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Daylight Saving Time in Cancun Mar 31

Mexico observes Daylight Saving Time on a different schedule than the US and Canada. Also, different states within Mexico change their clocks on different days.  Confusing? Let me help explain.

Starting in 2010, the border states of Mexico with the US change their clock the same as the US does. The Mexican cities and states are:

City, State
Acuna, Coahuila
Anahuac, Nuevo Leon
Juarez, Chihuahua
Matamoros, Tamaulipas
Mexicali, Baja California
Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas
Ojinaga, Chihuahua
Piedras Negras, Coahuila
Reynosa, Tamaulipas
Tijuana, Baja California

US and Border States of Mexico
2012 11 March 2012 4 November 2012
2013 10 March 2013 3 November 2013
2014 9 March 2014 2 November 2014
2015 8 March 2015 1 November 2015

This was done to facilitate the commerce between the US and the Mexican border states. Here in Cancun, for the 3 weeks between the time the US changes and we change, it is confusing and chaotic. Some travelers to Cancun and the Riviera Maya have a difficult time figuring out their flight times. Here in Cancun we are on Central Standard Time (CST), but for those 3 weeks between time changes we are an hour different.

Now, for the rest of Mexico, including Cancun and Riviera Maya.

Cancun & Riviera Maya Mexico
2012 April 1 October 28
2013 April 7 October 27
2014 April 6 October 26
2015 April 5 October 25

I hope this information helps you understand the Daylight Saving Time differences between the US and Mexico.

Semana Santa – Easter Week Begins in Cancun Mar 31

It’s here! One of the busiest times of year in Cancun is Easter Week, called Semana Santa (Saints Week). Beginning today, March 30th, Cancun sees many vacationers from within Mexico including Mexico City, Guadalajara, Veracruz and all over the country people flock to the white sandy beaches of Cancun.

This also marks the end of American and Canadian Spring Break. Cancun doesn’t have a chance to recover from the intense parties and extremely fun nightlife that happens during March for Spring Break before we jump right into Semana Santa for one of the busiest weeks of the whole year.

Semana Santa is the holy week at the end of the 40 day Lent. Most churches celebrate the week with parades and pageants with mass on Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

Mexico is 90% catholic, so this is considered the 2nd most important holiday after Christmas. It is a Mexican tradition to break “cascarones”, which are colored egg shells filled with confetti over the heads of family and friends.

Tepache de Piña – very unique local drink in Cancun Mar 18

There are little carts in downtown Cancun that sell “Tepache de piña” or fermented pineapple juice. It might not sound good, but it really is!

We have seen these carts for a long time and finally decided to try it yesterday. To me it tasted a little like pineapple flavored apple cider. Delicious!

tepache-de-pina-cancun

We received our “juice in a bag” for only 10 pesos and I think it was about 1 liter of juice.

tepache-de-pina-cancun

If you are craving this unique beverage and can’t come to Cancun, you can get it through Amazon. Yep, that’s right, Amazon has everything.

Jet Lag and Motion Sickness for Travelers to Cancun Jun 21

Jet Lag

Your body is regulated by light/dark cycles that trigger the rhythmic release of hormones throughout the day. When you cross multiple time zones, you are exposed to light and darkness at uncommon times. As a result, your natural hormonal rhythms may be drastically disrupted, creating symptoms such as daytime fatigue, reduced mental and physical performance, irritability, or general malaise.

Fortunately, jet lag is typically reserved for individuals who have crossed multiple time zones. For practical purposes, travel from North America to the Baja California does not place you at much risk unless you are coming from the East Coast, Hawaii, or Europe. There is not much that can be done to reduce the symptoms of jet lag and often only time relieves them. Some recommendations include:

* Get a lot of sleep and rest in the days before you travel.
* Adapt as quickly as possible to the new time zone by waking and sleeping as others do I that time zone.
* Nap and rest between activities during the first few days after your arrival.
* If you are traveling west (and your day is increased), avoid prolonged periods of sleep. Try to take small naps instead.
* If you are taking a night flight, try to get good sleep on the plane.

Motion Sickness

Motion sickness is generally a genetic predisposition that affects people to varying degrees. If you become ill in the back seat of a moving vehicle, on a bumpy plane ride, or on the ocean, there are some maneuvers and medications that may lessen your symptoms. Sometimes, avoiding these situations is the best approach.

