Ilocos is a region in the Philippines, encompassing the northwestern coast of Luzon island. It’s known for its historic sites, beaches, and the well-preserved Spanish colonial city of Vigan. Dating from the 16th century, Vigan’s Mestizo district is characterized by cobblestone streets and mansions with wrought-iron balconies. Farther north, Laoag City is a jumping-off point for the huge La Paz Sand Dunes.
Best Time to Visit
For the best combination of agreeable temperatures of around 27° C (80° F) and as little rain as possible, the best time to visit this region is between February and March. The first months of dry season can still be rainy, while the last months are usually pretty hot and humid.
Area:13,012.60 km² (5,024.19 mi²)
Regional Center: San Fernando, La Union
REGION 1 – Ilocos Region
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- Crops (Palay, Corn, Banana, Mango, Tomato, Tobacco, Coconut)
- Food Processing
- Mass Transportation Operation
- Aqua Culture
The best way to get to Ilocos Region depends on where you’re traveling from and your budget.
The fastest and most convenient method of travel a far distance in the Philippines is most often by plane, however in some cases, traveling by sea or land may be a better option and more cost-effective.
Use the following online service to determine the various transportation options available to you based on your point of departure.
The following are the modes of transportation available in this region.
Use the chart below to get an idea of how much to budget daily. Actual amounts will depend on YOUR travel style. Keep in mind these are daily averages … some days you’ll spend more, some days you’ll spend less. Prices are in USD.
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SEE & DO
- Calle Crisologo
- Umbrella Rock
EAT & DRINK
- Alaminos Longanisa (Pangasinan)
- Bagnet (Ilocos Norte)
- Bagnet Pizza (Ilocos Sur)
- Bagoong (Pangasinan)
- Bangus (Pangasinan)
- Batac Empanada (Ilocos Norte)
- Binalonan longganisa (Pangasinan)
- Binungey (Pangasinan)
- Halo-halo de Iloko (La Union)
- Ilocos Norte Burrito (La Union)
- Kilawen (La Union)
- La Union Fried Chicken (La Union)
- Longganisa (Ilocos Norte)
- Pigar-pigar (Pangasinan)
- Pinakbet (Ilocos Norte)
- Poqui-poqui (Ilocos Norte)
- Puto Calasiao (Pangasinan)
- Romana Peanut Brittle (Pangasinan)
- Vigan empanada (Ilocos Sur)
- Vigan longaniza (Ilocos Sur)
WHERE TO STAY
Where to Stay in Ilocos Region
Use the following online resources to determine the best place for YOU to stay when visiting the Ilocos region.
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EVENTS & FESTIVALS
- Bangus Festival
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