Vacation Tips » Daylight Saving Time in Cancun


Mexico observes Daylight Saving Time on a different schedule than the US and Canada. Also, different states within Mexico change their clocks on different days. Confusing? Let me help explain. 

Starting in 2010, the border states of Mexico with the US change their clock the same as the US does.This was done to facilitate the commerce between the US and the Mexican border states.  

Here in Cancun, for the 3 weeks between the time the US changes and we change, it is confusing and chaotic.

Some travelers to Cancun and the Riviera Maya have a difficult time figuring out their flight times. Cancun and the Riviera Maya is on Central Standard Time (CST), but for those 3 weeks between time changes we are an hour different. 

For most of Mexico, including Cancun and Riviera Maya.

Cancun & Riviera Maya Mexico
2012 April 1 October 28
2013 April 7 October 27
2014 April 6 October 26
2015 April 5 October 25

The Mexican cities and states that change their clocks with the US are:

City, State
Acuna, Coahuila
Anahuac, Nuevo Leon
Juarez, Chihuahua
Matamoros, Tamaulipas
Mexicali, Baja California
Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas
Ojinaga, Chihuahua
Piedras Negras, Coahuila
Reynosa, Tamaulipas
Tijuana, Baja California

US and Border States of Mexico
2012 11 March 2012 4 November 2012
2013 10 March 2013 3 November 2013
2014 9 March 2014 2 November 2014
2015 8 March 2015 1 November 2015


I hope this information helps you understand the Daylight Saving Time differences between the US and Mexico.