Motion sickness rarely affects children before age two, and tends to peak about the age of 12, becoming less noticeable over the years. Symptoms may include nausea, abdominal discomfort, dizziness or unsteadiness, drowsiness, cold sweats, and in -severe cases- even vomiting and dehydration. Factors that may increase your risk include fatigue, alcohol, certain drugs, anxiety, and exposure to foul smells.

If you are on a large aircraft, try to choose a seat over the center wing. The same goes for traveling by boat: try to position yourself in the center of the craft where there is less to-and-fro movement. Focus your vision on the horizon. In smaller boats it seems to make no difference where you are located. If you are in a car, try to sit in the front seat with the window open, focusing your gaze on the horizon.

Some medications have been found to be helpful, including Transderm Scop (scopolamine) Patches, Scopace tablets (scopolamine), Dramamine (dimenhydrinate), and Stutgeron (cinnarizine). While all of these will help, they do have inherent side effects common to their drug class, such as blurred vision, drowsiness, dry mouth, and dizziness. These medications are not recommended for use in children. Instead, you may safely use Benadryl (diphendydramine) for your child. Ginger or ginger root can help calm a queasy stomach.

From my friends at MedtoGo.

View more Health & Safety Tips at CancunMX.com

Vacationing in Cancun? Aug 14

If so, here is some legal advice that may come in handy. This was written by Robert H. Page, MD and Curtis P. Page, MD authors of the MEXICO: Health and Safety Travel Guide and the Healthy Traveler Regional Series www.medtogo.com.

If you run into legal trouble in Mexico, the U.S. and Canadian consulates may be able to provide limited assistance. Remember that the consulates have no legal jurisdiction in Mexico. Their main purpose is to provide you with information. As a visitor, you are subject to local Mexican law, which will interpret your actions and behavior. Mexican law is very different from U.S. or Canadian law.

If you are arrested in Mexico, ask the local authorities to contact the closest consulate. Consuls cannot act as your attorneys or have you released from custody; however, the consuls can work to protect your legitimate interests and ensure that you are treated in the same manner as Mexican prisoners. They can provide a list of attorneys and information on Mexico’s legal system, offer to contact the arrested person’s family or friends, visit on a regular basis, protest mistreatment, monitor jail conditions, offer dietary supplements, and keep the U.S. State Department or the Canadian government office informed of your situation.

There are basic differences between North American, Canadian and Mexican law and their judicial systems. For instance, in Mexico you are considered guilty until proven innocent, and you may be considered guilty of a crime by association. For example, if you are involved in a motor vehicle accident, you will be detained in a jail until the circumstances of the accident are resolved. This may mean a lengthy incarceration, even if you are not at fault. Also, if you pick up a hitchhiker who is later found with contraband or weapons in your presence, you may well be charged with a crime.

Jail conditions in Mexico are very poor. Food and medical care is substandard. If you want good food you will have to have someone from the outside bring it to you. You may be extorted by other prisoners and required to pay fees for protection. So, do your best to avoid any actions that could land you in a Mexican jail.

If you become hospitalized in Mexico and cannot pay your hospital bill you cannot be lawfully detained against your will. If this happens or is threatened, call the ministerio público (district attorney) for help. For your city or town’s district attorney’s phone number and address, you may refer to the emergency information section of each city listing.

Typically, you will have to sign a waiver of legal recourse on entrance to a hospital or emergency room. In many instances you will be required to pay in advance or leave a deposit. All too many Mexican hospitals have complained that they have treated foreigners who later skipped on paying their bills. This strict policy is a result of this unfortunate practice. It is your duty to pay your bill and seek reimbursement from your domestic insurer when you return home. Make sure that you request thorough documentation of your treatment from your Mexican doctor(s) or hospital.

Here is the address and phone number for the U.S. Consular Agency in Cancun:

United States Consular Agency РPlaza Caracol II, 3er. Piso KM 8.5 РZona Hotelera РCanc̼n, M̩xico 77500 Р011-52-998-883-0272

More Cancun tips can be viewed at www.cancunmx.com Click on “Traveler’s Resources” in the navigation bar. Tim