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A social surf retreat

Swell is a unique place to stay. It’s perfect for you whether you arrive alone, are a sociable couple, or come with the family. It’s all the fun of a surf camp experience but with added luxury and style.

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Our Guests

Our Guests

Our guests are mostly professional people, generally aged between 25 and 65: However, if you are older or younger, age is no barrier because everyone at Swell shares a passion; to surf, to improve their surfing or to learn to surf from scratch.

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An Oasis

Swell's tropical gardens surround our lovely pool, with plenty of palm trees and hammocks so you can enjoy peace and tranquillity on your holiday. Lie in a hammock and watch hummingbirds between tropical flowers.

A Boutique

New friends

A Swell surf retreat is ideal for solo travelers who want to meet new people on their vacation. We surf together, have meals together in our large communal area so it's the ideal place to meet new people from around the world.

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A great way to meet new people

A Social Surf Holiday

Staying at the #1 Surf Camp in the Caribbean is very different to any other hotel; As one of the few purpose-built surf camps in the world, its design centres on the heart of the building; a welcoming meeting place for our guests to quickly get to know their fellow travellers. If you arrive alone, you won't be by yourself once you are at Swell.


Good vibes

Swell is like a warm embrace; you’ll immediately feel at home It has a uniquely relaxed vibe and by the very nature of their choice to come to Swell, our guests are naturally compatible: This is key to the welcoming and friendly spirit of the camp.

Breakfasts and dinners are shared together around our huge dining table. Guests can chill out on our sofas or oversized bean bags, shoot some pool, play some cards or watch some movies. You’ll feel like you are part of a really fun, extended family.

If you want some 'me time,' go and relax in one of our hammocks slung beneath the palm trees in our tropical garden.

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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.



The average age of people traveling to swell for a surf camp holiday varies per week, but generally speaking, the people that come to Swell on a surf holiday are aged between 25 and 55. 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 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 who want the comforts of a Surfing & Yoga retreat combined with the social aspect of a surf resort.
Here is a screenshot of the last bookings at Swell to give you an idea of the age and the solo travelers versus groups.

age of surf camp guests

As you can see the average age is around 40 years old.


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Off course we are biased in our answer, but if you have doubts on wheter Swell Surf Camp is the best destination for your surf holiday; have a look at the 100’s of reviews that our clients have posted on external sites like tripadvisor, facebook or Google.

When we planned Our Surf & Yoga retreat For Adults we had 1 goal in mind: to be the best Luxury surf camp & retreat……in the world!
To achieve that goal we designed our building from scratch and employed the best staff: qualified surf instructors who have high quality standards & most importantly are aware that you have a choice on where you go on your surf holiday. As a result all Swell staff will try to make sure you get the holiday you deserve!

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At Swell we don’t have a fixed arrival day. We realise flight prices can change day by day, so you are free to arrive any day of the week at Swell.


Swell Surf camp is located on the north coast of the Dominican Republic, in the centre of the cool Caribbean surf town of Cabarete. We chose this location of Swell because it’s right in the centre of Cabarete, so the beach, restaurants, shops and bars are all within walking distance from Swell. There’s no need for a car rental during your surf vacation at Swell. More info about Cabarete can be found here.


When we started to make plans for Swell Surf & Yoga retreat, we had 1 goal in mind: to create the best luxury surf camp / surf retreat experience in the world!

We are one of the only places in the world that was purposely designed from scratch by an internationally known architect to be a surf & Yoga Retreat. Unlike most other surf camps and retreats around the world that have converted an old rental house into a surf camp, this is not the case at Swell!

When it comes to food, we love good tasty organic food ourselves, so that is what we serve our clients

Learn to Surf lessons? From ISA qualified surf instructors that can teach in a structured manner and that have a passion for learning people how to surf

Most surf instructors have a passion for surfing, that’s not good enough: we require our surf instructors to have a passion for teaching people how to surf

The Swell Promise:

We aim to be the best Adult Surf Camp / Surf & Yoga retreat

To do so we:

  • Provide high quality how to surf courses.
  • Provide our guests with super comfortable rooms.
  • Serve tasty home cooked meals.
  • Have friendly and knowledgable staff.
  • Create a friendly, social and welcoming environment.

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 camp retreat. They set about designing the kind of place they would want to stay in themselves.

The world’s first Luxury surf camp

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 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.

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.

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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!

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    [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!

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    [Lonely Planet]


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