My one and only visit to Pedernales was during a holiday period. The whole journey had been completed in glorious sunshine but we entered Pedernales under a blanket of grey cloud. We found the beach and the restaurants on the edge completely packed. The P for Pichincha on most car plates suggested that a significant section of the Population of Quito had descended on the town. I really don’t understand why people choose to sit on a beach in those conditions but if you like company, that is the place for you.
Conversely, outside of holiday periods it could be a much quieter and more pleasant experience. But the beach was extremely dirty, covered in litter and dog shit and it was this discovery which proved the final straw and pushed us back into the pick up and down to San Vicente again.