Jeffreys Bay is located within the Cacadu District of South Africa.
Also known as J-Bay, the town is famous for surfing, white sand beaches and an abundance of sea shells. The town became popular with surfers after the 1966 movie Endless Summer.
The Jeffreys Bay region is renowned for its gorgeous beaches, never ending summers, plentiful shells and is best known as “the Surf Mecca of the World”. The beautiful beaches are safe for bathing and provide endless excitement for water sports. Not far from Jeffreys Bay lies the charming town of St Francis Bay. It is known for its endemic white houses with either black tile or thatch roofs blending together with the Sardinian-style red tile roofs. Approximately half of the town is built around the largest web of manmade canals and waterways in Africa. Adjacent to St Francis Bay is the pastoral fishing village of Cape St Francis with its outstanding beach and historic Seal Point Lighthouse while Port St Francis is the harbour. Visit Oyster Bay, a town that caters for those who enjoy quiet time and relaxation. Explore this district with its beautiful beaches, rich wildlife and adventures - surf the waves or swim with dolphins, there is something for everyone in this picturesque and breathtaking Jeffreys Bay area.
2km east of JBay is Marina Martinique, a development on 5km of man-made saltwater canals. 2.5 km north, is the beautiful valley of Kabeljousriver with its waterfall. These are good places to stay if you like a bit more peace and quiet than accommodation in town can offer. Aston Bay borders on Marina Martinique and if you cross the causeway over the lagoon of the Seekoi River, you come to Paradise Beach. Paradise Beach is relatively undeveloped with 6 kilometers of unspoiled beach all the way to the Kromm River which separates from St Francis.Not recommended to swim across
Ocean temperatures are around 23°C in summer
You can easily walk around in town. Most places you want to be are centered around Da Gama Road, the main beach and Supertubes. Car rental, taxi, and bike rental are also available.
The enthralling Jeffreys Bay boasts gorgeous blue flag beaches with plentiful shells - safe for bathing, water sports and fishing. The best beaches fro sunbathing and swimming are Dolphin Beach (the main beach) and Kabeljous-on-Sea. The best surfing location is the Super Tubes, home to the perfect wave. Other spots include the Boneyards, Kitchen Windows, Magna Tubes, Point and Albatross.The area offers everything from kite surfing on the Seekoei and Kabeljouws rivers to regular kite flying and a myriad of other water sports, including canoeing, sea kayaking, scuba diving and even some great angling from the rocks or out at sea. Game drives, mountain and quad biking and are but some of the other exciting options to consider.
Be a spectator at the annual Billabong Pro surfing competition, watch surfers at Supertubes all year round or hit the waves yourself. With numerous surf schools, surf shops and surfboard manufacturers based in the town, there is no excuse not to learn.
A number of companies offer deep sea fishing charters. Most of the boats operate from nearby St Francis.
Horse, hiking & mountain biking trails
There are a number of small nature reserves in the area, such as the Kabeljous Nature Reserve, which is a walk-about reserve with a safe beach for swimming and excellent fishing spots, as well as bird watching. The reserve includes a 4 kilometre hiking trail and its own flock of pink flamingoes (when in season). Nature lovers can also enjoy the Noorsekloof Nature Reserve, which runs through a popular residential area. Here you can look out for small buck and many birds while walking the 3 kilometre trail running alongside the stream, while breathing in the magnificent fragrances of indigenous fynbos. The Seekoei River Nature Reserve, situated on the Seekoei River estuary, is a bird watcher’s paradise with hides overlooking the river. For the energetic, Jeffreys Bay can also be explored from the seat of a rented mountain bike. There are some exciting places to visit of which the waterfall, located just outside of town, is perhaps one of the best. The natural pools are refreshing to say the least, while the waterslide and cliffs from which to jump off is perfect entertainment for the more adventurous.
Billabong Clothing Shop. Most shops and businesses are along the main road (Da Gama Street) or concentrated around the small main town area.
