Cruce A Nado Internacional

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Cruce A Nado Internacional is a 1.5 nm (2,800m) open water swim held annually on 3-4 September 2016 at Parque Enrique González in Bahia de la Playa de Ponce, Puerto Rico.

Club Cruce a Nado, Inc.


About 100 athletes from Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panamá, Puerto Rico, United States, U.S. Virgin Islands and Venezuela compete in the event that started in 1980. The 36th Cruce a Nado Internacional event took place on 3-4 September 2016.


It is a common practice to dedicate the event to athletes who have made outstanding accomplishments in the sport. On 4 September 2011, the 30th annual competition was dedicated to Orlando Fernández, a.k.a. as "The Puerto Rican Aquaman" as the first Puerto Rican to swim across the Strait of Gibraltar, in recognition of his accomplishments.


The competition consists of crossing the Bay of Ponce from Isla Cardona (Cardona Island), which is situated about 1.5 nautical miles from mainland's Puerto Rico southern shores in Ponce, to the southern shore of Puerto Rico at Ponce.[20] The entire event starts on the Thursday before the Sunday of the competitions with music, shows and traditional foods.[21] The Ponce Municipal Government contributes $20,000 to the costs of celebrating the event.[22]

Athletes are taken by boat to Isla Cardona which is located just 1.5 nautical miles from the mainland. At the sound of the whistle, athletes then swim the 2,800 meters - 1.5 nautical miles - across the bay towards sector El Malecón in Playa de Ponce. Athletes arrive at Parque Enrique González in Playa de Ponce, which is located across from the U.S. Customs House and has an area with steps that lead down to the bay waters.

Isla Cardona

Cardona, also known as Sor Isolina Ferré Island, is a small, uninhabited island located 1.30 nautical miles south of the mainland Puerto Rican shore across from Barrio Playa, on the west side of the entrance to the harbor of Ponce, Puerto Rico. It is home to the 1889 Cardona Island Light, which is listed in the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

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