7 Absolute Best Beaches in Jeju Island (Honest Reviews)

Whenever I go to Jeju, I always visit the beaches. While the the beaches in Jeju Island are not the best beaches I’ve ever been to, they’re clean, peaceful, and surrounded by incredible views.

There’s also olle trails or walking paths surrounding the Jeju beaches that you can explore.

The beaches in Jeju Island are especially beautiful at sunset, so I always try to plan visits around 5-6pm.

Here are 7 beaches in Jeju Island to visit for your next trip, including my favorites that I frequented.

I traveled to all of these beaches in Jeju without a car. They’re all accessible by public transit, though a few Jeju beaches may require a 10-minute walk through scenic paths.

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List of Jeju Beaches by Location:

Map of Best Beaches in Jeju Island Korea

Beaches in Northwest Jeju:

  • Hyeopjae Beach
  • Geumneung Beach
  • Gwakji Beach
  • Iho Tewoo Beach (Jeju City)

Beaches in Northeast Jeju:

  • Hamdeok Beach
  • Woljeongri Beach

Beaches in South Jeju (Seogwipo City):

  • Jungmun Saekdal Beach

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1. Gwakji Beach

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

Highlights: Calm waters, next to Hamdok trail and the popular Aewol Cafe Street.

High viewpoint of Gwakji Beach in Jeju Island

Gwakji Beach is a family-friendly beach in Jeju Island located in the north-western side of the island.

The water is swimmable but limited to the shallow part. The sand is white and more coarse. It’s a perfect beach to relax on the sand and watch the sunset.

πŸ– Join a group tour that includes Gwakji Beach, Songaksan Mountain & Jeju waterfalls

walking trail with black lava rocks and green hills - Handam Coastal Walk in Jeju Island
Cement walking trail with black lava rocks and green hills - Handam Coastal Walk in Jeju Island

What makes Gwakji Beach one of my favorite beaches in Jeju Island is not really the beach itself but the trail going to Gwakji Beach, called the Handam Coastal Walk.

Handam Coastal Walk is a gorgeous coastal path lined with black lava rocks, greenery, and views of the ocean. It is also right next to the popular Aewol Cafe street.

2. Hyeopjae Beach

Address: 329-10 Hallim-ro, Hallim-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do

Highlights: Swimmable, clusters of black lava rocks, can get crowded

A blue and white sign that says Hyeopjae on shallow end of Hyeopjae Beach in Jeju Island

Hyeopjae Beach is located in the northwestern side of Jeju Island. The beach is known for its white sand, black lava rocks, and clear waters that’s safe for swimming.

People swimming and sitting at Hyeopjae Beach in Jeju
Hyeopjae Beach - clusters of Black Lava Rocks - Jeju South Korea

Though, it is often packed with families and visitors so it can get crowded.

You can also sit on the black lava rocks formed by volcanic eruptions, which is a highlight of Hyeopjae Beach and a popular photo op.

3. Geumneung Beach

Address: Geumneung-ri, Hallim-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do

Highlights: Pristine water, shallow, next to Hallim Park and caves.

View of Geumneung Beach with clear light blue waters surrounded by small clusters of black lava rock

Geumneung Beach is right next to and within walking distance from Hyeopjae Beach. On the way there you’ll see a campground too.

The water at Geumneung Beach is quite shallow but the water is pristine and beautiful and perfect for kayaking.

There’s a cement outlook area right next to the convenience store that you can sit on to just enjoy the view.

Across the road from Geumneung Beach are Hallim Park, Hyeopjae Cave, and Ssangyong Cave that you can visit while there.

Right across the beach are bus stops to keep going south or back to Jeju City.

4. Woljeongri Beach

Address: Woljeong-ri, Gujwa-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do

Highlights: Beach town, windmills, cafes.

Beach surrounded by Windmills - Jeju Island South Korea

Located on the northeast of Jeju Island is Woljeongri Beach, located in a beach town area that’s surround by windmills.

Woljeongri beach has clear blue waters and is along a coastline of cafes, restaurants and galleries.

People swimming and relaxing on shallow Woljeong Beach - Jeju Island South Korea
A group of four colorful benches on a wooden path in front of a sand beach in Woljeongri Beach in Jeju Island

This Jeju beach is around a 10-15 minute walk away from the nearest bus stop. The walk is in a non-commercial area that feels like a countryside, but the view is beautiful with a clear walking path.

πŸ– Join a group tour that includes Woljeongri beach and the popular Seongsan Ilchulbong

5. Hamdeok Beach

Address: Sinbuk-ro, Jocheon-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do

Highlights: Sunset views, teal water, walking trails.

Crowded shallow beach 0 Hamdeok Beach Jeju Island

Hamdeok Beach may be my favorite beach in Jeju Island, not really for the beach but for the whole surrounding area. It’s located in the northeastern part of Jeju.

There are two main Jeju beaches in the area. The first one is crowded, but if you keep walking past the first one, there is a smaller and more secluded beach to just sit on the sand and watch the waters. I came here a few times to watch the sunset.

Hamdeok Beach Viewpoint with teal water - best beaches in Jeju Island

If you keep walking up the hill past the beach areas, there’s a beautiful viewpoint of Hamdeok Beach where you can see the teal waters from above.

There are also olle trails you can walk throughout the area.

There’s one walking bridge that leads you to clusters of large black lava rocks that you can sit on and enjoy the view and sunset (photo on the right).

6. Jungmun Saekdal Beach

Address: Saekdal-dong, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do

Highlights: Best Jeju beach for surfing, locals bars, cliff viewpoints, walkable coast.

View of Jungmun Saekdal Beach with strong waves and people on sand looking at surfers

Jungmun Saekdal Beach is a popular beach in Jeju for surfing (or to watch people surf). It’s located in Seogwipo City in the south and is walkable from the Jungmun Tourist Complex with all the museums, resorts, and restaurants.

Cliff view of Jungmun Saekdal Beach in Jeju Island. Tealish-gray waters with coastal trees
Two people looking at waves in Jungmun Saekdal Beach on a black cement walking path

There are cliffs lining the beach where you can walk up to for more walking trails and beach viewpoints, as well as restaurants and bars.

7. Iho Tewoo Beach

Address: 1665-13 Iho 1(il)-dong, Jeju-si, Jeju-do

Highlights: Close to airport, swimmable but shallow, near Jeju City tourist sites.

Shallow and sandy Iho Tewoo Beach in Jeju City Jeju Island

Iho Tewoo Beach is located in Jeju City in the north. It’s walkable from the Red & White Horse-shaped lighthouses.

This Jeju beach is swimmable with more wet-coarse sand. There’s also restaurants and stalls at the beach.

Group posing and standing on at Rainbow Coastal Walk in Jeju Island, which different colored blocks lining road
Large Red Horse Lighthouse in Jeju Island

If love to walk like me, there’s a beautiful coastal walking path along the north that leads to Iho Tewoo Beach.

I personally walked from Yongduam Rock and Dodu Rainbow Coastal Road, which are two popular tourist sites to visit in Jeju City.

Best Beaches in Jeju Island?

View of sunset at Hamdeok Beach with two people sitting in picnic chairs looking out at water

The best beaches in Jeju Island will depend on what you’re looking for: surfing? swimming? water sports? sunsets? less-crowded? near cafes?

My favorite beaches in Jeju Island were Hamdeok Beach and Gwakji Beach for the scenic views and trails surrounding the beaches. The second smaller beach at Hamdeok Beach was my favorite to relax at and watch the sunset.

Whichever beaches in Jeju Island you visit, have a fun and relaxing time!

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