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Aerial view of the FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup race in Cancún. Photo courtesy of Fly Me Cancún
Aerial view of the Por La Libre race in Cancún

Cancún is a Mexican city on the shores of the Caribbean Sea located on the northeast coast of Quintana Roo in southern Mexico. It has undergone a comprehensive transformation from being a fisherman's island surrounded by virgin forest and unknown shores to being one of the two most renowned Mexican resorts, along with Acapulco. The World Tourism Organization, through its foundation UNWTO-Themis, awarded the Best of the Best "for excellence and good governance" to the Trust for Tourism Promotion of Cancun on February 3, 2007.

Open Water Swimming[edit]

Cancún is also the site of the Por La Libre, part of the World Open Water Swimming Series and the World's Top 100 Island Swims, and other amateur open water swims as well as the annual FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup race that draws the top open water swimmers in the world.

2015 FINA/HOSA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup Series[edit]

1st race - 7 February - La Patagones Viedma (Argentina), part of Maraton Patagones-Viedma International Open Water Swim
2nd race - 13 March - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
3rd race - 18 April - New Caledonia, France
4th race - 2 May - Cancún (Mexico)
5th race - 20 June - Balatonfured, Hungary
6th race - 27 June - Setúbal Bay (Portugal)
7th race - 23 July - Lac St-Jean (Canada), part of the Traversee international du Lac St-Jean
8th race - 31 July - Lac Magog (Canada), part of the Traversée Internationale du lac Memphrémagog
9th race - 8 August - Lac Mégantic (Canada), part of the Traversee international du Lac Mégantic
10th race - 12 October - Chun'an (China)
11th race - 17 October - Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

2014-2015 World Open Water Swimming Series Events[edit]

1. aQuellé Midmar Mile in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa in February. Race director Wayne Riddin
2. Swim Miami in Miami, Florida, U.S.A. in April. Race director Jonathan Strauss
3. El Cruce in Cancún, Mexico in May. Race director Rafael Hernández
4. Jax Coco Shek O Challenge in Hong Kong in July. Race director Doug Woodring
5. Henley Mile in Henley-on-the-Thames, United Kingdom in July. Race director Tom Kean
6. Hellespont and Dardanelles Swim in Turkey in August. Race director Simon Murie
7. Aichi Crossing in Nagoya, Japan in August. Race director Yutaka Shinozaki
8. BCT Gdynia Marathon – Open Race in Gdynia, Poland in August. Race director Tomasz Pąchalski
9. Waikiki Roughwater Swim in Oahu, Hawaii in September. Race director Kaia Hedlund
10. Swim The Island in Italy in October. Race director Matteo Testa
11. The Five in Hong Kong in October. Race director Doug Woodring
12. King and Queen of the Sea in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in December. Race director Pedro Rego Monteiro
13. Stroke for Egypt in the Red Sea, Egypt in December. Race coordinator Mohamed Marouf

2015-2016 World Open Water Swimming Series Events[edit]

1. Cold Half Extreme Marathon Swim in Hong Kong. Race director Doug Woodring
2. aQuellé Midmar Mile in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa in February. Race director Wayne Riddin
3. Swim Miami in Miami, Florida, U.S.A. in April. Race director Jonathan Strauss
4. El Cruce in Cancún, Mexico in May. Race director Rafael Hernández
5. Swim Challenge Cascais in Cascais, Portugal. Race director Jorge Paulo Pereira
6. Jax Coco Shek O Challenge in Hong Kong in July. Race director Doug Woodring
7. Henley Mile in Henley-on-the-Thames, United Kingdom in July. Race director Tom Kean
8. Vibes & Scribes Lee Swim in Cork, Ireland in July. Race director Joe Donnelly
9. Hellespont and Dardanelles Swim in Turkey in August. Race director Simon Murie
10. Aichi Crossing in Nagoya, Japan in August. Race director Yutaka Shinozaki
11. BCT Gdynia Marathon – Open Race in Gdynia, Poland in August. Race director Tomasz Pąchalski
12. Waikiki Roughwater Swim in Oahu, Hawaii in September. Race director Kaia Hedlund
13. Swim The Island in Italy in October. Race director Matteo Testa
14. The Five in Hong Kong in October. Race director Doug Woodring
15. King and Queen of the Sea in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in December. Race director Pedro Rego Monteiro
16. Stroke for Egypt in the Red Sea, Egypt in December. Race coordinator Mohamed Marouf

Videos of the Cancun Underwater Museum[edit]

World's Best Open Water Swimming Towns[edit]

Cancun was selected as one of the World's Best Open Water Swimming Towns by the World Open Water Swimming Association in 2017.

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