The best beach... - but we were very disappointed by the unwelcoming attitude in Jeffrey's Bay on the whole. There were "no nukes welcome" signs everywhere. No nukes=no new comers.
I wouldn't go back there.
Tracy Carter South Africa
GREAT - Jeffreys Bay was great especially with the wonderful weather we had. Our kids enjoyed themselves thoroughly
MARYKE GROENEWALD South Africa
Peaceful and clean - In our view Wavecrest is the best part of J'Bay
Lovely houses and friendly people. Beautiful views and close to everything
Would not mind staying there
Noel Luzmore South Africa
Laid back - Great for laid back holidays during the off season
Lovely place - Enjoyed Jeffreys after we found the right place to stay. People are very friendly
Tania Schwim South Africa
Awsome - I loved jeffreysbay I can move there permanently
Lovey beach - Aston Bay is an ideal family holiday vacation. It is a real seaside village but is close to the main shopping centre so has easy access to all amenities. It is busy but not not over crowded. It has safe bathing with lifeguards and a sandy beach that goes for miles . We love Aston Bay.
Janine Laughland South Africa
Relaxing - Your review...
leandi huenaerts South Africa
Nice place - Marina Martinique is a great place. You must have a small boat or canoe to really enjoy cruising the canals.
debra brockwell South Africa
Beautiful! - Not only is the beach spectacular Jeffreys Bay is clean! The locals made us feel at home and the food was awesome!
Iris Levings South Africa
My experience - Beautiful place. I will also like to try outer houses.
lenny chetty South Africa
Bliss - A piece of heaven
Simone Van der wath South Africa
J Bay - Surf, braai, swim, chill, shop, relax!
nadia burger South Africa
Beautiful little town - We absolutely fell in love with the place. It is so clean and tidy. Everything is in walking distance. There are loads of things to do ranging from surfing lessons to shell collecting and Super Tube rides. Plenty of entertainment for young and old.
Wavecrest NoorseKloof Nature Reserve - Situated in the area of Wavecrest is the Noorsekloof Nature Reserve .
An ancient Forest Ravine Eco System with 400 year old Riverine Euphorbias - small Duikers ( small buck ) and indigenous flora and fauna .
There is a trail that runs down the Kloof riverine valley - so take a leisurely stroll through the shady riverine forest and enjoy nature at its best within a built up suburb .
Superb Holiday Destination - Jeffreys Bay has the most beautiful beach with lots of activities during the festive season. It is also known to be the most popular coastal holiday destination with the best tourism attractions in the Eastern Cape.
J bay - Stunning beaches. Clean place and great holiday destination. restaurants not great with their service
kristyl weatherhead South Africa
Gorgeous white sand beach - Beautiful peaceful spot to unwind
Karin Olivier New Zealand
Noorsekloof - Waterkant holiday review - Nice neigbourhood with friendly people and clean streets. Roads still in acceptable condition but will need attention to avoid looking like the bombing raid stricken roads in the Limpopo Province. Shopping complexes all over and within walking distance - depending on your ability/capacity to walk. Beaches very clean and almost never-ending, inspiring long walks along the shore and the opportunity to enjoy the late afternoon dolphin escapades close to shore.
For the Young'uns - Many activities, especially over holidays, are geared to entertain the youngsters. J'Bay is great for having a good time. Beautiful, peaceful and friendly.
Carol Prinsloo South Africa
Wavecrest - I'm an avid shell collector and haven't ever found such an abundance of shells, as I did at Wavescrest in JBay. Thought I had died and gone to shell heaven!
Everything one needs, is close at hand and a vast amount of eateries, to suit any ones appetite. A definite holiday destination!
Heather Williamson South Africa
amazing - I used to stay in Jeffreys Bay and will always come
back, as it is my home.
Chantelle Casteling South Africa
LOVED J-BAY!!! - LOVED J-Bay... Friendly people and stunning views! Hope to be back soon!
Raldi Myburgh South Africa
Christine v Niekerk - Lovely area for family visits and most certainly ideal retirement village!
Christine Van Niekerk South Africa
J-Bay is tops - Die lekkerste branders in die land.
Riette de Kock South Africa
J Bay - Wonderful - Very friendly town and the most beautiful beach. Will make this my first holiday choice in the future.
