Cancun’s Time Zone

Cancun’s Time Zone

Time is one of the main factors that determines any kind of activities all over the world. In the same way, the length of days and daylight periods are generally a crucial factor in the course of economy. This way, it’s vital for tourists to inform themselves about the time situation in the destinations they plan on visiting, because any place in the world has different characteristics in relation to time that are important to know, so you can work around them with no trouble.

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Mexico has 3 different time zones, which are the Pacific Standard Time (only applied for Baja California and is also called Universal Coordinated Time -8), the Mountain Standard Time (or UTC -7 and it is applied for Baja California Sur, Chihuahua, Nayarit, Sinaloa and Sonora) and the Central Standard Time or UTC -6, which is applied for the rest of the country.

This situation causes that Puerto Vallarta in the Pacific, and Cancun in the Caribbean use the same time zone, despite the fact that the sunset occurs 1 hour and 14 minutes after in Vallarta. This way, in Cancun it’s already dark a little bit after 5 pm in winter. Some other places in the world also have some kind of “time peculiarities”. For example, in the north of Spain in summer, there’s still daylight after 10 pm, while in London, it’s already dark before 4 pm in winter.

Since April 2012, there’s an initiative in Mexico that hasn’t been approved yet, and proposes the creation of a new time zone for Quintana Roo, called the Southeastern Standard Time. With it, the state would have the same time as the East Coast in the USA, and some countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, which would diminish the times for flight connections, would raise the economic benefits generated by tourism in the destination, and would even cause a reduction of electricity costs.

However, there are also some arguments against it. Some of them mention that this change could disturb the cycle that regulates sleep and consciousness periods in the organism. There’s also the fact Quintana Roo actually has the correct time zone according to its geographical location (90th Meridian West), while Mexico City uses the same time zone to gain one extra hour of daylight, but according to its location, their correct one would be the Mountain Standard Time (corresponding to the 105th meridian).

This way, we suggest for you to research before visiting any place in the world, putting time on your side and so you can make the most out of every second of your vacation.

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