Last Updated on December 22, 2023 by Paula
Hey lovelies! Paula here, bringing you the ultimate lowdown on all things Baguio City.
So, Baguio is like the unofficial chill zone of the country, right?
But, let’s be real, not every time is the perfect time to visit. Is there a worst time to visit Baguio?
Let’s dive deep into when to hit up Baguio and when to maybe, just maybe, hit pause on that plan.
Is There a Worst Time to Go to Baguio City?
Okay, so here’s the deal. Baguio is pretty much a vibe all year round, but there are moments when it’s kinda like, “Hmm, maybe not?”
We’re talking about the last week of February, the first week of March and April, babes.
It’s like everyone suddenly remembers Baguio exists and decides to drop by to watch the Panagbenga festival (while we Baguio peeps stay home and watch the grand parade and street dancing on TV just to avoid the traffic) or just cool down during the hot summer months.
The city gets super crowded, and you might find yourself in a sea of people just trying to get a selfie with the famous Lion’s Head.
But wait, don’t get it twisted. There’s still some cool stuff happening, like the Panagbenga Festival in March. It’s all flowers and dances, and totally Instagram-worthy. But if you’re not about that crowded life and you’re looking for more chill vibes, you might want to hit up Baguio during its more low-key months.
Does Baguio City Have Bad Weather?
Baguio is famous for being the cool kid of the Philippines, but it’s not always sunshine, mists, and rainbows. The rainy season, from June to October, can get pretty intense. Think heavy rain, fog, and yeah, sometimes landslides.
But hey, it’s not all doom and gloom.
The rain can actually make the city feel super cozy and romantic. Just make sure you’re packing that cute rain jacket and maybe some waterproof boots. The city’s charm totally shines through, no matter the weather.
Is It True that the Worst Time to Go to Baguio City Has To Do With Crowds, Not the Weather?
Okay, real talk? The crowds in Baguio can be a bit much sometimes. It’s a hot spot for tourists and locals alike, and it can get crowded AF during peak season and long weekends.
If you’re not about that crowded life, you might want to plan your trip for when the city’s a bit more chill.
Baguio’s got this magical vibe that really comes alive when it’s not packed with people, and you’ll get to see a whole different side of the city.
When Is It the Least Crowded in Baguio City?
So, when’s the best time to hit up Baguio if you want to skip the crowds?
Generally, from May to November is your sweet spot. The city’s way less crowded, and you can actually enjoy all the sights without waiting in a billion lines.
Keep in mind, this is also when the city gets its rain on, so be prepared for some wet weather. But honestly, a little rain never hurt nobody, right? Plus, the city looks low-key amazing in the mist and rain.
What Issues Will You Encounter If You Do Decide to Visit Baguio During Peak Season?
Traffic and Transportation Woes
So, here’s the lowdown on getting around Baguio: it can be a bit of a hot mess during peak season.
We’re talking March and April when everyone and their grandma decides to take a road trip up the mountains. The roads leading to Baguio are no joke, babes. They’re winding and can get super congested.
And once you’re in the city? Brace yourself for traffic like you’ve never seen before.
The narrow roads of Baguio weren’t exactly built for the tourist invasion, so getting from point A to B can take way longer than you’d expect.
My advice? If you can, ditch the car and explore on foot. Your patience (and your feet) will thank you.
Okay, let’s talk about where you’re gonna crash.
Baguio has a ton of cute hotels and B&Bs, but during peak season? Good luck finding a spot that isn’t booked out or charging you an arm and a leg. March and April are notorious for being the months when accommodations are scarce and prices skyrocket.
So, if you’re not about that last-minute booking life and you’re looking to save, you might want to plan your Baguio trip for a less popular time of the year. Trust me, your wallet will be singing your praises.
Overpriced Goods and Services
Baguio is generally pretty affordable (like, sayote which costs around P100.00 per kilo in Manila, practically goes wild here! You can just go to your backyard, get some sayote or sayote tops, and you’re good!), but during peak season, some places jack up their prices like there’s no tomorrow. We’re talking about everything from souvenirs to strawberries.
It’s basic supply and demand, babes. The more people there are, the higher the prices can go.
So, if you’re looking to snag some deals and keep your budget intact, you might want to consider visiting Baguio when it’s not overflowing with tourists.
Limited Access to Tourist Spots
Alright, let’s talk touristy stuff. Baguio is home to some pretty cool spots, but during peak season, getting to them can be a bit of a challenge.
The crowds are no joke, and you might find yourself waiting in line for hours just to snap a pic at Mines View Park or the swan boat at Burnham Lake.
The Struggle for Internet and Mobile Signal
Let’s face it, we’re all a bit addicted to our screens, right? But here’s the deal: in Baguio during those crazy peak seasons, good luck getting a decent signal. The networks get super overloaded, and you might as well be sending smoke signals.
And, oh my gosh, if you’re planning to venture beyond Baguio, like hitting up the dreamy spots in Sagada or Atok, Benguet, brace yourself.
The only road out there, Halsema Highway, is notorious for its ‘digital detox’ zones. We’re talking stretches with zero phone signals and internet. It’s like stepping into a time warp where your phone is just a fancy camera (which you can use to take pictures of the gorgeous sea of clouds in Atok, Benguet!).
