Known the world over as  a Mecca for the global surfing community, Jeffrey’s Bay, or J-Bay as it’s known to the locals, is one of South Africa’s best loved seaside towns.

Apart from the excellent waves that enthusiasts travel from far and wide to surf, there’s plenty to do for all ages in J-Bay.

Jeffrey’s Bay Highlights

  • Beach-based activities: Surf the world’s best waves, go sandboarding, or simply enjoy walking along the beach for miles on soft white sands of Paradise Beach. Nearby Cape St Francis offers an alternate surfing venue if J-Bay’s packed.
  • Dining out: Moya Manzi recommends Tapas in Aston Bay (try the Calamari – its fantastic!), Kitchen Windows and The Greek
  • J-Bay Festivals: Talent spot at the Billabong pro Surfing Competition every July. Or for something more laid-back, enjoy the Shell Festival each September
  • Shopping opportunities: Kit yourself out in the latest surf fashions – visit Billabong Village, Country Feeling (homegrown fashion) and the numerous other surf factory shops. Fountains Shopping Mall is another good place to enjoy some retail therapy.
  • Experience nature: Beaches aside, nature lovers can also enjoy spending time outdoors at Baviaanskloof Wilderness and the Tsitiskamma Nature reserve a short drive away, or hang with the animals at African Dawn Wild Life Sanctuary.