St James Beach
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
Current weather (Mon Feb 24th 00:00)
16°C / 61°F
Week weather forecast
Mon 24th29°C / 84°F
Tue 25th32°C / 90°F
Wed 26th26°C / 79°F
Thu 27th22°C / 72°F
Fri 28th29°C / 84°F
Sat 29th32°C / 90°F
5 Day St James Beach UV Index
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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 light 06:03 Sunrise 06:28 Sunset 19:29 Dark 19:55
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 light 06:04 Sunrise 06:29 Sunset 19:28 Dark 19:54
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 light 06:05 Sunrise 06:30 Sunset 19:27 Dark 19:53
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 light 06:06 Sunrise 06:31 Sunset 19:26 Dark 19:51
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 light 06:07 Sunrise 06:32 Sunset 19:25 Dark 19:50
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 light 06:07 Sunrise 06:33 Sunset 19:23 Dark 19:49