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Main Road, St. James, South Africa
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Reviewed January 17, 2019 via mobile

To go just there it is not worth it.. But if you are going to cape point & boulders beach, then you should pass by either this beach (st. James) or Muizenberg beach.. Both have the same photo opportunities (with the colorful huts), but st...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank bahaa911
Reviewed January 10, 2019

St. James is a strange little town that almost looks out of place. The beach is tiny but pretty and has the classic colorful changing rooms that are famous in many photos. This is a quaint little place with a strangely charming atmosphere. When done...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank TravelYoung
Reviewed January 7, 2019 via mobile

This beach is like a postcard; sea pool, great beach houses, table mountain backdrop. Just lovely. It’s great for kids (and mussel hunters at low tide). Busy, charming, authentic. Great for a swim! Loved it.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Matvl
Reviewed January 6, 2019

St James beach is well known for its colourful Victorian-style bathing boxes, tidal pool and rock pools, which are popular with children. Most of the houses in the area date back to the days when the Cape was still a colony of the British Empire....More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank moheenreeyad
Reviewed December 12, 2018

Lovely beach to be at in spite of it being crowded. The are lovely colourful huts along the beach which I think is change rooms. The water of the ocean here is little warmer than other beaches of Cape Town because of the Indian Ocean....More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank SHDD
Reviewed December 10, 2018

Arrived at beach about 8am. Found good place to picnic. The only downside was that by 1pm it got too crowded.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Jennifer826
Reviewed November 25, 2018 via mobile

This is such a great beach for a family day out. There is a wonderful safe tidal pool for them to play in. Great photo opportunities. Go early because it gets really busy later in the day and certainly in season.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank SanC65
Reviewed November 18, 2018

I enjoyed seeing this place during my last visit to Cape Town and could not wait to get back to see it again during a recent visit. Lots of great photo ops especially early in the morning where there are no real crowds yet. The...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank finesilver
Reviewed November 15, 2018

So i do not normally head to st James but thought i would head there to see if it has changed but as i thought, the beach was packed, parking a nightmare and there is no area for setting up "camp" everyone sat where there...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank BrettW1408
Reviewed September 19, 2018

Nice beach, if you stay in Muizenberg you can walk from there to St. James on a sunny day and enjoy the weather.

Date of experience: July 2018
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Response from vishal S | Reviewed this property |
hi carol, As you are visiting St.James Beach and your question raise because of beautiful picture of the beach with colour full Huts.....but that is not for resident that is actually Changing rooms only. so no need to stay... More