Jeffreys Bay is renowned worldwide as a delightful holiday and retirement centre and today has developed so to include Aston Bay, Kabeljous-on-Sea township and Paradise Beach.
The Bay of Jeffreys Bay stretches from Cape Recife in the east, through to Cape St Francis further west while the village lies 80km west of Port Elizabeth midway between the Gamtoos and Kromme Rivers, and the two estuaries of the Kabeljous and Seekoei Rivers.
Offering endless beaches and a year round summer. Temperatures are moderate all year round along the coast with rain scattered throughout the year.
Summers: Warm with a very temperate humidity level.
Winters: Mild and pleasant, and it is significant that water sports are practised year-round.
Jeffreys Bay normally receives about 427mm of rain per year, with rainfall occurring throughout the year. It receives the lowest rainfall (25mm) in January and the highest (43mm) in October. The region is the coldest during July where the average midday temperatures is 19°C and warmest in February at 25°C.
Jeffreys Bay is world renowned for its safe beaches and surfing waves, with many different surf breaks, each possessing its own magic. Surfing spots include Kitchen Window, Tubes, Super Tubes, Point and Albatross.
The waves here can get up to about 10 - 12 feet. They are very fast, and as the name suggests, getting tubed is the name of the game. The swell usually runs in the winter months.
Boneyards is right next to Supers. You will be able to recognise it with ease, as it is the spot where the waves are breaking almost perfectly.
Point is situated east of Super Tubes, further down the beach. The waves here tend to be a little smaller than those at Boneyards and Supers. Here you can expect a much longer ride than Boneyards and Super Tubes.
Fauna and Flora
These beaches have an abundance of shells, and are known for good angling. Fishing in Jeffreys produces Kob, Leerfish (Garrick), Grunter, white Steenbras, Blackmail, Musselcracker, Baardman, red Steenbras, Poenskop, Roman, Dageraad, elf, sharks and rays.
People with a real interest in nature will enjoy the recreation offered by the three nature reserves, under the management of the Cape Nature Conservation. Although small in size, they offer peace and tranquillity and some hiking trails.
For hikers there are even more trails, however, and these include the Cape St Francis Nature Reserve, Tsitsikamma Hiking Trail and the trails in the Baviaanskloof.
Jeffreys Bay is the home of thriving handcraft industries. The surf culture clothing shops are synonymous with Jeffreys, and all their clothes depict a scene in Jeffreys Bay. Other venues include surf shops, hand-crafted leather shoes and hand-crafted shell art.
Jeffreys is also the hub of the calamari industry of the Eastern Cape, and is thus in the fortunate position of being able to supply visitors with this delicacy in abundance.