El Cruce

El Cruce, crossing the sea from Cancun to Isla Mujeres

El Cruce is a sports challenge that brings out the best in any swimmer. Are you up for crossing the sea from Cancún to Isla Mujeres?

El Cruce is a challenge every swimmer must experience at least once in their lifetime. This sporting event draws swimmers from across Mexico and the world. The feat of swimming from Cancun to Isla Mujeres through open waters is a magnet for adventure enthusiasts and water sports lovers. Are you ready to live the experience?

What is El Cruce from Cancún to Isla Mujeres? 

Can you imagine swimming in open waters while admiring the beauty of the reefs in the Mexican Caribbean? This is possible at one of Mexico’s most significant and captivating sports events. El Cruce is an opportunity to swim among the beautiful and clear waters of this region in Quintana Roo, amidst the diversity of its flora and fauna, providing one of the country’s best adventure experiences. 

Open water swimming competitions have gained popularity in recent years internationally, so it’s no surprise that this event has a participant registration including swimmers hailing from over 18 different countries and 22 Mexican states.

Important Information 

  • The route runs from Cancun to Isla Mujeres and is one of the state’s most important events. 
  • The event takes place in May. 
  • It features various distances: Half Iron Swim (1.2 miles), Iron Swim (2.4 miles), and the complete Crossing (6.2 miles). 
  • Likewise, it has different categories: female, male, children, youth, master, athletes, and differently-abled. 
  • The crossing time varies depending on the swimmer’s condition, ocean currents, and weather. The record stands at 1 hour and 39 minutes. 
  • Registration opens in October. 
  • Swimmers’ companions are welcome to cross aboard a ferry that follows the competitors during their journey. 
  • Upon finishing the competition, you arrive at Isla Mujeres. It’s the perfect opportunity to enjoy the day at the beach after exerting physical effort.

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Playa Caracol, Punta Cancun, Q.R., México

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