México Starts Daylight Saving Time on April 7
Daylight Saving Time (DST), usually referred to as El Honorario de Verano” in Spanish, begins at 2:00 am local time on Sunday, April 7.
So do not forget to set your clocks ahead one hour before going to bed tonight, if you are in México. The change means México will be back in sync with the United States, where DST began four weeks ago.
The practice of incorporating DST in México actually began relatively recently, in 1996. Although the United States changed the schedule for DST beginning in 2007, most of México did not go along with it.
There are a few exceptions located along the U.S.-México border, where some municipalities follow the U.S. schedule, but for the most part DST begins the first Sunday in April and continues through the last Sunday in October.
The three main times zones in México are as follows:
The Northwest Zone (Zona Noroeste): Which is contained entirely in the Baja California state and corresponds with the Pacific Time Zone in the United States.
The Pacific Zone (Zona Pacifico): Spanning the states of Baja California Sur, Chihuahua, Nayarit, Sinaloa and Sonora, this corresponds with the Mountain Time Zone in the U.S.
The Central Zone (Zona Centro): Covering more than three-quarters of the entire country, including all of central and eastern México, this is by far the nation’s largest time zone. Stretching from the capital in México City all the way to Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Tulum in the scenic Yucatan Peninsula along the nation’s only Caribbean Coast, this time zone corresponds with the Central Time Zone in the U.S. and Canada.