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Tourism News
01 May 2010

Horizons Magazine Horizons, Issue 37, Page 41, 1 May 2010 written by Amy Hopkins


The Eastern Cape coast is renowned for its lovely seaside towns and great swells. AMY HOPKINS explores South Africa's surfing capital   




Super Tubes Guest House (042-293-2957) and B&B (joined together but offering slightly different facilities) is a hop-skip-and-jump from the legendary surf spot from which it takes its name. African Perfection (042-293-1401), a B&B next door, offers the same great views and service. Or visit



Cafe Kima (042-293-1192), opposite the Blue Flag Dolphin Beach, is ideal for sundowners. They also serve wraps, pastas, seafood and steaks. Or dine out at The Restaurant (042-293-1728, open from 6pm) on Pepper Street -a one-minute walk from either of the guesthouses. The best menu choice is the seafood tagliatelle, but the Moroccan lamb, ostrich steaks and stuffed chicken breasts are good too. All are made with locally sourced products and organic veg.



If you want to learn to surf, or improve your moves, contact Surf Master J-Bay (072-087-2813). Beginner lessons start from R200 for a two-hour lesson (including surfboard and wetsuit hire) at Dolphin Beach. Or head straight to breakfast at the Super Tubes Guest House (it's open to the public) - try the French toast with bacon, banana and honey. Everything in town can be found in and around the main drag: Da Gama Road. Stop in at Mr Biltong (042-293-2255) to stock up on meaty treats for the day, or handbags, toiletry bags and purses made from animal hides. The Shell Museum (042-293-1945) has more than 600 different specimens from all over the world (free tours; closes 1pm). Pop into the decor store at Cafe Portofino before enjoying coffee and a light lunch (042-293-2443, open until 2pm).


SATURDAY AFTERNOON There are loads of surf and factory shops along Da Gama, including SA's biggest Billabong store (042-200-2640, open until 3pm) with more than 500 surfboards to choose from. Or get your fill of beachwear, cozzies, hats and surfing accessories. The top level of the Quicksilver store (042-293-2203) is home to the Jeffrey's Bay Surf Museum, where you can see a collection of photos and memorabilia. Finally, check out some local art at the Palette Gallery (076-396-7771, open until 5pm) - the exhibits include pottery and jewellery.




For sundowners, supper and socialising, head to The Mexican restaurant and cocktail bar (042-293-2966). There are usually live bands on a Saturday; it can get a bit loud, so you may prefer to book a table outside. Portions are large and the menu has non-Mex options. If you crave pizza or have kids in tow, Bruce's Family Steakhouse & Pizzeria (042-293-2288) is across the road. It has a kiddies playground.



Amazing cappuccino and breakfast await at the Wax Cafe (042-293-2203) in Da Gama Road. It's a quick walk from here to J-bay Surf Village and its wonderful shops. Invest in handmade sheepskin boots by local Andy Thuysman at In Step (042-293-2037). The eco-cool store next door, Country Feeling (042-293-1679), has clothing, surf gear and a mini-museum (see a pair of original boardshorts hand-sewn in the 70s). Country Khaya (042-293-1057) across the road has beach-house decor and furniture, as well as artworks, clothing and gifts.



For a rustic chill spot literally on the beach, visit the Walskipper Restaurant (042-292-0005), on Marina Martinique at Clapton Beach. Here you can tuck into an amazing selection of seafood dishes, homemade African bread or traditional offal, all while feeling the sand between your toes. Linger over drinks - served in enamel mugs - and soak up the view.


Take a stroll along the beach or wooden walkways around the Supertubes area. Dolphins are often spotted, and surfers can always be seen tackling the perfect waves with gusto.


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