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Jeju’s best beaches for relaxing in the sun

There are beaches all around Jeju. Here are some of the best.

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Hamdeok beach

As an island with 230 km of coastline, you won’t be surprised to hear that Jeju has its fair share of beaches. These sandy sanctuaries are dotted around the island’s coast, meaning you’re never far from a beach no matter where you choose to stay.

What might be surprising is the variety of beaches that are available. There’s the pristine white sand and emerald sea of Hyeopjae, Hamdeok, and Gwakji Beach. Then there’s the dramatic landscape, golden sand, and larger waves found at Jungmun Beach. Samyang Beach is know for its black sand, while Geumneung and Gimnyeong contrast pure white sand with deep black volcanic rock.

This article will take a look at ten of Jeju’s best beaches. We’ll explain what is unique about each one, so you can choose to visit the one that best sparks your imagination.

Getting to the beaches 🚌

All the beaches on this list have bus stops close by. Search for the beach name in Kakao Maps or Naver Maps and use the get directions feature to see which buses head to the beach and when they depart. All taxis will also be aware of the beaches.

Jeju’s best beaches 🏖️

Hamdeok Seoubong Beach

Photo: Hamdeok Seoubong Beach with Seoubong Peak in the background.

Hamdeok Beach is a large expanse of white sand and turquoise water. When the tide’s out you can walk and paddle way out into the cove, and when it comes it the area is much deeper.

The beach is next to Seoubong Peak, a small volcanic hill that as well as making for some picturesque views, is also a fun short climb. And from the top you can get spectacular views out over both the beach and the other side of Jeju.

One of the best things about Hamdeok Beach is its location. It’s surrounded by hotels, cafes, and restaurants giving the beach a bustling seaside vibe. It’s also a relatively short 16km drive from Jeju City and you can get the city bus out to the beach.

Address: Jeju-do, Jeju-si, Jocheon-eup, Johamhaean-ro 525

Next up: Read our complete guide to Hamdeok Beach

Hyeopjae Beach

Hyeopjae Beach
Photo: Jeju Trip

Hyeopjae beach is undoubtedly one of the most picturesque on Jeju. It has white sand, shallow, turquoise water, and views out to Biyangdo Island. It also backs onto a street with plenty of places to eat and drink, including Josie’s Bottle Shop, which has probably the largest selection of specialist beer on the island.

The beach is relatively small, however, which combined with its natural beauty means it can get busy. Consider heading to Geumneung Beach, next on our list, if you arrive and there are too many people for your liking.

Address: Jeju-do Jeju-si Hanlim-eup Hanlim-ro 329-10

Geumneung Beach

Geumneung Beaach sunset
Photo: Jeju Trip

Geumneung Beach is a few hundred meters west of Hyeopjae. There’s a coastal path that connects the two stretches of sand which is home to plenty of pockets of sand and volcanic rock outlets that are the perfect places to pitch up and relax.

Address: Jeju-do Jeju-si Hanlim-eup Geumneung-gil 119-10

Gwakji Gwamul Beach

Gwakji Gwamul Beach is located a few kilometers east of Hyeopjae Beach. It has similarly clear white sand, which is interspersed with rocky outcrops of volcanic rock.

If you notice the water is suddenly cold when you’re walking around, that’s due to the freshwater spring that runs into the area. There’s even a freshwater bath in the center of the beach for relaxing in this water.

The best thing about the beach is its size, which is much larger than Hyeopjae. This means it’s usually possible to find a spot to relax on even a busy summer day.

The beach is also home to a couple of restaurants, shops, and cafes, including the ever-popular Cafe Taehee, which is known for its fish and chips. The beach is also the end point of the Aewol Handam Coastal Trail, a short but beautiful walk along a rocky section of Jeju coast.

Address: Jeju-do Jeju-si Aewol-eup Gwakji-ri 1565

Jungmun Saekdal Beach

Jungmun Saekdal Beach is a 560-meter stretch of sand that backs onto Jungmun Tourist Complex on the island’s southern coast. It’s known for the dramatic cliffs that line the beach, hiding the area from the busy tourist complex.

The water is deeper here than at the beaches we’ve covered so far and it can be wavy, so the area is a popular haunt for surfers. If you’re staying in one of the nearby resorts, making a trip to Jungmun Saekdal Beach is a no-brainer, and it has plenty to offer for people traveling from further afield too.

Photo: Jeju-do Seogwipo-si Saekdal-dong 3039

Iho Taewoo Beach

Iho Beach Lighthouse
Photo: Red horse-shaped lighthouse with Iho Beach in the background

Iho Taewoo Beach is a long stretch of sand located just west of Jeju City. It’s a short bus, taxi, or car journey if you’re staying in the Shin Jeju area of the city. If you make the trip, keep an eye out for the horse-shaped lighthouses.

The street that lines the beach is home to plenty of cafes and restaurants making it a great place to grab a bite to eat. The beach is also relatively alive at night, and there are plenty of camping spots in the woods behind the beach.

Photo: Jeju-do Jeju-si Iho-1-dong 1665-13

Samyang Beach

Photo: The sun setting over Byeoldo-bong and Sarabong as seem from Samyang.

Samyang beach is located just east of Jeju City. Is notable due to its black sand which, as well as making for a unique beach scene, is also said to be good for the skin. It’s not the beach for you if you’re after white sand or tropical vibes, but it’s worth visiting as it’s the closest beach to the old area of Jeju City.

Photo: Jeju-do Jeju-si Samyang-2-dong 1960-4

Pyoseon Beach

Photo: View of Pyoseon Beach with the tide in.

Pyoseon Beach is located in a bay on the southeast side of Jeju. When the tide goes out, water from the entire area empties, leaving a huge expanse of sand in its wake.

There’s a walking path that goes around to the west side of the beach. Here you’ll see plenty of Jeju black volcanic rock. The beach is also close to Jeju Folk Village, a fun recreation of a traditional Jeju village.

Adress: Jeju-do Seogwipo-si Pyoseon-myeon Pyoseon-ri

Woljeongri Beach

Woljeongri Beach is long, thin stretch of pure white sand and emerald sea on Jeju’s east coast. The beach backs onto a road that is well-known for its cozy cafes. You’ll also often see surfing classes in this area because the beach has consistent, albeit relatively small, waves.

Weoljeong Beach is close to Manjanggul Cave, so can be a beach to visit if you’re also visiting the cave. It’s location on the island’s east coast also makes the beach a good stop off on the way to or from Jeju City to Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak.

Address: Jeju-do Jeju-si Gujwa-eup Woljeong-ri 33-3

Gimnyeong Beach

Gimnyeong beach is a beautiful yet small beach a short drive west of Weoljeong Beach. It blends white sand, crystal clear shallow water, and rocky outcrops. You’ll also see wind turbines in the distance.

There’s a CU in the area so you can easily buy some food and drink to eat on the beach. The scenery also makes the beach a popular spot for pre-wedding photos, so keep an eye out for happy couples having their photo taken on the beach.

Address: Jeju-do, Jeju-si, Gujwa-eup Haemajihaean-ro 7-6

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Duncan Elder

Duncan first came to Jeju in 2011. The plan was to stay for six months. 11 years later, he's still here and enjoys sharing his knowledge of the island on Inside Jeju.