The capital of Mexico is Mexico City, its official language is Spanish although Native American languages are spoken and the country has a population of 112.3 million people. The Spanish explorer Hernán Cortés came from Spain in 1519 but was not fought by the Aztecs as they believed him to be the returned Quetzalcoatl.
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You may miss an important obligation, or connections with scheduled transport, simply by not understanding what will be the correct local time as you travel. Crossing the International Date Line can cause confusion about on what date you'll arrive, e.g., Starting a 12–15 hour flight from the U.S. west coast to Japan or Hong Kong in late evening can land you there in the morning two calendar days later.
For example a typical flight from Sydney to LA will take off at lunchtime and land early in the morning on the same calendar date! This also occurs for short flights from an earlier to a later time zone, for instance from Minsk to Warsaw, though in those cases you will generally arrive less than an hour before you started.
If your travel has timezone complexities or possible impacts on your health or comfort, consult an expert as you plan it. You may find that on your way out, you are fine after just a couple of days, but you will really notice the recovery period on your way home.
You can aid the process a bit by trying to operate on your new local time as early as possible, and spending the daylight hours first few days in your new timezone outdoors. As can be seen on the map above, some time -zones seem to defy logic and were mostly drawn by national or regional governments to make commerce and administration easier.
There's a 21-hour time difference between the Diomedes Islands, a mere 3 km (1.9 mi) apart but separated by the International Date Line. Most tropical countries see absolutely no need for DST, keeping standard time year round.
Sometimes, one country makes a political decision to start daylight savings time early during a conflict or an energy crisis; the US did this during the 1973-74 oil embargo, leaving the Thousand Islands briefly in two different time zones and disrupting TV/radio broadcast schedules. A handful of time zones differ from UTC not by full hours but by (usually) some other multiple of 15 minutes.
21:50, Timioara, Romania13:52, Seligenstadt, Germany17:24, Buenos Aires, Argentina 15:20, Independence Hall, Philadelphia, USA Bahamas Brazil : Acre Canada (Eastern Time): Nunavut, most of Ontario, most of Quebec. This zone runs from Antipasti (63°W) past Thunder Bay (so westward to 90°W), to include most of Canada's population and the entire beaten-path Windsor-Quebec corridor.
Cayman Islands Colombia Cuba Ecuador Haiti Jamaica Mexico Panama Peru United States of America (“Eastern Time “): Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, Michigan except extreme northwestern counties, Indiana except the southwest and northwest corners, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, eastern Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia, Washington, D.C., Maryland, Delaware, eastern Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia, South Carolina, Florida except western part of panhandle. Belize Canada (“Central Time “): Manitoba, Saskatchewan except for the region around Lloyd minster, part of north-western Ontario.
Chile : Easter Island Costa Rica Ecuador : Galápagos Islands El Salvador Guatemala Honduras Mexico Nicaragua United States of America (Central Time): Wisconsin, Illinois, the southwest and northwest corners of Indiana, western Kentucky, western and middle Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, north and east North Dakota, eastern South Dakota, middle and eastern Nebraska, most of Kansas, Oklahoma, most of Texas, part of western Florida (panhandle). Canada (Mountain Time): Alberta, small eastern portion of British Columbia, both sides of Lloyd minster, which lies on the Alberta–Saskatchewan border Mexico : Baja California Sur : Chihuahua, Nayarit, Sinaloa, Sonora.
United States of America (Mountain Time): southwest North Dakota, western South Dakota, western Nebraska, a sliver of Kansas, Montana, a sliver of Oregon, southern Idaho, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, a corner of Texas. Over the past 10 years, I’ve personally walked the beaches of Mexico’s Caribbean coast during seaweed season many times.
Sargasso is a type of brown algae that generally lies in the open ocean in the Sargasso Sea in the North Atlantic. Wrapped by ocean currents, this mat of seaweed floats on the surface of the water and serves as a resting area and spawning ground for a vast array of life from eels to sea turtles.
The seaweed when floating at the top of hot, shallow waters, can start to play host to microbes and strains of bacteria the skin is not accustomed to coming in contact with. With freshwater as well as saltwater swimmers should watch out for the growth of Cyanobacteria (which can normally be seen changing the water’s color to light green).
According to an interview in the San Pedro Sun with Eric Navarro, Administrator at the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Polyclinic II in Belize, inhaling small doses of the gas can trigger irritation of the eyes, respiratory issues and nausea, especially among at-risk people such as those with asthma, the elderly, infants and pregnant women. Another health risk to swimming with large quantities of Sargasso seaweed is the potential for skin irritations and rashes.
A red tide is a bloom of algae that discolors coastal waters and releases dangerous toxins. However, the state of Quintana Roo has been working hard on developing strategies to cope with these issues which are posing an environmental problem and preventing people from enjoying the coast’s famous beaches.
In addition to aerial surveillance, they have issued contracts to hire companies to collect and dispose of the seaweed. No Sargasso at the Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Canute quantities of seaweed in Cancun and along the Caribbean coast will vary depending upon ocean currents, the size of the Sargasso seaweed mat, seasonality, ocean currents and wind conditions.
In January 2020, the Yucatán Times reported large quantities of algae in Petrovich Bay, in Puerto Morelos, Record Beach, in the municipality of Solidaridad (Playa del Carmen), as well as Junta Mosquitos on Hotbox Island. There is a ferry to Islam Murals departing from the pier between the Rio and the Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun.
An advantage of Coral Beach is that the waters are calm and the entry is gradual with no steep drop-off, making it ideal for those who aren’t expert swimmers. A report by Brigitte INE van Tussenbroek, an ocean researcher from the Institute of Marine Sciences and Sinology at the National Autonomous University (NAM) suggested that large quantities of Sargasso seaweed would return to Mexico’s Caribbean coast in 2019.
Whether it landed in Cancun, Chetumal or the Riviera Maya depended much upon atmospheric conditions such as trade winds. In 2019, the government of Quintana Roo issued an emergency declaration for the coasts of the municipalities of Lazaro Cárdenas, Islam Murals, Benito Juárez, Puerto Morelos, Cozumel, Solidaridad, Tulum, Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Scalar and Othón P. Blanco.
Declaring a State of Emergency enabled local authorities to access funding to combat the volume of seaweed by removing accumulations and blocking it by various methods. Chetumal and Playa del Carmen were hit the worst, but by September 2020 there was little Sargasso seaweed along the coast except for patches in Puerto Morelos.
It’s important to note that from Tulum to Cancun seaweed conditions can change daily depending on tides and water temperature. If you travel to the Caribbean coast of Mexico outside that time period you can generally expect to avoid large mats of seaweed on the beaches.
(Credit Red de Monitoreo del Sargasso Cancun)However if you are planning a vacation during seaweed season (May to October), monitor current seaweed conditions throughout the Caribbean, Mexico and the Gulf of Mexico by consulting the following resources: Check the forecast at the University of South Florida’s Outlook of Sargasso blooms in the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico.
Originally created in 2013 to help with forecasting of the large Sargasso landings in Texas, by 2017 the SEAS project had expanded to provide forecasting for the Gulf Coast, Mexico, Grand Cayman, Jamaica, Haiti, Saga, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and many other Caribbean islands. This not-for-profit group is made up of engineers, biologists and other experts who are volunteering their time to provide monitoring expertise and services.