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The island is about 48 km (30 mi) long and 16 km (9.9 mi) wide, and is Mexico’s largest Caribbean island. It is Mexico’s third-largest island, following Tiburón Island and Isla Ángel de la Guarda islands in Baja California. Cozumel is located some 10 km (6.2 mi) from the mainland, and 90 km (56 mi) south of Cancun and is easily reachable by regular fast water taxis or regular ferry services.

The vast majority of the population of Cozumel lives in the town of San Miguel which has an approximate population of 78,000 and is on the island’s western shore. The municipality, which includes two small areas on the mainland situated within the Municipality of Solidaridad with a land area of 10.423 km² (4.024 sq mi), has a total land area of 647.33 km² (249.93 sq mi) making it a relatively large island despite it’s the often mistaken concept of it being tiny.

The land area is covered with an impenetrable jungle which has many endemic animal species. Cozumel Island, including offshore islets, has a further land area of 477.961 km2 (184.542 sq mi). The island is extremely popular year round and is a favorite excursion from the Cancun Hotel Zone.

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