St James Beach

St James Beach - Cape Town
Photo: © Lennon Fletcher / CC BY

The Cape Town suburb of St James is located on the western side of False Bay, at the base of the Cape Peninsula. The name relates to the Roman Catholic churhc of St James which was built here in the 19th century for the Filipino fishermen who worked from adjoining Kalk Bay. With the coming of the railway the area flourished, bcoming something of a seaside resort.

St James is perhaps best known for its colourful Victorian-style beach huts which line the beach. The beach is also home to a large, protected tidal pool which makes it particularly popular with families, or more precisely, younger children. There are also a number of rockpools to explore and any number of shells to collect.

The beach itself is a fairly short stretch of white sand with a rocky shoreline. Pretty enough but what really makes the view here is the mountainous backdrop of the Cape.

During the summer months the beach at St James is particularly popular. Not only is it easy to get to but the east-facing aspect and bulk of the cape behind means the beach is sheltered from the notorious prevailing westerly winds.

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St James Beach Weather Info

5 Day St James Beach UV Index

UV Index scale

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Temperature Averages

Average Water Temp

St James Beach tide times & sea state

Tue 21/01 »

Surf report for Tue 21/01
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
5:00 10ft 12s  °  ° 29mph
11:00 9ft 12s  °  ° 26mph
17:00 9ft 12s  °  ° 29mph
Tide times
High 1:00am (1.47m)
Low 7:04am (0.67m)
High 1:14pm (1.60m)
Low 7:42pm (0.53m)
Daylight
First light05:27
Sunrise05:55
Sunset19:58
Dark20:26

Wed 22/01 »

Surf report for Wed 22/01
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
5:00 8ft 14s  °  ° 22mph
11:00 8ft 14s  °  ° 25mph
17:00 9ft 13s  °  ° 31mph
Tide times
High 1:52am (1.55m)
Low 7:57am (0.61m)
High 2:02pm (1.64m)
Low 8:25pm (0.47m)
Daylight
First light05:28
Sunrise05:56
Sunset19:58
Dark20:26

Thu 23/01 »

Surf report for Thu 23/01
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
5:00 9ft 9s  °  ° 33mph
11:00 8ft 9s  °  ° 29mph
17:00 9ft 9s  °  ° 32mph
Tide times
High 2:35am (1.62m)
Low 8:41am (0.56m)
High 2:44pm (1.67m)
Low 9:02pm (0.43m)
Daylight
First light05:29
Sunrise05:57
Sunset19:57
Dark20:25

Fri 24/01 »

Surf report for Fri 24/01
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
5:00 8ft 8s  °  ° 28mph
11:00 7ft 9s  °  ° 20mph
17:00 7ft 9s  °  ° 28mph
Tide times
High 3:13am (1.68m)
Low 9:20am (0.52m)
High 3:21pm (1.69m)
Low 9:35pm (0.41m)
Daylight
First light05:31
Sunrise05:58
Sunset19:57
Dark20:25

Sat 25/01 »

Surf report for Sat 25/01
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
5:00 5ft 11s  °  ° 15mph
11:00 5ft 12s  °  ° 14mph
17:00 5ft 12s  °  ° 19mph
Tide times
High 3:48am (1.72m)
Low 9:54am (0.51m)
High 3:56pm (1.69m)
Low 10:05pm (0.41m)
Daylight
First light05:32
Sunrise05:59
Sunset19:56
Dark20:24

Sun 26/01 »

Surf report for Sun 26/01
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
5:00 6ft 12s  °  ° 22mph
11:00 7ft 9s  °  ° 25mph
17:00 8ft 10s  °  ° 23mph
Tide times
High 4:21am (1.74m)
Low 10:27am (0.50m)
High 4:28pm (1.67m)
Low 10:34pm (0.42m)
Daylight
First light05:33
Sunrise06:00
Sunset19:56
Dark20:23

Today's weather

Clear sky

21 °C
(69 °F)

Light air, 4 km/h from NW

Sea temperature

20.2°C / 68.3°F

Rating

Average: 3 (1 vote)

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