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Altitude: 25 meters (82 feet)
Population: 23,253
Phone Code: 05

Sitting slightly inland, amid humid pasture-lands, is the unassuming town of Jama. Though this market center offers little in the way of beaches and bars, it does present visitors with the opportunity to experience rural countryside and its inhabitants. Jama is a great stopover spot for those looking to escape the crowds and wander into nature without straying too far from the sand and surf.

The town has an old cowboy-western feel to it, with weathered wooden houses, smiling faces peering from their upstairs windows, and locals riding into town on their horses sometimes. It also has a soccer stadium as well as a tiny museum. Don’t come looking for discos or such other distractions, Jama is where you stop chasing life. Linger around the plaza for people-watching on Sundays, when vendors crowd the square to peddle sundry objects. You can also catch a collective taxi for $2 to nearby Playa El Matal, though remember not to wait too late in the day to catch a return taxi back to town!


Other places nearby Jama : Crucita, Manta City, Santa Marianita, Pedernales, Bahía de Caráquez and Canoa.

09 Apr 2013

Things to do in Jama

Bosque Seco Lalo Loor

Just 20 minutes south of Pedernales (by bus) and a short jaunt north of Jama is a network of trails winding through unique coastal dry forest, past a stunning variety of flora and fauna and ...
Jama , Ecuador

El Matal

This fishing village is right on the fringe of Jama, and would seem to have an average tourist to fishing boat ratio of 1:50. All in all, it offers a rather narrow coastline with some delightful ...
Jama , Ecuador


You’ll find this beach wedged between the cliffs up north (20 mins) that form part of Jama\'s coastline. It’s a local and favorite hangout for residents, who make the trip to come and sunbathe, ...
Jama , Ecuador

Town Hall & Museum

Located at the Casablanca (white house) of town is a tiny and modest museum housing the artifacts that have been discovered in and around Jama, dating back to pre-Inca cultures and communities that ...
Jama , Ecuador

Artisanal Store

This small museum that\'s located right by the entrance into town houses several more (in addition to what the Town Hall has) artifacts that are native to the lands in and around Jama. In addition, ...
Jama , Ecuador

La Division

La Division beach is Jama\'s longest and most extensive shoreline, with a beach that\'s incredibly clean and home to only a couple of the kind-hearted locals than run tiny restaurants and tienditas ...
Jama , Ecuador
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