Benito Juárez Municipality, Quintana Roo
|Quintana Roo State Est.||1974|
|Named for||Benito Juárez|
|• Municipal President||Julián Ricalde Magaña|
|• Municipality||1,664 km2 (642 sq mi)|
|Elevation||10 m (30 ft)|
|• Density||400/km2 (1,000/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CST (UTC−6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC−5)|
|Major Airport||Cancún International Airport|
|Municipalities of Quintana Roo|
Benito Juárez is one of the ten municipalities of the Mexican state of Quintana Roo. Most of its population reside in the municipal seat, Cancún. It is named after the 19th century president and statesman Benito Juárez.
Benito Juárez is located in the north of the state with the Caribbean Sea as its eastern border. On its other borders there are the municipalities of Isla Mujeres to the north Solidaridad to the south, and Lázaro Cárdenas to the west. The municipality covers an area 1,664 square kilometers which is 3.27% of the territory of the state.
The 2010 census enumerated 295 populated localities and 272 unpopulated localities. The largest are as follows:
|Alfredo V. Bonfil||14,900|
|Colonia Chiapaneca Siglo XXI||275|
|Lagos del Sol||156|
Puerto Juárez, the primary location of the original population of the area before the founding of the city of Cancún, was considered a separate location from 1960 until 1990, when it was abolished as such and incorporated as one of Cancún's districts.
The Mayan culture occupied the territory and they are still subsisting. In Cancún are different types of archeological monuments like "Ruinas de el Rey". At the time the town of Cancún was founded (1902) the majority of its business activity was the production and export gum and "palo de tinte". They transported it to Puerto Morelos for the translation to Cozumel and from there it was exported to other countries.
After World War II gum production dropped. In the 1960s, other commercial activities were started. In the 1960s the "island of Cancún" was only occupied at certain times of the year, however by 1974 the first hotel was opened in what is now known as the Hotel Zone. This was also the year Quintana Roo that was recognized as a state. At the time Benito Juarez was founded it was part the Isla Mujeres territory.
The principal businesses in this municipality are hotels, restaurants, travel agencies and tourist transportation.
- Primary……………….3.7% (agriculture, hunting, fishing)
- Secondary…………….6.0% (manufacturing, construction, electricity)
- Tertiary……………….90.3% (trade, tourism)
Julián Javier Ricalde Magaña (PRD) 2011-2013
Gregorio Sánchez Martínez (PRD) 2008-2010