Cabarete Surf Camp Review - Green Iguana Surf Camp

Cabarete Surf Camp Review

The Cabarete Surf Camp is a quaint little hotel and activity centre in the town of Cabarete in the Dominican Republic.

Everyone knows the Dominican Republic is pretty much the equivalent of a tropical paradise, and the Cabarete Surf Camp goes a long way to maintain that reputation.

Cabarete Surf Camp Review

This place offers some fantastic features to make any stay here both relaxing and super fun for as long as you want to stay there!

As well as all the cool features it offers, the hotel’s location means whatever you’re doing and wherever you are, you’ll feel the calming waves of tropical therapy washing over you as you gaze at the gorgeous scenery.

In this review, we’ll take a look at all the different features and offers the Surf Camp provides and help you decide where to go for your next tropical vacation!


Probably the most important thing about any vacation is the quality of the accommodation. That’s why we’re starting with a close examination of all the different accommodation options the Cabarete Surf Camp provides.

One of the best things about accommodation at this hotel is the variety of different options they provide to suit your needs.

The most basic accommodation option they offer is the basic cottage. This room is the cheapest on offer and is intended for one person. If you’re travelling solo and on a budget, this option is perfect for you.

Despite the name, ‘basic cottage’, this room option still has all the amenities you’d expect from a high quality hotel. You’ll still have access to a swimming pool, free WiFi and a maid service. The only downside is having to share a bathroom with other guests.

There are also plenty of options for those travelling in pairs.

The standard cottage is similar to the basic version, without the need to share a bathroom. The Colonial Room is fairly small and simple, but comes with a stunning view of the nearby lagoon. However, the best option for a party of two is definitely the one bedroom apartment.

The apartment comes with all the same features of the less expensive options, and even comes with a fully equipped kitchen, living room area and its own terrace for relaxing and sunbathing.

If you’re planning on a longer stay at the hotel, you might be better off spending a little bit extra for maximum comfort.

Of course, if you’re travelling with a larger group, perhaps your family, options are also available for groups of 4 or 5.

Basically, whatever your party size or desired level of comfort is, the Cabarete Surf Camp will probably have something that suits you!


Given that this place advertises itself as a surf camp, you’d expect the surfing options they offer to be very high quality. Well… You wouldn’t be wrong!

The surf school is the perfect place for beginners to pick up the tricky art of surfing. They offer courses that can have you riding the waves, even if you’ve never touched a board before!

However, for those with a bit more experience, advanced courses are also available to help you take your surfing abilities to the next level and help you master the waves.

Even if you’re an expert surfer, just looking to enjoy some time out in the ocean, the surf camp will even let you hire a board to enjoy the waves in your own way.

If you’re keen on showing everyone back home how cool you look on the Caribbean waves, the camp has its own photographer available for you to have your own private photo shoot in the water.

This really is the perfect place for surfing, regardless of ability!


If regular surfing doesn’t sound like your thing, why not try the Cabarete kite school?

The geographical location of the kite school means you’ll have a range of different weather and water conditions to try out and discover how much fun kitesurfing can be.

Of course, they also offer beginner, intermediate and advanced level courses to suit everyone’s ability.

Whatever you end up doing, this is a great way to see the beautiful scenery from an incredibly different perspective.

Horseback Riding

Calling all animal lovers! This activity is perfect for you!

Advertised as one of the most environmentally friendly ways to explore the island, riding a majestic horse across the beach and through the mountains definitely sounds like a dreamy way to spend a vacation.

Even if you’re apprehensive about getting on a horse for the first time, the experienced staff at Cabarete Surf Camp are there to help ease your nerves and make sure you have a great time.

Waterfall Tours

One and a half hours away from Cabarete, is a series of 27 waterfalls that line the way for a breathtaking hiking adventure.

The Dominican Republic is so much more than just its gorgeous beaches, there’s plenty more to explore further inland, like the Northern Corridor mountains. 

It’s great for those vacation explorers who want to learn more about the region they’re staying in.

Plus, you’ll be able to get some great pictures to show everyone back home!

Biking Trips

Another cool way to explore the island is with the Cabarete Surf Camp’s bike tours.

Push yourself to the limit while enjoying great views from the mountainous regions of the island.

Alternatively, you can cycle along the rivers and lagoons for a calmer, less physically demanding journey.

Even if you combine the two, this is the perfect way to see what the city of Puerto Plata and its surrounding greenery have to offer.

Intensive Spanish Course

One of the more interesting and less energetic activities you can take part in at the Surf School are their language lessons.

If you want to really immerse yourself in Dominican culture, you can sign up for the intensive Spanish course which you can easily fit around the other activities of your day.

Package deals are available to get Spanish lessons and surfing lessons fit into a neat schedule for you to enjoy both during your stay.

They even have options for beginner level Spanish learners and those who have a bit more knowledge. You can even choose between private, semi-private and full group lessons.

Whatever your needs, you’ll feel more like a true Dominican native by the end of your vacation!


The incredible locations and stunning scenery that surrounds the Cabarete Surf Camp mean it can offer its visitors a once-in-a-lifetime vacation experience.

You might be able to find all these features and various different resorts or hotels around the Caribbean, but you’re not likely to find one that combines them all so well with their package deals and decades of experience.

Overall, we heartily recommend the Cabarete Surf Camp for any kind of vacation. Whether you’re travelling alone or with your family, and whatever activities you want to get stuck into, this place has everything you could need and more!

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