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

Sat 24/08 »

Surf report for Sat 24/08
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
5:00 7ft 13s  °  ° 10mph
11:00 7ft 12s  °  ° 13mph
17:00 7ft 12s  °  ° 19mph
Tide times
Low 2:57am (0.71m)
High 9:08am (1.26m)
Low 3:16pm (0.78m)
High 9:42pm (1.37m)
Daylight
First light06:49
Sunrise07:15
Sunset18:22
Dark18:47

Sun 25/08 »

Surf report for Sun 25/08
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
5:00 9ft 14s  °  ° 20mph
11:00 10ft 14s  °  ° 17mph
17:00 11ft 13s  °  ° 19mph
Tide times
Low 4:30am (0.70m)
High 10:47am (1.28m)
Low 4:58pm (0.75m)
High 11:16pm (1.40m)
Daylight
First light06:48
Sunrise07:13
Sunset18:22
Dark18:48

Mon 26/08 »

Surf report for Mon 26/08
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
5:00 12ft 13s  °  ° 15mph
11:00 11ft 13s  °  ° 12mph
17:00 11ft 13s  °  ° 15mph
Tide times
Low 5:52am (0.62m)
High 12:10pm (1.39m)
Low 6:19pm (0.65m)
Daylight
First light06:47
Sunrise07:12
Sunset18:23
Dark18:48

Tue 27/08 »

Surf report for Tue 27/08
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
5:00 15ft 15s  °  ° 12mph
11:00 16ft 15s  °  ° 11mph
17:00 15ft 15s  °  ° 15mph
Tide times
High 12:30am (1.50m)
Low 6:54am (0.50m)
High 1:10pm (1.54m)
Low 7:19pm (0.51m)
Daylight
First light06:45
Sunrise07:11
Sunset18:24
Dark18:49

Wed 28/08 »

Surf report for Wed 28/08
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
5:00 12ft 14s  °  ° 15mph
11:00 11ft 13s  °  ° 11mph
17:00 11ft 13s  °  ° 13mph
Tide times
High 1:28am (1.63m)
Low 7:45am (0.37m)
High 1:59pm (1.70m)
Low 8:10pm (0.36m)
Daylight
First light06:44
Sunrise07:09
Sunset18:24
Dark18:50

Thu 29/08 »

Surf report for Thu 29/08
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
8:00 10ft 13s  °  ° 15mph
17:00 9ft 12s  °  ° 15mph
Tide times
High 2:17am (1.75m)
Low 8:30am (0.26m)
High 2:43pm (1.83m)
Low 8:56pm (0.25m)
Daylight
First light06:43
Sunrise07:08
Sunset18:25
Dark18:50

Today's weather

Clear sky

17 °C
(62 °F)

Light breeze, 7.2 km/h from ESE

Sea temperature

16.9°C / 62.5°F

Rating

Average: 3 (1 vote)

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