Dzul Ha

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Dzul-Ha, pronounced Zool-Ha, is known as one of the best beaches on Cozumel for snorkeling. This is really saying something for an island that attracts droves of tourists specifically to swim the reefs. The reason it is so popular amongst snorkelers is because the reef is close enough to access from shore without the necessity of a boat or tour group. On shore, lockers are available for a small fee, and there is even a swimming pool for those who don't enjoy swimming in the sea but still want a view. If you do go snorkeling or swimming, make sure to wear swim shoes and avoid stepping on any rocks or urchins.

Located on the island of Cozumel, Dzul Ha is on the West coast of the island, You might want to drop by even if you aren't staying very close. Dzul Ha is a hidden gem to some travelers: it offers an upbeat, social atmosphere, but is never too crowded. If you prefer to avoid Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean's quiet, secluded beaches, but don't want to fight for a spot on the sand, Dzul Ha offers a good middle ground.

How to Access The Beach

To drive to Dzul-Ha, take the main road south. You will see a sign that says "Parque Chankanaab 3.3km," and past El Presidente you will take a left turn. Follow the road to the beach.

If you take a cab, asked to be dropped off at Club del Sol rather than Dzul Ha in order to save money on cab fare.

Amenities and Ambiance

The shores of Dzul Ha are only minimally sandy. Rather, the beach is covered in coral rock and sea urchins once you hit water.

Please note that public restrooms are not available, so if you're visiting with small children you might want to consider a different location.

What's Nearby


Visitors will find this beach on the West coast of Cozumel; this area boasts other attractions such as Arte de Origen, which is a short distance away to the northeast.

With the choice of exciting activities nearby, you'll never run low on things to do. The following table contains a list of the closest attractions.

Activities and Attractions Near Dzul Ha
Attraction Type Distance Direction
Arte de Origen Art Gallery 1.3 NE Cozumel
Chankannab Adventure Park Amusement/Theme Park 1.4 SSW Cozumel
Gallery Azul Art Gallery 4.3 NE Cozumel
Mr. Sanchos Beach Club Amusement/Theme Park 5.6 SSW Cozumel
Cozumel Country Club Golf Course 7.0 NE Cozumel

Cities and Towns

Guests visiting Dzul Ha who are hoping to find other opportunities for exploration might consider heading over to San Miguel, which is close-by and is a particularly bustling part of Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean.


The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, it depends on several things: the season, the weather, even how packed the nearby hotels are. At this beach, you can expect to encounter a fair number of travelers staying at the closest accommodations.

Travelers seeking a place to stay not far from Dzul Ha won't have a tough time, as there are lots of accommodations to pick from in the area. You will find the closest, most convenient hotel booking options by viewing what's listed in the table below.

Accommodations near Dzul Ha
Hotel Distance Direction Type
InterContinental Hotels Presidente Cozumel Resort Spa 0.2 mi. NE Resort
Fiesta Americana Cozumel Dive Resort 0.7 mi. SSW Resort
El Cid La Ceiba Beach Hotel 1.4 mi. NE Resort
Park Royal Cozumel -- -- Resort
Casa del Mar Cozumel 1.6 mi. NE Hotel
Hotel Casa Del Mar 1.6 mi. NE Hotel
Villa Maya 2.0 mi. NE Lodge
Villablanca Garden Beach Hotel 2.1 mi. NE Hotel
Blue Angel Resort 2.9 mi. NE Hotel
Scuba Club Cozumel 3.0 mi. NE Resort


Even after a restful afternoon at the beach, the day isn't truly complete until you visit a local restaurant, where you'll be able to try foods you've never heard of before, within just a few miles of this shoreline. One of the closest places to eat is El Caribeño. This restaurant has Mexican cuisine. They are also known for serving seafood.

The following table provides a list of restaurants closest to this beach.

Restaurants near Dzul Ha
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
El Caribeño (987) 872-9500 Mexican Very Casual 0.2 mi. NE
Sam's Wok Chinese -- Chinese -- 1.2 mi. NE
Ernesto's Fajita Factory -- Mexican -- -- --
Coral Reef Restaurant -- International Informal 1.6 mi. NE
The Grill -- Mexican -- -- --
Hogtown Cafe -- International -- -- --
Hard Rock Cafe Cozumel -- American, International Very Casual 2.0 mi. NE
Temptations -- -- -- 2.0 mi. NE
Nemos (987) 872-0730 Continental Informal 2.1 mi. NE
Blue Angel Restaurant -- Mexican Very Casual 2.9 mi. NE
Mesa 17 -- -- Fine Dining 3.2 mi. NE
El Turix -- Mexican -- 3.2 mi. NE

Other Beaches

Of course, you'll find other beaches besides Dzul Ha on Cozumel.

Another option worth considering is Playa Corona, another great Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean beach site.

Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean offers endless ways to discover its natural beauty, and Dzul Ha offers just one way to spend time outdoors.


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