Hamdeok Beach is absolutely one of the best beaches on Jeju Island. With turquoise seas, white sand, and tropical vibes, it even went a little way towards convincing me about the whole “Jeju is the Hawaii of Korea” claim.
I visited Hamdeok Beach on a solo trip with my toddler, and it turned out to be the perfect place, with calm water, a super long tide and tons of amenities. Travellers without children would also be VERY happy there. Hamdeok is simply one of the best beaches to be found on Jeju Island.
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- 1 Why choose Hamdeok Beach | 함덕 서우봉해변
- 2 Things to do in Hamdeok Beach
- 3 Where to Stay on Hamdeok Beach
- 4 Getting to Hamdeok Beach
- 5 Hamdeok Beach: Essential Info and FAQs
Why choose Hamdeok Beach | 함덕 서우봉해변
When I think of the perfect beach, it always has crystal clear water and creamy sand, and Hamdeok Beach has that in spades. Add in the excellent amenities, beachfront hotels, many activities, and cafes and restaurants nearby, and it’s easy to see why this is a great choice.
Hamdeok is actually made up of 3 separate beaches, and all are shielded by Seoubong Mountain. This is a BIG bonus, because Jeju is notorious for strong winds. But because of the mountain’s protection, the water here is super calm. And that’s always a good thing. There’s nothing worse than sand blowing all over the place when you’re trying to enjoy a beach day.
I also chose Hamdeok Beach because it’s known as a great place for traveling with a baby in Korea. If you’re visiting with kids, Hamdeok Beach is the perfect toddler-friendly place to play, with soft sand, tidal pools to cool off in, and small sea life for wee ones to discover.
Things to do in Hamdeok Beach
You could happily spend all your time on Jeju just bobbing around in crystal clear seas, but it you need a change, here are some other worthy things to do in Hamdeok Beach.
Admire the disappearing sandbar
The disappearing sandbar is a totally unique feature of Hamdeok Beach. It vanishes at night and magically reappears every morning. And it’s absolutely massive. You can park yourself on that incredible sandbar in the middle of the sea and spend practically the whole day there, before it gets covered by water again in the evening.
The sandbar is technically not part of Hamdeok’s 3 beaches per se, but at low tide, it’s totally possible to walk all the way over to one of the real beaches if you desire.
The tide was SO long, and the sand so clean and soft, that I could let my 22 month old, wander away for quite a distance exploring, before I had to go chasing after her. Best of all, the tide stayed out until long after we (and our little ones) were ready to call it a day.
Take in Hamdeok Beach Views at Cafe Delmoondo
Without a doubt, the place to see and be seen at Hamdeok Beach is Cafe Delmoondo. With good reason. It’s eminently instagram-worthy with several different patios from which to take in incredible views of crystalline blue seas, while munching on baked goods and sipping on iced coffee.
They’re also one of the few (maybe only) places on Hamdeok Beach that has couple cabanas, and real sun beds available for rent. They start at 10,000 won per hour per person, and it’s something I’ll definitely be looking into next time I’m there.
TIP | If you want to see the highlights of Jeju Island, it’s best to divide the island geographically, because it’s pretty big and distances are long. The Eastern Jeju Discovery tour covers Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak, Manjang Cave + much more on a convenient day tour. Check out Western Island Exploration if you’re interested in Hallim Park, the Dragon Head Coast, Cheonjeyeon Waterfall + more.
Stroll across a volcanic rock bridge
Head past Cafe Delmoondo and you’ll find a volcanic rock bridge to cross. It’s connected to a small island that you can explore.
Visit at sunset for an alternative view of Hamdeok Beach, and some fantastic light for pictures. Kids will love climbing on big boulders by the sea and throwing the little black rocks that litter the ground into the water.
Try some water sports
It’s possible to try a number of different water sports at Hamdeok Beach. You can rent motorboats, try waterskiing, ride a banana boat, or go sea-fishing. You’ll find various service providers all around the beach.
TIP | Need a beach break? Aqua Planet in Jeju is the largest aquarium in all of Asia, with marine life from all 5 oceans of the world on display, special performances, and a special area just for kids! Score discounted tickets to Aqua Planet Jeju here.
Check out the mosaic tiled break wall
There’s a long break wall next to the sea that’s covered in a mosaic of colourful tiles. You can walk next to, or on top of it. Just be warned that it’s very hot, with little shade, so be sure to have a hat or some other form of sun protection.
Where to Stay on Hamdeok Beach
We stayed at what used to be called the Co-op City Hotel Jeju Beach, in a double room with partial sea view, balcony, wifi, unlimited draft beer at happy hour and breakfast included. I was super happy with the view, the comfortable bed, amount of space and cleanliness of the room.
The hotel has now been renamed Aimi Jeju Beach Hotel. I used Agoda.com to reserve my room at the hotel.
If you’re traveling to Jeju with kids, I’d recommend booking something that’s walking distance to the sea. It’s really hot and humid in Jeju during summer and you want to be as close to all the amenities as possible… especially if you’ve got toddlers hanging off of you.
If you plan to travel during high season, or on weekends in the summer, reserve your hotel as early as possible for the best selection and rates.
The following highly-rated hotels, pensions and resorts are all across the street from Hamdeok Beach.
- Utop Ubless Hotel Jeju: This is one of the most booked hotels near Hamdeok Beach, with AC, wifi and free parking. It’s just 400 metres away.
- Jeju Jukwang Resort is a well priced resort a little further away from Hamdeok Beach, but not by much. It’s still beachfront, quiet, and has an outdoor swimming pool!
Getting to Hamdeok Beach
Address: Johamhaean-ro, Jocheon-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
In Korean: 제주특별자치도 제주시 조천읍 조함해안로 (조천읍)
If you plan on serious beach time, a metred taxi to Hamdeok is a good choice is you’re less than 4 people and don’t have much luggage. This is what we did, and it took around 45 minutes and cost less than 25,000 won.
If you plan on exploring a bit further afield, are more than 4 people, or simply can’t travel light, renting a car or hiring a private driver is really the best option. You can search for a private transfer here.
Hamdeok Beach: Essential Info and FAQs
When is the beach open?
You can access Hamdeok Beach in every season, but the swimming season is usually from late June to the end of August. Hours vary in summer time, but usually the beach opens at 10AM and closes between 7 – 9PM.
For me, the fact that there are even “hours” at the beach has always been a strange quirk of Korea. How do they even police these dates and times? But it turns out they do – which we learned when police boats arrived to tell Agri to get out of the water at Gyeongpo Beach after its “closing date” in early September. Swim at your own risk. 😉
What facilities are available at Hamdeok Beach?
You can find pretty much everything you need at Hamdeok Beach. There are toilets, dressing and shower rooms, restaurants, cafes, and convenience stores onsite. You can buy or rent almost anything you need for the beach there, including sand toys, floaties, and boards. You’ll also find hotels, motels, and even a campsite nearby.
Are there sunbeds and umbrellas available?
It’s possible to rent tables and chairs directly on the beach, but these are not the typical sunbeds with umbrellas we’re used to in North America or Europe. They’re basically just the plastic table with chairs you’d find outside any convenience store in Korea. They do have umbrellas though and offer shade if that’s what you’re after. Cost: 20,000 won per table.
The only sunbed type services I saw at Hamdeok Beach were at Cafe Delmoondo, but they’re not directly on the sand.