A Luxury Surf holiday

Palm trees & Warm water

Swell provides active surfing vacations with lessons, quality accommodation, healthy food and a unique social vibe in the cool surf town of Cabarete, Dominican Republic.

Swell caters for people who want to learn to surf in a safe, fun and social environment, as such is an ideal destination for solo travellers, couples and friends alike.


For 5 years in a row Swell has been voted as one of the best surf camps in Central America.

Swell provides great food, comfortable beds in stylish rooms; but one of the most important aspects of staying at Swell is the friendly, welcoming & social vibe between guests and staff.

Join us for an active holiday!



The average age of Swell clients varies per week, but generally speaking the people that come to Swell on a surf vacation are aged between 25 and 50. That’s not to say that in certain weeks there’s more people in their 20’s than 40’s (or the other way around). Also we have had people in their 60 on a Swell learn how to surf course.
Most clients are from the USA, Canada and Europe, and 80% of them are working professionals.


About 70% of the clients who come to Swell for an active holiday, travels solo. As a result it’s real easy to meet like minded travellers from all over the world.
We surf together, we have breakfasts and dinners together, so if you are looking for a social surf holiday then a stay at Swell will definitely be a great option for you.
Have a look at reviews on external sites like Tripadvisor, and you will see the social aspect at Swell as the no.1 recurring theme. And it’s not just the single and solo travelers who enjoy the company of new friends. For couples or groups it’s also a great way to make new friends from all over the globe.


Teaching people how to surf is what we specialise in here at Swell. We have qualified surf instructors that can teach the sport of surfing in a safe, fun and quick manner.

The surf spot where we teach is an ideal place for your first rides as a surfer. The waves on the inside are mellow and the water is about chest deep. There are no dangerous rips, currents or sea creatures here.

There are many places around the world that are great for advanced and expert surfers, but not all great surfing spots are ideal for learning to surf. Where we teach at Playa Encuentro, just a few miles west of Cabarete truly is an amazing spot for learning how to surf. For more information on our learn to surf program, have a look at this page.


About Swell :

After living in the Dominican Republic for 8 years and loving the great outdoor watersport lifestyle, Jeroen (from the Netherlands) and Clare (for the UK) decided it was time to share their knowledge of the Dominican Republic all that this stunning country has to offer with visitors from around the world.

Clare and Jeroen were already familiar with surf retreats, resorts and surf camps in many different countries and having had to stay in some very ordinary surf hotel accommodation in their quest for great surfing waves, they knew that there was something missing in the surf  market; a place which was still social, but offering better quality accommodation, great food, nicer beds, cleaner rooms: A stylish, luxury surf retreat. They set about designing the kind of place they would want to stay in themselves.

So they hired a renowned Swiss architect for one purpose: to come up with the world’s first purpose-built, luxury surf retreat/  resort.

Since opening in winter 2009/2010 Swell surf instructors have taught 1000’s of people how to surf in a safe, fun and structured manner. Since opening, Swell has won multiple awards and has 100’s of excellent reviews from happy guests. Swell continues to be one of the top destinations for couples, groups and solo travellers to go to as the #1 luxury surf holiday.

It’s not just surfing on offer at Swell; You can learn to kitesurf, take yoga classes, go horse riding on the beach or in the mountains and enjoy some truly spectacular outdoor adventure trips like canyoning for example.

Swell offers package surf holidays that take all the hassle out of the planning, with airport transfers, transport to the beach and much more, so all Swell guests can enjoy a stress free holiday right from the start. You just have to book your flights, and they will take care of the rest!

With great food being such an important part of anyone’s surf vacation, Swell delivers there too; with superb home cooked food at the camp and on the evenings when guests go out to dinner, a large choice of restaurants offering a comprehensive choice of dining are all within a few minutes walk.

Have a look and see what a typical action packed adventure day with the best surf vacation for beginners in Central America is like.

  • Think of Swell as the anti-surf camp. There’s plenty of surfing, of course, but the similarities to other camps end there. For starters, the rooms are stylish — more boutique hotel than reggae-loving surfer digs. Then there are the legendary breakfasts (omelettes, pancakes and crepes, fresh-squeezed orange juice, and fruit bowls). Structured lessons take place each morning, with an instructor alongside you and the head surf coach watching from shallow water, ready to offer tips between rides.”


    Reference Source:
    [Frommer’s Travel Guides]

  • “The Dominican Republic has it all!”

    We hope you will join us on a Caribbean Surf Holiday in the Dominican Republic.

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