The best beaches in Jeju: A guide for travellers

Nov 29, 2019 | Asia, Global travel, South Korea

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(Last updated on: 02/04/2020)

With so many options to choose from, it can be difficult to know which are the best beaches in Jeju. A honeymoon paradise and kids play haven, the beaches of Jeju are some of the best around. In this post, I will tell you about the most highly rated beaches on Jeju Island and tell you why you should visit them.

Why travel to the best beaches in Jeju Island?

Jeju Island, part of the Jeju Province of South Korea, is a tourist hotspot. And that comes as no surprise – there is so much to see, do and explore on this volcanic island, you’d be hard pushed to find yourself bored on a visit.

We visited Jeju with kids and had an action-packed itinerary. Alongside the adrenaline-pumping activities of climbing volcanoes and exploring lava tunnels, we thought it was important that we incorporated some much needed R&R time too.

Unfortunately, the Jeju Island weather was not in our favour for most of our trip as we were there during a typhoon. That didn’t stop us though! We managed to enjoy the best beaches in Jeju during rain and shine!

The best beaches in Jeju

Here’s a look at the best beaches in Jeju, so you can find the perfect one for a spot of sunbathing, playing in the sand or sampling enjoying the sound of the waves.

#1 Yongmeori Beach

Yongmeori Beach as pictured by Korea Tour

Located on the west end of the island, Yongmeori Beach is one of the best beaches in Jeju due to its beauty, and the chance to spot the Haenyeo – Jeju’s ‘women divers’, who free-dive for seafood which they sell on the beach. If you have the stomach for it, it’s definitely worth trying this local delicacy especially if you’ve been lucky enough to see the women in action!

TIP: check the weather as access to Youngmeori Beach is often limited at high tide or due to strong winds.

The rocky trail to the beach isn’t the easiest of walks, so this beach may be better reserved for visits without young children or elderly people. However, if you can make the walk, it’s so worth it.

The rock formations and landforms are fascinating, and the beach makes for a stunning photograph.

There is a shipwreck, examples of coastal erosion and beautiful blue water – all beautiful and interesting things to enjoy.

#2 Hamdeok Beach

Hamdeok Beach as pictured by Skyscanner

With its black volcanic rock contrasted with soft white sand and calm turquoise waters, Hamdeok Beach is one of the best beaches in Jeju without a doubt. You can camp here (or sleep in a caravan, if camping is a bit out-there for you) and there’s a car park, which is ideal if you have hired a car to drive around the island. You can also reach the beach (which is on the northern side of the island) by bus from the city centre and other parts of Jeju.

There are plenty of restaurants, bars and cafés to choose from up and down Hamdeok Beach. With air-conditioning, comfortable seating and tasty pastries, Cafe Delmoondo comes highly recommended. If you’re into water sports, you can rent a kayak or go kitesurfing. There’s something for everyone at this beautiful beach!

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#3 Hyeopjae Beach

Hyeopjae Beach as pictured by Visit Korea

If you’re looking for something colourful, look no further!

Hyeopjae Beach is one of the best beaches in Jeju due to its restaurants, bars, camp sites and the shipping container village that is home to AirBnBs, ice cream stands and more.

With views of the vista of Biyangdo Island, plenty of sun beds and umbrellas as well as fine white sand peppered with shells, it is no surprise that visitors love Hyeopjae Beach.

See Hyeopjae Beach here!

Situated at the north west end of Jeju Island, the beach is opposite Hallim Park. This makes the area a perfect place for a day out, as the park is home to some scenic gardens, a small zoo, two caves and even a folk village. Hyopjae Beach can be reached by bus, too!

Tip: The weather can change quickly on Jeju Island. Make sure you carry a light weight waterproof coat with you, like this one– mine was a savour!

#4 Woljeongri Beach

Woljeongri Beach as pictured by Core Jeju

In Jeju Island’s north east, you’ll find Woljeongri Beach. It is hailed as one of the best beaches in Jeju due to its soft white sand and sparkling blue waters.

There is a shop nearby if you want to take a picnic with you onto the beach, or you can visit one of the many restaurants and bars that line the shore. They make the perfect place to sit down, relax and enjoy the peaceful view in front of you. There is even a rooftop cafe, for something extra special!

You will also have a great view of the electric power generator wind turbine, something that interests a lot of visitors.

Expect cool breezes but little shade – perfect for those who love to soak up every last ray of sunshine.

There is a bus (101) that brings visitors to Woljeongri Beach, but driving here or booking a taxi is the ideal way to reach the area.

#5 Jungmun Saekdal Beach

Jungmun Saekdal Beach as pictured by Jeju Tourism

If you’re into surfing, then this is one of the best beaches in Jeju by a mile!

There is a surf school for beginners, and those who already know how to surf will find it an easy-ish day on the waves.

If surfing isn’t for you, Jungmun Saekdal Beach is great for people watching. Whether you do hat from the sand or from the cliff top for an aerial view, you’ll have a lot of fun seeing people learning to surf!

TIP: there are changing and shower facilities available at this beach.

If you head to the beach early in the morning or later in the evening, you’ll find it to be much less crowded. This is the perfect time for a swim! If you’re looking for somewhere to enjoy a romantic stroll or peaceful family walk, Jungmun Saekdal Beach as the sun rises or sets is where you want to be.

#6 Hado Beach

Hado Beach as pictured by Japan Tour

If you want the opportunity to just sit back, relax and do absolutely nothing then Hado Beach is one of the best beaches in Jeju for you.

Mostly untouched by tourists, it is completely calm and peaceful. Take a towel, some SPF and a book – and enjoy.

There is an opportunity for kayaking here, if you do get fed up of enjoying the peace and quiet, but for the most part you can just do nothing.

It’s around two hours away from the city centre by bus, but if you’ve hired a car or are staying nearby then it does come recommended for those needing some R & R!

So there you have it – the very best beaches in Jeju not matter what kind of sandy day you’re after on the island!

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