Gerhard de Ru South Africa
Let your hair down! - Cool place to be. Enough places to party and enough places to have moment of silence and reflection. Good food readily available. Traffic sometimes messy though and leave your Gauteng ways of always being in a hurry in Gauteng. Here things take as long as they take. That is why it is a holiday town! What a gem.
Miekie Liebenberg South Africa
A little disappointed - To be honest we were dissppointed! Really dont know what all the fuss is about! We normally every year go to the umhlanga-durban area! Sorry to say for the beaches and vibe J-bay does not compare!
Scott sydenham South Africa
J-BAY ROCKS! - LOVED J-BAY - HOPE TO BE BACK NEXT YEAR...
Anna-Marie le Roux South Africa
beach - we came to jeffreys for the beach ans shells and 2 days is enough
dick van duijn Netherlands
What a pleasant surprise! - Jefferys Bay!! South Africa's best kept secret!
Jeffreys Bay, the perfect stay. - Jeffreys Bay is undoubtedly most famous for its spectacular waves. But the town, along with its activities, diversities and beautiful places to stay has grown a great deal since its early days of good waves, empty plots and Volkswagen camper-vans.
For those that still come through to the seaside town in search of surf, there are a range of good spots, such as 'Kitchen Windows' that cater for beginners, 'Point' for cabable surfers and of course the famous 'Supertubes' for those that consider themselves passionate and confident surfers. In this manner, Jeffreys Bay is the perfect place for surfers at all stages! Adding to this, the beaches and oceans surrounding the town have an abundance of ocean life, and it is safe to say that if willing to get up just past sunrise, you are garaunteed to see schools of dolphins surf the waves in the beautifull morning light. In may, the whales cruise through the bay as it is mating season, and if you keepan eye out you might even see a young.
If you love the beach and enjoy twisiting bare toes in the sand, the beaches are strewn with an intricate variety of beautiful shells, bound to keep you busy for hours and give you the peace of mind that one hopes to achieve on a break away! More then just sand and surf, the beaches are also good for those that achieve tranquility by staring out to the horizon, and with a rod and some bait, it is very likely that a fish will be caught, perfect to be braaied at one of the numerous public braai facilities located by the beahces!
If you are on the look out for more adventures, the lagoon is great for wind and kite surfing, and a 15 minute drive will bring you to the beautiful waterfall, which has a 'fufi-slide' and where with a picnic and some friends you can spent the day in the beauty of the natural surroundings. If nature is your passion, an hours drive from Jeffreys leads you to the breathtaking and tranquil baviaans-kloof, prefect for hikes, a night away camping or simply enjoying some peace and quiet.
For the adreniline junkies, roughly 80 km from Jeffreys, in Tsitsikamma, the worlds highest bungy jump is located, or one can go whitewater rafting among other outdoor advetures offered in the area. More activities in and near the town range from fantastic beach horse-rides to sandboarding on huge sand dunes, or joining one of the professional guided township tours of Sexwale Township to learn abvout the challanges and culture of the local community.
Jeffreys bay also had a range of restaurants, that range from the classic South-African Spur Family Restaurant to fine-dining at 3 Fat Fish. Inn-Food offers mouth-watering artisinal breads and award-winning barista made coffees. For the party-peeps, there is a handfull of bars and clubs, which regularly host music events of different genres. For those that wish to stroll through the town and if shopping is what makes your holiday, Jeffreys bay has many shops, adding to this, the 'Fountains Mall' is bound to staisfy the serious shoppers, whilst the cinema is also great for those who wish to stay up to date with the latest releases! Again, even for the sporty, the mall hall a big indoor skate-park located inside the Quiksilver surfshop.
Clearly, with so much to do, one needs to spend a good couple of days here, and in this too, Jeffreys Bay will not sell you short. From backpackers to luxury rooms, the town has something to suit everybody's needs and budgets.
Jose Copraij South Africa
bad - bad!!!! will never go there again
Edith Hansen South Africa
An awesome place to stay for a great holiday as a family - When we as a family went to J bay for first time lots of questions went through my mind especially re accommodation. I'm proud to say we had a magnificent time. The accommodation as so homely. We felt as if it was our home. I can definitely recommend Wavescrest to all families who want to have a great holiday as well as a wonderful place to stay.
