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Jeffreys Bay Backpackers is an almost essential stop on international travelers’ itineraries. Known as a surfers' paradise, it has so much to it than that and boasts a number of backpacker hostels.
Jeffreys Bay Backpackers is located in the center of town, a short five-minute walk from the beach and handy for transport to and from Jeffreys Bay. The backpackers’ is surrounded by good shops, restaurants, and takeaways.
Rooms and Bathrooms
There are three dorms here -- four-, six, and fourteen-bed rooms. The dorms are pretty basic. One has four bunk beds and one has two bunk beds plus two single beds; these are the cheapest beds in Jeffreys Bay, so don't expect any frills. The place is clean enough and the mattresses are ok with a thick duvet for the chilly winter nights. There's just a couple of power points in the rooms and no storage space. The larger dorm is located right by the bar, which could be an issue if it's busy and you want an early night. Choose one of the smaller dorms inside the house, although they are quite close to the sitting room, which has the TV in it.
There are a couple of cabins in the backyard around the small plunge pool. One is a double room, and one a family room with one double bed and two bunk beds. Both share a bathroom, which is right next door. There is also one double room inside the house sharing two bathrooms.
The bathrooms are clean with twenty-four-hour hot water and there are three showers and two toilets inside the house. The fourteen-bed dorm is en suite.
Immediately inside the house after the reception desk is the sitting room, with two sofas and three cushioned chairs around the flat-screen TV. Adjacent to that is a dining table with two wooden benches and this leads into the shared kitchen. This has a kettle, toaster, microwave, fridge, and four-hob electric cooker. There is ample storage space for your food, and there is free tea and coffee all day. In the backyard is the rather green-looking plunge pool with sun loungers around it, and in the front yard is the tiny bar with a TV. There is good, free Wi-Fi here available throughout the house, but the signal doesn't quite reach the back garden cabins.
Jeffreys Bay Backpackers offer the cheapest beds in town and is very good value if you want no frills. Even so, for this low price, you still get free Wi-Fi, tea and coffee, and a swimming pool, and the vibe is friendly. There is tons of information here and you could do a lot worse elsewhere in the country if you're taking the cheapest options.
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Published on 2018-07-27
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I have great memories of this place, I can honestly say after many traveling adventures staying here is still in my top three of backpacker accommodation I have stayed at around the world. And J Bay I love it.
Jeffreys Bay backpackers is a great place to stay - I've been there twice already and have just booked my third visit. I just love the place. I always book room no 8, a wooden wendyhouse in the back, just next to the pool, all to myself. The pool area is sheltered and even if its windy on the beach it will be a perfect place to chill out and catch a tan. Of course if you prefer to stay in the dorm, it is also neat with a barbeque area just outside . The kitchen and bathrooms are great - clean and tidy, and the entertainment area is warm and welcoming. The staff are really helpful, and everything you need is a short walk away - places to eat, the main beach, shops, etc.
Our hostel is ideally located in the center of town, just a short stroll from the surf city's main beach as well as the restaurants and factory shops which are chock-a-block with bargains.
The courtyard (with its dinky little wooden love shacks) is a private suntrap where lush plants frame a sparkling blue swimming pool.
Whether you're barbecuing with a bunch of new friends or making yourself comfy in one of our homely rooms, this is an easy place in which to kick back.
Adrenaline rushes come in the easy form of surf lessons, horse riding and sandboarding. Game parks like the Addo Elephant Park and Seaview Game Park among others are all within an hours drive from J'Bay.
We offer dorms, double and single rooms and pride ourselves on our clean, friendly accommodation.
Location and Contact
• Port Elizabeth is our nearest airport (1 hour) and there is shuttle that drops you off in J'Bay. • Luxury buses drop you off in Humansdorp 17kms from J'Bay and we have a free shuttle that will come to pick you up...just phone. • The Baz Bus travels daily from Port Elizabeth east of J'Bay and from Cape Town west of Jeffreys Bay.
12 Jeffreys Street, Jeffreys Bay,
Eastern Cape, South Africa
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