Of course, the tradeoff for getting extra time to enjoy some fun in the sun during spring break in Mexico comes in the form of losing an hour of sleep, but most of us would probably agree that’s a rather small price to pay! Specifically, clocks are to be set forward at 2 a.m. on April 6th, but it’s customary to make the change before going to bed Saturday night, regardless of what time that may be.
Known as El Honorario de Verano in Spanish, the practice of incorporating Daylight Savings Time (DST) in Mexico actually began relatively recently, in 1996. Also of note,DST begins in the U.S. and Canada much sooner than it does in Mexico, with both of these northern neighbors making the time change each year in early March.
There are a few exceptions located along the U.S.-Mexico border, where some municipalities follow the U.S. schedule, but for the most part if you are traveling to Mexico, DST begins the first Sunday in April and continues through the last Sunday in October. The best way to make sure you know the accurate time in your destination, however, is to double check right before traveling using a simple Google search.
The three main times zones in Mexico are as follows:
The Northwest Zone (Zona Noroeste): Which is contained entirely in the Baja California state and corresponds with the Pacific Time Zone in the United States.
The Pacific Zone (Zona Pacifico): Spanning the states of Baja California Sur, Chihuahua, Nayarit, Sinaloa and Sonora, this corresponds with the Mountain Time Zone in the U.S.
The Central Zone (Zona Centro): Covering more than three-fourths of the entire country, including all of central and eastern Mexico, this is by far the nation’s largest time zone. Stretching from the capital in Mexico City all the way to Cancun,Playa del Carmen and Tulum in the scenic Yucatan Peninsula along the nation’s only Caribbean Coast, this time zone corresponds with the Central Time Zone in the U.S. and Canada.
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