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When to go & weather

Climate

The climate is tropical, with March to May (summer) being the hottest months. The rainy season starts in June and extends through October with strong typhoons possible. The coolest months are from November to February, with mid-January to end of February considered the best for cooler and dryer weather. Locations exposed directly to the Pacific Ocean have frequent rainfall all year. This includes the popular Pagsanjan Falls southeast of Manila (though the falls will get you wet regardless). The average temperatures range from 78°F / 25°C to 90°F / 32°C, and humidity is around 77 percent. Baguio, which is branded as the summer capital of the Philippines, tends to be cooler due to its being located in mountainous regions with temperatures at night going below 20°C (68°F). During summer, the country experience droughts, sometimes at extreme conditions.

Typhoons frequently cause great destruction and loss of life.

When to go

Peak Season: Late December; January to May

Hotels rapidly book up at Christmas and New Year's draws all the party boys and girls to Boracay, where you'll need to book early to find budget accommodation. The period around Easter is also particularly packed; prices have been known to triple and hotels book up months in advance.

Off Season: June to September

This is rainy season and tropical storms can terrorize the east coast. That said, many parts of the country remain dry. During this period, you'll be rewarded with far fewer foreigner and domestic tourists and more wallet-friendly prices.

Shoulder Season: October to Late December

Rainy season winds down in October and you still have more than 10 blissful weeks until the Christmas rush.