Surfing in the Caribbean

A wave for all levels


Consistent waves for all surfers

For existing surfers:

We don't just have beginner surfers at Swell; it's also the perfect base for surfers looking to get the most out of their surf holiday in the Dominican Republic. There’s no need for car rental; we take care of the transport. There’s no need to bring your board; we have an extensive rental quiver.

Swell Surf Camp
Swell Surf Camp Transport


Getting to the Surf

Swell provides twice daily surf transport to the most consistent surf beach in the Caribbean. It’s a 10 minute drive and we are pretty much always the first ones at the beach in the mornings. We leave at 6.45am to get the best conditions: glassy waves, offshore winds and uncrowded breaks.


The surf spots at Playa Encuentro

Playa Encuentro really is the crown jewel of surf spots on the North Coast of the Dominican Republic

It's one beach but offers several different surf breaks for surfers of all levels; from complete beginners on a learn to surf holiday to experts, and everything in between.

The other great aspect of our surf beach is that it is one of the most consistent surf spots in Central America; we have fun surfable waves year-round!

The Left

This is a quality left-hander; peeling for a good distance and suitable for experienced intermediate and expert surfers on all board types. Breaks best in Winter (November to April) on a north direction Swell.

Main Peak

Main Peak

Both left and right-hand waves, there are several places to sit after an easy paddle out. The right is a good length of ride on a mellow wave which allows for nice carving turns on open faces.

The left hand is a little shorter. Either direction, these waves suit both intermediate and experts.

Main Peak


Excellent mellow wave suitable for beginners and intermediate surfers; you can go left or right.One of the most consistent surf spots in Cabarete / Playa Encuentro

Main Peak

Coco Pipe

Breaks properly on a north swell with shallow, fast lefts and rights; the right-hander can barrel, suitable for expert surfers.

Coco Pipe is a great wave for advanced surfers, and is most consistent between ocotber and April

Main Peak
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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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