Caribbean time zones:

EST – Eastern Standard Time


Only some locations are currently on EST, because most places in this time zone are currently on Daylight Saving Time.

Locations that are on EST part of the year are currently on EDT (Eastern Daylight Time).

Current time in Kingston

Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 11:52:29 PM EST

Kingston is on EST all of year 2014

Locations going to EST later

Current time in Nassau: Sunday, September 21, 2014 at 12:52:29 AM EDT
Nassau will stay on EDT until Sunday, November 2, 2014 going to EST

Find local time and time zone for a location

We recommend looking up by location name, not time zone name.

Time zone offset: UTC - 5 hours

EST is 5 hours behind of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC)

Note that some places observe daylight saving time/summer time during summer, and are therefore using EDT instead in the summer. See below for details.

Time zone abbreviations: EST, HNE, ET

Full name is Eastern Standard Time
HNE – Heure Normale de l'Est (French)
ET – Tiempo del Este (Spanish)

Email time zone indicator: -0500

An email sent from someone in the EST time zone will have the time zone listed as "-0500" in the headers of the email. (However, "-0500" does not have to be in EST, as other time zones could have the same UTC offset).

For actual dates DST might be observed, look at the examples below

Where and when is EST observed?

Areas using EST in the winter and EDT during the summer

EST is used all year

Time zone maps are under development and will be available later

Example locations in EST

Other time zones in Caribbean

Go directly through the links below, or see the Caribbean time zone list

Time zones in other regions

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