Occupying the northern part of the Philippines and location of the principal international gateways to the island nation, Luzon Island provides visitors with their first taste of the enchanting attractions here. The delights of Manila, pretty beaches such as those at Subic and the renowned Banaue rice terraces are only a few of the eclectic attractions awaiting visitors.
North Luzon features stunning mountain ranges including the Cordillera Central which is home to the famous Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras which were inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1995.
Luzon has two international airports. Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport is located four miles to the south of Manila and serves long-haul airlines while Clark International Airport is not far out of Angeles City and is a hub for budget carriers, with regional connections and a 90 minute transfer to Manila central.
Luzon has not witnessed any major natural disasters since a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck in July 1990. Baguio City was close to the epicenter and suffered extensive damage to buildings. It took several days to clear landslides in the locality.
The island has a tropical climate with wet and dry seasons. Heavy rain is common during the months between May and late October. Humidity is also higher then and it is typhoon season, although most of these tend to bypass Luzon. November to February is the optimum time to visit. From March until the onset of the rainy season, it is hot and the thermometer often hovers above the 95°F mark.