Is Cancun EST or CST

Planning vacations can be a lot of fun, and one of the most important things you need to know about your destination is the time zone. For me personally, Cancun is only 1 hour ahead of my normal time, and more importantly only about a two-hour flight away.

Cancun is located in the state of Quintana Roo in Mexico and is now operating on Eastern Standard Time (EST). This is a fairly new change. Canun did operate on CST, but after a lot of campaigning by hotel owners and the state government, the Mexican government agreed.

If you’re planning to go to Cancun you should keep reading. This blog will give you some background on why Cancun even went to EST time and whether or not they observe Daylight Savings Time and how it might affect your vacation.

Why does it matter?

This is a good a question. Why should you care if Cancun is on EST or on CST? Well there are some pretty practical reasons why you might care.

  1. You might be traveling there soon
    Over 22,000,000 tourists in a non-pandemic year will travel to Cancun on vacation. That means A LOT of people care about what time it is in Cancun.
  2. The local time means more sunshine
    Yep, you’ll get to stay out in the sun another hour longer while in Cancun

What is the time difference?

Whenever I travel somewhere I always think about my normal routines. My sleep routine, my morning routine, and just the daily vibe of life. If I’m traveling to Cancun and the time zone is way different from my normal life I’m gonna wanna know that.

Here are some popular places in the world and the time difference to Cancun.

How does daylight savings time affect time in Cancun?

For some reason, Cancun is not observing Daylight Savings Time in 2020. Because of this, it does affect the time difference. For example, I live outside of Dallas, TX and we are on Central Standard Time. Which is one hour behind Cancun; however, in Dallas we are observing daylight savings time until November. This means we set our clocks ahead one hour on March 8.

When we did that we caught up to Cancun. When we fall back one hour in November, Cancun will be one hour ahead of us at that time. Depending on what time of the year you travel to Cancun, and from where you travel, you may or may not need to adjust your watch.

Who else is on EST with Cancun?

According to Wikipedia, these states are always in the Eastern Standard Time.

New Jersey
New York
North Carolina
Rhode Island
South Carolina
West Virginia
Florida (partly)
Indiana (all except for Gary and Evansville)
Tennessee (East)

Do Any Other Mexican States Observe EST?

The answer is no. Quintana Roo is the only Mexican state to observe Eastern Standard Time. One interesting fact is that Quintana Roo does not observe daylight savings time. This means there are times when certain Central Standard Time states in American are actually on the same time as Cancun.

Why go to Cancun?

There are so many non-stop flights into Cancun now, the question is really, Why not go to Cancun!? We’ve written many stories about Cancun lately and COVID-19. My wife and I are planning to go to Cancun in October.

The Cancun area is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world and some of the best all-inclusive resorts in the world. To read about the pros and cons of all-inclusive resorts, check out this recent article we wrote.

If you’re looking for something more on the quiet side, we recommend Karisma resorts. They have some amazing adults-only resorts. We recommend El Dorado Riviera Resorts and El Dorado Sea Side Suites. You can read both of these articles right here on this blog.

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