Hotels and alternatives
Being such a tourist magnet, Jerba has plenty to offer of hotels. Package travellers are placed in one of the many tourist complexes in the northeastern corner of the island. If you have hotel included in your ticket, you can expect good value for money. If you're an independent traveller, these hotels charge up to 3 times more per night than charter tourists pay. Through the winter, however, you will be able to strike some good deals.
Independent travellers are better off in Houmt Souq, which has plenty of good value hotels to choose from. Value for money is good even through high season, mainly because Jerba has tourism all through the year.
Midoun has one basic but good hotel.
In other parts of Jerba, I have no record of any hotels. That is however no problem, as it is almost impossible to be more than 30 minutes away from your hotel on Jerba.
Restaurants and alternatives
Jerba is not the greatest place to go eating, if you plan to do it outside your tourist complex. And not even the best place if you plan to stay there, many hotel restaurants serve rather uninspiring meals. There are some non-hotel restaurants in this area too, with variable quality.
In Houmt Souq you will find some nice restaurants, some quite cheap yet good.
Midoun has some places to eat too. In other parts of the island, the best solution is to enter one of the foodstores, and ask if the keeper to prepare you a cassecroute, a sandwich with tuna, sausage or whatever else is to find of canned food in his store.
The tourist zone offers good night life. This is dominated by Western travellers. But there is always a good number of Tunisian men, and in recent years more and more of Tunisan women, too.
Change money in your hotel. The banks in Houmt Souq (which is the place with most banks) are often crowded, and it can take some time to change money.
If you're going anywhere outside Jerba, do it from Houmt Souq. Here are the only real stations for shared taxis and buses.
If you're moving around Jerba, consider renting a small motorbike. This is slightly expensive, but still well worth the cost. Otherwise, use Jerba's system of buses and small taxis. This is damn cheap, but will involve some waiting.