Cancun Changes to Eastern Standard Time

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Effective Feb. 1, Quintana Roo, the state in which the city of Cancun lies, officially changes time zones from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST). After more than two years of efforts by the state government and several hotel owners in Cancun, the Mexican government okayed the change in December 2014.

"Cancun is excited to welcome this time change, which will allow our visitors to take advantage of one more hour in our beautiful destination," said Jesus Almaguer, CEO of the Cancun Convention & Visitors Bureau. "The added sunlight should also generate reductions in electricity use for hotels and restaurants in the area, which aligns with Cancun's turquoise conservation initiative."

The change is also forecasted to strengthen Cancun's competitiveness with other Caribbean tourism destinations on EST, including the Bahamas, Cuba, and Jamaica. It will also allow an improvement in air connectivity to various airports in Canada and the U.S., specifically Chicago, Atlanta, New York, and Miami, some of Cancun's biggest markets. The change to EST will also result in the same time zone as eight Canadian airports and 22 U.S. airports, reducing time for flight connections and making Cancun a more convenient destination.

Photo: Cancun's Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort