rain goes up slightly as the month progresses, and drops again by the end of February. If it rains, it will usually be just a light shower or a drizzle. There are rarely any thunderstorms. The weather in February is extremely predictable. Long hours of sunlight, no rain, and a pleasant wind!

Climate in Goa
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high, °C 31,6 31,5 32,0 33,0 33,0 30,3 28,9 28,8 29,5 31,6 32,8 32,4 31,3
Average low, °C 19,6 20,5 23,2 25,6 26,3 24,7 24,1 24,0 23,8 23,8 22,3 20,6 23,2
Average precipitation mm 0,2 0,1 1,2 11,8 112,7 868,2 994,8 512,7 251,9 124,8 30,9 16,7 2926

On an average, there is 10 hours of sunshine every day, which is an hour less than December. The average sea temperature is 28°C, which makes the water very pleasant. However, the water is 1°C warmer than the last month. With pleasant weather, sea temperature, and almost no rain, you can spend a lot of time on the beach, plan some activities, or visit the prominent tourist attractions of Goa without any risk of a wash out. Try to avoid direct sunlight exposure between 11am and 3pm.

The median cloud coverage is also low in February. It is 3% at the beginning of the month, and goes up marginally to 5% by the end. There is just a 7% chance that the sky may be cloudy.

The humidity usually ranges between 34%, which is comfortable and 85%, which is very humid. In February, it will rarely drop below 21% or go up to 100%. In an average year, the driest period is the last week of the month, when the humidity goes below 41%. February 19th has historically been the most humid (77%).

Pros and Cons of Visiting Goa in February

Pros Cons

The Weather – Very nice and pleasant weather. The nights are not as cold as January. The days are warmer, but still very pleasant. There is almost no rain. Light drizzles even when it rains. There is just a 7% chance of clouds.

Prices – Though February is not the peak season (December and January), but the prices are still high. So be ready to pay more for almost everything – food, drinks, at the street side stalls. You might have to pay more even for water sports.

Water Sports – Choose from a wide range of options. In February, you will get it all. Speed boats, banana boats, parasailing, kayaking, water skiing, snorkeling, scuba diving, bird or dolphin watching trips, cruising or deep sea fishing. There is something for everyone.

Crowded – The crowds are beginning to thin out, particularly after the middle of the month, but there are still far more people than the summer or the monsoon. The beaches and streets will thus be crowded. Head to the South if you want fewer people and cleaner beaches.

Beach & the Water – Spend long hours on the beach, relaxing on a lounger with a drink in your hand or play beach soccer/volleyball. Get a massage. Go for a swim. The water temperature of the Arabian Sea is very pleasant too.

Traffic – It will take longer for you to reach the major beaches because of heavy traffic. Sometimes, it may take even up to 30 minutes. Plus, there is a high chance that you can get stuck in the traffic even within the cities of Goa as well.

Festivals – Don’t miss the world famous Goa Carnival, which is held in February. There are other festivals too like the Linc Tower Run, and the Grape Escapade, or the Wine Festival.

Waiting Time – Expect long waiting times at the most popular restaurants, bars, and pubs. There will surely be long queues, more so during the dinner time. The weekends can be worse.

Top 5 Reasons for Visiting Goa in February

  1. Fewer Crowds – February is still the peak season, but at the very end of it, so you will already see fewer tourists compared to December and January. Thanks to Christmas, New Year, and the holiday season, December and January is always packed, so most of the popular Goa beaches are packed. Not so in February. You will find a quiet corner where you can sit back and relax. Besides, with fewer people, the beaches and streets will be much cleaner too.
  2. Valentine’s Day – 14th February is a big reason to be in Goa with the special someone in your life. There is no place more romantic than Goa in India. Enjoy a candlelight dinner, have a drink, walk hand in hand, or have a party. Also, enjoy the romantic sunsets on the Arabian Sea.
  3. Goa Carnival – The Carnival, Goa’s most famous festival, is held between February 25th and 28th. You will enjoy the vibrant Goanese culture and foods. There are parades, floats, dancers, and people playing the guitar. The Carnival here is much like the one in Rio.
  4. Festivals – There are other interesting festivals too this month, like the Wine Festival, Grape Festival, Monte Music Festival, and the Linc Tower Run.
  5. Affordable Prices – Everything will be cheaper as the peak season is coming to an end. This includes the cost of rooms, car/bike rentals, and restaurants. True, the prices may spike up just around the carnival, but generally February is always a cheaper month.

