Jeffreys Bay

Travel Guide
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.

Where to stay in Jeffreys Bay

Savoy hotel
Savoy hotel
3 out of 5
16 - 18 D gama Road, Jeffreys Bay, Eastern Cape, 6300
The price is $72 per night from Oct 8 to Oct 9
Stay at this 3-star hotel in Jeffreys Bay. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 restaurants. Popular attractions Dolphin Beach and Jeffreys Bay Beach are located ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (3 reviews)
Fine, but...
"The hotel room was clean and the bed comfortable (we like very firm mattresses). The bathroom is small, with a very narrow shower door (since there is plenty of wall next to it unsure why). The bath towels were clean but showed signs of age (some holes in one). The little porch was overfull. A room ..."

Reviewed on Nov 7, 2021

Super Tubes Guesthouse
Super Tubes Guesthouse
4 out of 5
12 Pepper Street, Jeffreys Bay, Eastern Cape, 6330
The price is $81 per night from Oct 7 to Oct 8
Stay at this 4-star beach guesthouse in Jeffreys Bay. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 bars/lounges. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (84 reviews)
Highly recommended hotel.
"Couldn't get better! Amazing breakfast, friendly staff, extreamly close to town & beach. The perfect stay, we will definitely be back!"

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2022

On the Beach Guesthouse
On the Beach Guesthouse
4 out of 5
32 Waterkant Street, Jeffreys Bay, Eastern Cape, 6330
Stay at this 4-star beach guesthouse in Jeffreys Bay. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a beach locale. Popular attractions Jeffreys Bay Beach and Dolphin Beach ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (49 reviews)
Amazing stay on the Beach
"This is one of the nicest properties we have stayed in during this trip. The suite had everything in it and was incredibly comfortable. The area on the second floor was amazing and the views of the dolphins were fantastic."

Reviewed on Jun 16, 2022

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, 6330
Stay at this 3-star apartment in Jeffreys Bay. Enjoy free parking, WiFi, and an airport shuttle. Our guests praise the helpful staff in our reviews. Popular ...
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

Beachfront Villa Africa Queen Jeffreys
Beachfront Villa Africa Queen Jeffreys
3 out of 5
Dageraad street 6, Jeffreys Bay, Eastern Cape, 6330
Stay at this 3-star beach apartment in Jeffreys Bay. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a beach locale. Popular attractions Dolphin Beach and Jeffreys Bay Beach ...
Villa Nikos J-Bay
Villa Nikos J-Bay
3.5 out of 5
15 Noorsekloof Road, Wavecrest, Jeffreys Bay, Eastern Cape, 6330
Stay at this 3.5-star apartment in Jeffreys Bay. Enjoy free parking, private yards, and laundry facilities. Popular attractions Jeffreys Bay Beach and Albatross ...
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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