Cabarete is widely regarded as one of the top places in the world for wing foil surfing. Why? Because Cabarete is unique in that it combines steady & side-onshore wind (so you can’t get dragged out to sea), warm water and wide open sandy beaches. Cabarete is ideal for wingsurfers of all levels, from complete beginners to experts, there is something for every wingsurfer to enjoy
There are several different wing foiling spots in Cabarete.
Cabarete beach is just a few minutes from Swell and Kite Beach is just a short moto ride from Swell.
Both spots are favoured by wingsurfers of all levels. Cabarete bay and kite beach have flat water inside the lagoon, that are perfect for people learning the basics of wingsurfing. The wind is side-onshore which means if something happens, you will quickly be brought back to shallow water by the wind. For more advanced riders, the reef outside Cabarete bay and Kitebeach are ideal locations for riding the waves with your foil and wing. It's hard to find a better wing foiling holiday location in the world!
WARM CARIBBEAN WATER
Palms trees, white sand and turquoise water makes for a wingsurfing paradise!
Don’t bring a wetsuit, but do bring plenty of sunscreen.
See you in Cabarete, Dominican Republic for a wingsurf holiday
Cabarete with its white sandy beaches and steady side-onshore tradewinds is the ideal place to learn to wingsurf in a safe and fun way.
From the beginner wingsurf basics to more advanced wingsurfing techniques, we can help you make the most of your wing foiling holiday
Learn to wingsurf with the top wingsurfing school
Our Swell partner wingsurf school is a short walk from our place and is renowned for using only high quality, up-to-date equipment and international instructors with years of wingsurfing & foiling experience themselves.
The exciting new sport of Wing surfing (aka Wing foiling), is accessible for people of most ages, and no previous watersport experience is requirerd. Because it needs less wind than kiting or wind-surfing, it's easily practised on rivers or lakes; even in places without high winds!
Read on to see why Cabarete, Dominican Republic is one of the best places in the world to learn wingsurfing / wing foiling in a safe, quick and fun way. At Swell we can accommodate wingfoilers for riders at different winging and foiling abilities.
Cabarete is long been known as one of the best places in the world for both kite and windsurfing. Wing-surfing requires even less wind and therefore Cabarete is an absolutely perfect place to learn to foil and wing-surf. It’s great for beginners, but it’s also ideal for experienced wing-surfers who want to practise their jumping or wave riding skills. Cabarete’s consistent side-on winds and a choice of flat water or wave riding make it a wing-surfing spot which cannot be beaten anywhere on the planet!
Interested in learning to Wingfoil? See our wingsurfing packages
SOME QUICK QUESTIONS
CAN I STAY LONGER / SHORTER THAN 7 DAYS?
Staying longer at a Swell Surf Vacation is not a problem, we get a lot of returning clients that do not like the cold weather in their home countries during the winter, and stay at Swell Surf Camp for several weeks.
Even during our wintertime, you do not ever have to wear a wetsuit, the water is warm, and leave your warm clothes at home too, just bring plenty of sunscreen.
Staying shorter is also possible, although the minimum stay most of the year is 4 nights. At Swell we do not have a set arrival date, so see what flights are available, send us a message and join us for a surf holiday with like-minded adults.
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 the surf retreat 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 that made this an incredible experience!
I look forward to going back someday soon!”
WHEN IS A GOOD TIME FOR LEARN WINGFOILING?
Cabarete, On the North Coast of the Dominican Republic ( where we are) is widely considered one of the best wingsurfing / wingfoiling destinations in the world. Year-round you can find ideal wind for learning to wingfoil, 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.
The most ideal wingfoiling conditions for learning to wingfoil ar between the months of May and August. Where the tradewinds blow steady between mid-day and 6 o’clock every day. The water in Cabarete bay is also mostly flat in those months which makes progress on your wing foiling holiday quick and fun.
For Advanced wingfoilers, the months between November and April are great months because the waves on the reef at Cabarete make for an ideal play ground with a wing and a foil. Gently, long rolling waves make for long foiling rides. The reef is deep enough not to affect the lenght of the foil.
CAN I COMBINE SURFING & WINGSURFING?
If ‘just’ learning to surf or ‘just’ learning to wingsurf is not enough, and you want the ultimate watersport action holiday, then yes you can combine our learn to surf holiday with the new sport of Wing surfing.
The surfing is mostly done before mid-day, then at around 13.00 to 14.00 the trade winds kick in for ideal kite and wing surfing.
Just ask us about the packages that we offer that combine different sports, surf in the morning, wind sports in the afternoon and you will surely sleep well and satisfied in the evening.
WHY A WING FOILING HOLIDAY?
The new sport of Wing Foiling is a great way to pick up a new & exciting watersport. Here’s some reasons why it’s the fastest growing watersport:
No previous wind or watersport experience required
No need for physical strenght
Equipment can be packed small for travel in a car or plane
Can be done on oceans, lakes and rivers
Large wind range, from 8 knots light wind to 30 knots +
Quick and safe learning curve
One of the reasons why we see a lot of Swell clients choosing a wing foiling holiday with Swell is that it can easily be combined with a learn-to-surf holiday. Surf in the morning, wing foil in the afternoon; a perfect action-packed watersport holiday
ADVANCED WINGFOILING CONDITIONS
If you already know how to wingfoil and are looking for a good wingsurfing destinations to practise your wave riding technique, then you have come to the right place.
Cabarete offers excellent wave wingfoiling conditions; the outside reefs of Cabarete offer mellow waves between 1 meter (3 foot) to 4 meters (12foot). The wind is side onshore so that waves don’t break hard top to bottom, making it an ideal place for long rides. there are lefts and rights.
Bigger waves are between September and May, smaller waves, but more wind between June and August. Cabarete reef barely goes flat.
Tidal difference is not large, so there’s enough clearance for your foil.
Encuentro ( where we surf in the morning) is also a good wave wingfoiling spot. You’ll find a long stretch of coast between Kite beach and Playa Encuentro with fun waves. Be carefull on the inside though because it does get less than 55 cm in depth.
Video of wingfoiling in waves in Cabarete & Playa Encuentro.
WHAT IF I DON’T NEED / WANT LESSONS
No problem, just contact us, and we’ll create a customised package for you that doesn’t include surf / kite or wing surfing lessons, but does give you all the other things that are great at Swell. We get lots of experienced surfers, kitesurfers and wingfoilers staying with us for the great social vibe , good food and a comfy bed & room.
“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!