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.

Situated just outside the heart of the island of Cozumel, Dzul Ha is on the West edge of the island, You should consider stopping by regardless of whether you are staying very close. If there's one beach that appeals to a large rage of visitors, it's Dzul Ha, since it's fun and active, but usually not over-crowded. If you're not fond of the atmosphere and empty, quiet beaches, but also want a little space to spread out, Dzul Ha is worth a visit.

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, though you may be able to use the facilities at a nearby business.

What's Nearby

Attractions

This spot is on the West coast of Cozumel; it's located near attractions like Arte de Origen, which is a short distance away away.

There are options for close-by activities so you won't run out of things to do. The attractions nearest to this beach are listed 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 very close to San Miguel, so you can explore the city as part of your day at the beach. Tourists at Dzul Ha who are looking for a little additional excitement will want to think about checking out San Miguel, because it's nearby and is a particularly busy area of Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean.

Hotels

Whether or not you encounter a lot of other visitors will be influenced by everything from the time of day to the capacity of nearby hotels. At this beach, you can expect to encounter a fair number of other guests who are staying close by.

Since this beach is situated in a pretty popular vacation spot, it shouldn't be that tough to find a hotel close-by that suits you tastes. For those hoping to get a place that's near the beach, the table that follows lists the accommodation options closest 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

A hot day at the beach will have you craving more than just a cocktail; no beach day is complete until you eat at a nearby restaurant, where you'll be able to sample the local chefs' favorite dishes, without going too far from the coast. One of the nearest places to eat is El Caribeño. This restaurant has a menu featuring Mexican food. They're also renowned for their seafood.

Some nearby restaurant options are included 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

There are plenty of beautiful beach locations to choose from on Cozumel, and Dzul Ha is just one option.

You may also want to consider Playa Corona, which is close-by and another fun spot in Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean.

Cancun and the Mexican Caribbean offers endless ways to discover its natural beauty, so visiting Dzul Ha is just one way you can enjoy a sunny afternoon.

 

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