SOME QUICK QUESTIONS
I AM TRAVELLING SOLO, IS THAT OK?
About 70% of the clients who come to Swell Surfcamp for a surf yoga retreat & active surf holiday, travel 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 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.
WHAT IS THE AVERAGE AGE?
Swell Is the premiere Adult Surf Camp Retreat in the Caribbean. The average age of people coming to swell for a surf holiday varies per week, but generally speaking, the people that come to Swell on a surf vacation 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 surf retreat combined with the social aspect of a surf resort.
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!
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.
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.
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
The Swell Promise:
We aim to be the best surf camp
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.
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
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.