Margaret Mitchell South Africa
YAY FOR JBAY - JBay is one of our favourite coastal destinations. It's modern and yet laid back and relaxed. The weather is always good and the air is fresh and clean. The people are casual and very hospitable. The town is picturesque, the shops are quaint and the restaurants are alive and buzzing. There is an abundance of activities on the beachfront to keep all ages entertained. Definitely a 10 out of 10 as a holiday destination for couples or families!
Cheryl Westley South Africa
Billabong heaven - Not only do you have the leisure of going to the beach, but you can do so in style. With the great shops around at discounted prices from Billabong and other brands, this is heaven on earth to any person who is in love with the sea and everything that goes with it.
Not even to talk about the wonderful fish and chips you can buy there. Its like a bit of heaven in the middle of the famous J-Bay. You also have the well known place to gather there. Where you get to see live entertainment specially over the festive time of the calender year.
Accommodation is affordable for everyone even students who like to break away from the stress of studies or matric learners going on there matric v-kay....
All in all this is the place to spend summer and winter. Cause you will always feel like its home away from home.
Gerda stander South Africa
jbay - I LOVE JBAY AND MY FAMILY & I HAVE BEEN GOING THERE FOR 8 YEARS NOW. WE ABSOLUTELY LOVE THE UNSPOILT BEACHES AND THE FACT THAT JBAY IS A TOWN WITHIN A CITY. ALL JBAY NEEDS IS AN ARCADE OR SOMETHING FOR THE KIDS TO DO WHEN IT IS RAINING.
LOVE JBAY AND WISH I WAS THERE NOW!!!!!
minette gerrits South Africa
My Jeff - Coming from PE - I simply love the drive to Jeffreys. I love Jeffrey's Bay's beaches - accommodations - the relaxing atmospher. Great get-away place - peaceful for my liking.
Great to get some rest and excerise a sound mind. The accommodation is also very affordable, not too expensive.
Tshimollo Mooi South Africa
Get your vooma back! - Normal is : Getting dressed in clothes you buy for work and driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for in order to get to the job you need to pay for the clothes and the car and the house you leave vacant all day so you can afford to live in it.
Life is short. Start living. Before stress gets the best of you, pack your better half, the kids and the dog and head off to the quaint seaside town of Jeffreys Bay. Compile your bucket list on the way there and start having fun again. Check-in to any one of a number of cosy, calm and caring establishments in Wavecrest. You will feel the tension ease from the minute that you step out of your vehicle. Take a deep breath and suck the sea air deep into your lungs, feel the salt on your skin, spend the next few days chilling and revitalising your lost energy.
Wavecrest is slightly offset from the beachfront, which means you are close to all the action without being inside the hustle and bustle. It simply is the perfect recipe to provide the ultimate of both worlds.
If action holidays are your thing and you’ve never surfed, there’s no better time to learn than now and no better place than one of the best surfing spots in the world. If a pamper holiday tickles your fancy, Wavecrest has several beauty salons and spas to ease off the tension.
Don’t worry about hitting traffic on the way to the shops. That’s if you really have to shop. And if you do, there’s a variety of shops nearby … from the faithful chain stores to the quaint small town gems where you can spend hours browsing yourself into a different world. Be sure to test some of the amazing local restaurants with food to die for.
If the kids are getting restless, take a drive and visit the penguin rehabilitation centre at Seekoei River Nature Reserve between Aston Bay and Paradise Beach. Let them feed the penguins! Or visit the lighthouse at St Francis; they have guided tours and will let you climb all the way to the top of the lighthouse!
Wavecrest is where you want to be if you have a few unticked bucket list items. So get your vooma back!
Karen Fraser South Africa
accomodation in Wavescrest - Thank you for the amazing time we could spend there, as a big family we had lots of space and no weather could hinder us from enjoying a good old braai. The facilities were well equipped and catered well even for my disabled father. Well done!!!
