St James Beach

Price guide: Free

Main Road, St James, Cape Town, Western Cape, 7945

Price guide: Free

Victorian changing huts at St James
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expert-rated things to do in Cape Town
Expert overall rating:3.5 out of 5
Value for money:
Recommended for:
Backpackers / Students, Couples, Families with younger children, Chilling out, Great views / scenery

Expert review of St James Beach

One of Cape Town's loveliest and most charming beaches.

My stepdaughters call this ‘swimming pool beach’ and the big rectangular tidal pool really does look like a swimming pool (in fact the local school uses it for sports lessons). This is one of my locals. I love it because it’s big enough to have a proper swim - because if truth be told I’m a bit scared of the open ocean - and because on a still and windless day, no beach is as charming. It’s traditionally a family beach because it’s so safe and the 7am weekend show sees parents galore with their offspring. The colourful beach huts add to the bygone era charm.

Expert tips: 
I always think the best way to get here is to park at Muizenberg beach and to walk the 1km to the beach – your reward is a refreshing swim.
There’s a small station kiosk selling refreshments nearby.

More information on St James Beach:

Price guide:
Beach, Watersports
Main Road, St James, Cape Town, Western Cape, 7945
Months open:
All year round
Free tags / Keywords:
swimming, tidal pool

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