Mexico Springs Forward… Unless You’re in the CaribbeanBy Ivan Arturo Ebergenyi Thorpe
Daylight saving time changes apply to most of Mexico.
This upcoming Sunday April 5, nationals and visitors across the country will need to set their clocks one hour ahead for Daylight Saving Time.
Unless you are in Quintana Roo. In which case you will not have to make any changes to the current local time.
Quintana Roo, the home state of tourism-rich cities such as Cancún, Playa del Carmen, Tulum and the Riviera Maya coastal area, switched from the Central Standard Time zone (CST) – currently used in the rest of Mexico – to Eastern Standard Time (EST) in early February.
Considering the importance of beach tourism in the state economy, this change was authorized by the Quintana Roo state legislature in hopes of countering the shorter winter days and ensuring visitors had more sun time.
As such, Quintanarroenses were advised to set their clocks forward on February 1, leading to a technical time zone difference between Quintana Roo and the rest of the country.
If you are outside of Quintana Roo, remember that the new time comes into effect at 2AM on Sunday. It is advisable to spring the hour forward on Saturday night before hitting the hay.
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