Jeffreys Bay

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Jeffreys Bay

J-Bay is a laid-back beach town on South Africa’s Eastern Cape coast, featuring glorious beaches, perfect waves and plenty of wildlife spotting opportunities.

Jeffrey’s Bay is famous for surf, sand and shells. Ride world-renowned waves, relax on long stretches of unspoiled beach, explore scenic walking trails and see diverse marine life. Jeffrey’s Bay is at the heart of the Sunshine Coast on South Africa’s Eastern Cape. The easy-going ambience of this surfer’s paradise makes it popular with backpackers, families and outdoor adventurers.

The town’s biggest lure is its beautiful beaches, which offer safe swimming, warm water and plenty of room for watersports. Jeffrey’s Bay Beach is a collection of beaches that stretch along the Indian Ocean coast. Collect shells on the family-friendly Dolphin Beach (also known as Main Beach). Try surfing, kitesurfing and stand-up paddle boarding at Kitchen Windows. Watch experienced surfers riding the big waves at Supertubes or escape the crowds at Paradise Beach. See dolphins playing in the waves. From June to December, spot migrating whales swimming close to the shore.

Stroll around the unhurried streets of downtown Jeffrey’s Bay to discover cafés, bars, surf shops and museums. See displays of precious stones and colorful shells at the Jeffrey’s Bay Shell Museum. Learn about the town’s surfing heritage at the Jeffrey’s Bay Surf Museum. Check out St. Croix Street, known as Shaper Street because of its surfboard-making factories. Visit one of the many seafood restaurants to sample locally caught calamari, referred to by locals as white gold.

Enjoy more outdoor recreation at the nearby nature reserves. Follow scenic trails around Noorsekloof Nature Reserve and Seekoei Nature Reserve to see native birdlife and buck. Hike beside a river estuary in the wildlife-rich Kabeljous Nature Reserve. Ride on horseback over sand dunes, through woodland and on the deserted beaches at Papiesfontein.

Jeffrey’s Bay is about a 1-hour drive west of Port Elizabeth and can be reached with intercity buses. The town is a popular stopover for visitors traveling on South Africa’s Garden Route. It’s also a gateway to game reserves and national parks such as Addo Elephant Park and Tsitsikamma Nature Reserve. The consistently moderate temperatures and range of outdoor activities make Jeffrey’s Bay a great place to visit year-round.

Aquarius Bed & Breakfast
Aquarius Bed & Breakfast
3 out of 5
69 Da Gama Road, Jeffreys Bay, Eastern Cape
The price is $32 per night from Sep 20 to Sep 20
Situated by the ocean, this bed & breakfast is within a 15-minute walk of Jeffreys Bay Beach and Dolphin Beach. Albatross Beach and Fountains Mall are also within ...
3.9/5Good! (17 reviews)
"Very kind host. Great location and comfy beds. Great place for a group of friends or families. Delicious breakfast!"

Reviewed on Sep 29, 2020

Aquarius Bed & Breakfast
Super Tubes Guesthouse
Super Tubes Guesthouse
4 out of 5
12 Pepper Street, Jeffreys Bay, Eastern Cape
The price is $83 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 27
Offering direct access to the beach, this Jeffreys Bay guesthouse is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Jeffreys Bay Beach and 22.2 mi (35.8 km) from St. Francis Bay Beach.
4.5/5Wonderful! (77 reviews)
Great place to stay in Jeffery’s Bay
"The whole staff is so helpful and friendly and it really makes a difference. I recommend that people thinking of staying here to include the breakfast in the rental package. Really well done, the food is delicious. The room was clean but the shower drained a little slowly and there was a bit on water ..."

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2019

Super Tubes Guesthouse
Savoy hotel
Savoy hotel
3 out of 5
16 - 18 D gama Road, Jeffreys Bay, Eastern Cape
The price is $80 per night from Sep 20 to Sep 20
Situated on the beach, this hotel is steps from Dolphin Beach and Jeffreys Bay Beach. Albatross Beach and Fountains Mall are also within 3 mi (5 km).
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
"Rooms very clean and comfortable. Excellent breakfast. Beautiful swimming pool. Entertainment in the bar area excellent. Hotel close to all nearby restuarants and shops"

Reviewed on Mar 22, 2021

Savoy hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Madiolyn
Madiolyn
3 out of 5
25 Drommedaris Street, Beach House, 4 Tulip Avenue, Jeffreys Bay, Eastern Cape
The price is $47 per night from Sep 20 to Sep 20
Located in the heart of Jeffreys Bay, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Jeffreys Bay Beach and Dolphin Beach. Fountains Mall and Albatross ...
3.2/5 (5 reviews)
Family trip on Garden Route
"The staff at Madiolyn’s were very helpful and understanding. The accommodation was very safe and was in easy walking distance to restaurants and beach . There was plenty of room for a family of 6 and there was a very efficient washing machine and a line with pegs ."

Reviewed on Mar 26, 2019

Madiolyn
Vacation home The Gem - Holiday the GardenRoute in Jeffreys Bay - 7 persons, 4 bedrooms
Vacation home The Gem - Holiday the GardenRoute in Jeffreys Bay - 7 persons, 4 bedrooms
Jeffreys Bay, Eastern Cape
The price is $149 per night from Sep 22 to Sep 22
Located in Wavecrest, this vacation home is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Albatross Beach and within 3 mi (5 km) of Jeffreys Bay Beach and Fountains Mall. Dolphin Beach ...
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Ein Juwel
"Wir haben schon sehr viele Ferienhäuser bewohnt. Aber dieses ist ein echtes Juwel. Ein sehr liebevoll eingerichtetes, sauberes, großzügig gebautes Haus mit sehr viel Platz und einer wunderschönen Aussicht auf die Bucht von Jeffreys Bay. Wir waren nur zu Dritt und hatten jede eines der vier sehr schönen ..."

Reviewed on Sep 23, 2016

Vacation home The Gem - Holiday the GardenRoute in Jeffreys Bay - 7 persons, 4 bedrooms
Surfed Out Jeffreys Bay
Surfed Out Jeffreys Bay
4 out of 5
48 Keurbooms Street, Jeffreys Bay, Eastern Cape
Located in Wavecrest, this vacation home is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Albatross Beach and within 3 mi (5 km) of Jeffreys Bay Beach and Fountains Mall. Dolphin Beach ...
Surfed Out Jeffreys Bay
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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