Sanet Jordaan South Africa
About Jeffreys Bay - We had a lovely stay in Jeffrey's about a month ago,the best thing were that we could take our staffie Miela to enjoy the well deserved weekend!The weather were nice warm days during the day and in the evenings we could enjoy our barbecue indoors when the evenings were a bit cold,as it were still wintertime.We enjoy the walks with Miela next to the Kabeljauws lagoon and I enjoyed the big variety of shops in the mall.The power was off on the Sunday but we still enjoyed a warm cup of coffee and McMuffin Breakfast at McDonalds!!Will certainly return again!
Lizel Bezuidenhout South Africa
Kaizer family in Jaybay - Very Nice watersport destination and has very well equiped holiday apartments and the place is internationally recognized.It is indeed one of our tourist attracted spots in south africa and we are proud to know that the BillaBong Brand is manifactured in Jeffs.Beaches are clean and pristine and it has very good restuarants offering a variety of international cuisine .It is also located very close to other towns like Port Elizabeth ,St Francis Bay,Humansdorp places to visit to experience the tranquility and beauty of the surrounding areas as well.I really think it is the ideal place for a family vacation.
louisa kaizer South Africa
Jeffreys Bay a home away from home - Jeffreys Bay is well known as the top surfing destination. What I like about the town is the friendliness of the people and everything, be it a mall or just the beach, it is within walking distance of each other. So no sweat, you just put on your trainers and off you go. My favourite place is the Fountains Mall. My favourite place to stay is the Sunshine Bay Beach Club. My family feel we are part of them. The Resort Manager (Chantal), Cornelia, the handy man and the cleaning staff they really make a person feel at home. We go there every year because we have made a lot of friends. Keep it up Jeffreys Bay.
MARIAM ABRAHAMS South Africa
Jeffreys Bay - Jeffreys Bay is international recognized for its perfect waves, making it one of the top surfing spots of the world. Pristine beaches for surfing, fishing or simply shell collecting are just a few meters away. Only 40 minutes outside Port Elizabeth, close to shopping malls, retail and curio shops, which make shopping a convenient and enjoyable experience for all. The many restaurants offer a variety of local as well as international cuisine, with fresh fish and calamari being caught daily.
Nearby attractions include St Francis Bay, home to the St Francis Links golf courses, a mere 15 minutes drive. Tsitsikamma Forest and Storms River Mouth approximately an hour from Jeffreys Bay, and of course, the well known Addo Elephant Park being only 90 minutes drive.
Jeffreys Bay is defnitely the ideal place to stay, with its relaxed lifestyle, outdoor activities, great shopping and fine dining.
Adri Geldenhuys South Africa
Wavescrest (Jeffreys Bay) - Hi . Wavecrest is a suburb of Jeffreys Bay and is located on a high elevated platform overlooking the greater part of northern Jeffreys Bay with the Indian Ocean to the east .
Wavecrest incorporates the Kloof Nature Concervancy which is a large green belt that runs in and around Wavecrest . The Kloof Nature Concervancy incorporates up to 500 year old Euphorbias in an established ravine forest eco system. Bird life is very abundant. Grey Duikers and Dassies are also prevalent. There are also big plans to officially incorporate a Nature Trail for the Kloof that will have an official Tour guide.
The views from Wavecrest mostly overlook the Kloof Nature Concervancy and the Indian Ocean - whales are often spotted . Many Chokka boats can be seen with their bright lights shining to attract chokka (squid) at night .
Jeffreys Bay is home to the Perfect Wave and Endless Summers - Wavecrest is the quiet, up-market residential area in Jeffreys Bay - Home to the perfect wave! With its unique combination of beautiful beaches, endless summers, abundant shells, white gold (calamari) and relaxed lifestyle, its no wonder this town has become world renown.
Another International attraction is the Billabong Surfing Festival in July each year when surfers from all over the world come to enjoy these flawless formations of rolling surf. The safe beaches are perfect for bathing and all water sports, making it a popular weekend getaway and holiday destination.
Temperatures are moderate all year round along the coast with rain scattered throughout the year. The summers are warm with a very temperate humidity level. Winters are mild and pleasant, and it is significant that water sports are practiced year-round.
The Jeffreys Bay Shell Museum houses an impressive and beautiful collection of local shells gathered on the beaches of Jeffreys Bay, as well as shells from other countries. Visitors are welcome to collect shells which are varied and plentiful.
