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Time zones in Central America

Central America is a region located in the southern part of North America, comprising the countries between Mexico and South America. The time zones in Central America are as follows:

  • UTC-06:00: This time zone is observed in Belize and Honduras.
  • UTC-07:00: This time zone is observed in Guatemala, El Salvador, and Nicaragua.
  • UTC-08:00: This time zone is observed in Costa Rica and Panama.

Many countries in Central America observe Daylight Saving Time (DST), which temporarily shifts the standard time in a region by one hour during certain parts of the year. This is done to make better use of sunlight during the longer days of summer. Some Central American countries that observe DST include Costa Rica, El Salvador, and Guatemala.

Central America is located in the tropics, and it has a warm, humid climate. The region is home to a diverse range of plant and animal species, and it is an important corridor for the movement of people, goods, and ideas between North and South America.

Move your cursor above that Central American country you want to see the current time for and click to view the time zone and your actual time details.


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The following table lists the Central American time zone abbreviations.

Abbreviation Full name Other abbreviations Timezone
CST Central Standard Time HNC UTC – 6 hours
EST Eastern Standard Time HNE, ET UTC – 5 hours

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