Updated: Mar 17, 2020
Cozumel is an important place for a lot of people, and other organisms. Since Jacques Cousteau raved about its reefs in 1961, decades of divers have flocked to this Yucatan island to marvel at its gin-clear visibility, colorful corals, and abundant tropical fish.
Mexico is proud that Cozumel’s long-standing marine park preserves some of the healthiest parts of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef. Scientists value Cozumel for its contribution to research and biodiversity. The island’s locals know that tourism and fishing are the two pillars of their economy. And endangered sea turtles, 105 coral species, and 262 fish species call Cozumel home.