Quality of Life, Running/Swimming Venues

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  1. cunspin

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    I have been swimming for over 6 years in Cancun and my daughter is on a swim team so I am pretty familiar with all of the swim venues in pretty much the entire State. There are exactly 4,50 meter pools in Q,Roo 3 "Public" and one private (Albatros) of the public ones Playa, Cozumel and Cancun(actually Cozumels may be 25m) most of the year they are not even open or are man-made frog ponds. Anything that has to do with swimming depends on private citizens the Gov. is pathetic when it comes to any kind of sporting event.
    I am one of the "crazy people"that has a membership at Sport City and I love it, my daughter swims on the Squalos Team at St John's School. I spend about 1900.pesos a month on memberships and monthly dues for all 3 of us.
    I did swim in the ocean when I was training for OWS events and we generally swam at 7am from Punta Cancun to just past El Presidente and back it was around 3.5k. Another place that Squalos train at is from the first public beach (Las Perlas?) and there it is calmer with less current.
    You can swim laps at the Cruz Roja, St. Johns, Leonardo DaVinci, and Alexander school for a fee of around 650.00 pesos per month generally the hours are from 6 am to 9 am and from 7pm to 9pm.
     
  2. TraceyUk

    TraceyUk Guru Registered Member

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    We are members of casablanca and they have a great pool.
    Yes I know its expensive but right now they are doing "Deals" - barter like mad ! Also its possible to "rent" a membership for a year from the members that are not currently using theirs.
    Tracey
     
  3. V

    V I can choose my own title Registered Member

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    OWS events

    I had to look it up, Cunspin! It appears you were referring to "Open Water Swimming" events (OWS), among other things, in your post.

    Do you still participate in these? How often are they staged in the Cancun area? Where can we get more info about them?
     
  4. cunspin

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    Yes there are events, the largest OWS is in May it is a 9 to 14 k swim (depending on your route ) and is held on the "Dia de la Marina". Usually there is one in Oct that is from the Oasis Calinda the Fiesta Americana Cancun but I have not heard anything....yet!
    Several people swam from Punta Cancun to Punta Sur of the Isla about a month ago it was an informal event that Abel Hernandez (Squalos) organized.
    If I do hear of anything I will post.
     
  5. V

    V I can choose my own title Registered Member

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    Punta Cancun to Punta Sur swim

    That swim to Punta Sur you spoke of sounds exciting! As I've sat on the beach, this side, and looked across at Punta Sur, I've thought, "That sure would make a nice, doable swim." With the right support, it looks like it could be done, safely, even by us novices. How many kilometers is it?
     
  6. cunspin

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    7 to 9 depends on how straight you swim :wink:
     
  7. V

    V I can choose my own title Registered Member

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    How much of a factor are tides, and currents, on that particular swim?
     
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    The current always is pretty much the same it's the Wind that can be a factor more than anything. Tides have zero effect in my experience.
     
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    The current always is pretty much the same it's the Wind that can be a factor more than anything. Tides have zero effect in my experience.
    The reason I no longer do the "Cruces" has everything to do with Sea Lice and nothing to do with conditions, I am very allergic so I suffer .
     
  10. V

    V I can choose my own title Registered Member

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    CANCUN'S OLYMPIC POOL

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    The new Olympic Pool is still closed, but will open soon, according to Cristobal Rocha, a young man who lives nearby and has been following developments there, closely. He says he's been told by those who work on the project during the day, that the pool will be open to the public on a subscription basis, much like the pool at Cruz Roja. He said he had every intention of being one of the first to sign up, because he thought the thing would quickly be oversubscribed.

    Cancuncanuck, keep an eye on things there, so you can get your son registered at the first opportunity!

    You can see for yourself that it's a handsome thing, and will be a nice addition to the city when it's finally "on line". It's located on Chichen Itza, near Kabah.
     
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    Forget the pool, check out the basketball court!! That's what I'm talking about!
    Sort of more on topic, I vastly prefer the ocean for swimming versus a pool; it's just more dynamic and interesting to me. I swim around 2 km a day, almost every day. It's the only real exercise I do these days...but if that basketball court was by my house...
     
