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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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Wilma was centred 195 miles south-east of Mexico's Cozumel Island.
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At Paradise Reef, Cozumel Island, off Mexico's Yucatan peninsula, made famous by Jacques Cousteau, the developer Grupo Consortio H is building a pier for cruise ships in alleged violation of environmental laws, and against strong local and international opinion.
The leader is Playa del Carmen originally a fishing village offering access to Cozumel island. Now its a laid-back resort with a Mediterranean atmosphere, in contrast to the American style of Cancuns Hotel Zone.
Cozumel, Mexico, December 11, 2013 --(PR.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.
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.
In town, good bets for visitor information are the Cozumel Island Hotel Association at Calle a Norte 15a, Tel.: (987) 872-2809; or the state tourism office on the top floor of Plaza del Sol off the main square, Tel.: (987) 872-0972.
Cozumel, Mexico, February 28, 2013 --(PR.com)-- The Caribbean's premier golf event is returning to the Island of Cozumel as the 5th International Cozumel Island Golf Tournament opens for men's and ladies play on Saturday, May 4 at the prestigious Jack Nicklaus-designed Cozumel Country Club.
Cozumel, Mexico, February 22, 2013 --(PR.com)-- The Caribbean's premier golf event is returning to the Island of Cozumel as the 5th International Cozumel Island Golf Tournament opens for men's and ladies play on Saturday, May 4 at the prestigious Jack Nicklaus-designed Cozumel Country Club.