Top 6 Things To Do In Goa In February

  1. Water Sports – From North to the South, there are many beaches in Goa, and in many of them you will find water sports activities. Some of them are leisurely, while the others are adventurous. Choose from speed boats, banana boats, wakeboarding, jet skiing or parasailing. There is kayaking too. Just off the coast of Grande Island, you can try snorkeling and scuba diving. There are backwater cruises in the Sal River, and the Mandovi River. You can also go on a bird watching or dolphin watching cruise with lunch included.
  2. Wildlife Photography Workshop With Tour – This is a unique experience for wildlife lovers. Learn how best to take pictures of flora and fauna in the wild, followed by a trip to Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary, Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary, Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary, or the Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary.
  3. Visit the Markets – There are plenty of options here as well, and you don’t want to miss out here. Visit Mackie’s Night Bazaar in Baga, Saturday Night Market at Arpora, and the flea market of Anjuna. Buy your souvenirs. See the live bands, street DJs and fire eaters. Try the seafood here.
  4. The Beach – With perfect weather and little or no rain, you can spend long hours at the beach. Relax on a lounger or go for a swim in the sea. Hire a car or a bike and visit some other beaches. You can visit the beaches of North Goa one day and South Goa the next day. Each Goa beach has its own distinct personality.
  5. Party Time – February is still party time in Goa. Visit the nightclubs at Candolim, Calangute or Baga. There are beach parties elsewhere in Goa and also at the shacks after dark.
  6. Cycling, Trekking, or Yoga – You can go on a cycling expedition to explore the countryside or trek through the hills and forests of the Western Ghats. Don’t want such an activity vacation in Goa? Why not join a meditation and yoga studio for a brief course? You will return home completely recharged.

Goa February Checklist – Make sure that you carry light and airy clothing to stay cool. Carry your swimming gear, caps or hats, suntan lotion, and sunglass. Wear comfortable shoes if you are thinking of a trekking adventure.

Festivals in February

  1. The Carnival – Now popular around the world, the Carnival has been held in Goa since the 18th century before the 40 days of Lent. The celebrations are held over 4 days at Margao, Vasco, Mapusa, and other places, and even in the villages. There is music, dance, drinking, and a lot of fun. Bands of troubadours dress up as fortunetellers. Men and women dress up in masks and colorful clothing. There are mock battles with crackers and beating drums. The parade with its floats, dancer and entertainers moves through the important streets.
  2. Grape Escapade – Recently started by the Goa Tourism Development, but this has already emerged as the biggest wine festival in Asia. Big names from the wine industry are all here. There is music and dance. Food courts and wine tasting.
  3. Monte Music Festival – This festival organized with the Kala Academy is a fusion of Indian and Western classical music. Held over 4 days, it showcases the culture of both the East and the West. Performances start at 5 pm.
  4. Linc Tower Run – A fun and unique event, where the participants run up and down the staircases of 5, 7-storied buildings at Panaji. There are both individual and team events. It’s a mad rush to the finish.

Hotels in Goa in February

Baywatch Hotel Goa

Baywatch Hotel Goa

All hotels, resorts, and home stays in Goa are still operational, though the peak tourist season is almost over in February. The demand for rooms is also considerably less than December and January, so there is a chance you may be able to book on arrival. However, it is still best to book in advance, especially if you are arriving on the weekend. The cost of everything else, car and bike rentals, restaurants, flights and train bookings, are also coming down.

But there is a sudden increase in the demand for accommodation close to the carnival dates between February 25th and 28th as many tourists come to Goa to be a part of the spectacle. So you should definitely book in advance. The prices are higher during the carnival because of the high demand.

Rent a Villa in Goa

Stay at premium villas with private pools in North or South Goa for a memorable vacation in February. Stay together as a group and enjoy complete privacy as the entire villa will be yours during your stay. We have hundreds of luxury villas you can choose from at our website. Look at each property, its location, and see the amenities and luxuries on offer. Enjoy your private swimming pool, large rooms with comfortable beds, balcony, modern bathrooms, fully equipped kitchen, security, parking, DVD player, coffee machines, juicers, and much more. Many of the rooms are en-suite.

Many of the villas are on the beach or beside one of the Goa rivers or backwaters, while others are just a few meters walking from the beach. Choose from modern buildings or heritage old Portuguese structures.

Villas for rent in February:

6-bedroom private villa with its own private pool.

From 35 000 Rs. per night.

European style 3-bedroom Candolim villa in gated residential complex. Swimming pool.

From 25 000 Rs. per night

7-bedroom luxury villa with direct access to the beach. 5* star service.

From 40 000 Rs. per night

* The price depends on your arrival date and duration of stay. However, in February, the villas will generally cost less than December or January.

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