So, if you’re a social media butterfly or need to stay connected, plan accordingly and enjoy the unplugged life while you can!
Baguio is a total haven for foodies, with its fresh strawberries, unique eats, and cozy cafes.
But during peak season? Brace yourself for long lines at popular spots and potentially rushed service.
The city’s famous Strawberry Farm can get super crowded, and you might end up waiting longer than you’d like to taste those sweet, fresh berries.
And let’s not forget about the cafes and restaurants. Baguio is known for its quaint, artsy eateries, but during peak times, finding a table can be a challenge, and the vibe might not be as chill as you’d hoped.
So, if a foodie adventure is what you’re after, consider visiting during the quieter months for a more relaxed and enjoyable experience.
Baguio loves a good celebration, and there are plenty of festivals and events throughout the year.
However, during peak season, these events can draw massive crowds, making the city even busier than usual. The Panagbenga Festival, while absolutely stunning, transforms Baguio into a sea of people.
If you’re not up for navigating through parades, street dances, and crowded events, you might want to check the city’s event calendar and plan your trip around the quieter times.
You’ll still get to experience Baguio’s vibrant culture, just without the overwhelming crowds.
With the influx of tourists and vehicles during peak season, pollution in Baguio can become more noticeable.
The narrow roads and traffic congestion contribute to air pollution, and the increase in litter can be a downer when you’re trying to enjoy the city’s natural beauty.
If fresh air and a clean environment are top priorities for your trip, consider visiting Baguio during the off-peak season when there are fewer tourists and vehicles on the road.
The city makes continuous efforts to maintain its cleanliness and greenery, and you’ll be able to appreciate it more fully when it’s not peak tourist season.
Baguio is known for its serene atmosphere, but during peak season, the city can get pretty noisy. With more people, vehicles, and events, the usual quiet nights in Baguio might be replaced with the sounds of traffic and party-goers.
If a peaceful retreat is what you’re after, you might find the quieter months of the year more to your liking. You’ll be able to enjoy the cool Baguio nights without the added noise and hustle of peak tourist season.
By the way, Baguio has a “Silent Night Ordinance.” And the city is taking this seriously.
Silent Night Ordinance
Ordinance Numbered 44 Series of 2018 states that it is unlawful for any person to make or cause excessive, unnecessary, or unusually loud sounds from audio devices within residential areas and public streets in the City of Baguio.
- It is unlawful for any person to make or cause excessive, unnecessary, or unusually loud sounds from audio devices within residential areas, subdivisions, and public streets in the City of Baguio from 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.
- Using videokes or karaokes, a favorite local pastime, may be allowed until 12 o’clock midnight provided that resident concerned would secure a permit from the Punong Barangay five (5) days before the intended use and commit to keep their volume to acceptable levels.
- Loud sounds, music, or noises shall not be tolerated in places within 200 meters from schools, places of worship, and hospitals.
- During the Christmas Holiday Season, provided that schools have declared their respective Christmas Holidays or from 16 December of the year to 02 January of the following year.
- During the All Saints Day and All Souls Day Celebration and other holidays defined as national or local holidays.
- During the Baguio Flower Festival or Panagbenga Celebration.
- During wakes, provided that the provisions of Section 3 shall be complied with.
- Such other occasions as may be deemed by the Punong Barangay as applicable if, the provisions of Section 3 shall be complied with.
An initial verbal warning/order to tone down noise shall be given to violators. However, if the violation is deemed excessive, they shall be fined:
- 1st Offense: PHP 1,000 or imprisonment of up to six months, or both
- 2nd Offense: PHP 3,000 or imprisonment of up to six months, or both
- 3rd Offense: PHP 5,000 or imprisonment of up to six months, or both
Baguio Peeps Pet Peeve: Tourists blowing their horns especially at residential areas.
Limited Local Interactions
One of the charms of Baguio is its friendly locals and the opportunity to interact with them.
However, during peak season, the locals might be overwhelmed with the influx of tourists, and you might find it harder to have those genuine interactions.
Visiting during the off-peak season means fewer tourists and more opportunities to connect with the locals, learn about their culture, and gain insights into the best spots in Baguio that only the locals know about.
Baguio City Vacation Tips
Before I bounce, let me drop some quick Baguio travel tips.
First off, layering is key. The weather can be cool, especially at night and really warm, at midday.
Second, don’t even think about leaving without trying the strawberries. They’re legendary.
And lastly, go off the beaten path. Baguio’s got some hidden gems that are totally worth exploring.
So, is there a worst time to visit Baguio City?
And that’s the tea on the not-so-glam times to visit Baguio City, loves!
Remember, every cloud has a silver lining, and even during these ‘not-so-perfect’ times, Baguio still has its charm. Whether it’s braving the crowds for the vibrant Panagbenga Festival or embracing the rainy cuddle weather, there’s always something to love. Just pack your patience, maybe a raincoat, and a whole lot of adventure spirit!
So, before you start packing those bags and planning your insta-worthy outfits, keep these tips in mind.
Baguio City, with all its quirks and surprises, is waiting to be explored, no matter the season.
Until next time, keep your wanderlust alive and your travel dreams big.
Stay fabulous, stay curious, and most importantly, stay you!