The Beach Guide

St James Beach

St James Beach - South Africa
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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.

Nearest city

Constantia

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St James Beach Weather Info

Current weather (Mon Feb 24th 00:00)

Clear sky

(Clear sky)
16°C / 61°F

Sea temperature
18.4°C
65.2°F
Wind S
Rain 0.0mm
Sunrise 07:12
Sunset 19:14
Current weather

Week weather forecast

Mon 24th
Clear sky 29°C / 84°F S

6 mph
10 km/h

Tue 25th
Clear sky 32°C / 90°F WNW

9 mph
14 km/h

Wed 26th
Clear sky 26°C / 79°F S

15 mph
23 km/h

Thu 27th
Fair 22°C / 72°F SSE

28 mph
46 km/h

Fri 28th
Clear sky 29°C / 84°F SE

16 mph
26 km/h

Sat 29th
Clear sky 32°C / 90°F S

9 mph
14 km/h

5 Day St James Beach UV Index

UV Index scale

A UV Index reading of 3 or more means some precautions should be taken. For more information visit our guide to the UV Index.

Temperature Averages

Average Water Temp

St James Beach tide times & sea state

  • Mon 24/02 »
    Surf report for Mon 24/02
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    5:00 11ft 13s  °  ° 32mph
    11:00 10ft 12s  °  ° 26mph
    17:00 9ft 12s  °  ° 30mph
    Tide times
    High 4:00am (1.77m)
    Low 10:08am (0.45m)
    High 4:10pm (1.70m)
    Low 10:13pm (0.40m)
    Daylight
    First light06:03
    Sunrise06:28
    Sunset19:29
    Dark19:55
  • Tue 25/02 »
    Surf report for Tue 25/02
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    5:00 8ft 9s  °  ° 23mph
    11:00 6ft 11s  °  ° 7mph
    17:00 5ft 11s  °  ° 15mph
    Tide times
    High 4:27am (1.78m)
    Low 10:34am (0.44m)
    High 4:38pm (1.69m)
    Low 10:38pm (0.41m)
    Daylight
    First light06:04
    Sunrise06:29
    Sunset19:28
    Dark19:54
  • Wed 26/02 »
    Surf report for Wed 26/02
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    5:00 5ft 11s  °  ° 12mph
    11:00 5ft 11s  °  ° 15mph
    17:00 6ft 14s  °  ° 21mph
    Tide times
    High 4:54am (1.77m)
    Low 11:00am (0.45m)
    High 5:05pm (1.66m)
    Low 11:05pm (0.45m)
    Daylight
    First light06:05
    Sunrise06:30
    Sunset19:27
    Dark19:53
  • Thu 27/02 »
    Surf report for Thu 27/02
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    5:00 11ft 17s  °  ° 26mph
    11:00 12ft 15s  °  ° 30mph
    17:00 12ft 14s  °  ° 34mph
    Tide times
    High 5:21am (1.74m)
    Low 11:28am (0.49m)
    High 5:33pm (1.61m)
    Low 11:31pm (0.50m)
    Daylight
    First light06:06
    Sunrise06:31
    Sunset19:26
    Dark19:51
  • Fri 28/02 »
    Surf report for Fri 28/02
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    5:00 14ft 9s  °  ° 41mph
    11:00 13ft 10s  °  ° 35mph
    20:00 12ft 10s  °  ° 39mph
    Tide times
    High 5:48am (1.68m)
    Low 11:57am (0.54m)
    High 6:02pm (1.55m)
    Low 11:59pm (0.57m)
    Daylight
    First light06:07
    Sunrise06:32
    Sunset19:25
    Dark19:50
  • Sat 29/02 »
    Surf report for Sat 29/02
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    8:00 10ft 10s  °  ° 26mph
    14:00 7ft 10s  °  ° 20mph
    20:00 7ft 9s  °  ° 22mph
    Tide times
    High 6:17am (1.62m)
    Low 12:29pm (0.60m)
    High 6:35pm (1.46m)
    Daylight
    First light06:07
    Sunrise06:33
    Sunset19:23
    Dark19:49

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