What To Do With An Extra Hour In Cancun

The state of Quintana Roo is switching time zones—here's what to do to soak up the sun


Cancun now enjoys an extra hour of daylight, as the state of Quintana Roo officially changes time zones from Central Standard Time (CST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST).

For the local hotels and businesses, this will help save on electricity. For you? The longer evening will mean you can stretch out your plans, and still have more time to wander down to the beach and watch the sunset.

Here are four outdoor activities to help you burn daylight.

Hit the golf course

Cancun has great golf courses, and that extra hour means you can squeeze in an extra few holes before sunset, or push back your tee time. Check out the world-class, Jack Nicklaus designed Riviera Cancun Golf Course, or the El Camaleon Mayakoba Golf Club, which includes jungle, mangroves and oceanfront stretches of sand.

Soak up an extra hour on the beach

With extra time in your day, you can make a trip to find some extra-special beaches. If it’s a party scene you like, head to Playa Chac Mool, located at Kilometre 10 in the Hotel Zone near Punta Cancun. The entrance is across the street from Senor Frog’s. If you want quiet, seek out the soft white sand and turquoise waters of the more peaceful Playa Marlin (located at Kilometre 13) for amazing views.

Book an excursion

If you have an extra hour, there’s more time to schedule in an all-day catamaran cruise, go deep-sea fishing, or head out for a mangrove tour on a speedboat (Aquafun offers tours). Another fun option is snorkeling at the Cancun Underwater Museum MUSA; you take a high-speed boat ride out to the site (just off the coast of Isla Mujeres) and snorkel among the more than 400 life-sized figures arranged on the sandy bottom. There will still be time to relax by the pool when you get back.

Head for the Mayan ruins

Sometimes it’s hard to tear yourself away from the resort, but now you’ll have extra travel time in your day. Take a trip to Chichen Itza, the capital of the ancient Maya area, and take your time exploring the many temples and ruins. It’s a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. 

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