The new Fountains Mall has recently opened just outside of J-Bay with all lots of the major shops, ie Woolworths, Edgars, etc
 Surf gear
J-Bay is a good place to have a custom board shaped, as a number of surfboard manufacturers have made the town their home.
Jeffreys Bay Custom Surfboards, ([email protected]). www.jeffreysbay-blog.co.za  Order your custom shaped surf board online, just as you want it ! International shipping ! edit Rebel Surfboards, ☎ +27 (0)42 293-4410. Surfboard shapers and manufacturer. edit Glen D'Arcy, 33 Jeffreys Str, ☎ +27 (0)42 293-2204 ([email protected]). Locally manufactured Classic J-Bay designs as well as imported NSP and Sunset Softboards. edit
There are many shops selling surfer wear and this is the place to buy an exclusive Billabong or Quicksilver outfit. Apart from the retail stores, there are also surf brand factory stores where you can find great surf gear at bargain prices.
Billabong Concept Store, 1a Da Gama Road, ☎ +27 (0)42 200-2672. edit
Billabong Surf Shop, Magnatubes, Da Gama Road, ☎ +27 (0)42 200-2640. edit Country Feeling Store, 19 Da Gama Road, ☎ +27 (0)42 200-2611. edit J-Bay Surf Co., Shop 4, Flauna Building, cnr Goodehoop and Da Gama, ☎ +27 (0)42 200-2617. edit
Surfer Girl, Shop 1, Wavecrest Centre, 126 Da Gama Road, ☎ +27 (0)42 200-2639. edit
 Gift shops
Shell Bay Blue, ☎ +27 (0)42 293-4409. edit
The Lavender House Gift Shop, ☎ +27 (0)42 293-3967. edit
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The best budget breakfast has to be the Breakfast Pie. Spence's Pies, Seaview Pick 'n Pay Centre, St Francis Road, ☎ +27 (0)42 293-0630. Try their breakfast pies, filled with scrambled eggs, bacon and tomato. edit
In Food', is the IN place and serves the best breakfast and coffee in town -just opposite Fruit&Veg.
Restaurants are plentiful, Le Grotto and De Visvijf in town are well worth a visit.
20 Pepper Street, 20 Pepper Street, ☎ +27 (0)42 293-1728. edit
Aston Arms, Dolphin Drive, ☎ +27 (0)42 292-0792. Excellent Portuguese fare. Have a beer with Manual. edit
Cafe Portofino, ☎ +27 (0)42 293-2443. edit
Castaways. Dance and spit Braai's. edit De Visvijf, 55 Diaz Road, ☎ +27 (0)42 293-3921. Open M-Su from 9AM to 3PM and M-Sa from 5PM till late. Seafood and steaks. edit
Dulce, Spar Centre, Da Gama Str, ☎ +27 (0)42 296-2078. Ice cream and coffee bar. edit Kitchen Windows, Ferreira Street cul de sac, ☎ +27 (0)42 293-4230. Open Tu-Su from 11:30AM to 2PM and 6PM till late. edit Parklane Restaurant, ☎ +27 (0)42 293-2621. edit
Potters Place, 18 Oosterland Str, ☎ +27 (0)42 293-2500 ([email protected]), . Good food and life shows. edit
Sunflower Restaurant & Coffee Shop. edit
Tampa Bay Spur, Time Square Building, ☎ +27 (0)42 293-4206, . A South African restaurant chain, good steaks. edit
The Mexican Restaurant & Coctail Bar, 19A Da Gamma Road, ☎ +27 (0)42 293-2966. edit Walskipper, Clapton Beach, Marina Martinique, ☎ +27 (0)42 292-0005 ([email protected]), . Dig your toes into the sand and look out over the ocean while enjoying a seafood platter. Walskipper is very popular during South African holiday seasons; best to phone and book the day before. During most other times of the year you can just walk in and sit down. edit Tapas Lapa Seaside, On the beach at Marina Martinique, ☎ +27 (0)83 3218508. edit
 Fast food
All local and international fast-food franchises are present in J-Bay. There are also numerous excellent seafood takeaways, most notably Die Vismantjie
Die Vismandjie, 110 Da Gama Road, ☎ +27 (0)42 293-1241. Probably the best fish takeaways in South Africa edit Chicken King, Salamader St, ☎ +27 (0)42 293-3908. Chicken burgers and party platters. Cheap, but not good food. Avoid or buy a single burger first to test for yourself. edit Debonairs, 30 Da Gama Road, ☎ +27 (0)42 293-3398. Part of the Steers group. American style Pizza's so don't expect a thin base, but their toppings are good. Free delivery edit Die Kospot, 110 Da Gama Road, ☎ +27 (0)42 293-4320. Homestyle cooked meals. edit El-Nino Pizza, ☎ +27 (0)42 293-3679. edit
Fishermans Seafood & Take Aways, Seaview Pick 'n Pay Centre, St Francis Road, ☎ +27 (0)42 293-3579. edit
Steers, 30 Da Gama Road, ☎ +27 (0)42 293-1919. A South African burger chain. Very good value for money. Try their hero steakrolls. edit
You can have almost all fast foods delivered by making use of special delivery services.
