Unlike recent media coverage portrays, the Dominican Republic is a safe country to visit or to live in.

Recent reports of deaths in large All Inclusive resorts highlight, in our opinion, the dangers of ultra-cheap holidays with accommodation, all you can eat food & alcoholic drinks, plus transportation, which leaves the hotels with as little as 15-20 USD per day to try and house, feed and water their guests.

This is not sustainable tourism and it leaves the hotels in a very difficult situation. At those prices, they are forced to cut corners.

Would you consider a restaurant in Europe or North America who charges 7 USD for unlimited food and alcoholic drinks, a healthy and safe place to eat and drink and then do it 7 days in a row?

The answer, of course, is no. Add existing medical conditions and over-eating or drinking, in a tropical climate, and you have a recipe for disaster.

We, the owners of Swell (from the UK and the Netherlands) have lived in the DR for 11 years, with our 2 children. The only time we ever suffered from food poisoning was when we were invited to lunch at an all Inclusive-hotel.

What is not safe to do in the DR?
– Drink the tap water
– Stay somewhere which is too cheap to be true
– Buy or consume drugs
– Sit under a palm tree in heavy winds with ripe coconuts hanging in the tree

We have never done those things and as a result, neither we or any of our 6000+ guests have ever been hospitalized, let alone died.

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  • 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!

    Reference Source:
    [Lonely Planet]


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