Fondly referred to as J’Bay by locals and loyal visitors, boasts long stretches of golden sand, lapped by the warm waves of the Indian Ocean. Its prime location near the very tip of Africa makes Jeffrey's Bay an ideal holiday location for the traveller seeking relaxation and an authentically African visit to the Continent, while never negotiating on convenience, luxury and quality. Dolphin Beach in J'Bay has recently been awarded Blue Flag statues, a prestigious international award only giving to beaches that meet stringent standards in environment protection, facilities provided and safety equipment and personal on hand.
Jeffrey's Bay is best known for its spectacular surfing spots, including Kitchen Windows, Surfers Point and Supertubes, which is internationally acclaimed as being one of the world’s top ten surf spots and is host to the International Billabong Pro surfing competition. Straight, long, hollow cylinders and sizeable swells guarantee that even the most expert of surfers enjoys a challenging and beautiful ride on some of the world’s most remarkable waves. Despite this acclaim, J’Bay is also the ideal location to tutor potential Billabong champs. Jeffrey's Bay is situated right near the tip of southern-most Africa, at the gateway of the beautiful Garden Route – the famous route between Port Elizabeth (Nelson Mandela Bay) and Cape Town. From Jeffreys Bay, this scenic road winds through the beautiful Tsitsikamma forest, Nature’s Valley, and the seaside towns of Plettenberg Bay and Knysna. Due to this prime situation, Jeffrey's Bay provides travellers with an ideal based from which to explore the enchanting east coast of South Africa.
Jeffrey's Bay hosts and enjoys some world-famous events. One such event is the Billabong Pro, www.billabong.com/za/, where local and international surfers converge in the ultimate challenge, which is the halfway point of the ASP World Tour, to rank the world’s number one male surfing champion.
The beautiful town of Jeffreys Bay is situated directly on the garden route and is only 75 km from Port Elizabeth.On the coast of the eastern cape .
Known for its endless summers ,long white sandy beaches ,azure blue sea .Famous for surf and abundant shells (over 400 types of seashells make this the most abundant natural coast-line .Very few locations around the world offer a coastal dune field .salt marshes ,freshwater wetland a nature reserve and the perfect wave .
Jeffreys bay is the ideal base from which to see many places of interest within a150 km radius ,make it easy day trips.
Jeffrey’s Bay is proud to be the site of one of the world’s Blue Flag Beaches. This prestigious award requires the beach being examined to adhere to strict requirements in order to qualify for such a status. These criteria include the areas of safety standards, water quality standards, environmental education initiatives, providing environmental information to the general public, the provision of services to bathers and general environmental management standards.
This programme was started by a non-profit organisation, the Foundation for Environmental Education in a bid to get beaches around the world to improve, and to recognise those who consistently insisted on the highest standards and focussed on safety and sustainability. The countries involved number approximately 60, and are situated in Europe, Africa, North and South America, Australia and Asia.
Over the years, this award has managed to become a much sought after achievement, lending the beach a status that could not otherwise have been achieved. Being internationally recognised also means that a Blue Flag Beach earns global acclaim, not just local recognition.
Dolphin Beach is the main beach in Jeffrey’s Bay, frequented by locals and regular visitors from around the world. This beach has achieved Blue Flag status and is, therefore, recommended for tourists in the area. Safe swimming conditions are complemented by ideal sunbathing spots for a perfect family getaway under the warm South African sun.
Blue Flag Beach managers commit much time and energy to ensuring that swimmers are as safe as possible. Ultimately, however, your safety depends on you. Some water safety tips to consider follow:
1. Swim near a lifeguard
2. Always swim between the red and yellow flags
3. Do not swim under the influence of drugs or alcohol
4. Do not go behind the breakers, even if you are confident of your swimming abilities
5. Always ensure that your children are visible at all times and do not leave them unattended
6. Do not strain against a rip current. Relax and allow it to pull you around until you reach the shore again
7. Call or wave for help if you feel that you are in danger
8. Report any swimmer that you may feel is having difficulty in the water
9. Keep your eye on the water at all times, do not turn your back on the waves
In addition to your safety in the water, remember to apply a high-factor sunscreen throughout the year, regardless of the season. Wear a broad-rimmed sunhat, sunglasses and light, cotton clothing that covers exposed areas of the shoulders, neck, arms and legs to avoid sun damage.
