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One of the most photographed scenes in Cape Town is of the colourful Victorian beach huts and tidal pool at St James Beach. Grand old homes on the hillside overlook this picturesque setting that is located along the False Bay coastline of the Cape Peninsula.
The desirable suburb of St James was once a part of millionaire’s mile, an area reserved for luxurious holiday homes for the mid-1900 wealthy. Many of these homes are still standing amongst leafy gardens.
St James is a prime location for whale watching and the city’s shark spotters are positioned higher up the hillside in Boyes Drive to look out for great whites entering the bay.
There is a scenic seaside walk along the shoreline in either direction from St James to Kalk Bay harbour or Muizenberg surfing beach.
Top 8 reasons to visit St James
1. Grab a towel and swim in the tidal pool or in the waves at St James Beach. Find a sandy spot to soak up the sun, then search for treasures in the quaint shops along the beachfront towards Kalk Bay. Stop in at the harbour for a fresh seafood dish.
2. A drive to Cape Point is a must. Visit the information centre to learn of the animals and fynbos within the 7700ha reserve, visit the old lighthouse and drive down to the Cape of Good Hope beach where it’s said the Atlantic and Indian oceans meet. Look out for opportunistic baboons and ostriches browsing on the beach.
3. There are 5 museums within easy walking distance of St James: The Posthuys, an old toll house and one of the oldest buildings in South Africa, the Natale Labia art museum housing outstanding works of art and mementoes relevant to Count Labia’s family, the Police museum with historic jail cells, Rhodes Cottage where Cecil John Rhodes died and the Battle... Show more
For a more down to earth experience there are guest houses. Less expensive than hotels, they offer a more homey environment, as well as more privacy. Converted from a private house it’s a much gentler environment and for those with furry friends, there are also pet friendly options. They are usually well situated with shops and places of interest nearby. Being so small it offers a much more personal and intimate attention to it’s upkeep, leaving you with a more polished and homely experience.