J Bay Transporter, ☎ 083 6111 003, . Operated by J Bay Cabs. edit
Mr. Delivery, ☎ +27 (0)42 293-3004. Open 11AM to 9:30PM. They will accept food orders and deliver it to your door from most fast food outlets and restaurant that do not deliver themselves. Pick up one of their booklets from most fast food outlets. R10 in Jeffreys Bay to R15 in Kabeljous. edit
Jarinda Butchery, 4 Goedehoop Str, ☎ +27 (0)42 293-2388. Excellent braai chops. edit
[add listing] Drink
The Mexican The main swimming beach, Dolphin Beach, is an Alcohol Free Zone.
There are many pubs and two nightclubs in town. Sadly Tritons no longer exists as a new holiday apartment development has replaced it.
The Mexican, 19A Da Gama Road (Above Country Feeling Surf Shop), ☎ +27 (0)42 293-2966. Tu-Su 12PM till late. A Mexican themed Restaurant. Live music and the party can get quite intense with people ending up dancing on the tables by early morning. edit Havana, Above the Spur in the Time Square building. Lively nightclub next to the beach. Moved from their old location to this spot. edit Sovereign, Da Gama road. Sports bar and nightclub. edit
[add listing] Sleep
This guide uses the following price ranges for a standard double room:
R500 to R1000
Aston Bay Caravan Park, ☎ +27 (0)82 637-5737. edit
Jeffreys Bay Caravan Park, ☎ +27 (0)42 200-2241. edit Kabeljous Caravan Park, 33 Da Gama Road, ☎ +27 (0)42 293-3300. edit Pelrus Caravan Park, ☎ +27 (0)42 200-2283. edit
Indi Africa Backpackers, 25 Spekboon Str, ☎ +27 (0)82 464-3111 ([email protected]). 200m from the sea, TV, Pool and bar. edit Island Vibe Backpackers, 10 Dageraad Street, ☎ +27 (0)42 293-1625 ([email protected], fax: +27 (0)42 293-4214), . On the beach. They will collect you in Jeffreys Bay or Humandorp free of charge, collection from the airport in Port Elizabeth is charged at R200. Rates range from R70 per person to R315 per room. edit J Bay Lodge (Backpackers and Volunteers), 5 Schelde Street, ☎ +27 (0)83 661 5393 ([email protected]), . Centrally situated, 200m from main beach and town centre. Breakfast and Internet available. Rates range from R80 per person to R150 per person. edit Jeffreys Bay Backpackers, 12 Jeffrey Street, ☎ +27 (0)42 293-1379 ([email protected], fax: +27 (0)42 296-1930), . R60 to R250 per night. edit The oldest and nicest Backpackers in town. Surfpackers at Supertubes, ☎ +27 (0)42 293-2671. edit
Ubuntu Backpackers, 8 Cherry Street, ☎ +27 (0)42 296-0376 ([email protected]), . Overlooking the surf. Free breakfast, free internet. Rates range from R75 per person to R220 per room. edit
Jeffreys Bay Holiday Resort, Dromdaris Str, ☎ +27 (0)42 293-1330. edit
