Getting here

Getting to Swell Surf Camp is easier than you think

Getting here

Getting to Swell Surf Camp is easier than you think

Puerto Plata international airport is just 25 minutes from our front door. Direct flights are coming daily from New York, Miami, Toronto, Montreal covering North America and several European destinations also fly direct to the Dominican Republic. We've given you some suggestions below on how to get to us from where you are in the World.

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The airports of the DR


The best (closest) airport to fly into is Puerto Plata (airport code POP). Taxis are well-organized with transparent fares published at the airport; Puerto Plata to Swell costs $35 USD. It's easy to jump in a registered cab and from POP you'd be with us in just 25 minutes! There are direct daily flights from New York (JetBlue and United airlines) or Miami (American Airlines). There are also lots of charter flights that come in from all major airports in the US, Canada, and Europe.


From / via New York, USA If you come from New York or are flying via New York (as lots of our European guests do), Continental, JetBlue and United Airlines fly directly into Puerto Plata. Check for their services into STI and SDQ too; they are often cheaper, but bear in mind the higher taxi costs noted opposite.

  • From / via Miami, USA: American Airlines has a direct, short flight to Puerto Plata from Miami

  • From / via Toronto, Canada: WestJet, Sunwing & Air Canada have direct flights to Puerto Plata from Toronto

  • From / via Montreal, Canada: Sunwing & Air Canada have direct flights to Puerto Plata from Montreal

  • From / via the UK or Europe option 1: Fly to Miami or New York and connect with either American Airlines, United or Jet Blue to POP or STI

  • From / via the UK or Europe option 2: Fly to Brussels and book a direct flight to Puerto Plata/POP (double check that you don't choose Punta Cana, as that airport will also show up in the results) with TUI

  • People from Australia, New Zealand, Asia and the West coast of North America, also might want to look at our brand new place Swell Bali, which could be easier and cheaper to reach than the Dominican Republic.

From / via Paris, France Air France has a direct flight to Santo Domingo (SDQ) from Paris


Another option is to fly into Santiago airport (airport code STI and make sure it`s called Cibao Airport or you might end up in Chile!). Transfers to or from STI will cost $100 USD per pick up or drop off (remember that all taxi prices are per taxi, not per person). Santiago is a little bit further away, but still a very manageable 1 hour and 30 minutes by taxi. Buses are also available to Sosua where you can jump in a ten-minute taxi to Swell; bus journey time is around 3 hours. You can expect the total cost of getting from STI to us to be in the region of $50 USD when coming by bus. Caribe Tours and Metro Tours are the providers.

3rd BEST OPTION AIRPORT: Santo Domingo (SDQ):

Flying into or out of Las Americas (code SDQ, 2.5 to 3 hours away) costs $200 USD extra per pick up or drop off (again, price is per taxi, not per person). Modern, cheap coaches are also available from SDQ to Sosua. The journey takes between 4.5 and 5.5 hours depending on traffic. Take a short taxi ride from the airport to the bus depot and then another short ride from the bus depot in Sosua to Swell (registered taxis are always waiting at the bus depot). You can expect the total cost of getting from SDQ to us this way to be in the region of $50 USD. Caribe Tours and Metro Tours are the providers.

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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 Surf Camp should be on top of your destination list. Highly recommended!

    Reference Source:
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