Surf-Jitsu FAQ

What skill levels are welcome? Just like Jiu-Jitsu, this camp is for “Everyone”. There will be brand new white belts all the way up to black belts to train, roll, surf, and hang with!

How do I get to Cabarete?

It’s super easy! Just fly into Puerto Plata Intl. airport. As you exit with your luggage, look for the gentleman holding the Surf-JITSU sign! He will have a van for you and your gear. He will bring you to the compound FREE!

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When Should I get there? The first day of camp is Saturday, the 11th of November and we will be doing registrations starting at 2:00 pm and condo assignments at 3:00 pm.Our recommendation is to arrive on Saturday sometime between 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm, but hey, anytime during the week is fine 🙂 (*Note, while you can arrive / depart any time you like, the camp cost reflects a Sat. – Sat. stay and cannot be pro-rated).

When do I need to leave? Check-out is anytime before 11:00 am on Sat. the 18th of Nov. 2017

How much money should I bring? There are several bank machines / ATM’s in Cabarete town, so there is no real need to bring cash. The Santander bank takes all major ATM networks including “PLUS” and the withdrawal fees are low. Your individual expenses will vary depending on dining habits and excursions. Surfing, surf lessons, board rentals, beach transfers, and airport transfers are included in your stay!

What else should I bring? Here is a short list of things I would suggest bringing:

  • One or two kimonos (Our “Voyager” travel kimono is a great option) and one pair of board shorts (for surfing, of course ). You will get a FREE rashguard as part of your stay and every condo has a washer and a dryer so no need to cram a bunch of gear in your suitcase 🙂
  • Bathing suit(s)
  • Beach towel (bath towels are furnished at the condo)
  • Sunscreen – Even in November the Dominican sun is glorious!!! Make your friends jealous when you get back home!
  • Small can of bug spray – Mainly for sitting at the beach bar at night.
  • Flip-flops and/or hiking sandals.
  • Bring your tablet or laptop! Every condo has free wifi!

What is the food like in the Dominican Republic? Cabarete is a cosmopolitan town. It is a small town, but a very diverse one. There are French fusion, Mexican, Italian and even German restaurants in town. If anything, you will have too many choices to decide !!

Are there vegetarian options in town? Absolutely! Pescatarian and vegetarian options are close by! There is even a “Vegetarian Lunch service” that can be arranged for you if you like (costs vary by menu choices).

Are alcoholic beverages allowed in the condos? Absolutely YES! And you can stock up at Janet’s supermarket if necessary!!

Is smoking allowed in the condos? Absolutely NOT and there is a $500.00 damage fee for those who do! Smoking is permitted outdoors.

I have a BIG group, can I book more than 1 condo? Yes, shoot us an e-mail at

Can I take private lessons? YES! Professor Papo is available for privates. You can work out a time and price with him personally.

Are there any upgrades I should know about? Sure! You can make this as luxurious as you would like. Full time chef services, full time cleaning services and even baby-sitting services are available. Write us at

Do I have to attend every class? Absolutely not! It’s your vacation, you can attend as many or as few as you like. There is so much to do on the island that we expect some folks will take a class or two off, no problem!

What are the age limits? To rent a single bed, you must be 18 yrs. or older. 9 yrs. or older for surf lessons. 13 yrs. or older for stand-alone board rental. (For any minor, there must be a responsible adult in the same booking party).

Can I bring my non-training spouse / significant other? YES! Bring your wife, your kids, anybody who would like to come along!

Is there a training only option? Unfortunately not. There is however, a “non-surfing” option for those who want to come to the camp but are afraid of the water or whatever…

I’ver never surfed before, is this camp for me? Yes, yes, and yes! The variety of breaks (surf “lingo” for types of waves) is so diverse that there are waves for every level! My first time here, I never went in water over my chest and had a great time surfing!

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