Cabarete wind and wave forecasts


We get a lot of  people asking us,”what is the wave or wind going to be like in 3 weeks from now”. Needless to say we cannot guarantee perfect wind or wave conditions for your learn to surf or learn to kite holiday 3 weeks in advance.

There are a few tools you can use for an accurate 7 days forecast or tools that give you an insight into historical wind and wave patterns in the Caribbean.
For an accurate wind and wave forecast for 7 days we use sites like Windguru Cabarete and MagicSeaweed Encuentro[/dropcap]

From our own experience

Waves between October and April:
Bigger waves: suitable for beginners, intermediate and expert surfers

Waves between May and September:
Smaller waves on average: more suitable for beginners and intermediates.

Wind between April and August:
Consistent wind of 15 knots or more on 70% of the days

Wind Between September and March:
Consistent wind of 15 knots or more 40% of the days.


Are you looking for a one-of-a-kind surf camp holiday in Cabarete?

Here’s 10 reasons why Swell Surf Camp in Cabarete is your best bet:

  1. The only purpose built surf camp in the Caribbean.
  2. The only surf camp and school in Cabarete with internationally qualified surf instructors.
  3. Located right in the center of Cabarete
  4. Top quality surf equipment for rent: soft tops and hard tops in sizes ranging from 5’6” to 9’2”
  5. Yummy home cooked breakfasts and dinners.
  6. Daily maid service.
  7. Get a ride to the surf beach, restaurants, & nightlife can all be reached easily by walking into town.
  8. Quality beds, mattresses and sheets will make you sleep as well as at home.
  9. Awesome staff; friendly dominicans, 1 chilean manager, our local surf instructor Neno and 2 international surf instructors will make sure that everything is in order during your surfing vacation.
  10. The best vibe in town! Meeting fellow travellers has never been easier; our large communal area is great for playing a game of pool, table football, socialising or watching a surf video. No other place in the Caribbean has the vibe Swell has……Guaranteed.

But don’t just believe our word for it, here are some external companies’ views on what Swell has to offer:


And our love-hate relationship with Tripadvisor continues (even though we have by far the best record on reviews, we are placed lower in the rankings than places which are no longer open just because we won’t allow Trip Advisor to sell our rooms).

So if you are interested in joining us on a great surf holiday vacation in the Caribbean, send Clare an email today. Swell is a small place with room for only 22 guests, so spaces fill up quickly and most times month in advance.

We hope to see you soon!!

Swell Surf camp

If you have any questions about what season is best suited for your level of surfing or kitesurfing, feel free to send us a message.

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Cabarete Kitesurf World Cup 2014

Update 2016

The article  below is from 2014 so here’s an update on the 2016 Maitai Cabarete Freestyle Invitational.

The new kiteboarding event is part of the world kiteboarding league

Jule 12 to Juli 17 2016

Cabarete Bay, in front of the Millenium hotel, at Laurel eastman Kiteboarding ( where Swell clients go for kite lessons)

The worlds best 24 male and 12 female kitsurf riders will compete.

How to watch:
Go to the beach any day after 11 when there’s more than 15 knots and be prepared to see spectacular jumps.

Who to watch:
Local riders Ariel and his young brother Adeuri could have a chance of winning it ( Ariel won years ago) Or Luis Alberto Cruz, who we will be cheering on, since he is a family member of Sypriana, the longest working staff member at Swell.

Inspired? Want to learn to kitesurf? See the details of the learn to kiteboard packages that Swell offers.
See you on the beach the coming week.

Cabarete Kitesurf World Cup 2014
After a few years of absentee this year will be once again the year where one of the most exciting events of  the Kitesurf World tour will take place in Cabarete

From June 18 to June 22 2014 the world cup will take place at Bozo beach, (Cabarete’s main beach). Bozo beach is a short 5 minute walk from Swell Surf Camp, so if you are interested in seeing the world’s best freestyle kiteboarders battle it out in epic conditions, send Clare an email to see if we have space for you at Swell.

For people more interested in becoming a kiteboarder that week, don’t worry, kitesurf lessons are still given at the downwind kitebeach.

