February is one of the busiest months for tourism in Puerto Rico and for good reason. With great weather, Carnival celebrations, festivals, and whale watching season all squeezed into the shortest month of the year, it's no wonder why so many travelers make their way to Puerto Rico's tropical waters at this time of year.
With so much going on, you can expect the island to also be very crowded. This means that hotel and airfare rates will skyrocket and you may have trouble booking tours and excursions unless you do so way in advance. Even if you only visit public beaches and landmarks, the masses will be pretty much unavoidable.
However, if you book everything beforehand and are willing to pay a little more for hotels and airfare, February is one of the best times of the year to visit this Caribbean island.
Puerto Rico Weather in February
While the rest of the northern hemisphere is bundling up, February in Puerto Rico is warm and usually pretty sunny. You can expect almost perfect weather.
- Average high temperature: 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21 degrees Celsius)
- Average low temperature: 59 degrees Fahrenheit (15 degrees Celsius)
Although the weather is warm, it can get pretty humid on the island and rain isn't uncommon. The capital city of San Juan sees an average of 14 days of rain in February. This is much less rain than during the summer season, but given that Puerto Rico is a tropical island, you can expect regular rainfall throughout the year keeping the vegetation green and lush.
In February, the average water temperature is 78 degrees Fahrenheit (26 degrees Celsius), which is great for spending time on the beach. While swimming, be aware that riptides and undertows sometimes occur in Puerto Rico and can be extremely dangerous. Before getting in the water, mind any warning flags you may see on the beach. If you are unexpectedly caught in a riptide, stay calm and swim parallel to the shore until you can get the attention of a lifeguard.
What to Pack
Puerto Rico's tropical climate means year-round beach weather, so you should pack accordingly and prepare to spend a lot of time in the sun. If you happen to forget something, you're in luck. As a U.S. territory, many mainstream American brands have outposts in Puerto Rico, so it won't be difficult to find a new pair of sandals or pick up a new swimsuit.
If you have a busy itinerary that covers the whole island, you'll likely be splitting a lot of time between the beach, the city, and the jungle, so you'll need a range of clothes and supplies to be prepared for these environments.
- Lightweight T-shirts
- Beach bag
- Small backpack
- Mosquito repellent
February Events in Puerto Rico
On top of being a busy season for visitors, Puerto Rico manages to pack in a lot of excitement with a varied roster of events and holidays. In 2021, some February events may have been canceled or postponed.
- Ponce Carnival: Nothing eclipses the pageantry of the Ponce Carnival, an event that draws hundreds of thousands of visitors to Puerto Rico's second major city after San Juan. In 2021, the carnival caravan will still ride through the streets, but spectators are encouraged to watch from their homes.
- San Blas Half Marathon: Dubbed the "Best Half Marathon in the World." the San Blas Half Marathon annually brings athletes from around the world and an expected 250,000 spectators to the town of Coamo. In 2021, the marathon will be socially distanced with runners completing the same distance alone and on their own time.
- Puerto Rico Freefall Festival: This skydiving festival is one of the best places to meet your fellow daredevils or give this extreme sport a try! There will be three aircraft to ensure that you can jump all day. This festival has not been rescheduled for 2021.
- Valentine's Day: On and around February 14, many hotels and restaurants may be offering special deals for this romantic holiday, so keep an eye out for packages when you're looking for accommodation.
February Travel Tips
- The whale-watching season continues on the west coast of Puerto Rico when humpback whales can be spotted off the shore. An excellent spot to see them is the observation park at the Rincón Lighthouse.
- Because this is the busy season, book your excursions ahead of time. If you are celebrating a special occasion, make upscale dinner reservations as soon as you can.
- Puerto Rico is one of the easiest destinations for U.S. travelers to get to and navigate in the Caribbean. Not only is there no need to exchange currency, but you also don't even need a passport!