What makes Jeffreys Bay a good choice for a holiday destination is what attractions you can reach within an hour or two’s drive – from Port Elizabeth all the way down to the Tsitsikamma and even further. No matter the size of your budget, there are is a vast variety of amazing places and things you can do.
World famous beaches
Fondly referred to as J-Bay by locals and loyal visitors, one of the biggest attractions is the long stretches of fine white beaches, lapped by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean.
The main swimming beach was recently awarded Blue Flag statues, a prestigious international award, only giving to beaches that meet stringent standards in environment protection, facilities provided and safety.
Just south of J-bay is Marina Martinique, a development on 5km of man-made saltwater canals and Aston Bay. From here the area is relatively undeveloped, with many kilometres of unspoiled beaches all the way to St Francis Bay.
Jeffreys Bay is best known internationally for its spectacular surf breaks, primarily for the reef running from Supertubes down to Surfers Point. Supertubes is internationally acclaimed as being one of the world’s top ten pointbreaks and is host to a World Championship tour event.
Straight, long, hollow tubes and often sizeable swells can produce a spectacular ride on one of the world’s most remarkable waves.
Jeffreys Bay is situated on one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world, the Garden Route – the famous coastal meander between Port Elizabeth (Nelson Mandela Bay) and Cape Town.
From Jeffreys Bay, this scenic route winds through the beautiful Tsitsikamma forest, Nature’s Valley, and the seaside towns of Plettenberg Bay and Knysna. Due to its location, Jeffreys Bay provides travellers with an ideal base from which to explore the enchanting Garden Route of South Africa.
Jeffreys Bay has a number of unique coffee shops, vibey restaurants and surfshop villages. There is something for everyone – a library, two gyms, excellent doctors, pharmacies and dentists, a range of pubs, a wonderful selection of tourist accommodation and a movie theatre. The town also boasts some wonderful arts and crafts stores where shoppers can browse after a breakfast in the fresh sea air.
Outdoor activities and exploring the regional attractions
Jeffreys Bay is an ideal base from which to explore the untouched Baviaanskloof Wilderness area, a world heritage site, as well as the natural forests of the Tsitsikamma, the fruit-laden Langkloof valley and the orange farms of the Gamtoos Valley. The town is also close to the Addo Elephant Park, the Seaview Lion Park and the five-star Shamwari Game Reserve.
Mountain bike trails abound – such as in the Van Stadens Valley area and boat cruises are available on the Kromme River at St Francis Bay
There are also a number of game farms in close proximity to Jeffreys Bay.