Surfing in summer time in the DR
Summer is not just a great time for kite and windsurfing in Cabarete, the summer sees perfect surfing conditions for completete beginners or intermediates that have only surfed a few times in their lives. Wave size is a consistent waist to shoulder high in the summer months.

Other activities in Cabarete
There’s no need to be bored in Cabarete, regardless of what season of the year we are in, here’s some of our clients favorite things to do in Cabarete:

  • Canyoning and the waterfall tours.
  • Windsurfing.
  • Snorkeling and diving.
  • Yoga with Molly at Swell.
  • A night out partying in town.
  • Mountainbiking with max.
  • Ziplining at the monkey jungle tours.
  • Stand up paddle tours ( SUP) in the river Yasica or the lagoon.

So if you are looking for an action packed adventure holiday in the Caribbean,; have a look at our packages to see if there’s something that fits your needs. Keep in mind Swell is a small and popular place so space is limited.

Single / solo traveler looking for an active holiday? You’ll be happy to hear that half our guests are generally solo travellers, so it’s real easy to meet other folks at Swell to socialise and have fun with.

See you at the world cup in Cabarete

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Water sport holiday

Snorkeling activities dominican republic


If you are looking for an active water sport holiday in either the Dominican Republic,  then Swell Surf Camp is your place to be!


 Why Swell is the ultimate watersport holiday

It’s not just surfing at our surf camp, there’s a ton of other water sports you, your family or your friends can do with us in the Dominican Republic.


  • Cabarete is widely considered one of the best kitesurfing destinations for beginners and advanced kiteboarders. From flat water at La Boca to the waves at Encuentro and kitebeach there’s different types of kitesurfing conditions to keep everyone happy.
  • Steady tradewinds: No gusty offshore winds here, steady trade winds that are side onshore make this a very safe spot( if something happens you float back to the shore in no time)
  • Top kitesurf schools: There’s a ton of kite schools in Cabarete, we work with the 2 best schools at Swell, that have been in business for 10+ years and that work with a large school of professional & qualified kitesurf instructors.
  • Warm water: no need to bring your wetsuit!

Stand up paddle surfing

  • Cabarete has great SUP conditions, and just like kitesurfing,  the North coast offers a wide variety of SUP conditions to keep everybody happy: From paddle surfing in the waves at Encuentro, to the flat water SUP tours on the La Boca rivers.
  • Lessons and rentals are available, from easy beginner stand up paddle boards to advanced wave SUP boards, all is available in Cabarete
  • Fun for the whole family on their water sport vacation, kids as young as 6 years old to 70 year old seniors can enjoy the sport of paddle boarding.


  • Before kitesurfing and surfing made the DR a popular place, Cabarete was put on the map by the windsurfers 20 years ago. Cabarete bay offer unique windsurfing conditions for windsurfers of all levels. The morning when the wind is light and the water flat is ideal for beginners, when something goes wrong, the side onshore wind will return you to the safety of the beach in no time.
  • For intermediates and advanced windsurfers, there’s the slalom and freestyle conditions with medium chop and waves inside the bay, for advanced waveriders the reef offers plenty of waves to practise your jumps and wave riding.
  • Quality windsurf lessons and rentals are all available on Cabarete bay

For kite, wind and wave surfing check the forecasts on Windguru and MagicSeaweed

Canyoning, rafting and white water stand up paddle boarding.
We work closely with “Kayak river adventures” they offer great trips. The waterfall / Canyoning trip is weekly trip most Swell guests do, and they love it. Climbing up waterfalls, sliding down natural slides into turquoise water and doing big jumps. Gets the adrenaline going and is highly recommended

Cabarete has 1 main sailing center in the upwind part of the Bay called the Bic center. They give sailing lessons in Laser’s and a 4 person sail boat

When the waves are too big for the surf spots to work properly, some good BodyBoarding and bodysurfing can be done inside the Cabarete bay.

Horse Riding and Mountain biking in and around Cabarete, Dominican Republic
Ok not watersport holiday activities but still great things to do when you don’t want to be in the water for a day.

Keep in mind that  all these active water sport activities are optional at Swell Surf Camp, if all you want to do is Surf and chill, then Cabarete is a great place.

See our package pricing page for more details or have a look at even more stuff to do in Cabarete

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