This perennially popular route takes you on a gentle but bracing stroll around the spectacular curve of False Bay, from the laid-back coastal suburb of Muizenberg (the gateway to the South Peninsula), via beautiful St James, to the vibey, bustling village and harbour of Kalk Bay.
The starting point is in the parking lot of the Muizenberg Pavilion complex on the beachfront, near Surfers' Corner.
The nearest train station is Muizenberg, on the Southern Line, but you'll have to walk back in the direction of the city for about 500m.
Places to stop along the way:
Majestic Café (or any of the takeaway spots on Surfer's Corner beachfront), the loos on the beach, some lovely benches along the way, and - of course - the delightful St James beach. As you near Kalk Bay, there are numerous tantalising boutiques, markets, galleries and shops to explore before you hit the Brass Bell.
Best time of day:
Locals walk this route almost year round, but - given our Mediterranean climate - Cape winters can be forbidding for the uninitiated. The coastal path should always be walked during daylight hours, regardless of season. In summer, walkers have the benefit of an earller sunrise and later sunset, but ideally the route should be walked between 8.00 a.m. and 6.00 p.m.
At certain times of day, month and year, the tide and surf prevent access to the coastal path. Again, watch the waves and check with friendly locals. If the sea looks rough and the spray at the start of the walk seems ominous, go along the Main Road pavement instead. You'll still enjoy a lovely walk. (P.S. Opportunistic pickpockets do sometimes lurk, so don't flash your valuables about and walk with a friend/in a group, or keep other strollers in sight.)
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