Unique Surf Holidays


Swell provides a luxury surf camp experience in the Dominican Republic with high-quality boutique accommodation, tasty & healthy food, and a unique friendly social vibe between staff and guests, located in the cool tropical surf town of Cabarete, on the North Coast of the Dominican Republic.


Our in-house surf instructors have years of experience teaching beginners and intermediate surfers how to progress in a fun, safe and quick manner.

The Dominican Republic is blessed with year-round surf, so anytime is a good time to join us.

 Surf camp


For solo travellers , friends or couples, Swell is an ideal place to stay and meet new & like-minded people from all over the globe.

We have a tropical garden, comfortable rooms but what sets Swell apart is the large communal area.

We eat together, surf together and go on adventure trips together.

Arrive as a guest, leave as a friend!


 Surf  Yoga Holiday


Surf instruction & surf coaching in the safe and warm waters of the Caribbean.

Our local surf spot is one of the best and most consistent surf spots for beginners to learn surfing in a safe, quick and fun way using our proven & structured approach to surfing lessons.


 Surf & Yoga Holidays

Swell Surf Retreat



If you are looking for an active watersport holiday in warm water, a Swell luxury surf camp holiday should be on the top of your to-do list.

Warm water, white sandy beaches, lined with palm trees and fun, mellow waves that are ideal for learning to surf are what the North Coast of the Dominican Republic has to offer. We offer a learn to surf course for people who have never surfed before and want to learn to surf in a safe, quick and fun manner using our structured approach.

It's not just surfing that is on offer at our surf camp, you can also combine your surf holiday with kitesurfing or the new sport of Wingfoiling (wingsurfing). Waves in the morning, windsports in the afternoon.

We can create a customized holiday package for you, with different sports, activities and length of stay. Arrival can be any day of the week.

So send us a message today with your activities and dates.

Adventure &


We built our surf retreat from scratch with the help of some of the best architects, to be a purpose-built boutique surf retreat, made for comfort and socializing.

At the heart of Swell is a large communal-style open living space where we all get together for surf theory, meals, drinks, and socializing. For solo travelers; there is no easier way to meet like-minded people on your holiday!

All our rooms have an ensuite bathroom, are fitted with AC and fans and crispy clean sheets, so you'll sleep (S)Well.

We hope to welcome you at Swell soon.

Caribbean Surf camps



Teaching people how to surf is what we specialize in here at Swell. When we started in 2009 we set out to be the best Dominican Republic surf camp for beginners. We have qualified surf coaching instructors who can teach the sport of surfing in a safe, fun and quick manner.

The surf spot where we teach is an ideal place for beginner surfers. The waves on the inside are mellow and the water is about chest-deep. There are no dangerous rips, currents or sea creatures here in the Dominican Republic.

Many places around the world 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 surf coaching program, have a look at this page.

To see what our purpose-built surf retreat looks like, go to this page. Swell has been voted the world’s best beginner surf camp for adults for many years in a row.


About 70% of the clients who come to Swell for a surf & yoga retreat, travel solo.

As a result, it’s really 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 travellers 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.

The average age of our clients varies from week to week, but generally speaking, we attract more of a 30 to 40+ year old crowd than the 18 to 24-year-old crowd.



It is not just surfing that we offer at Swell. We are located in Cabarete on the north coast of the Dominican Republic; THE action sports capital of the Caribbean, so other watersports you can choose to learn or do here are: Wingfoiling & Kitesurfing. But there are also adventure trips such as Canyoning, Snorkeling and diving to do in the afternoons, after you have done 1 or 2 surf sessions in the morning. Or join in on one of our Yoga classes. You will not be bored in Cabarete!

  • “Think of Swell as the anti-surf camp. There’s plenty of surfing, of course, but the similarities to other surf camps end there. For starters, the rooms are stylish — more boutique surf retreat than reggae-loving surfer digs. Then there are the legendary breakfasts (omelets, pancakes and crepes, fresh-squeezed orange juice, and fruit bowls). Structured surf lessons take place each morning, with an instructor alongside you and the head surf coach watching from shallow water, ready to offer learn to surf tips between riding waves. If you are serious about learning to surf, then Swell should be on top of your destination list. Highly recommended!

    Reference Source:
    [Frommer’s Travel Guides]

    Designed with the discerning surfer in mind, Swell is far from a crash pad. The spare clean lines, plush bedding, modern photographs and funky furniture say ‘boutique surf retreat’ but the pool, ping-pong and foosball tables and social vibe suggest otherwise. A huge wood communal table is the center of the hanging-out action, after all the surfing is done. Highly recommended!

    Reference Source:
    [Lonely Planet]


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