A hidden gem, Swell Surf Camp is amazing. I never thought I'd want to be up at 6:30am daily on a vacation, but to surf? it's worth it!!
We pile into taxis and head to Encuentro beach daily at 7am and 11am. The teachers, Ash and J were amazing, the Manageress, Haudy was a doll and all of the guests are fairly outgoing and friendly. Even though I went solo, I felt part of a bigger family and was so very sad to leave.
The town is only a 5-minute walk, as is Cabarete beach. I highly suggest to bring Pesos if you can acquire them. Never had tummy problems with food or water both in town or at the camp. The camp is located in a safe area and there are 24-hour surveillance. I felt extremely safe and secure without any worry.
The camp is well equipped with First Aid, the cook is amazing, the groundskeepers are too and the cleaning ladies are adorable. Be prepared for a fun, relaxing vacation in a warm and positive environment!!!
The only headache I had was regarding the process of payment. If you pay by credit card, there is a fee. And then the third party company charges another fee on top of that. One option I should have considered was to pay in cash upon arrival. I wasn't prepared to do so because I wasn't sure I could trust the taxi drivers arranged to pick me up at the POP airport. I discovered the taxi drivers are amazing people and you will feel safe with them. So I encourage you to avoid the headache of fees and pay in cash on arrival!
And enjoy your stay :)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Swell is a brand new purpose built hotel for surfers in the center of Cabarete. All rooms have en-suites with AC optional. 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 that want quality accommodation in a social setting. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Swell Surf Camp Hotel Cabarete