Jialeshui is a premier surfing spot in south Taiwan that has gained in popularity from Taiwanese to Japanese to professional surfers.
Jialeshui is quiet enclave of southeast Taiwan. During the day, there can be quite a few visitors who enjoy the views and the coastal park walks. However, it's apparent that this is a surfer area as the area is full of surf shops and surf hostels for those who want to wake at the crack of dawn and hit the water.
The beach at Jialeshui is good for swimming, however, the beach can be rocky and the surf and undertow can be strong. Once you get a few feet off the shore, there is a drop and it's fun to tread water and swim around.
Below, surfers enjoy the waves on a Saturday afternoon in February.
Jialeshui is actually on the east coast of Taiwan just around the "horn" of the tip of south Taiwan. It is easily accessible by Route 26 which runs along the coast or the inland road Route 200 which ends there. See map below:
Coming from Kending town on Route 26, Jialeshui is just over the bridge (see above) with the painted fish on the walls. On clear days, the views are stunning and the atmosphere peaceful and natural.
There are a few small B&B type hotels along the road across from the beach.
Summer Point Bed and Breakfast has 2 locations in the Jialeshui area.
There aren't many food options around Jialeshui, but the small inns usually serve up food. There are a variety of stands selling barbecue and Taiwanese snacks.
A famous pizza place is the Rock Garden Pizza which is just 1 km away fromt the beach over the bridge. Click HERE for Rock Garden Pizza information.