When you think of a vacation in the Philippines, you normally think of a golden sun, golden beach and plenty of cool drinks to quench the thirst of spending a day on the beach, or a day diving and exploring. Well, for most vacationers that is the Philippines, and it is truly beautiful.
The dry or summer season begins mid-March and ends during the last week of June. Although these months are considered as the peak of heat in the country, it can start as early as late February and may linger until early July. Wet season is also known as typhoon season. Strong winds, heavy downpour and flooding is commonly experienced during the months of July to September, most noticeably in Metro Manila and the northern part of the most populous and largest island, Luzon.
While October to January may or may not experience typhoons, these months bring in cool and calm weather throughout the country. It is said that the best time to go to the Philippines is during the Christmas to post-holiday (January to late February) season when the weather is calmer and the heat is not as scorching as during the months of March, April and May. But one should plan ahead if travelling during this season since accommodations and flights tend to be fully booked as many Filipinos working abroad go back home for the holidays.
It is advised to wear comfortable and loose clothing, as it is generally accepted in public. Sandals, rubber shoes, hats, shorts or skirts are a staple when going to the islands. But it is advisable to wear appropriate and decent clothing if one will visit offices, churches and fine-dining areas. For males, wear long pants.
The rainy season for those of us that live here is, at first, a welcome freshness from the continuous sun, but after a few days of rain, local flooding and the inability to be able to go anywhere, we again wish the sun was back.
Although foreign visitors think that it is always summer in the Philippines, the Filipinos think and feel summer in April and May—the hottest months in the Philippines. The sky is at its bluest and the water at its clearest during this time of the year. During these months Tours on Cebu are amazing and Island Hoping Tours are spectacular. If you are visiting Philippines in other months, private city tours and local home-cooked dinners are some great ways to explore the beauty and local lifestyle of this country.
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When it is really a downfall, there is nothing to do, but hope the electricity won’t fail and that the flooding will not enter your home. There is no point wearing shoes as they get ruined and trousers are useless as they just become a mass of clothe and water.