  12. V

    V I can choose my own title Registered Member

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    Swim, punta cancun to punta sur

    It could be, Coby, if you lived in SM32, Cancun! (Coby's speaking about the photos of the sports complex and Cancun's new Olympic sized pool, which appear on the previous page of this thread.)

    That Olympic Pool looks pretty impressive, though, doesn't it?

    I think there were two basketball courts there, in fact, along with a "soccer" field, also on a painted surface of some kind, just like the basketball courts.

    Next time you get off the basketball court, how 'bout joining us for a swim from Punta Cancun, to Punta Sur, Isla Mujeres, next season? Your 2K workouts should be good prep for the 7-9K Cunspin says it is across there.

    Sounds fun, doesn't it. Maybe Cunspin will join us, and maybe we can get up a Cancuncare Swim to Punta Sur! Steve, are you game?

    When I look across that beautiful water- from the hotel zone towards Punta Sur- it just makes me want to wade in, and start swimming....
     
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  13. V

    V I can choose my own title Registered Member

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    GETTING MORE INFO

    Cancuncanuck, there must be people there, at Cancun's Olympic Pool, doing maintenance during the day, if you had time to go there to check on it. The pool itself looks too well cared for, for there to be no one in attendance there, ever.

    It was late evening when I went by, so I didn't get to talk to anyone who works there.
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    I've gotten my medical certificate of (apparent) good health for the Cruz Roja pool, now, so I won't be "pool-less," much longer! Now, once I get the two photos they require, I'll be all set.
     
  14. CancunCanuck

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    What? I have homework?? ;-)

    I'll see what I can do, a little investigative reporting never hurt anyone.
     
  15. CancunCanuck

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    Um, ok, so maybe a little investigative reporting HAS hurt some people. But I'll walk softly and carry a big stick.
     
  16. V

    V I can choose my own title Registered Member

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    BIG STICK BETTER THAN WORDS

    That's the spirit!
     
  17. cunspin

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    From What I have heard from the people "In the know" There is nothing goin on with the pool at all. They were trying to concession it but nothing has come of it.
     
  18. V

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    PLAYA CHAC MOOL, HZ

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    I had a chance to try out Playa Chac Mool, on the Caribbean side of the Hotel Zone, very early one morning, this week. It was a very clean, wide beach, with no sea grass, period, at my visit. The sand was deep, giving way under your feet, and amazingly soft. The water was the usual clear, turquoise sea we love, here, the water temperature perfect.

    An east wind was blowing, and the surf was up, red flags flying everywhere. The beach was deserted, except for me. Not knowing the beach, and the conditions there, I took my time going in, observing the action of the waves and checking for a bottom. What I found was that there were no currents to speak of, only the usual push and pull that comes with waves breaking near the beach. The bottom was mostly sandy, with that same lovely sand I'd found on the beach. There were a few underwater outcroppings of old coral, worn smooth by the action of the waves. I stayed in a half hour, thoroughly enjoying playing/swimming in the surf, and the amazing solitude, though I was surrounded by high rise condos.

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    The public access to this beach is the best I've personally seen, at the Hotel Zone. It is "access 6", almost directly across from Senor Frogs, at about KM9.5, and at which, the city buses stop. The bus stop on the way back is immediately next to the beach access entrance.

    Rating (as of this date/season): outstanding access; great beach/sand; good bottom, but with some areas suddenly deeper than adjacent areas; fun, for those who like to swim in a surf; NOT good for those who don't feel confident in the water; NOT GOOD AT ALL for children, as you cannot watch them closely enough- for it to be considered safe- in those conditions. On a day that was not a red flag day, it still wouldn't be a good place for children, owing to the uneven bottom, which could easily catch a child off-guard and they suddenly find themselves in water over their head.
     
  19. V

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    OTHER BEACHES TO SUGGEST?

    Having thoroughly checked out Chac Mool, and found it to my liking, has anybody got another favorite beach I could try? I'm open to suggestions!
     
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    My favourite beach is in front of the Presidente.Calm waters ,wide beach......................love it.
    Tracey