Cozumel, a Caribbean island 19 km (12 mi) east of the Quintana Roo coast, is Mexico's largest island with a territorial extension of 647.33 km2 (258.93 mi2). The average temperature is 26º C (79º F) and the climate is warm and humid, with strong rainfall in the summer.
The island is covered with lush jungle vegetation and surrounded by rocky coastlines, white-sand beaches, lagoons and mangroves. The waters encircling the island have an impressive group of coral reefs that are part of the Great Mayan Reef, the second largest reef system in the world. Marine reserves of great ecological importance, such as Parque Marino Nacional Arrecifes de Cozumel (Cozumel National Reef Marine Park) and Parque Natural Chankanaab (Chankanaab Nature Park), were created to protect areas with a wide diversity of marine life, and they have drawn the attention of researchers and marine biologists such as Jacques Cousteau. Moreover, they are great places to do scuba diving and ecotourism outings.
The island's only town is San Miguel de Cozumel, which has a relaxed Caribbean atmosphere and Mexico's most important international cruise dock. Tourists flock to Cozumel looking for the peace, quiet and comfort that the island's hotel zone offers. During your stay, you can also enjoy excellent golf courses, spas, and restaurants serving up a wide array of regional fish and seafood dishes. And of course there's the thriving nightlife in the bars, where one can drink national and exotic beverages with new friends under a moonlit sky.
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