Best week ever!
My best friend and I recently spent a week at Swell. We both felt that it was one of the best weeks of our lives! One of my most favourite trips I have ever been on.
Everything was amazing! The rooms are spacious and clean. The food prepared at camp is delicious and they catered to me being a vegetarian. The grounds are so magnificently kept. Everything is beautiful. We felt super safe the entire time.
The other guests staying at camp were awesome and we had a blast making new friends. There’s plenty to do in town to stay busy, but also a lot of downtime to chill out and relax.
I hadn’t been surfing in a couple of years and was a bit nervous, but after only our first lesson with Lee as our instructor, we felt confident and quickly started catching waves. Lee and Neno really made us feel safe in the water the entire time, and I really appreciated their patience, knowledge and enthusiasm. 10/10!!! I left as a much better surfer than when I arrived.
Would definitely recommend this place to anyone looking! We will for sure be back!
There was never a time I didn’t feel at home at Swell. All the staff is warm, welcoming, and absolute professionals. The grounds are beautiful and immaculate. The rooms are ample sized, kept very clean, and everything works! For the social butterflies, there is plenty of space to mingle and get to know the staff and guests.
The camp is close enough to the action in town that you won’t need a cab during your stay if you want to try out the local cuisine, but just far enough that you can guarantee a good night’s sleep before your morning session. The surf instructors are amazing; super talented, knowledgeable, and patient. I should’ve put this first: The food is AMAZING! Never a bad meal. Never even a decent meal. They were all top-notch. Nobody leaves when the Swell chefs are cooking dinner, you won’t’ find a better meal. Swell made my trip to the DR hands-down my most memorable and satisfying vacations. I could stay.
Swell: simply the best
I never write reviews, but feel compelled to do so, as I prepare to leave Swell after 15 days of bliss. My body is battered, but this place uplifts the soul like no other. Everybody connected with Swell is amazing. The surf instructors become real friends and interact with guests throughout. Genuine guys and so helpful. Haudy is great at organising everything. The cooks prepare the best, healthy and hearty food. The taxis to the beach get the party going. The security guys and cleaner are super friendly. Really impossible to pick a fault. Rooms are both clean and beautifully simple. Book the yoga too; Molly the yoga teacher is so much fun and keeps the classes challenging, but fun. I haven’t even mentioned the other guests….fabulous people throughout my stay, without exception. Will miss you Swell Surf Camp. Until next time….
Amazing Surf Camp!
Swell was absolutely amazing. First of all, it is extremely clean and rooms are cleaned daily. Secondly, the women cooks do an incredible job preparing meals. So tasty and fresh. Still obsessing over mango. Haudy is incredibly warm and welcoming. Great spot for a solo traveler or group of friends.
Cabarete feels like it’s still a locals town and much more authentic Dominican than you would receive in a resort town. Super laid back town but with fun bars and restuarants and cute smaller establishments. Everything is walking distance from the camp. You can find pure relaxation or lots of fun at the camp. It is whatever YOU make it!
Jeffrey, Neno, and Lee are incredible instructors. They alone are worth the trip. They are supportive and patient in the water but also fun and entertaining. I would have never have gotten up on the board without them and their incredible teaching/coaching.
Overall, I can’t wait to be back and will continue to spread the word! You have a new fan/Swell family member.
I recently got back from a week stay at Swell and it was everything I hoped for and more! I went as a Solo traveler so I’m always a bit nervous heading in, not knowing what to really expect, but the second I stepped into Swell everyone treated me like family and the nerves instantly went away.
The Manger, Haudy, is a complete sweetheart and will go out of her way to make you feel conformable and make sure you have everything you need. The surf instructors, Lee and Neno are 2 of the friendliest guys you will ever meet. Both of them have amazing personalities and really want to see you succeed on the water and do an amazing job teaching you to surf. Both of them also go well out of their way to socialize and are happy to answer any questions you have about the area. They made the entire Swell experience even that much more amazing and I left with two incredible friends in them.
Food was soo good. Chefs are in there hours before the dinners setting up and prepping for a delicious meals. Breakfast was also top notch!
Oh, and I can officially tell my friends I know how to surf now 🙂
If you are on the fence about staying here, I assure you that you will NOT be disappointed!
Amazing place to surf and relax with great people!
I was a solo traveler, first time in a surf camp. I didn’t know what to expect, but everything turned out to be exactly as the website says!
I had surfed once before, but had no real experience. I had a blast! Since it was low season, I basically had private lessons with Lee and he was great at teaching me the basics. I started out with the big soft top board and left the camp having surfed green waves with a hard top board!
The beach we went to surf was Encuentro. The time I was there, it was pretty rowdy, with wind picking up pretty early. I still enjoyed surfing, but it was quite the task to get out there!
The camp itself was great! Very well organized and there is always someone on duty. Haudy is a gem and made me feel right at home!
I was in the dorm room, and it was exactly like the pictures! Clean, big and enough privacy.
The staff was super friendly and the cooks made the best food! Breakfast and dinners were amazing.
The ambiance in the camp will vary depending on who is there. When I arrived, there was a mix of families and solo travelers, everyone was super energetic and the group was very close. After a couple days, the camp was very quiet and relaxed with only a few guests. It stayed pretty calmed for the rest of my trip, but we all went to eat together, which was nice!
I would definitely recommend this surf camp! The amenities were awesome, everything was designed with care and the surf schedule was perfect!
Great people make an amazing vacation!
We just finished a week at Swell and wished we had stayed longer. We are total beginners to surfing, but met a few seasoned surfers at Swell. We were the only couple with mostly solo travellers and had a great time meeting people.
This place is special; not just for beginners to learn how to surf, but it has just the right mix. Great instructors (Neno, Lee, and Ben), great team lead by Manager Haudy, and a great atmosphere. The owners, Clare and Jeroen have put a lot of thought and care into Swell.
The brunches and dinners at Swell are amazing! And well earned after two surf lessons a day. Food around town (Gorditos, Vagamundo Waffles, and Casa di Papi on the beach) are reasonable and tasty. The camp itself is intimate, clean, and modern. Wifi in the rooms is weak, but we didn’t mind, as you could use it in the common areas, and made us more social.
One word of advice: if you want to learn how to surf and get up, make sure you do the exercises Clare will send you. If you don’t, you will probably struggle.
We have already recommended Swell to several people and hoping to make our way back soon! Book it; you won’t regret it.
Best vacation we have ever had!
The Swell Team is amazing! In 7 days they successfully taught me how to surf. We had an absolutely wonderful time. My husband and I were traveling together and enjoyed the camaraderie and community that swell offers. The accommodations were perfect and the food was amazing! I have a gluten allergy and the chefs were so kind to always have options for me at each meal. Everything is planned for you the moment you arrive and you can truly relax and enjoy your vacation. I would give them ten stars if I could. Highly recommend Swell Surf Camp!!