3 Pepper Street (a), 3 Pepper Street, ☎ +27 (0)79 663-4928 ([email protected]), . Self- catering house, 10m from supers, 3 double bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, fire place. edit Paradice Palace / Paradys Paleis (a), 342 Skadu Ave, Paradise Beach, Jeffrey’s Bay, South Africa (Longitude / Latitude:-34.09409, 24.897077), ☎ +27 (0) 82 568 1753 ([email protected]), . checkin: 14:00; checkout: 10:00. Self- catering house on the beach, Sleeps 16 guests. Out of Season: R600 per night for the first 4 guests, thereafter R100 per night for each extra guest. In Season: Whole house rented out as unit at R3000 per day.. edit A1 Bay View, 27 Chestnut Ave, ☎ +27 (0)42 296-1845, . checkin: 2PM; checkout: 10AM. Great value tranquil setting off main rd, stunning sea views and only 500m to the beach. R500. edit Artist's Paradise (Guest farm), ☎ +27 (0)42 293-2108 ([email protected], fax: +27 (0)86 634-6441), . A 7 min drive to Jeffeys Bay and the beach edit Barbiers Bliss, 1 Akasia Str, ☎ +27 (0)42 296-1867 (+27 (0)82 722-0906, [email protected]). Self Catering edit Bay Cove Inn, 1 Poplar Str, ☎ +27 (0)42 296-2291 ([email protected]). edit Beach Cabanas, 118 Da Gama Str, ☎ +27 (0)42 293-2820 (+27 (0)83 286-8904, [email protected]), . edit Diaz 15, 15 Diaz Str, ☎ +27 (0)42 293-1779. Beachfront holiday apartments edit Dolphin View, 30 Dogwood Rd, ☎ +27 (0)72 237-7422 ([email protected], fax: +27 (0)42 296-0594), . 3 Star, stunning indoor pool From R440 to R800 for a double. edit Greystone Guest House, 11 Mopani st, ☎ +27 (0)42 296-0616 ([email protected], fax: +27 (0)42 296-0616), . edit Marina Martinique B&B, ☎ +27 (0)42 292-0000, . On the marina canals. edit
Moya Manzi Beach House, ☎ +27 (0)42 292-0780 ([email protected]), . edit Pinnaquin Holiday Apartments, cnr Noorsekloof & Leadwood Str, ☎ +27 (0)42 296-1111 (+27 (0)82 823-4662, [email protected]), . edit
SARUNA Guesthouse, 208 Dolphin Drive, Aston Bay, ☎ +27 (0)82 319-4300 ([email protected]). edit Savoy Hotel, 16 Da Gama Str, ☎ +27 (0)42 293-2445 ([email protected], fax: +27 (0)42 296-2445). edit Sea Whisper B&B, ☎ +27 (0) 82 489 9114 ([email protected].co.za), . edit
Stratos Guest House, 11 Uys Str, ☎ +27 (0)42 293-1116. edit Stratos Guest House, 11 Uys Str, ☎ +27 (0)42 293-1116. edit Supertubes Guest House, 10/12 Pepper Street, ☎ +27 (0)42 293-2957 ([email protected]), . Four star rating. R250 to R500 per person per night. edit
Surf In Self Catered Apartments, 2 Pepper St, ☎ +27 (0)42 296-0616 ([email protected], fax: +27 (0)42 296-0616), . edit Tollies B&B, 26 Jeffreys Str, ☎ +27 (0)42 293-4452 (+27 (0)82 324-3240, [email protected]). edit Waterside Lodge, ☎ +27 (0)42 292-0003. 2 and 3 bedroom units on the Marina Martinique canals and 100m from the beach, Walskipper and Tappas. edit
House Pinnaquin, 2 Leadwood Str, ☎ +27 (0)42 296-0008 ([email protected], fax: +27 (0)42 296-0006), . edit
 Stay safe
Robberies of tourists and less careful locals are becoming more frequent. Be careful when walking alone on the beach, or while walking in town at night. Do not leave valuables visible in your car. Xenophobic attacks have happened in 2008, affecting local Somalians. Be careful when traveling along the road between Jeffreys Bay and Aston Bay at night, as pedestrians do cross without warning between the small informal settlements on both sides of this road. Also watch out for stray animals on the road.
