Only 7km from Machala, Puerto Bolivar and the island Jambelí are of interest to seafood connoisseurs and those who want to glimpse the mangrove-lined landscapes along the coast. The area around the pier, while not pretty (it has an industrial fishing village feel), is home to a couple of restaurants where you can feast on ceviche and shellfish stews.
Jambelí island is a worn-down tourist destination, but its sunny beaches and sandy lanes still draw Machala residents seeking a quick escape from city life. It's busier on weekends, but most of the time the island retains its sleepy vibe and ragged, unkempt charm. Jambelí's canal is a good spot for bird-watching, with plenty of pelicans, egrets and gray herons nesting in the undergrowth. Keep your eyes peeled for male frigates showing their big red pouches.