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kristilynn
June 12th, 2014, 11:14 AM
I'm doing some long-range planning to save up for a swimcation. I'm looking for a good one in the Virgin Islands. I found a website for one in the BVIs that looks amazing, but I am curious if anyone has any input.

Thanks!

jrb8025
June 17th, 2014, 09:59 AM
I highly recommend Gary Hall's Race Club in the Florida Keys:
http://www.theraceclub.com/

Celestial
June 17th, 2014, 08:15 PM
My plan includes Nationals next May (or is it April?) in San Antonio. Very close to San Antonio (I grew up in Houston) is a little city called New Braunfels - they have amazing rapids, and have what looks to be possibly the best water park in the States: The Schlitterbahn. I think we're going to go to Nat's then spend 3-4 days in New Braunfels. Family coming too, as many of us who grew up in Houston now live across the continent, and we all have fond memories of holidays in New Braunfels.
There is also a swim in St.Croix every year where the benefits go to the Sea Turtles - it's in October, I think, and the cool part is that even the non-swimmer family members could participate because there are 3 distances, and fins are permitted!
Also, if you're seriously into the Open Water thing, you could go to Northern Europe - they have lots and lots of open water swim in the Netherlands, Belgium and thereabouts.
Have fun! And let us know what you decide on!

jroddin
June 19th, 2014, 09:20 AM
I'm doing some long-range planning to save up for a swimcation. I'm looking for a good one in the Virgin Islands. I found a website for one in the BVIs that looks amazing, but I am curious if anyone has any input.

Thanks!

Couples Swept Away in Negril (Jamaica) has a 25m lap pool. There were no backstroke flags or targets on the walls, but Julie and I found it to be a great place to have a vacation while still being able to train. The pool was hardly ever used and many times we were the only swimmers in the pool. A picture of the pool is attached.

Jeff

DeniseMW
June 19th, 2014, 09:39 AM
Wow. If DH would swim, that would be a great vacation spot.

ourswimmer
June 19th, 2014, 10:23 AM
I have a couple of teammates who have done SwimTrek vacations in Europe and loved them. One also did a similar trip in the Sea of Cortez.

I believe David Barra is one of the swim guides for a BVI swim trip. If I were going to the BVIs I would pick a trip with him. Probably also if you sent him a PM via this forum he could give you the inside details.

knelson
June 19th, 2014, 11:32 AM
I know a few people who have done swim tours around the Greek islands and said it was a blast.

kristilynn
November 29th, 2014, 12:29 PM
So, we've decided on the BVI trip on the sailing yacht, Promenade. We've booked for spring break 2016, so it's still a ways off, but I'm super-excited. The trip is a good balance for the swimmers and non-swimmers in the group, as the sailboat has SCUBA, snorkeling, kayaks, tubing, etc. to entertain all. I can't wait! If anyone else has considered this type of vacation, check it out http://www.yachtpromenade.com/ This is the same yacht that David Barra swim guides for, but we are just booking the yacht and not specifically the swim vacation in which he participates.

Thanks all for your suggestions and input.

Happy swimming!

Gary P
January 9th, 2016, 02:53 PM
Couples Swept Away in Negril (Jamaica) has a 25m lap pool. There were no backstroke flags or targets on the walls, but Julie and I found it to be a great place to have a vacation while still being able to train. The pool was hardly ever used and many times we were the only swimmers in the pool. A picture of the pool is attached.

Jeff

Just got back from 6 nights at Couples Swept Away. Had 3 great workouts in the lap pool...so good I wondered if the pool was a few feet short of the full 25 meters! It was certainly not crowded. One time I had the whole pool to myself for my entire workout. The other two, there were a few other people but never enough that anyone had to share a lane. Other than the two minor issues mentioned (no targets on the wall, no backstroke flags), the only other quibble is that the lanes are narrow. This should be a 6 lane pool, but they've squeezed 7 lanes in. I don't have a very broad wingspan, at ~6'1", but I could touch both lane lines in all but the middle lane, and had a little trouble while working on butterfly. (The middle lane was just wide enough that I couldn't quite touch both lane lines).