At the closest airport, get directions and information from marked information counters Stay alert and keep an eye on your valuables and luggage at all times
Use only registered and qualified tour guides. Contact tourism offices for a list of qualified tour guides
 Important phone numbers
National Sea Rescue Institute(NSRI), ☎ +27 (0)42 294-0131 or 082-911. edit
Police, ☎ 10111 or +27 (0)42 293-1133. edit Fire Brigade, ☎ +27 (0)42 291-0283. edit Ambulance, ☎ 10177 or +27 (0)42 293-1311. edit
 Stay healthy
Dr. J.S. Bouwer, ☎ +27 (0)42 293-1244. Dentist. edit
Dr. Jan Nagtegaal, ☎ +27 (0)42 293-1166. Doctor. edit Finmed Pharmacy, Seaview Pick 'n Pay Centre, St Francis Road, (fax: +27 (0)42 293-2618). edit
Private Care Ambulances, 22 Kemp Str, Humansdorp, ☎ +27 (0)42 291-0749 ([email protected]). edit Private Hospital, Humansdorp, ☎ +27 (0)42 295-1100. The closest Hospital is located about 20km away in the town of Humansdorp. edit
For contact details for food and groceries, vehicles, home services, liquor, medical practitioners, nurseries & garden services, pharmacy, professional, cleaning, legal services, photography, security, timber decks, housing, health and beauty call the local or international telephone directory.
Local telephone directory: 1023
International telephone directory: 10903
There are a number of internet cafes in town. Some offer wifi access and some are equipped for Skype calls.
Atlantic Internet Cafe, 18 Da Gama Road, ☎ +27 (0)42 293-2399 ([email protected]), . Open 8AM to 6PM M-F, 8AM to 5PM on Saturday and 9AM to 4PM on Sundays. Wifi available. edit
Cornerstone Laundromat & Coffee Shop, ☎ +27 (0)42 296-0732. edit
Heathwise Gym, ☎ +27 (0)42 293-3545. edit
Baptist Church, Dolly Varden Street (near to Caltex Wavelands), ☎ +27 (0)42 296-3290, . A loving, warm family church. Services at 8.30AM and 6.00PM. Coffee lounge at 5.00PM - All welcome. Kidz Klub on Friday nights for Primary School children. July holidays - Holiday Club. edit Catholic Church, ☎ +27 (0)42 291-1262. edit
Ned Gereformeerde Gemeente, ☎ +27 (0)42 296-2451. edit Presbyterian Church, ☎ +27 (0)42 296-2545. edit Victory Church. edit The Vine Church, Cnr Noorsekloof & Mimoma Streets (The Old Presbyterian hall above Paint Link), ☎ +27 (0)79 174-9185, . All welcome. Service at 9.00AM. Discipleship programs run on Tuesdays 7.00PM -9.00PM including such courses as ALPHA. edit
 Get out
St Francis Bay is another popular surfing spot.
Go to Port Elizabeth (75km to the east) and its attractions. The Tsitsikamma National Park is worth a visit to relax a day. The Gamtoos Valley and Baviaanskloof  See the Great Train Race during August or September where runners race The Apple Express stream trains from PE to Loerie.
Visit Hankey and see the grave of Sarah Baartman just outside the town and the largest sundial in Africa (36.4m in diameter). Take a relaxing drive to Patensie and have breakfast at Tolbos.
Addo Elephant Park, ☎ +27 (0)42 233-0556 (fax: +27 (0)42 233-0196). edit
African Dawn Bird and Wildlife Sanctuary. View several species of wildlife on the reserve 20 min from J Bay. Visit African Dawn  edit
Baviaans Grahamstown Karoo St Francis Sunshine Coast Tsitsikamma