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Jeffreys Bay Essentials:
- What do the locals call Jeffrey's Bay?
- Locals here generally tend to call their hometown either J-bay or Jay Bay.
- How many people inhabit the town?
- J-bay is a small enough spot with a population of around 15,000 people.
- What are the language and the currency?
- Of the 11 official languages spoken in South Africa, the main ones you'll hear in J-bay are Afrikaans, Xhosa, English and Zulu. The currency used here is the South African Rand (ZAR).
- On the beach
Things to see in Jeffreys Bay
- What's the top attraction in Jeffrey's Bay?
- Surfing is definitely the top attraction in J-bay. In fact, surfing isn't just an attraction here - it's a way of life. Supertubes is where the experienced surfers go, while beginners can also be seen attempting to ride their very first waves at Kitchen Windows. Each year, J-bay hosts the Billabong Pro surfing competition, which is attended by many of the top surfers from around the world.
- What else should I see and do while I'm here?
- If you want to experience the thrill of surfing but would prefer to stay on dry land, then Jay Bay Sandboarding out in Marina Martinique is the perfect spot for you. Daily trips with this crew include lessons and board rental. While you're in town you can drop into the Shell Museum, which holds a pretty impressive collection of shells from locations in Jeffrey's Bay and from all over the world. Here you'll see around 600 colourful shells from lots of different species. Skaters will definitely love the Skate Park in the Quiksilver Store at Fountains Mall. You don't have pay to use this skate park, which is partly why it's so popular with both local and visiting skateboarders.
- Is there anywhere else I can visit for free?
- There is! As you've already heard, J-bay is a huge surfing town so it's not surprising that it has its own Surf Museum. Located upstairs in the Quiksilver Store on Da Gama Road, this quirky museum is filled with old surfboards, newspaper clippings, photos and plenty more, all chronicling the history of surfing both here in Jeffrey's Bay and on a more international scale. You also can't leave J-bay without having spent some time at Dolphin Beach, the city's main beach. This beautiful sandy stretch has been awarded a Blue Flag and is a great spot for strolling along the shore, having a refreshing dip or topping up your tan under the sun.
- I hear Jeffrey's Bay is a big shopping town. Is this true?
- It is! Actually, shopping is becoming almost as popular as surfing here in Jeffrey's Bay. Some of the top names in surfing gear and clothing have factory stores offering discounted goods along J-bay's main street, Da Gama Road. These stores include Billabong, Roxy, Rip Curl and Quiksilver. For J-bay signature clothing, Firewire boards and plenty more, check out local favourite Country Feeling, also found along Da Gama Road.
Going out in Jeffreys Bay
- Do I need to carry my ID with me when going out?
- Generally not; however, it's usually a good idea to have some ID with you when you go out.
- Any bars you'd recommend?
- Sure! Out at Marina Martinique you'll find Tapas, which is a great choice if you're looking for a relaxed bar with a wide variety of drinks. The sand floor and the nets give it a nautical feel, while the numerous flags hanging from the ceiling and the messages left by previous patrons give it a lived-in look. Meanwhile, The Mexican on Da Gama Road is known for serving up delicious Mexican food, but it's also a great bar. The drinks menu here includes everything from colourful cocktails to tequila shooters, all offered at very reasonable prices. If you're looking to hang out with a younger crowd, make sure to check out Moroccan Lounge above the Wax Café. It's a pretty intimate little bar, with lots of comfy cushions to sit on in the windows overlooking Da Gama Road. From the bar you'll be able to get beers, cocktails and plenty more, and while you wait for your drink keep an eye out for the amusing signs that can usually be seen adorning the counter top. During high season, there's no better place for live music in J-bay than The Lounge on Da Gama Road. This large bar offers up a plethora of drinks specials during its Happy Hour which lasts from 8pm to 9pm each night.
- If I don't fancy a drink, is there anything else to do?
- Of course! Instead of going bar-hopping, you can head to the movies. There's a cinema out at Fountains Mall which has a number of screens showing new releases.
Eating Out in Jeffreys Bay
- How expensive is it to eat out in Jeffrey's Bay?
- It's not expensive to eat out here! You'll find restaurants, cafés and takeaways offering reasonably priced food from local seafood to Greek fare and plenty more besides.
- Tell me about some of the places I should check out.
- You'll find a really great selection of places to eat out during your stay in J-bay. Most of these are located on or around the town's main drag, Da Gama Road. This is where you'll find 3 Fat Fish, a restaurant with a laid-back atmosphere, very friendly staff and a varied, affordable menu. The calamari here is pretty popular, along with the pizzas and pastas. Another Da Gama Road favourite is the Wax Café. If you're looking for a break from the J-bay sun, this is the perfect choice as it serves up a delicious selection of smoothies and shakes to help you cool down. And if you're peckish, you'll be able to choose from a wide variety of dishes including burgers, sandwiches and wraps. At The Greek you'll find a top-notch selection of traditional Greek dishes along with some great fresh seafood. Decorated with plenty of blue and white, this restaurant is well-liked by both locals and visitors. Popular with surfers who've worked up an appetite in the waters off nearby Dolphin Beach, Café Kima is a great choice for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Everything from seafood platters to omelettes can be found on the menu here, all of which are offered up at reasonable prices in a comfortable atmosphere. For a tasty meal in a hurry, look no further than Trawlers on Da Gama Road. This long-running establishment is a town favourite and is famous for its tasty fish and chips.
Transport in Jeffreys Bay
- Can I walk around town?
- As J-bay is a pretty small spot, you'll be able to walk from Dolphin Beach to Da Gama Road, hitting up plenty of the main attractions. However, if you want to go a bit farther afield to Marina Martinique, Fountains Mall or Supertubes, you'll need some form of transport. Also, at night it's better to walk in a group or jump in a private taxi.
- What's the best way to get around Jeffrey's Bay?
- Private taxis are a pretty cheap and efficient way of getting around town, especially at night. J-bay Cabs are one of the private taxi companies offering services here.
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