Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Beachin' on Jeju Island

Jeju Island has some great beaches to check out. A lot of the island is bordered by cliffs or rocky coastlines and not all beaches are equal in accessibility and beauty. It's good to ask the locals and look online to make sure you don't show up to a "beach" that's all rocks and no swimming.

Jungmun Beach, Jeju Island
The first beach we went to was Jungmun Beach on the southern part of the island. It's about 20 minutes west of Seogwipo proper and surrounded by all the big resorts. The water was beautiful and warm, with small waves.

The only disappointment was that we were only allowed to go out to about our waists, no deeper! There is a rope with buoys designating the "swimming" area. When we went under it and out into deep water to do some real swimming, the life guards got on a load speaker and yelled at us in Korean. It was kinda annoying since we've been in much more dangerous water while we all lived in San Diego and we had a life guard with us (Spencer's brother, Kyle), not that they knew that.

Michelle's Picture of Hamdeok Beach
Spencer's sisters, Katie and Ally, and our friend Michelle went to another beach on the northern part of the island called Hamdeok Beach. There weren't any swimming restrictions there but there were also practically zero waves so maybe that's why.

And then we all went to a drastically different kind of beach, called Soesokkak Beach. It had black sand and huge black rocks along the coast. There was a small swimming area where a river emptied into the ocean. The water from the river was cold and the water from the ocean was warm. It was fun to swim through the different temperatures! Unfortunately, I didn't take any pictures of it. Wah wah.

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