That's all nitpicking, though. It's hard to complain when most resorts make zero or minimal accommodations for lap swimmers. On the plus side, there are kick boards and pull buoys available (no need to pack your own), on-site towel service, a nice locker room, and a "wellness bar" right next to the pool where you can be served a fresh smoothie within 90 seconds of finishing your workout.

Another plus for swimmers visiting this resort is that they have second set of buoys beyond the limit of the recreational swim area in the ocean which make a swim lane about 10' wide and maybe 150-175 yards long. You can get in an open water workout in relative safety. I did a few laps in the open water lane myself.

I'm not sure I could recommend CSA as a dedicated "Swimcation" destination, but I'd highly recommend it as a place where you can get away and still be able to get in some quality swimming on the side.

Swimspire
January 10th, 2016, 04:42 PM
Not as much of a structured 'swimcation', but if you want to craft your own and want a base from which to explore the Baltics, I would highly recommend Tallinn, Estonia. The Kalev Spa is a hotel that has its very own 8-lane, 50 meter swimming pool in the heart of the Old Town so you can get in some pool-based practices before or after sightseeing. They have private coaches available, as well. www.swimspire.com/kalev-spa-swimmers-paradise-heart-tallinn/ (http://www.swimspire.com/kalev-spa-swimmers-paradise-heart-tallinn/)

Stevepowell
January 11th, 2016, 02:42 PM
I've bee considering Santa Barbara for some time:

http://www.santabarbaraca.gov/gov/depts/parksrec/recreation/youth/aquatics.asp?utm_source=ParksandRec&utm_medium=Aquatics&utm_campaign=QuickLinks

Anybody familiar with the area?

james lucas
January 11th, 2016, 03:28 PM
... Santa Barbara ... Anybody familiar with the area?

That pool, on the edge of a south-facing beach (the winter sun rises over the Pacific), is spectacular and worth the visit, and you'll find some reasonably priced hotels within walking distance.

Take a look at the New Year's swim camp for masters, by the SB Swim Club, at this pool:

https://www.teamunify.com/TabGeneric.jsp?_tabid_=160797&team=scssb

Highly recommended ...

kristilynn
January 13th, 2016, 09:43 AM
Well, I first started brainstorming for this vacation almost 2 years ago. In November 2014, we committed and put down our money to charter YachtPromenade.com and experience our dream vacation. Then we were surprised in August of 2015 when we learned that we would be expecting a baby the week after our trip. Obviously traveling 1 week before my due date is not an option, so we are no longer going on the trip :badday: So... are there any water loving couples out there who want to take our spot on the yacht? 7 nights, fully crewed and provisioned trip in the BVI's aboard a trimaran sailing yacht with 5 guest cabins, approx. $2000 per person, March 20-27.

We did end up doing a SwimVacation on the same yacht the first week in December, and it was absolutely amazing -- gorgeous water and anchorages, delicious food, as much swimming as you wanted, SCUBA, snorkeling...

Stevepowell
January 15th, 2016, 11:14 AM
That pool, on the edge of a south-facing beach (the winter sun rises over the Pacific), is spectacular and worth the visit, and you'll find some reasonably priced hotels within walking distance.

Take a look at the New Year's swim camp for masters, by the SB Swim Club, at this pool:

https://www.teamunify.com/TabGeneric.jsp?_tabid_=160797&team=scssb

Highly recommended ...

Thank James, We're gonna try for this May.

Hope the camp is available next year as well.

SwimDogs
January 17th, 2016, 09:30 PM
This last September, I spent an awesome week in Lefkada, Greece with Lisa Stansbie and Michael Koumbouzis and their company The Big Blue. They have trips scheduled throughout the summer based out of Lefkada, and they recently added a few tours launching out of Crete. The Big Blue was one of the company's featured in this summer's Swimmer edition.

The Greek Islands are wonderful, and Lisa and Michael do it right.