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Swell is a purpose built hotel for surfers, right in the center of Cabarete. You will have no need to hire a car or use a motorbike as we take care of the transportation to and from the beach twice per day and you are right next to all the restaurants and the beach of Cabarete. All our private rooms have en-suites with AC. Swimming pool with LED and fibre optic lighting and a large communal area with pool table, fussball and ping ping table as well as a video library and other games. We cater for active people who want quality accommodation in a social setting. 4 home prepared dinners and our delicious daily breakfast are included in a 7 night package at Swell. We don't allow our rooms to be sold on this website.
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Michael M wrote a review May 2022
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As someone who has visited dozens of surf camps over the last three decades, Swell Cabarate stands out. While most surf camps cater to younger advanced surfers, Swell aims for the beginner / less experienced surfer. If you are 20 or 50 years old and have dreamed of learning to surf - Swell is your place. The staff, food, and surf instructors are top notch. The hotel and grounds are lovely and welcoming. The social aspect is especially great. At the communal table you might hear five different languages being spoken, all expressing their stoke of surfing and being in the DR. I highly recommend Swell to anyone who dreams of a surfing adventure.
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Date of stay: April 2022
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hocoro wrote a review Feb 2022
Greenwich, Connecticut6 contributions5 helpful votes
This was one of the best trips ever. My daughter and I were a little nervous traveling out of the country during the height of covid but we felt completely safe at Swell. Clare, the owner was incredibly responsive to all my questions and Haudy the manager was there to help us with anything we needed. The accommodations are beautiful and the food is amazing. The surf instructors were incredibly attentive, helpful and fun! The waves are great for any level of surfer. Whether you are single, a couple or a family, this is a perfect adventurous vacation.
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Date of stay: December 2021
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Vanessa B wrote a review Dec 2021
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I had an amazing trip to Cabarete thanks to Swell! I was extremely nervous doing my first solo trip internationally as a female - especially during the pandemic. Clare, the owner of Swell, took the time to answer all of my questions leading up to my trip, and provided me with very informative and helpful information for planning my trip logistics. Once I arrived in Cabarete, I felt so safe and taken care of by Swell! Haudy, the manager on site, is amazing and she is available to you with any questions or logistics planning you may need during your trip. The surfing instructors I had that week - Neno, Henry, and Daniele - were very professional, experienced, and friendly instructors. Safety was their top priority. They were very patient, taking the time with each person to make sure they were excelling at their own pace all week. I progressed my beginner surfing capabilities so much thanks to them! They were truly a pleasure to hang out with, and made everyone feel welcome and included. I also did kiteboarding lessons with LEK kiteboarding while at Swell which was another great experience. The food and accommodations at Swell were great. I stayed in one of the private rooms - it was spacious, cleaned daily, and the beds were very comfortable which was important for how much physical activity I was doing each day. The breakfasts and dinners are beautifully prepared, healthy, tasty, and all local dishes. The cooks were so friendly and would make adjustments for your needs. Being a directionally challenged person, Swell's location made it easy to access everything you needed within walking distance - from Cabarete beach, restaurants, bars, shops, etc. Thank you to everyone at Swell that made this an incredible experience! I look forward to going back someday soon!
