The region is largely fertile lowland, dotted with volcanoes. The climate is rather rainy, even during dry season, do not forget to bring an umbrella when going out.
The local people are called Bicolanos, which are well noted for their spicy local cuisine.
- See also: Bikol phrasebook
Most Bicol natives speak any of the various Bikol languages, which form a continuum with the Visayan languages. There are generally two major varieties of Bikol:
- Northern Bikol, includes Central Bikol, the most commonly used and understood variety.
- Southern Bikol, includes the Albay (not including Tabaco and Legazpi) and Rinconada varieties.
Most Bicolanos can understand English and Tagalog in addition to their native languages. Tagalog is also spoken around areas near Quezon.
For many travelers, buses departing from Manila are the cheapest and economical way to reach Bicol.
Philippine National Railways' two long-distance trains from Manila, the Bicol Express and Mayon Limited, remain suspended as of 2019. Only the Bicol Commuter from Tagkawayan in Quezon is operational.
Legazpi Airport (LGP IATA) is the main entry point by plane, and is served by PAL Express and Cebu Pacific (and regional carrier Cebgo). This airport is expected to be replaced by the newer and larger Bicol International Airport, which is just a few kilometers to the southwest, and can handle larger aircraft and international flights.
The three other airports with regular flights, Moises B. Espinosa Airport (MBT IATA), Naga Airport (WNP IATA), and Virac Airport (VRC IATA), are only served by Cebu Pacific (or regional carrier Cebgo).
Roll-on/roll-off ferries from Samar call at Matnog port, at the southeastern tip of the mainland.
- Wakeboard in Naga City after landing in the Naga Airport.
- Walk around Naga City to see 15th-century churches that has served as witness to Philippine History.
- Meet friendly Nagueños as you walk around the city center.
- Shop around Naga City with several malls and night bazaars.
- Celebrate nightlife in Naga City by visiting the Magsaysay Avenue, the most vibrant street, and the center of nightlife in Bicol.