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 Cape Town Beach Guide | St James and Kalk Bay

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St James takes up just a mile (1.5km) of False Bay seafront. This coastal stretch is known as “Millionaire’s Mile” because of its former wealthy colonial past dating back to 1853, reflected in its historic homes and ambience.  

Kalk Bay is a small bay just south of St James, hemmed in by a fishing harbour. Just a 30 minute drive from Cape Town, the historic harbour and small coastal town provides a popular destination for visitors touring Cape Town's peninsula.


Beaches of Cape Town's False Bay 

St James Beach and Kalk Bay

St James also offers a small sheltered beach with charming appeal, with a large tidal pool for the kids and brightly coloured beach huts. The water within the tidal pool is typically much calmer (and warmer) than the ocean. If the waves and tide are high, waves can however break over the seaward facing wall.

Rock pools in the vicinity of the tidal pool are great for children to discover fascinating sea life.

St James beach, tidal pool and beach huts

St James Beach, Tidal Pool and Colourful Beach Huts

St James Beach tidal pool

Muizenberg-St James Walk

The 1 mile (1.5km) Muizenberg-St James Walk is a level pathway connecting St James Beach with Surfers' Corner at Muizenberg Beach, a short distance up the coastline. From July through October (i.e. the winter months), land based sightings of Southern Right Whales is an attraction for visitors to enjoy.

It's an easy trail to walk for most and there are benches to pause and absorb the view or catch your breath along the way. When the tide and waves are running high, be prepared to get wet. Walking at low tide is best.

Kalk Bay (the other side of St James to Muizenberg) also has a tidal pool (Dalebrook Pool). Kalk Bay can be reached a short walking distance south of St James down the main road.

Kalk Bay | Colourful Fishing Harbour, antiques, arts and crafts

Shop for antiques, arts and crafts or enjoy some eclectic dining at one of the eateries in the town and overlooking the harbour.
A great way to explore the seaside towns and villages along False Bay shore (and to enjoy great ocean views) is via the Metrorail.

Metrorail service from Cape Town to Simon's Town

The Metrorail service runs parallel to False Bay shore from Muizenberg to Simon's Town
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Kalk Bay

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The colourful fishing harbour of Kalk Bay is a gourmet's paradise with over 20 restaurants to choose from. The cobbled streets and narrow alleys are packed with eccentric artists and a treasure trove antiques, arts and crafts.

In winter from July to October, the rocks and harbour offer great vantage points to watch whales just a few meters from the shore.

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