A Day at the Beach
Visions of summer will eventually lead to a day at the beach. It can be at a lake, the
ocean, or any sandy area you can find but it no matter what it will be a day to remember.
There are many activities that can be done on a beach day, or just go to have fun and
relax. By being prepared for a few different scenarios you are sure to have a great time.
The most important part of beach day is safety. There is water safety – no child should
go into the water alone or without adult supervision. And there is stranger safety, most
beaches are quite crowded on a nice summer day, it is always a good idea to review
stranger safety before going out to a crowded public place.
The standards supplies to bring on any beach day include sunscreen, towels, water, and
pails and shovels. There are more things that you could use and always remember to err
on the side of caution. If you think you might need it and have room, bring it along.
If there isn’t a natural place to be in the shade in the form of a tree, something should be
brought for the children to have a break in. A beach umbrella or a tent for the kids is a
Children know instinctively how to have fun especially on a beach. Building sandcastles,
digging holes, collecting seashells are all part of traditional beach fun. A beach
scavenger hunt will keep them busy too. Not to mention the swimming. Don’t forget to
keep reapplying the sunscreen and have the children keep on their hats – even in the
The beach may be a once in a summer trip or you may be able to go every week but
either way it will be a summer activity they will fondly remember.
The Climate of the Philippines is either tropical rainforest, tropical savanna or tropical monsoon, or humid subtropical (in higher-altitude areas) characterized by relatively high temperature, oppressive humidity and plenty of rainfall. There are two seasons in the country, the wet season and the dry season, based upon the amount of rainfall. This is dependent as well on your location in the country as some areas experience rain all throughout the year.
Based on temperature, the seven warmest months of the year are:
- from March to October; the winter monsoon brings cooler air
- from November to February
- May is the warmest month
- January, the coolest
There are four recognized climate types in the Philippines, and they are based on the distribution of rainfall (See the Philippine Climate Map). They are described as follows:
Type I. Two pronounced season: dry from November to April and wet during the rest of the year.
Type II. No dry season with a pronounced rainfall from November to January.
Type III. Seasons are not very pronounced, relatively dry from November to April, and wet during the rest of the year.
Type IV. Rainfall is more or less evenly distributed throughout the year.
Relative humidity is high in the Philippines. A high amount of moisture or vapor in the air makes hot temperatures feel hotter. This quantity of moisture is due to different factors - the extraordinary evaporation from the seas that surrounds the country on all sides, to the different prevailing winds in the different seasons of the year, and finally, to the abundant rains so common in a tropical country. The first may be considered as general causes of the great humidity, which is generally observed in all the islands throughout the year. The last two may influence the different degree of humidity for the different months of the year and for the different regions of the Archipelago.