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Traveled solo
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Dylan wrote a review Feb 2020
Blyth, Canada13 contributions4 helpful votes
My wife, mother, two sons and one daughter chose Swell Surf Camp because of the reviews and Swell's website. It was all and more than we were looking for. There was also the value for the money factor. Not cheap or chintzy, but not overpriced for all that we received. Their website mentioned that there was no live corral to get sliced up on, there were consistent waves, talented instructors, great food, clean and airy rooms. It was all true and better. The owners, Jim and Clare, know what they are doing. They have created an oasis for the perfect "learn to surf" holiday. The food is made from scratch, healthy and balanced, delicious, locally sourced and abundant in portions. The rooms are immaculate and the gated resort, safe. Not that we didn't feel safe on the main street during the day either. Just be wise and stay off the back streets at night like any city in Canada. The theory lessons were not long or irrelevant. The practical techniques made easy to understand and follow. The surf sessions, safe and fun. Although Jim and Clare were not there at the time, Haudy, their more than capable manageress, made sure that the whole operation ran smoothly. We, nor anyone else who were there at the same time, experienced any deficiencies or problems of any kind. She was constantly scanning for anything that might be amiss and require attention. She made a point of mingling with her guests and befriending them. Neno, Jeffry, Lee and Greg, our professional surf instructors, were friendly, patient and experienced surfers who instructed us on shore, in the pool and around the lounge area, teaching technique and theory. Our safety was their first concern in the water, keeping an eye on the water conditions and on us while at the same time teaching and giving us the opportunity to surf some great waves. They were able to teach this 56 year old Canadian to surf. They were not just instructors, but became good friends who hung with us outside of lesson times. Esmeralda and Arecelys, the two kitchen staff flawlessly cook a huge amount of food in an appetizing display of color and form. They were also very attentive to the surfers' needs. Esmeralda, who does not speak English, while preparing breakfast, noticed that we were a bit agitated about leaving one morning on an excursion. Our bus was not arriving. She took my phone and started Whats-app calling and getting things straightened out with the excursion company driver. A few minutes later we were picked up.. This exemplifies the attention and concern the staff have for their guests. Dietary requests were made ahead of time by us and executed well by the ladies for our entire stay. Sipriana kept our rooms superbly clean every day. She was considerate as well, cleaning our room around our schedules. Damian keeps the entire gated retreat neat and tidy and in good repair as the dedicated groundskeeper. Our stay at swell was fantastic. We felt safe the entire time. There is even a "night watchman" to ensure that nothing happens and that there is someone around for the guests to got to. We all simply left our phones and even wallets on the coffee table or lounge area. The staff are totally trust worthy and the guests came to surf, not pilfer. We were just like one happy family even as people came and went. We all got to know each other and are keeping in touch after our stay. The staff genuinely cared about us, for who we are, not just as guests to placate. I'd take this vacation stay over any pretentious all inclusive resort.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Responded Feb 22, 2020
Hello Dylan, thank you so much for taking the time to write about your stay at Swell. Your kind and thoughtful review really sums up what our place is all about. We are immensely proud of our staff who are always happy to go the extra length to make our guest's stay even more enjoyable. Jim and I hope to welcome you back to Cabarete one day, or to our new venue in Bali, opening in May 2020. Thank you again, Clare.
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Dfrothing wrote a review Jan 2020
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If you are considering a surf vacation, and want to be social with other people, this is the place for you. The accommodations were clean and nice, and the food was delicious, but the best part of the experience was the people. The surf instructors were fantastic- making us feel comfortable whether it was our first time surfing or 100th. And a feeling of camaraderie grew amongst the guests and also with the staff during the week which you don’t find at other places. This was a unique and excellent experience for all of us- from our 17 and 19 year old sons to our middle aged selves. One word of warning- paddling is hard! Work those arms before you go!
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Date of stay: November 2019Trip type: Traveled with family
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Paully320 wrote a review Dec 2019
Madrid, Spain32 contributions23 helpful votes
Your search for the perfect surf vacation is over! Just book here. From the moment we arrived until we left we felt welcomed and accepted regardless of our various levels of surf ability. The instruction was spot on. The food was amazing. The accommodations clean and comfortable. I don’t know what else to say. Haudy, the concierge, was totally accommodating and arranged several side trips for us after surfing. With her local knowledge our extra activities were always top-notch and reasonably priced. We planned this as a family-reconnecting trip with our boys (20 and 18) that live on opposite coasts. We couldn’t be happier. We could choose to socialize with the other guests or we could find a quiet spot just to sit and catch up on our lives. (We did a lot of both) Dinner was always a fun time and the food was amazing. The breakfasts though. That’s the real treat. When you get back from the first session there’s breakfast waiting to fuel you up for the second trip back to the beach. We rarely plan to visit the same spot twice but Swell Surf has us already pining for next year!
