St James, False Bay

The little seaside village of St James lies just past Muizenberg en route to Kalk Bay, set against the mountain with incredible sea views and one of the prettiest little beaches.

St James’ beach - of the colourful beach huts - also has a large tidal pool, is very popular with locals, and in summer holidays is packed with a variety of people and their children. This is largely because the beach is so well sheltered from the notorious winds of Cape Town, but also because it offers safe swimming and is conveniently close to the Simons Town train line.

The residential suburb, very close to Rhodes’ cottage, is much sought after and many of the homes date back to the time when the Cape was a colony of the Victorian empire. St James is named after the St James Roman Catholic Church, built in 1858 for the Filipino fishermen of Kalk Bay, just up the road.

Danger beach, the other little beach of St James, was used in the whaling industry during the early 1800s, as a place to haul carcasses. Kalk Bay is within walking distance and offers a further delightful ambling opportunity, through cobbled streets and a main road lined with an eclectic mix of antique and bookshops, restaurants, coffee bistros and clothing boutiques.

Boyes Drive, which runs up above St James, offers further magnificent views over False Bay and is a wonderful spot from which to spot whales in season.

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Verified reviewexcellent

Charming village, but not much going on here. Great to stay and then visit and explore all the surrounding towns. We do love staying here because it’s quiet, views are amazing, and people are friendly.

July 2018

Venetia (London)

Verified reviewvery good

Had a great time at the beach. Photographed the famous Victorian bathing huts. A wonderful place for family leisure. The protected tidal pool combines the feel of ocean swimming with the safety and calm of an enclosed pool. Collect shells, investigate interesting rock formations, or relax on the nearby lawn. Refreshments, cafes and restaurants are within easy walking distance.

March 2012

Thomas Harding (Los Angeles)

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