Summer Surf Camp in Cabarete


What’s going on at Swell Surf Camp?
Summer season is pretty much here in Cabarete, we have been running special summer discounts for the summer season surf camps and the response that Clare has had has been very good, lots of weeks are filling up quickly. So if you are looking for the best vibe surf camp in the Caribbean, join us on a one of a kind surf holiday.



We were sad to see Aaron leave after being the head surf instructor at Swell for over a year. Aaron decided to do some more travelling and is off for a work / gap year in Canada. We were sad to see him leave, but we hope we’ll see him back in Cabarete in the nearby future.

Charlie our ISA qualified surf instructor from New Zealand is still working at Swell and enjoying the good warm weather and fun waves that the Caribbean offers. Working alongside Charlie and Neno is our newest addition to the team: Romy. Originally from germany but she has been traveling around the globe for a while now. She will also be doing to photo packages. So if you want your pictures taken during your stay at Swell, contact here.

Playa Encuentro




Pierre, one of our favorite guests from Canada, who has been at Swell more than a handful of times in the last few years took another surf course with Swell. Recently retired from work at age 65 he shows that you are never too old to learn to surf.



Sadly our storage hut at Playa Encuentro burned down with pretty much all our boards in it last week. Accident with some electrical shortcut. But every sad thing has a silver lining. A whole new set of boards has been ordered and will be in Cabarete in a few days, tons of long boards and soft tops, and a whole new set of performance short boards for our surfboard rental pool at Encuentro. Boards in the range of 5’11 to 7’6” are coming from TORQ surfboards. Our staff has tested a few sizes of those boards abroad and came back with great feedback. So if you are in need of a rental board whilst staying at Swell, you are in good hands.



Here is a video from Red Bull, not taken in Cabarete ( thankfully) but it makes for great watching anyway.

We hope to see you in the water soon.

Team Swell Surf Camp

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Kite & Surf Holiday


Summer season is upon us here in the Dominican Republic, which means the afternoon trade winds start blowing like clock work at around midday.

More and more people are interested in our learn to kitesurf packages.  We have created a package that incorporates the pleasant stay at Swell Surf camp in comfortable rooms, healthy fresh breakfasts, 4 dinners and kite surf lessons on Cabarete’s Bozo beach at the best kitesurf school in Cabarete. They have IKO qualified kite surf instructors working for them and teach with the latest 2015 kitesurf gear.

What else is new in Cabarete? The 2015 Cabarete kitesurfing world cup is taken off the agenda unfortunately due to logistical / organisational difficulties. It’s a real shame since for most of the kite surf pro’s Cabarete is their favorite PKRA stop on the world tour. Hopefully the world cup will be back next year for some spectacular action.



If you are interested in a Kite & Surf holiday in Cabarete this summer we have good news, we have drastically reduced our rates for the summer. Have a look on the pricing page, or send Clare a message to get a price and availability quote today.



190 Tripadvisor reviews, Frommers recommends Swell as one of the top 10 surf camps in the world, and Lonely Planet wrote the following about us:

We hope to welcome you in Cabarete soon

Interested in an active adventure holiday to the Caribbean? Have a look at this page

For those interested in learning to kitesurf on their caribbean, here’s a good starter guide

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Kitesurf Holiday


Kitesurf season is coming up in Cabarete, Dominican Republic.Besides awesome surfing conditions for surfers of all levels, Cabarete is also widely regarded as the kitesurf capital of the world.

Perfect conditions for kiteboarders of all levels.

What to expect if you are coming to Cabarete for a kitesurf holiday?

  • Steady tradewinds that kick in in the afternoon, so no need to get up early in the morning.
  • Warm water and air temperatures so no need for a wetsuit.
  • Different kite surf spots close to cabarete, from waves to flat water.
  • Plenty of space, no need to get lines tangled.
  • Good kite surf schools so you can learn in a safe manner.
  • Awesome local talent that put on a great show.

We have converted many surfers into kitesurfers over the years, and if you are also interested in learning this exciting sport, join us this summer and sign up for our kitesurf package.

How many hours of kitesurf lessons do I need?
Some advertise 4-6 hours of kitesurf lesson packages, to lure clients in with low prices. We don’t believe in this approach, learning in a safe manner, requires at least 8-10 hours of lessons and another few hours of supervised kitesurfing.

Do I need to be strong for kitesurfing?
No,  kids as young as 6 have learned kiteboarding and people as old as 70 are still kitesurfing.

Is Kitesurfing dangerous?
Not when you take lessons with a qualified kite surf school in Cabarete.

How much does the kitesurf equipment costs?

  • Used board starts at 200-300 USD
  • Used kite and bar starts at 400-500 USD
  • Harness costs around 65 USD

Is used kite equipment available for purchase in Cabarete?

yes plenty of people have good used kite equipment for sale, ask around at the different kite school.

The 2015 Cabarete PKRA kiteboard worldcup sponsored by Virgin ( Branson’s company) will be stopping by in June , see the event schedule here .

Have anymore questions about kitesurfing , Cabarete or a surf holiday to the DR’s #1 surf camp, send us an email.

For those interested in learning to kitesurf on their caribbean, here’s a good starter guide

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good waves


Why Cabarete?
Because Cabarete is one of the only places in the world where you can enjoy several different watersports all within a few miles radius, no need for a car, and because it’s in the Caribbean, it’s warm year round, no need for a wetsuit either. Just bring an adventurous spirit and plenty of sunscreen.

Want to see more picture of all the cool stuff you can do in Cabarete, Dominican Republic? Have a look at our Swell Surf Camp Flickr page, it has 2,000+ shots of the surfing, stand up paddle boarding, kitesurfing, and windsurfing in and around Cabarete.

cabarete beach drone shot

Interested in joining us on a one of a kind surf camp holiday? Have a look at our packages and send us an email.

Looking for an adventure holiday ? We got that too

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