SURF & YOGA RETREAT

IN THE CARIBBEAN

SURF & YOGA RETREATS

BY SWELL

Swell offers an affordable Surf & Yoga Retreat on the North coast of the Dominican Republic We cater for people who have never surfed before or are intermediate surfers that need surf coaching. Besides the surfing, there’s Yoga on offer at Swell 3 x per week, as well as exciting adventure trips filled with adrenaline

TRAVELING SOLO?

If you are traveling solo then Swell is the ideal place since 70% of our guests travel to Swell by themselves.

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SURFING

For people that have never surfed before or have limited surf experience we offer surf lessons and coaching from highly experienced & qualified surf instructors that have taught surfing to 100's of students in a safe, fun and quick way.

Our local surf beach is super consistent, safe and stunningly pretty.

Have energy left after surfing and want to learn even more sports? Try kitesurfing or the new sport of Wing foiling which is quick to learn and great fun!

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Travel

A Swell Surf & Yoga Retreat is an ideal place for social people to meet new people from all over the globe, 70% of our guests travel to Swell solo

We surf together, have breakfast and dinners together and go on adventure day trips together, so meeting new people couldn't be easier.

Generally speaking our clients are between 30 and 55 years old, (but off course we also get younger and older guests.)

English is the common language and all our surfing staff and management speaks good English.

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SURF

Paradise

If you are looking for an active watersport holiday in warm water, A Swell Surf Holiday should be on the top of your to-do list.

Warm water, white sandy beaches and 1000's of palm trees are what the North Coast of the Dominican Republic has to offer. We offer a learn to surf course for people who have never surfed before and want to learn to surf in a safe, quick and fun manner using our structured approach.

It's not just surfing that is on offer at Swell, you can also combine your surf holiday with kitesurfing or the new sport of Wingfoiling (wingsurfing). Waves in the morning, windsports in the afternoon.

We can create a customized holiday package for you, with different sports, activities and length of stay. Arrival can be any day of the week.

So send us a message today with your activities and dates.

YOGA

Comfort

We built our accommodation from scratch with the help of some of the best architects, to be a purpose-built boutique surf retreat, made for comfort and socializing.

At the heart of our retreat is a large communal-style open living space where we all get together for surf theory, meals, drinks, and socializing. For solo travelers; there is no easier way to meet like-minded people on your holiday!

All our rooms have an ensuite bathroom, are fitted with AC and fans and crispy clean sheets, so you'll sleep (S)Well.

We hope to welcome you at Swell soon.

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SOME QUICK QUESTIONS

CAN I STAY LONGER / SHORTER THAN 7 DAYS?

Staying longer at a Swell Surf Vacation is not a problem, we get a lot of returning clients that do not like the cold weather in their home countries during the winter, and stay at Swell Surf Camp for several weeks.

Even during our wintertime, you do not ever have to wear a wetsuit, the water is warm, and leave your warm clothes at home too, just bring plenty of sunscreen.

Staying shorter is also possible, although the minimum stay most of the year is 4 nights. At Swell we do not have a set arrival date, so see what flights are available, send us a message and join us for a surf holiday with like-minded adults.

I HAVE DIETARY RESTRICTIONS

Whilst we do not have a team of chefs to cater to every whim, we are well used to catering for vegetarians, vegans and people with other food intolerances. We have a wide variety of ingredients to choose from and will always try our very best to cater for your needs if you tell us in advance, so just send us an email to see what your options are.

IS THIS A WOMAN SURF & YOGA RETREAT

No, at Swell we are open to all; men and woman are welcome to join us for a unique Caribbean Retreat

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

On our pricing pages you can see the different surf retreat packages we offer, there are 3 ‘main’ packages: learn to surf, learn to wingfoil or learn to kitesurf. You can also combine packages or customize them with your needs and lenght of stay, just send us a message. Please note that a Swell Retreat can only be booked directly with us, we do not offer our rooms or packages on any external site .

WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY
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Alexandra T.
09 Feb 2024
Highly recommend. I visited Swell as a solo traveller while remote working and had a wonderful time. I had never surfed before and all of their instructors were informative, patient and fun. The camp itself is clean, a great place to relax and wifi is strong enough to work remotely (although its better in the communal areas over the rooms). The rooms are clean and comfortable. The group dinners and daily breakfasts were all delicious. The location is great because you're both near the town of Cabarate, and then just a short taxi away from the surf beach (which Swell provides with lessons/rental twice a day). Highly recommend.
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Shreya L.
24 Jan 2024
My husband and I spent 7 or 8 days at Swell. I went into the week thinking that I hated surfing and was mostly going because my husband was super excited about it. I loaded up on books and figured I’d work remotely.
Well, I got there and within a couple days, I was actually surfing and I couldn’t imagine not going every day. The staff and surf instructors were so stoked about surfing, I couldn’t help but be stoked too. The instructors were excellent and patient and nice.
The food they cook for you is all really delicious. The referrals they had for restaurants and other activities were great. All the people working at Swell were very very nice. Everyone we encountered in connection with Swell was super nice and lovely. The location isn’t on the beach but I thought that was a positive because it was probably quieter. Highly recommend doing the yoga as well.
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jim t.
15 Jan 2024
Great crew helping to everyone get their merit badge in surfing basics. DR is a friendly place.
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Grace L.
25 Dec 2023
Look no further this is a spectacular surf camp! Great location and the rooms look just like the photos - tidy, comfy beds, showers work well. But what makes this place spectacular is the staff. Everyone is warm and welcoming and I felt right at home as a solo traveller. The meals were delicious. I’ve taken surf lessons all over the world and Luciano is by far and away the best instructor I’ve had. As opposed to the supervised chaos I’ve experienced in the past - he has actual lesson plans and goals for each session so you have measurable progress. Jeffrey is also great. I felt safe and confident - and above all had a lot of fun. Hats off to Haudy the host who organizes everything seamlessly. Thanks everyone for making my first solo surf trip so fantastic. See you again soon!
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Valerie
03 Nov 2023
Amazing boutique hotel with Incredible instructors. The pictures online look exactly like the place. Every staff member has been so kind, helpful, pleasant & a joy to be around. My surfing abilities have grown exponentially even in just a week. It has been a dream vacation, am so grateful for this experience, & have learned so much.
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WHAT MAKES SWELL DIFFERENT?

WHY IS THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC A TOP SURF DESTINATION?

Before we started Swell in the Caribbean in 2009 we operated a surf travel agency and that gave us the chance to visit over 25+ surf destinations to see what the surf conditions were like, so we have a pretty good idea of the different surfing conditions in the various surf locations around the world.

But first, we need to have a look at what makes a good or best surf destination.

There is no such thing as one surf destination that ticks all the boxes. For one, someone who is in the early stages of their surf career is looking for a very different type of wave than a seasoned pro.

BEST SURF CAMP DESTINATION  FOR BEGINNERS LEARNING TO SURF

 

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

WHERE IS IT LOCATED: Largest island In the Caribbean, the North coast faces the Atlantic, and the south coast faces the Caribbean.

 

GETTING THERE: Short direct flight from Miami or 3-hour flight from New York and Toronto. Charter flights from Europe

 

FOCUS SURF REGION: The north coast, 20 minutes from Puerto Plata international airport.

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WHAT MAKES IT A GREAT SURF DESTINATION FOR BEGINNERS:

We are biased since this is where we opened Swell in 2009, but we did so for a reason: we wanted a place where we can teach people to surf in a safe way.

Playa Encuentro is the ideal spot, it has 350 surfable days in the year, with mellow reform waves on the inside breaking over a flat reef, deep enough to stand in the water (around chest high), easy access to the beach, no dangerous current or sea life. We have taught 5000+ guests over 10 years the sport of surfing.
There is no dangerous sea life present, nor are there dangerous rips or currents present. All this makes it one of the best places for a learn to surf camp for beginners.
BEST TIME TO GO: any time of the year

PROS

  • Pretty white sand beaches, lined with palm trees.
  • Friendly Caribbean vibes, in and out of the water.
  • Budget-friendly
  • Close to an international airport
  • Warm tropical climate and water
5 REASONS WHY SWELL IS PERFECT FOR SOLO TRAVELERS

When the idea of opening a surf camp started in 2009, we didn’t want to convert an existing villa into a surf camp; We started from zero with the help of an architect.

So we designed a large communal area, which is the heart of our place.

This is where we have breakfast, and dinners, socialise after surfing and chill out during the day.

Here are the reasons why Swell is so ideal for solo travelers:

  • Easy to meet people, the communal area is where people hang out, (not in their rooms)
  • 70% of our guests travel solo.
  • The town we are in,  is full of active people, co-working, surfing,  foiling, sailing, enjoying the good Caribbean way of life.
  • We organize active day trips that most of our guests sign up for.
  • Our staff has lived in the town for over 15 years so are great for tips on where to eat, drink, dance etc.

That’s why our slogan is: arrive as a guest, leave as a friend!

 

 

  • “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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