Swell provides a luxury surf 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 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.

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Designed for solo travellers, friends and couples alike, Swell is an ideal place to stay and learn a water sport. You will meet new & like-minded people from all over the globe.

Set in a tropical garden, our stylish comfortable rooms are great, but what our surf camp apart is our large communal area.

We eat together, surf together and enjoy all sorts of other adventures together.

Arrive as a guest but always leave as a friend!


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Surf instruction & surf lessons 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.

Read more about our learn to surf approach >>


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Swell Surf Retreat



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


Warm water, white sandy beaches lined with palm trees and fun, mellow waves ideal for learning to surf are what the North Coast of the Dominican Republic has to offer. And it's so easy to get to us!

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 customised holiday package for you combining different sports, activities and length of stay. Arrival day is best on a Saturday to make the most of the schedule, but can be any day of the week.



Using our own travel experience, Swell was designed and built from scratch to be a boutique surf retreat, mixing the real comfort and style us more 'mature' folks are after with the fun, social aspect of a surf camp.

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

All our rooms have an ensuite bathroom, AC, a fan and crispy clean 100% cotton sheets, so you'll sleep (S)Well.

We hope to welcome you at Swell Surf Camp soon.

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Teaching people how to surf is what we specialize in here at Swell Surf Camp. When we started in 2009 we set out to be the best 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 learn to surf program, have a look at this page.

To see what our purpose-built surf camp 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 holiday, 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 35 to 50+ year old crowd than the 18 to 24-year-old crowd.



The average age of people traveling to swell for an adult surf camp varies per week, but generally speaking, the people that come to Swell on our surf camp holidays are aged between 35 and 60. The average age of Swell clients is 44 years old. That’s not to say that in certain weeks there are more people in their 20’s than 40’s (or the other way around). Also, we have had people well in their 60’s on a Swell beginner surf camp.

Most clients are from the USA, Canada, and Europe, and 80% of them are working professionals who want the comforts of a boutique Surf retreat combined with the social aspect of a surf hotel.

Swell is a social place, however we are not a ‘party / drink’ till 2 in the morning kind of place. Everyone wants to get up early to catch the best surfing conditions in the mornings.


About Swell :

After living in the Dominican Republic for 8 years and loving the great outdoor watersport lifestyle, Jeroen (from the Netherlands) and Clare (from the UK) decided it was time to share their knowledge of the Dominican Republic and 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 (Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Europe)and having had to stay in some very ordinary surf hotel accommodations in their quest for great surfing waves, they knew that something was missing in the surf camp market; a place which was still social, but offering better quality accommodation, great food, nicer beds, cleaner rooms: A stylish, luxury surf camp retreat. They set about designing the 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 camp.

Since opening in the winter 2009/2010 Swell Surf Instructors have taught over 9000  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 camp.

It’s not just learning to surf that is on offer at Swell; You can learn to kitesurf, learn the new sport of wingfoiling or  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.

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.

We are confident that if you are looking for the ultimate luxury beginner surf camp holiday, that staying at Swell should be on the top of your list.


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!


You can arrive any day of the week with us if we have space, but Saturday arrival is best in a 7-night stay as that is always a day off from surfing. Just contact us to see if we have space for you for your chosen dates.

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  • “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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