What is the time zone of Costa Rica?

Costa Rica is in the Central Time zone. All places including the capital San José have the same time, there are no exceptions. The country is not observing daylight savings so the clock remains unchanged during the year.

  • Central Standard Time (CST):– 6:00 UTC (behind)

costa rica time zone map
central america time zone map
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Time of neighboring islands and countries

You might change time zones when traveling outside Costa Rica.

To Nicaragua:

  • There is no time difference as it’s is in the same time zone all year round.

To Panama:

  • When crossing the border with Panama you will enter the Eastern Time zone, which is +1 hour (ahead)

Costa Rica Daylight Savings Time (DST)

There is no daylight savings time.

Other countries in Central America

You can check out information and maps of other Central American countries by clicking below links.

Pacific Time Mountain Time Central Time Eastern Time Atlantic Time
Mexico * Mexico * Mexico * Panama
Costa Rica
El Salvador
* = multiple time zones