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.

Positioned on the island of Cozumel, Dzul Ha is on the West coast of the island, You might want to drop by even if you are not staying very close. Peace and quiet is what you'll find at the majority of Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean's beaches, but the ambiance at Dzul Ha is one of both seclusion and activity; this means you can relax without having to travel too far from the buzz of the city.

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.

Unfortunately, public restrooms aren't available, though you may be able to use the facilities at a nearby business.

What's Nearby

Attractions

Beachgoers will find Dzul Ha on the West coast of Cozumel. It is near Arte de Origen, which is not far from away. Some will choose to walk here, while others will want to take a taxi, and it is among the attractions in the area.

If you're looking for plenty of activities to keep you or your family busy, this beach isn't far from any of the items in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Dzul Ha
Attraction Type Distance Direction
Arte de Origen Art Gallery 1.3 mi. NE Cozumel
Gallery Azul Art Gallery 4.3 mi. NE Cozumel
Cozumel Country Club Golf Course 7.0 mi. NE Cozumel

Cities and Towns

Dzul Ha is close to San Miguel, so a trip into the city——for snacks, drinks, and other attractions——is a convenient option. Those visiting Dzul Ha who are seeking other opportunities for exploration might think about making the trip to San Miguel, which is close-by and is an active, busy area.

Hotels

Whether or not you encounter a lot of other visitors will depend on how many hotel guests decide to make the trip as well. You can generally expect to see a fair amount of travelers staying at the closest accommodations.

Because the beach is located in a relatively touristed area, it is not usually all that tough to find a hotel close-by that suits your needs. If you're hoping to find a place that's on or near the water, the following table lists the closest accommodation options to Dzul Ha.

Accommodations near Dzul Ha
Hotel Distance Direction Type
InterContinental Hotels Presidente Cozumel Resort Spa 0.2 mi. NE 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
Suites Colonial -- -- Hotel

Food

One of the best ways to round off a laid-back trek to the beach is to visit an area restaurant, where you can try foods you've never heard of before, without having to stray too far. One of the closest places to eat is El Caribeño. The restaurant has a menu featuring Mexican cuisine. They have become well-known, however, because of their seafood.

Restaurants closest to this beach are shown in the following table.

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 (987) 872-0188 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, which is an additional nearby Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean destination.

Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean has so much to offer, and Dzul Ha offers just one way to spend time outdoors.

 

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