A Luxury Surf Camp In The Caribbean, see why we are the best luxury surf yoga retreat
 

The no.1 Surf Retreat

In The Caribbean

A Luxury surf camp

Social & Stylish

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 friends. It’s all the fun of a surf camp experience but with added luxury and style.

Explore our Dominican Republic Surf Camp below.

Swell Surf Camp
Our Guests

Our Guests

Our guests are mostly professional people, generally aged between 22 and 55: 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.

Active People

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

Active People

Swell Surf retreat is not just for surfers; we also welcome kitesurfers, yogis and anyone who just wants to stay in a sociable, stylish environment with a welcoming and fun communal area, great food and nice beds to sleep in.

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Social

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.

Social

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 over-sized 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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SOME QUICK QUESTIONS

WHAT MAKES SWELL DIFFERENT?

When we started to make plans for Swell, 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 internationaly known architect to be a surf camp. Unlike most other surf camps 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

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

WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?

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.

ON WHICH DAY SHOULD I ARRIVE?

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.

WHY SHOULD I CHOOSE SWELL?

Off course we are biased in our answer, but if you have doubts on wheter Swell 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 Swell we had 1 goal in mind: to be the best luxury surf camp……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!

Read reviews from verified sources on this page

WHAT IS THE AVERAGE AGE?

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.

IS THIS A SUITABLE FAMILY SURF CAMP

Generally speaking we get more solo travellers or couples without kids than families. During popular holidays we also get families joining us for a family surf camp experience.

If you are interested in joining us with your family, make sure to contact us asap, since spaces are very limited and fill up quit a while in advance.

*Note that Swell is not a suitable vacation for kids under 13

I AM TRAVELLING SOLO, IS THAT OK?

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.

ABOUT SWELL

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.

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.


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  • 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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