News from Around Banderas Bay
|Mexico Not Changing Clocks Until April 4|
March 12, 2010
While Americans will be turning their clocks ahead for daylight-saving time on Sunday, March 14, 2010, for most of Mexico, daylight saving time does not begin until 2:00 a.m. local time on Sunday April 4th.
Daylight Saving Time in the United States
Daylight Savings Time begins in the United States on the second Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday in November. So this Sunday, March 14, 2010, US clocks will be set ahead one hour at 2:00 a.m. local standard time, which becomes 3:00 a.m. local daylight time.
Daylight Saving Time in Mexico
In most of Mexico, daylight saving time begins at 2:00 a.m. local time on the first Sunday in April, which means folks will be turning their clocks ahead one hour. (Some Mexico border communities will observe the U.S. time change. For more information, click HERE.)
Daylight Saving Time in Bahía de Banderas
On Sunday, April 4th, folks in the Municipality of the Bahía de Banderas, including Sayulita, Lo de Marcos, San Pancho, Bucerías and Mescales, will move their clocks ahead two hours when Daylight time begins this spring... never to regain one of those 'lost' hours forever.
According to an official decree posted on the Mexican Federal Government’s website last month, this is because Bahía de Banderas county will switch from Mountain time to Central Time on the first Sunday in April of this year, when the switch to Daylight Savings Time is made.
This means when the time comes to "spring forward" - or move clocks one hour ahead, local residents will change their clocks 2 hours ahead; this will put the continguous areas of Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco and the Bahía de Banderas, Nayarit, into the same time zone.
According to local officials and information posted on the government’s website, the change was made for economic reasons, due to problems related to missed flights and also with how the time change affects Mexican banks.
On November 7, 2010 areas on daylight saving time fall back to Standard Time at 2:00 a.m. local time.