Time Zone in Puerto Rico

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What time zone is Puerto Rico in?

Puerto Rico is in the Atlantic time zone, sharing this designation with the Caribbean islands and some provinces of Canada like New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. No portion of the United States shares the Atlantic Time Zone except Puerto Rico and the Virgin Island territories.


Puerto Rico standard time is 4 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT-4) and for half the year, Puerto Rico has the same time as Florida or New York, (Eastern Time). However, Puerto Rico does not observe Daylight Savings Time, so you will find yourself waking up an hour earlier than the Eastern U.S. mainland.

Daylight Savings Time takes place in the summer for most of the U.S. beginning at 2:00 AM on the second Sunday in March until the first Sunday in November.

Daylight Savings Time was created to take advantage of the most light during the seasons, but has run into some controversy over the years and is now considered among many to be an outdated system. If you are one of those people, living in Puerto Rico may be a good choice. Not only will you forgo the dreaded changing of the clocks, you will also benefit from waking up earlier for work than most of the U.S. for half the year. This is particularly beneficial for people who work from home and have online business.

Once you’ve settled down in Puerto Rico, the thing to remember is that it’s Atlantic Standard Time all year round and that this beautiful archipelago, unlike the US does not observe Daylight Saving Time.

Business Hours in Puerto Rico 

For further reference you should know that majority of business offices and establishments operate from 8:30 or 9am to 5pm Monday through Friday. Government offices start their day at 8:30 am till 4:30pm while banking hours are from 9:30am to 3:30pm.

Shopping malls and department stores are open Monday through Thursday and Saturday from 8am to 6pm. Some stores will give you a longer shopping time on Fridays, open from 8am to 9pm. On Sundays you may also find many stores open but usually only from 11am to 5 pm.

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