Welcome to Destination MexicoTravel Tips - Useful Information


  • In Mexico it is highly recommended to drink bottled water as opposed to the tap water.

  • Mexico uses three time zones. Most of the country uses Central Standard Time. The Mexican states of Chihuahua, Nayarit, Sonora, Sinaloa and Baja California Sur use Mountain Standard Time and Baja California Norte uses Pacific Standard Time.

    Daylight Saving Time begins at 2:00 a.m. local time on the first Sunday in April. On the last Sunday in October areas on Daylight Saving Time fall back to Standard Time at 2:00 a.m.

    The names of each time zone change along with Daylight Saving Time. Central Standard Time (CST) becomes Central Daylight Time (CDT), etc...

    The state of Sonora does not observe Daylight Saving Time.
  • Systems of Measurement: Metric (for distances), Celsius (for temperatures), and the 60-cycle, 120-volt system (for electricity).
  • Generally, you should tip waiters, bellhops, skycaps (about US$1 per bag), tourist guides and valet parking attendants. In restaurants, leave 10% or 15% of the bill. Taxi drivers usually don't expect tips.


  • To rent a car in Mexico you must be at least 25 years of age, have a valid driver's license and a major credit card. Be sure to reserve your vehicle before you leave home; this will ensure you the lowest rate and availability.

  • Click here for: Important/Emergency Telephone Numbers in Mexico

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