The beaches along the coastline of the Eastern Cape and Jeffrey’s Bay are breath-taking. They play a big part in the culture, and even the economy, of this coastal village. It is no wonder, then, that Dolphin Beach strove for such worldwide acclaim in the arena of water safety and environmental responsibility.
Jeffreys Bay is one of the five most famous surfing destinations in the world and hosts the annual Billabong Pro WCT surfing event at the Supertubes during July. Spectators and surfers from all over the world flock to this event, which can be viewed live over the internet and various television channels. OTHER SURFING SPOTS Boneyards, SuperTubes, MagnaTubes, Impossibles, Tubes, Point, and Kitchen Windows are all famous surf spots located in Jeffreys Bay.
Jeffreys Bay is famous for abundant seashells and calamari, and you can visit the Shell Museum for a display of the most beautifull shells. St. Francis Bay host the world's largest calamari industry, and you will enjoy the experience of watching the fisher boats come in to the harbour. Make sure to order some fresh calamari at one of the restaurants in the harbour...you will be in for a treat!
The nearby Kabeljous, Seekoei and Krom river lagoons host numerous water birds, and are also ideal for watersports like canoeing, boardsailing, and fishing. Every year, migrating whales make their way to Hermanus and Witsand to give birth, and whales can be seen breaching on almost every day during the season.
Just to the northeast of town on the Kabeljous River lies the Kabeljous Nature Reserve. It is a walk-about reserve, well known to anglers for a diverse number of fish. The Kabeljous estuary is one of the best preserved estuaries in the Eastern Cape. The lagoon is home to waterfowl, herons, and a variety of waders. Nearby, the Seekoei River Nature Reserve lies between Aston Bay and Paradise Beach. The reserve lies on the estuary formed by the Seekoei and Swart rivers. The reserve is rich in birdlife with over 120 species of birds. The lagoon is also home to numerous red-knobbed coots, buck and other small animals. Fishing from boats is prohibited here.There is also a circular hiking trail that takes about three hours to complete. The trail starts with a trip on a raft across the lagoon and runs through fynbos and subtropical vegetation.
For the shopping enthusiasts, there are numerous ways to spend your day... from the Billabong surf shops and factory shop, to the array of curio shops and in due time, the new shopping mall.THE FOUNTAINS ,chain stores such as Edgars Woolworths ,Mr Price P&P
Jeffreys Bay is approximately 1 hour's drive from the Nelson Mandela Metropol , also known as Port Elizabeth, on the N2 highway. There you will find the Port Elizabeth Airport, Dolphin Aquarium, Happy Valley and many other activities.
Then for the more adverturous person, there is bungee jumping, white river rafting, canopy tours, great white shark diving, tubing and a lot of sight seeing at the Storms River Mouth, on your way to Knysna.
While Jeffrey’s Bay offers the perfect seaside resort with endless prospects of some quality rest & relaxation, there is no opportunity for boredom. Whether you are on a surfing holiday, a family trip, or a business appointment, J’Bay guarantees a fun, convenient stay in an authentic South African environment.
Follow the N2 West from Port Elizabeth (about 70km) or the N2 East from Garden Route and use the turn off to Jeffreys Bay. The BazBus stops on its way from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth in J-Bay and there are a number of intercity bus companies who are stopping in Jeffreys Bay. There is no train connection. You can easily walk around in town. Most places you want to be are centered around Da Gama Road, the main beach and Supertubes. Though it is a short distance that can easily be walked, people often hitchhike along Da Gama road between Supertubes and downtown J-Bay.