I get a lot of searches and inquires on this blog about what is Mahahual’s time zone. It also causes some confusion among cruise ship tourists also. Every day I get asked, “What time is it here?”, and I have to explain to them the time situation here.
First of all, we do not change our clocks here in Mahahual and Costa Maya, and in fact the whole state of Quintana Roo, does not practice Daylight Savings Time. We are on “Beach Time” here. The official name is “Southeastern Time Zone” of Mexico.
“According to the state’s government, the new time zone will improve airline connectivity and transit times with 22 US airports and eight Canadian airports, as they will be in the same time zone. The Caribbean, Central and South American will also be in sync. According to the National Tourism Business Council, this will result in an additional 845 thousand pesos annually for Quintana Roo as a result of having an extra hour of sunlight in which tourism and recreation activities can take place.”
So Mahahual is officially on USA Eastern Time Zone, but we do not move our clocks forward or backward, so it is the same time year round. It used to be you could be sitting on the beach at 5:30pm and the sun would be going down, and that is not good if you are here on vacation, or living here to escape the northern winters. So with the extra hour of sunlight it really makes a big difference with the businesses on the beach here and in Cancun and Playa del Carmen.
For instance it is 11am Saturday, March 19, today here in Mahahual, while it is 12pm in the Eastern Time Zone in the USA. We are an hour behind because we did not move clocks forward last week. I like it because for instance, I am about to watch some NCAA March Madness and the games start at 11:10am here, and the night games start at 6pm here, vs 7pm in USA, and so forth. In the fall we will be back in Eastern Time Zone, when Daylight Savings Time is over.
So in Mahahual, time really does stand still, and the time never changes, so it is like living in your own little different part of the world.
Thanks for reading,
Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina