Cancún, Riviera Maya to Change Time Zone Feb. 1
On Feb. 1, the Mexican state of Quintana Roo will change from Central Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, affecting the popular tourist destinations of Cancún and the Riviera Maya. The state lobbied for the one-hour advance for two years before the federal government granted its approval. According to the Cancún Convention & Visitors Bureau, the extra hour of daylight will result in decreased electricity costs and added economic benefits for the tourism industry. The change also will put the region in the same time zone as other destinations in the Caribbean and improve flight connectivity with a number of U.S. and Canadian airports. Most of Mexico is on Central Standard Time, with the exception of the Baja peninsula, which is in the Pacific time zone.