The Philippines lies in the tropics with high temperatures and rain all year round. From November to February of the following year, the climate is relatively pleasant and there is less rainfall, which is the best time to travel. Although the official language is Filipino, English is also widely spoken. Airborne transportation between cities in the Philippines is dominated by air, while ships are most commonly used between islands. Tricycles and taxis are the main forms of public transportation in the city. There are a variety of hotels in the Philippines, including modern hotels, beach resorts, and original hut-style inns. Filipino food reflects its unique history and is heavily influenced by Chinese and Spanish cuisine. The Philippines has a wide range of handicrafts and local features where you can buy lots of inexpensive souvenirs.