Quality of Life, Running/Swimming Venues

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  1. V

    V I can choose my own title Registered Member

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    We know of the nice park in SM15, and we often use the jogging/biking path, in the hotel zone, for running/walking.

    Where are some other places, not too far from the entrance to the hotel zone, that offer a nice setting for morning exercise?
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    What publicly accessible beaches would you suggest as a good place for swimming for exercise?

    Has anyone found a public pool that is well maintained, and not too crowded for swimming laps?
     
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    We often go running and biking in Puerto Juarez, starting just before the new complex (Puerto Del Mar) and all the way up, past El Meco Ruins and either to the old roundabout at the end of the road or we go left and carry on, heading towards Punta Sam, until we get to the last big roundabout before the rough road starts (that takes you to Isla Blanca), it's about 12k each way. It's possibly one of the quietest roads in the whole of Cancun that is of any distance, hardly any cars once you get past Bluebay hotel.

    Personally, if you don't mind driving a bit, i would say run in the hotel zone but right down at the end, past El Mirador as it's quieter and you get some fantastic views.

    As for public swimming pools, i didn't know there were any, only ones at clubs and schools, i think there is one at Leonardo Da Vinci (School with helecopter outside?) that you can just pay to go and have lessons, not sure if you can just go and jump in the pool and do laps?

    Club Albatross (past Grand Plaza) has a great pool, although it cost us like 11,000 pesos for the membership plus 1000+ pesos a month, which we have now had to cancel (no refund) because it's so far away.

    Sport City also looks like it has a nice pool but last time i enquired about that place, there was a membership fee and an offensive monthly charge, that i couldn't justify if i went twice a day, something like $180US per person!

    If anyone knows different to the information above or prices have improved since, please let us know. I am very keen to find a public pool, i'm not confident enough to go and swim miles in the sea but it's one of the best forms of exercise out there.
     
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    Where is this park by the way? Is SM15 just off of Bonampak or am i thinking of another park?
     
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    I can't think of a better phrase than "offensive monthly charge" to describe SportCity. I mean, seriously? But last time I went back it was PACKED...I can't believe people are actually willing to pay those fees.
     
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    Thanks for these suggestions, and the thread.

    SM15, SamCancun, is bordered by Acanceh, Nichupte, and Copan. You could say it's in front of Plaza de Las Americas, but there's some stuff intervening, such as Sport City and VIPs. It has an amazing, beautiful, small park with a paved trail running through it. It's been densely planted with tropical plants, and is well maintained. Best I've seen in BJM. Biggest problem is its popularity!

    [I personally agree with you, Sam, about SportsCity and other popular, but expensive places to exercise. I just can't justify spending that kind of money for a chance to exercise when there are so many sound, and completely free ways to do it. My favorite is stairclimbing, and I do more than one-hundred stories, every other day, in the apt stairwell- a form of exercise that in addition to being free, is easy on your knees, easily controlled in intensity, not subject to the weather (or the whether!, like whether I really feel like getting up, getting dressed, and going out to the gym!), plus no one competes with me for the equipment.]

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    We walked it, one way, a few weeks ago on a Sunday morning, starting out initially to just walk to Puerto Juarez, but feeling so good, we just kept going. It is a nice route, all right, and the little ruin at El Meco quite appealing, especially for the dense bird population that greets you in the early AM. We only went as far as Punta Sam. I agree it is quiet, blessedly quiet, and a good place for a nice bike ride. Some of the resorts we passed looked like they had potential, as well.
     
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    Don't forget the Parque Kabah...which is across Kabah from Costco. It's got an 1800 meter loop and is nice for walking or running.
     
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    Thanks for the suggestion, RiverGirl, and I liked your suggestion on the other thread about trying the pool at Cruz Roja, which is not all that far from my home.
     
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    Anyone been to the new olympic pool?
     
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    Since they opened the new Olympic pool with all the pomp and circumstance (and blah blah blah of the politicians about how excited they are about opening the project to keep the youth busy and off the streets), there has been nothing but security guards making sure no one goes in. I wish I knew when they were going to open with any kind of programs or schedules but there is no information up. Sad, my son looks at it everyday begging to go play.

    When I see something up about it, will let you know.
     
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    Thanks, CC!
     
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    I asked my Mexican family about this place (On Chichen, right?) and they said it was for training of professional athletes and that it's not intended for the public?
     
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    Cruz Roja pool

    I went by the Cruz Roja pool, today, to see what it was like. It is an apparently well run, public pool but use of it requires the payment of an annual fee of 250 pesos. (More about this, later.) Hours for "open swim" are 10 AM to 2 PM, Monday-Friday. If you choose this option, you will also pay a monthly fee of 350 pesos. There is another option, with broader hours: you can choose to have an instructor, and swim for one hour, Mon-Fri, 6 A.M. to 10 AM; or, 6 PM to 10 PM. The cost is only slightly more, at 400 pesos per month. To enroll for the use of the pool, you must produce two photos, and a doctor's certificate. Caps and goggles are required attire for both men, and women, when in the water. Swimming classes for children, one hour each in length, meeting three times a week between the hours of 2 PM and 6 PM, cost just 350 pesos per month.
     
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    Yes, it's on Chichen. My understanding is that it is supposed to be like a community center. We went to the big opening and Greg Sanchez and Felix Gonzalez both talked about what a great opportunity this was for the poor youth of the city. They said it was the second public sports venue that has opened since Greg took office, the other being down at Tulum and Chichen with the renovations of the basketball courts. We shall see what actually happens.
     
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    Re: Cruz Roja pool

    So basically from what i understand you can only swim freely (without an instructor) between the hours of 10am and 2pm, when most people are working? That's a shame.
     
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    Thanks for the info, sadly my Spanish doesn't extend that far yet. Any idea how much they will charge? If it was like 50 pesos or something like that then it might be okay, if it's free, then there would be no room in the pool, for kids and rubbish!
     
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    Hi, Sam, that's right about the hours of the Cruz Roja pool. It may be possible to strike a deal with an instructor for him to demonstrate some of the many swimming strokes, then have you go off and practice them for the balance of the hour. I don't know if that would depart too much from their mission- to teach people how to swim, as a matter of personal safety- but it may be possible, so long as the place is not very busy. (When I was by there, at around 10:30 AM, there was just one person swimming laps and one child having an individual swim lesson.)
     
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    The Red Cross pool is the cheapest option that I know of in Cancun.... it also has the added benefit that you know the money is going to a good cause (in addition to the maintenance costs) plus if you do go and drown yourself, your surrounded by paramedics :lol: so its about the safest pool in the world I'd think....
     
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    Chac Ma'al

    We tried your suggestion on Sunday, SamCancun, about running beyond the El Mirador, at KM 9, in the hotel zone. There were some nice views, as you you said; and, we also found a very clean, public access beach that was deep, and very broad, with lots of white sand, called "Chac Ma'al". We didn't go in, but the water and beach looked good, there. I didn't see rocks or sea grass, either in the water or on land. (The water was churning, and it was early AM, so I can't be sure about possible rocks below water, but I didn't see any, at all). Thanks for the suggestion.