Prior to February 1, 2015, the time in Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Tulum was the same as central time in the USA. However, the region wants to encourage tourists to spend more time and money while enjoying the beaches, theme parks, and other attractions.
So, they changed their time as follows:
From the first Sunday in April until the last Sunday in October, Quintana Roo will be on the same time as Central Mexico/Mexico City – that is central daylight savings time .
From the last Monday of October until the first Sunday of April, they will be on eastern standard time.
To make matters a bit more confusing, if you are from the USA, where daylight savings time begins at 2:00 AM on the second Sunday of March and ends on the first Sunday of November– there will be three weeks where there will be an additional time difference. This doesn’t matter so much, unless you are trying to make it on time for a dinner reservation or to catch a plane! Do not count on your electronic devices to get the time correctly. Everything from Google to Yahoo, believes that Cancun is on central time. So, a word to the wise, reset everything manually so you can get that massage at 3 PM!