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St James is a small coastal "village" along the False Bay coastline. Nestled beneath the mountains and the sea, it is a favorite swimming spot for families and children.

The tidal pool provides a safe swimming spot with lovely sandy/shelly beaches. The St James bathing houses/change rooms are a well known image from Cape Town and a must image to capture if you want to photograph Cape Town. These colourfull, wooden structures make for interesting and eye-catching photographs.

Keep an eye out for pelagic seabirds, southern right whales and the odd pod of common dolphins. African Black Oystercatchers are common residents. You can also walk along the coastal boardwalk that runs between Muizenberg and Kalk Bay.

St James | Photodestination


St James | Photodestination


St James | Photodestination


Best Time to Photograph
Sunrise is the best time to photograph. Check the tides too. Low tides makes accessing the wall of the tidal pool easier. With high tide there is more water and crashing seas.
Type of Photography
Best Time of Year
All year round
Photographic Tips
Take protection for your camera gear if the weather is bad.
Recommended Gear
A tripod and cable release is essential.


Site Highlights
Colorful bathing/changing rooms.


Season and Weather
Th St James tidal pool and beach is well protected from the south-easterly winds in summer.


Closest Town
Getting There
St James beach is located Along main Road, between Muizenberg and Kalk Bay. There is plenty parking along Main Road. You can also park at other stations like Lakeside or False Bay station and take the train to St James. This is also a great way to experience the False Bay Coastline. The St James tidal pool and beach is directly opposite St James Station.
St James Beach


Arne Purves
Author: Arne PurvesWebsite: http://www.arnepurves.co.zaEmail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Arne's passion for the environment, wildlife and conservation was instilled from an early age, leading to a career in nature conservation, first as a game ranger in the Natal Parks Board, a conservation officer with CapeNature and today in the City of Cape Town's Environmental Compliance Department. Photography is his creative medium of choice.