Cozumel is a beautiful resort island and town across from Playa del Carmen. Known to the Maya as "Ah-cuzamil" ("land of the swallows") it is a popular tourist destination for  its ecotourism activities, marine biodiversity & underwater gardens.
The island is surrounded by a diverse ecosystem of coral reefs that is home to more than 1,000 marine species, the area known as the Isla Cozumel Biosphere Reserve is protected by UNESCO. The reserve also protects the haven of untouched Mangrove that covers a large area of the island.