Surf vibes at J-Bay
In Afrikaans the name of the bay is Jeffreys baai. It is a town located on the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. This is the place where surfers and tourists find it hard to leave. We noticed this too once we were at the bay and had a glimpse at the idyllic coast line.
On top of a hill overlooking the beach is the Island Vibe Backpackers and Surf Camp. You can party here and learn to surf if your hangover isn’t too bad. The staff is friendly and the atmosphere chilled. If you’re looking for somewhere quiet to sleep this is not the place for you … but … if you are looking for a great view, waking up to amazing sunrises on the beach, then head this way.
The beach is fantastic: A long strip of white sand with waves crashing ashore. The water is semi warm; admittedly we arrived in winter and took a dip with no wetsuits on, although the average temperature in May is still 28 degrees. This area is also famed for the surf break where the Billabong Pro has been held for many years. This has now changed to the Samsung Galaxy ASP WCT tour which is taking place this year at J-bay from July 10-20th. Jeffreys bay is one of the five most famous surfing destinations and is listed as number 2 on the ‘Best in the worlds’ surfing list.
If you love surf gear then this is the town for you. The Main Street has outlet stores for Billabong, Ripcurl, Quicksilver and many other brands. Shopping is a must when compared to NZ prices. If you’re planning a trip to South Africa, then add this spot to your to do list, especially if you’re the right type.
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