SOME QUICK QUESTIONS
CAN I TAKE A KITE-LESSONS COURSE AS WELL AS THE LEARN TO SURF COURSE?
Surfing and taking kiteboarding lessons are an ideal mix as the wind required for kiting generally arrives in the afternoon, leaving the less windy mornings perfect for your surf lessons.
We can custom tailor you a kitesurfing holiday package, for beginners who want to do a learn to kitesurf package , or for experts who are just looking for a real cool place to stay and hang out with fellow kitesurfers on their kitesurfing holiday in Cabarete.
Just contact us, and we’ll create the perfect kitesurfing package.
I DON’T WANT TO TAKE SURF LESSONS, CAN I JUST TAKE KITEBOARDING LESSONS?
Yes, you can, just click on the pricing page and select the kite lessons tab to check what your price will be. Even though we are called Swell Surf Camp, maybe we should have called it Swell Surf & kite Camp. People that want to dedicate their whole stay to kitesurfing make up a large group at Swell.
Have a look at the learn to kitesurf page for more info
WHAT MAKES CABARETE SO IDEAL FOR KITING?
As kitesurfers ourselves, we have visited many kitesurfing destinations around the world to see what the kitesurfing conditions are like at other kiteboarding spots. After many visits, we realise that Cabarete really is one of the best spots in the world for kitesurfers of all levels. And that is why the Swell Kitesurfing camp are very popular amongst our clients
Why? For people who want to learn kitesurfing, Cabarete offers:
- Steady / stable winds
- Ideal wind strenght: between 14 and 20 knots
- Ideal direction: Side onshore for safety
- No motorised watercrafts in the area
- Predictable wind patterns
- No dangerous water life (sharks)
- Large beaches
For intermediate and advanced kitesurfers, Cabarete is also a true kiters dream:
- Steady wind
- Flat water spots
- Waves for kite wave riding
- Great downwinders
- Active social local kite scene
- Cheap kitesurf equipment on sale
- Expertise from local kite pro’s
There’s a reason why a lot of the world’s best kitesurfers spend many months of the year, training and enjoying all that the Cabarete region has to offer for kiteboarders.
So if you are interested in a kitesurf holiday destination or want to Join a Swell Kiteboarding camp, choose Cabarete, you will not be disappointed!! For more information on Kitesurfing Dominican Republic have a look at this page
WHERE ARE THE KITESURF SPOTS?
The Dominican Republic has many different kitesurfing spots.
KiteSurfing in Punta Cana is done close to some of the all inclusive resorts, but the wind is generally a lot lighter than in Cabarete
Las Terennas , about 2,5 hours drive east of Cabarete is one of the nicer kitesurfing spots in the Dominican Republic. Not many waves and the wind is generally 5 knots lighter than in Cabarete
The Cabarete area is the center for kitesurfing Dominican Republic with several different kiteboarding spots, all within a short radius.
Large map here
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 coaching retreats, resort and adult surf camps in many different countries and have 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 market of surf camps; a place which was still social, but offering better quality accommodation, great food, nicer beds, cleaner rooms: A stylish, luxury surf retreat with surf lessons and surf guiding. They set about designing the kind of place they would want to stay in themselves: a luxury surf camp.
THE WORLD’S FIRST PURPOSE-BUILT 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 coaching retreat/ resort.
Since opening in the winter 2009/2010 Swell surf instructors have taught 1000’s of people how to surf in a safe, fun and structured manner. Since its opening, Swell has won multiple awards and has 100’s of excellent reviews from happy guests. Swell continues to be one of the top surfing destinations for couples, groups and solo travellers to go to as the #1 luxury surf camp holiday.
It’s not just surfing on offer at Swell; You can learn to kitesurf, learn wingfoiling, 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 luxury surf experience. 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.
WHAT OUR GUESTS SAY ABOUT SWELL
Swell has been open since 2009 & on several external websites such as Google reviews, TripAdvisor and Facebook you can read what our clients say about us.
Here’s a sample review from Vanessa on tripadvisor
“I had an amazing trip to Cabarete thanks to Swell! I was extremely nervous doing my first solo trip internationally as a female – especially during the pandemic.
Clare, the owner of Swell, took the time to answer all of my questions leading up to my trip, and provided me with very informative and helpful information for planning my trip logistics.
Once I arrived in Cabarete, I felt so safe and taken care of by Swell! Haudy, the manager on-site, is amazing and she is available to you with any questions or logistics planning you may need during your trip. The surfing instructors I had that week – Neno, Henry, and Daniele – were very professional, experienced, and friendly instructors.
Safety was their top priority. They were very patient, taking the time with each person to make sure they were excelling at their own pace all week. I progressed my beginner surfing capabilities so much thanks to them! They were truly a pleasure to hang out with and made everyone feel welcome and included. I also did kiteboarding lessons with LEK kiteboarding while at Swell which was another great experience.
The food and accommodations at Swell Surf Camp were great. I stayed in one of the private rooms – it was spacious, cleaned daily, and the beds were very comfortable which was important for how much physical activity I was doing each day. The breakfasts and dinners are beautifully prepared healthy, tasty, and all local dishes.
The cooks were so friendly and would make adjustments for your needs. Being a directionally challenged person, Swell’s location made it easy to access everything you needed within walking distance – from Cabarete beach, restaurants, bars, shops, etc. Thank you to everyone at Swell surf camps that made this an incredible experience!
I look forward to going back someday soon!”
WHEN IS A GOOD TIME FOR KITESURFING?
Cabarete, On the North Coast of the Dominican Republic ( where we are) is widely considered one of the best kitesurfing destinations in the world. Year-round you can find ideal wind for learning to kitesurf, although some months have better statistics than other.
Mid September to Mid October is hit or miss, since that is hurricane season. Meaning hurricanes travel well north or well south of the DR, but this can change the wind pattern for a while.
More info on the best seasons for surfing and kitesurfing can be found on this page >>