Cancun and Quintana Roo change time zones to Central time

Cancun has changed time zones.

The resort destination along with the rest of Quintana Roo, the Mexican state that it’s located in, changed its time zone from Central to Eastern time on Feb. 1, pushing clocks forward by one hour.

The change gives the beach resort an extra hour of daylight. Officials say it will also cut down on electricity use since hotels and restaurants won’t have to turn the lights on quite as early in the evening for winter-weary tourists looking for an extra hour of sunshine.

In addition, the change aligns clocks in Cancun with many of the U.S. and Canadian cities that send tourists there. Cancun is now also in the same time zone as some of the Caribbean islands it competes with for tourists.