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Jeffreys Bay, South Africa

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jul 10, 2023

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Jeffreys Bay, South Africa. They offer advice about meeting people, cost of living, finding a home and more.

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What do I need to know before moving to Jeffreys Bay?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Jeffreys Bay, they said:

"Jeffreys Bay, is known for its world-class surfing spots, so if you're a surfer, you're in for a treat. The town is small and has a relaxed, laid-back atmosphere, which is perfect for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. The cost of living is relatively low compared to larger cities in South Africa, but it's important to note that job opportunities may be limited, so it's advisable to secure employment before moving. The crime rate in Jeffreys Bay is lower than in larger cities, but it's still important to take safety precautions, such as locking doors and not walking alone at night. The healthcare facilities in Jeffreys Bay are adequate for minor health issues, but for more serious conditions, you may need to travel to a larger city. The town is predominantly English-speaking, but learning some Afrikaans could be beneficial as it's the second most spoken language. The climate is mild throughout the year, with warm summers and cool winters. Public transportation is not very reliable, so having your own vehicle is recommended. The town is also quite spread out, so walking everywhere is not always feasible. The local cuisine is heavily influenced by seafood due to its coastal location, so seafood lovers will be delighted. The town is also home to several annual events, such as the Jeffreys Bay Winter Fest, which attracts visitors from around the world. Lastly, it's important to note that South Africa has strict visa requirements, so ensure you have the correct paperwork before planning your move," wrote one member in Jeffreys Bay.

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About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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