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!

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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 hotel 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. Highly recommended!

    Reference Source:
    [Lonely Planet]

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