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Cozumel

(kōzə`mel), resort island, c.190 sq mi (490 sq km), Quintana Roo state, Mexico, in the Caribbean Sea off the E coast of the Yucatán peninsula. It is famed for its beaches and coral reef (declared a national park in 1996). The island was inhabited by the Maya before it was visited by Spanish explorer Fernández de CórdobaFernández de Córdoba, Francisco
, d. 1518?, Spanish explorer in Mexico. Sailing from Cuba on a slave hunt, he discovered Yucatán in 1517. He died from wounds received in a battle with the Maya. His explorations were furthered by Juan de Grijalva.
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 (1517) and by conquistador Hernán CortesCortes
, representative assembly in Spain. The institution originated (12th–13th cent.) in various Spanish regions with the Christian reconquest; until the 19th cent.
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 in 1519. Long a favored destination for sports diving, the island was not extensively developed for tourism until the 1960s. It is now a popular cruise and tourist destination; the mostly unpopulated northern shore and adjoining waters were declared a nature reserve in 2012. Cozumel suffered extensive damage from Hurricane Wilma in 2005.
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Boa constrictor, an introduced predator threatening the endemic fauna on Cozumel Island, Mexico.
In 2003 Playa del Carmen, the Caribbean beach town opposite Cozumel island, became one of the first ports in the region to reject a cruise ship dock unless the industry paid a fee for local development.
It was centred 325 miles south-east of Mexico's Cozumel island.
Nasua nelsoni is a diurnal mammal that lives only on Mexico's Cozumel Island in the Caribbean Sea.
The leader is Playa del Carmen originally a fishing village offering access to Cozumel island.
He will brave 35 miles of open waters from Cozumel Island to mainland Cancun, 14 miles longer than a crossing of the English Channel.
The popular tourist resorts of Cozumel Island and Cancun are in the predicted path of the storm.
While the resort itself is perfect for watersports, Cozumel Island, a few miles offshore, is rated as one of the country's best dive sites, with its spectacular coral reefs.
com)-- Golfers from around the world will gather in Cozumel, May 2 - 4, 2014, for the 6th Annual Cozumel Island Golf Tournament, a weekend of golf-related activities at Presidente InterContinental Cozumel Resort & Spa culminating with the May 3rd tournament on the island's prestigious Cozumel Country Club golf course.
In town, good bets for visitor information are the Cozumel Island Hotel Association at Calle a Norte 15a, Tel.
Part of a weekend full of golf activities, golfers will take on the Cozumel Country Club's 6,734-yard, par 72 course, a layout carefully sculpted from the native jungle and beautiful mangroves and lakes on the northern end of Cozumel Island.
As part of InterContinental Hotels & Resort's Responsible Business Week 2012 and inspired by National Geographic's support of UNESCO's World Heritage and sustainable tourism initiative “People Protecting Places,” employees of Presidente InterContinental Cozumel Resort & Spa participated in several activities to enhance and preserve Cozumel Island for future generations.