Mr. T and I recently escaped on our first mini – holiday since our honeymoon to the surf town of Jeffreys Bay. Our adventures in Thailand and Vietnam already seemed like a distant memory and it was time for us to forget about work responsibilities and get back into travel, chilled out mode. I am really lucky to have a husband who loves traveling, in fact this area was one of our highest compatibility scores from our marriage preparation course. We both realise how important it is to get away from our weekly routines and responsibilities. To simply relax, connect, explore beautiful surroundings and appreciate everything nature has to offer! If we could do this more often we certainly would. Given our limited time and budget, we decided to visit the surf town of Jeffreys Bay. And yes, the surf was ripping!
How to get there
I had never been to Jeffreys Bay but Mr. T being a surfer knew the town well. We caught a flight to Port Elizabeth from Cape Town, the flying time was only 1 hour and 15 minutes. We then hired a car and drove the remaining 80km distance from Port Elizabeth to Jeffreys Bay.
Where to stay
We stayed at a lovely, modern decorated guesthouse called Shaloha. It had comfortable rooms, with a deck overlooking the surf in the distance and plenty of communal areas.
If you are a hard-core surfer you will know that there is only one road worth staying on in Jeffreys Bay – Flame Crescent. Because the accommodation on this crescent backs onto the famous beach and surf break of Supertubes. Supertubes is one of the longest and best forming right-hand breaks in the world. The barrelling waves are big and ideal for experienced surfers. Supertubes, in fact, hosts the World Surf League event the Billabong Pro every year in July.
When to go
We traveled to J-Bay in June, before the school holidays and before the professional surfers shipped in. It was a perfect time as we missed the crowds, the Town was quiet and the waves were good. Mr. T was able to catch plenty of good, long riding waves and enjoyed the euphoric rush of Supertubes!
Unfortunately, though I was not brave enough to go swimming as it was winter time and too cold for that. But I enjoyed running each morning through the town, reading my book and going for long walks on the beach. So, we were both happily occupied!
Things to do
Surfing is the main attraction during the winter months, from May to September. The winter cold fronts bring in the swell at this time. Some of the well-known surf breaks are Supertubes, Tubes, Boneyards, and Magna.
J-Bay has plenty of long, beautiful, sandy beaches worth exploring, such as Dolphin Beach. These are filled with holidaymakers during summer time.
There is a wide array of surf shops in the town, so you can enjoy shopping and stocking up on all those radical surf brands, such as Billabong, Quicksilver, Roxy, RVCA, Ripcurl and Country Feeling.
Eating out is a must do! There are plenty of restaurants in the town. There is also a local brewery, called Brewhaha, where you can savour locally brewed craft beer.
Besides simply relaxing and enjoying the small-town hospitality you can also enjoy horse-riding, sandboarding and golfing.
J-Bay is a cute coastal town worth exploring and even if you are not a surfer, you will still find things to do. We only spent five days in Jeffreys Bay but this was enough time to recharge, relax and reconnect with each other. Which is just what holidays are meant for. When was the last time you took some time out? Don’t get caught up in the rat race and remember to get away from the daily grind!