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History (part 3/3) During the caste war, refugees fled to the island. The mestizos founded San Miguel on the west coast and the Mayans settled at El Cedral. From mid-19th century to the beginning of the 20th, Cozumel´s economy boomed and it become an important port. The depression (1930´s) seriously affected the island economically, it bounced back during World War II putting Cozumel on the map. The U.S. built an air base for planes hunting U-boats in the mid-Atlantic and an airport was built. Drawn by the clear waters, frogmen came to train and returned home with stories of magnificent underwater vistas. Jacques Cousteau's declarations in 1960 about the richness of the coral reef surrounding the island made underwater enthusiasts aware of Cozumel's existence. By 1970, Cozumel's population quickly growth to 10,000 and today the island boasts a population of more than 75,000.


TIPS OF TRAVELING ATM Machines

They are located downtown in the banks.

Baggage

Always tag your bag with your home address and the hotel/address while you are in Cozumel. It has been known in Cancun (stop over) for baggage to be delayed and some�mes as a result, shipped to your des�na�on.

Cameras

You'll definitely want to take pictures so don't forget your camera. Disposable cameras are also great and even waterproof disposable cameras for snorkeling. There are lots of camera shops.

Sunscreen

Just like anywhere else that's tropical, the sun is very hot in Cozumel and sunscreen is recommended, especially for children. Be aware that na�onal ecological parks do not allow lo�ons in the water.

Driving

Be sure to understand the local traffic laws. The main hotel strip is a two-way road but the streets downtown are mainly one way. Obey the traffic rules and signs. During high season, the roads are flooded with taxis, scooters, bicycles and rental cars so if you plan to be on the road solo, be on the lookout.

Parking

Red lines on the street curve means no parking. Parking �ckets are becoming more common.

Scooters

You can’t buy insurance when ren�ng scooters. Having addi�onal insurance is a good idea. Also be careful on the roads because of the heavy and fast traffic.

Time Zone

Cozumel is in central �me zone.

Tipping

It is customary to �p 10-15% in restaurants. Tipping taxi drivers is not common but is appreciated. In large resorts, �ps are included but �pping the maid at the end of your stay is common. For those new to scuba diving, captains (boat driver) should be �pped and even dive masters (especially to those that work for large dive shops).

Water

Cozumel has a very good purified water system. The large hotels have a complete purified water system but some of the smaller hotels do not. It never hurts to take extra precau�ons: drink only bo�led water or purified water in restaurants.


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BIODIVERSITY With their crystal-clear water and incredible variety of marine life, Cozumel's reefs offer an underwater experience you won't soon forget. The waters surrounding the island are so clear that visibility can be up to 250 feet, opening up a world of beauty unlike any other. As many as 250 different species of fish can be seen in Cozumel's waters; one of the most spectacular is the Queen Angelfish, possessing bright blue-and-yellow markings and the distinctive blue "crown" on the top of the head. You can even catch a glimpse of the Toad fish, found nowhere else in the world. Making it's home in the holes along the reef, this fish grows from 12 to 16 inches in length. It has the distinction of being one of the world's fastest eaters: it can capture and eat a whole fish in milliseconds- faster than the blink of an eye! In addition to the colorful fish, Cozumel boasts some of the biggest and most spectacular sponge formations in the world. Fed by a continuous current bringing a steady supply of food to the reefs, some sponges, such as the Elephant Ear sponge, can grow as large as 12 feet across. Other sponges, like the Barrel sponge, gain considerable size as well. On the surface Cozumel has a number of unusual features and include certain endemic species, such as the dwarf raccoon(procyon pygmaeus) and the Cozumel wren(nasua nelsoni) Migratory birds also rely heavily on the richly productive feeding grounds of the reef, which supports populations of magnifimagnificent frigate birds, brown pelican, olivaceous cormorant, and many others. The prehisprehistoric iguana and the crocodile are the state's largest lizards and there are a host of amphibians, tree frogs are particularly colorcolorful, their bright hues a warning to predators.


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