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Date of stay: December 2019
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Rich7722 wrote a review Aug 2019
Bali, Indonesia11 contributions1 helpful vote
Swell surf camp was such a great experience, my brother and I have always wanted to learn to surf and the instructors at Swell were spot on! Lee, Jeff and Neno gave us great lessons and gave us all the best tips to progress through our week long stay. Claire was excellent in giving us all the information we needed and organising the perfect package for us and Haudy was such a fabulous manager once we arrived. The surf camp has such a rad vibe where you can all socialise together and enjoy hanging out, play pool, have a swim in the pool and lounge about. We look forward to coming back and have such great memories of our trip.
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Date of stay: June 2019Trip type: Traveled with friends
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jenzuccato wrote a review Aug 2019
Toronto, Canada10 contributions1 helpful vote
I recently traveled to Swell for a week of surfing and yoga. I was a little bit nervous travelling on my own, however the second I arrived my nervousness faded away. The resort is so well kept with an amazing swimming pool, palm trees and lounge area. Everyone who works at Swell is so positive and helpful! Clare, the owner got back to my e-mails about booking right away, Haudy, who greeted my when I arrived made sure that I was comfortable and answered any questions that I had about my stay. The surf instructors were amazing! Jeffry, Lee and Neno were so knowledgeable, supportive and patient and most importantly made the surf lessons so much fun! I had taken surf lessons prior to this experience, but the instruction that I received in Australia, Costa Rica and California were no comparison to the instruction that I received at Swell. I felt completely safe and confidant on the water with all of the instructors. Not only was the surfing amazing, but yoga with Molly was fantastic too! Molly is so positive and encouraging and her yoga classes were the perfect way to stretch and relax tired "after surfing" muscles. The food at Swell went above and beyond my expectations. Breakfasts and dinners were always so delicious. I got to spend time with other like minded guests and made some great friends out of the experience! Swell seems to be a "good vibes only" type of place that I would be thrilled to return to!
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Date of stay: July 2019
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Room Tip: The dorm room was great if you are on a budget. The upstairs private rooms have a beautiful view...
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Chelsea wrote a review Aug 2019
Boise, Idaho6 contributions2 helpful votes
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!
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Date of stay: July 2019Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Katie wrote a review Jun 2019
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Our week long stay at Swell was nothing short of amazing. We came with a group of yoga students for a yoga and surf retreat. Clare, the owner, was incredible since the first day I reached out to her. She was extremely helpful and quick to respond to the almost 100+ email I sent her while planning this retreat! I really appreciate that she answered all of my questions with such detail and I felt comfortable bringing our yoga group to Swell even without having visited before. The staff at Swell is also amazing. From the surf instructors to Haudy, the manager, and the wonderful team that cooks the MOST DELICIOUS meals, we couldn't have been better taken care of. The team at Swell is truly special and go above and beyond to make sure your stay is perfect. This is the place to go to take surf lessons. The coaches were knowledgeable and patient, and always had the best attitudes. We enjoyed their instruction very much, and most of our guests were riding waves by the end of the week! It was so much fun. The hotel itself is beautiful, clean, and well taken care of. It's a little slice of heave and a wonderful place to relax and reset. If you're considering staying at Swell, go for it! You will not be disappointed and it may just be the best vacation you've had.
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Date of stay: June 2019
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Frequently Asked Questions about Swell Surf Camp
Which popular attractions are close to Swell Surf Camp?
Nearby attractions include VooDoo Lounge Cabarete (0.07 miles), Cabarete Beach (0.10 miles), and Vino Pinto (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Swell Surf Camp?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and free parking.
Is parking available at Swell Surf Camp?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Swell Surf Camp?
Conveniently located restaurants include Gordito's Fresh Mex, Yalla, and Bliss Restaurant Lounge Bar Pool.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Swell Surf Camp?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Swell Surf Camp have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Swell Surf Camp offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Swell Surf Camp have airport transportation?
Yes, Swell Surf Camp offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.