There are a number of small nature reserves in the area, such as the Kabeljous Estuary and Nature Reserve, which is a walk-about reserve with a safe beach for swimming and excellent fishing opportunities as well as bird watching and small animals.
The Noorsekloof Nature Reserve is a 28.7 hectare reserve stretching up to Wavecrest, small buck and many birds can be seen along the 3 km trail running alongside the stream.
Then there is the Seekoei River Nature Reserve which is on the Seekoei River estuary. It is a bird watchers paradise, as the hide overlooks the Seekoei River where there is an abundance of water fowl.
Numerous explanations exist about where the name Jeffreys Bay derives from. Some say that the name derived from one Captain Jeffrey when his ship was shipwrecked here and he literally stumbled across the beautiful area that was to become Jeffreys Bay. Another source says that the name was derived from a trader that moved here in 1850. Some always say that Jeffreys Bay was initially used as a harbor and trading post and was established in 1849 by one, a J.A. Jeffrey, a whale hunter by trade, originally from St. Helena. As time passed, Jeffreys Bay became a small fishing village and has since grown into the wonderful and world famous holiday town it is today.
Jeffreys Bay’s wave season runs from June to August, but good waves can be had as early as April or as late as September. So don’t forget to bring your board, but remember that this is South Africa’s winter so pack a good wetsuit as well.
South Africa’s premier wave is at Supertubes, which for 10 days each July hosts the Billabong Pro, a World Championship Tour event. At this time of the year the waves are an awesome Hawaiian size one-to-three meters high, placing them among the top ten swells anywhere.
Other surf spots in J’Bay include Tubes further down near The Point, Albatross across the road from Wavecrest, Boneyards, Magnatubes, Kitchen Window and Main Beach. Best of all, you don’t need to bring anything as there are a full range of surfing services from a surfing school to equipment hire and specialist shops.
Wavecrest, Jeffreysbay has grown from a sleepy little fishing and surfing town over the past few years and is one of the fastest expanding town / city in the country.
Jeffreys Bay, also called J-bay by the locals, is a picturesque town situated on the coast of the Eastern Cape. Bracketed by an amphitheatre of towering mountains and its world renowned surfing beaches. Talented surfers skilled to ride their boards in the tubes of majestic waves or just ahead of the great white rollers will tell you that the professional rate Jeffreys Bay amongst the ten best surfing points in the world. And conchologists say the beaches here are unbeatable for the variety and number of seashells. Over 400 types of seashells make this the most abundant natural coastline in South Africa.
There are a host of accommodation options from backpacker lodges to luxury guest houses. The Penguin Centre is also a popular attraction, as is the Game Farms just outside the town. Here you will find rhino, giraffe and a number of buck species. African Wildlife sanctuary 25 km from town offers the perfect getaway for families to enjoy a variety of wildlife.
Da Gama Road, which is the main road in Wavecrest Jeffreysbay leads to the centre of Jeffreys Bay, a bustle of shops and restaurants.
But Jeffreys Bay is more than just a surf town, it is welcoming and friendly to everyone looking to have a great time.
Dean & Theunisia Blom South Africa
Jeffreys Bay - Will return for more time out and surf, shop and relax.
Grant Shelton South Africa
Surfer's paradise - I will never forget my sunrise surf with a school of dolphins.
Tobias Van Niekerk Australia
Jeffreys Bay Vibe - We are situated in Wavecrest, the most beautiful subburb of Jeffreys Bay. Wavecrest is a hill which offers the most amazing view over the whole bay, the mountains and the lagoon. You can clearly see all wave crests that the Indian Ocean is smashing onto the stunning beaches. To the centre of town you will just need 5 minutes. There you will find lovely restaurants and shops, cafes and bars.
Kirsten Zank South Africa
Jeffreys Bay : The place to be all year round - Jeffreys Bay is often referred to as the "home of the perfect wave". Visitors from all over the world flock to our town with its moderate temperatures, all year round. Mild winters make it possible for water sports to be enjoyed throughout the year. The town is growing fast and offers the visitor a number of restaurants to choose from, as well as a variety of fast food outlets and shops. With Jeffreys Bay as base you could explore the wide variety of fascinating attractions our region has to offer. You can enjoy everything between hiking through the fynbos and surfing the perfect wave.
Hannes van der Merwe South Africa