Goa in February: weather and travel tips

Dre Roelandt

written by
Dre Roelandt

updated 26.10.2023

February is a month that exudes its own charm in Goa. Known for its pleasant weather, vibrant festivals, and unique ambience, it's a time when this coastal paradise truly shines. Here’s our guide to the weather in Goa in February.

Is February a good time to visit Goa?

The weather in Goa in February makes it a fantastic time to visit. You’ll find that the weather during this month is quite pleasant, with cooler temperatures compared to the hot and humid monsoon and summer months.

You can enjoy various outdoor activities, parties, water sports, and cultural events that take place in February. However, it's important to note that it can get crowded during this time, so it's advisable to book accommodations in advance.

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India, Goa, huts and palm trees at Palolem Beach

Weather in Goa in February is great at Palolem Beach © Shutterstock

Air & sea temperatures in Goa in February

February is when Goa experiences some of its most pleasant weather. Picture daytime temperatures hovering around 28°C (82°F), providing the perfect backdrop for a myriad of outdoor activities. As the sun dips below the horizon, the evenings offer a subtle coolness, prompting you to pack a light sweater for beautuful Goa beaches.

Speaking of the beach, the sea temperatures in Goa February are an open invitation. At approximately 26°C (79°F), the ocean is an ideal playground for swimming, water sports, and, of course, leisurely sunbathing on Goa's pristine shores.

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Scenic yard and old houses in historical town of Old Goa in India © Shutterstock

Scenic yard and old houses in historical town of Old Goa in India © Shutterstock

Can it rain in Goa in February?

February is your golden ticket to a rain-free Goa. Expect minimal rainfall, allowing you to explore the region's lush landscapes, delve into its history, and immerse yourself in the vibrant markets, all without a care about the weather.

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What about the crowd & cost?

February in Goa strikes a harmonious balance between the influx of visitors and a serene atmosphere. While it's not as crowded as the peak season months, there's still a vibrant energy in the air, thanks to travellers from every corner of the globe. This creates an atmosphere that's both fun and lively, without the overwhelming hustle and bustle.

In terms of cost, February is a budget traveller's dream. Accommodation and other expenses are usually more pocket-friendly, making it an excellent opportunity to enjoy Goa without any financial worries.

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Colorful bungalows on the tropical beach of Palolem, South Goa, India  © Dan Baciu/Shutterstock

Colourful bungalows on the tropical beach of Palolem  © Dan Baciu/Shutterstock

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Cola Beach, Goa, India © Shutterstock

What to do in Goa in February 

Visiting Goa in February is a fantastic idea, as the state is alive with various cultural and natural attractions during this month. Here are some activities to consider:

Celebrate the carnival

February in Goa is synonymous with the Carnival celebration. This colourful and lively event features parades, dance performances, and vibrant costumes that bring the streets to life with music and revelry.

Go on The Grape Escapade

Wine enthusiasts should not miss The Grape Escapade, a wine and food festival held in February. Sample exquisite wines, indulge in delectable cuisine, and enjoy live music in a picturesque setting.

Sip on feni, a local cashew nut spirit

Taste the local spirit of Goa, Feni, made from cashew nuts or coconut sap. It's a must-try for those looking to taste authentic Goan flavours.

Visit Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary

Nature lovers can explore the Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, a haven for birdwatching. February is a great time to spot migratory and resident birds in this lush wetland.

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Vineyard, grapes

The weather in Goa in February makes for a great time to sample wine 

Planning your February trip to Goa

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Dre Roelandt

written by
Dre Roelandt

updated 26.10.2023

Dre Roelandt is originally from the United States but lives and works in Berlin, Germany. Dre is a freelance writer and artist with a passion for travelling. They are an in-house Content Editor at Rough Guides.

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