Pedernales is a coastal town in Ecuador. It is the capital of Pedernales Canton. Ecuador's Pacific Highway 15 passes through the town. Highway 382 terminates in the town.
Much of the town and nearby urban areas were leveled by a 7.8 Mw earthquake in April 2016.
In March 2017 the town is being in the process of reconstruction and a large part of town has already been rebuilt. Tourism is picking-up quickly especially among national tourists. Town gets busiest in February for Carnaval holidays.
If your lucky the Circus is in town. The program lasts around 2 hours. Prices range from 4-8 Dollars.
There are many local stores selling everything from fresh fruits and vegetables, electronics, clothes, cosmetics and basically everything else your heart desires. Prices are reasonable and lower compared to many other beach towns. If you're looking for something more specific like a good bottle of wine or cheese check out the supermarket Tia located on the main road Ruta del Spondylus.
There are many small family run restaurants all around in town offering set lunch, Encebollados (a fish soup with lots of onions and yucca), ceviche, Hígado (liver), Pollo (chicken), Chuleta (pork) and much more.
If you're looking for the best Platanitos (fried plantains) check out the local producer on Manabí street and ask for Platanitos recién hechos.
Check out the beachfront for some fresh seafood.
If you're hungry for some roasted chicken try out one of the Assaderos on the main road for a 1/8 or 1/4 of chicken, rice and beans (2.5-3.5 Dollars). You won't regret it.
Many local bakeries offer fresh white bread and pastries from 0.1-0.5 Dollars per piece.
For drinks head to the beachfront where you'll find several beach bars offering reasonably priced Cocktails (3-5 Dollars) and fresh fruit juices. You'll find some people dancing almost every night, but it gets busiest around the weekend, when locals from around Pedernales come over.
Most of the big Hotels in town have been destroyed by the earthquake in 2016. However a couple of old and new businesses have already been opened in March 2017. There are only few options on the beachfront (March 2017). Most Hostals or basic Cabañas can be found in the southern part of town around "Hostal Miramar".
There is only one ATM in town. Banco Pichincha offers a reliable service for most international travellers. The ATM is located on the Main Street of town Ruta del Spondylus close to Plaza Central, the central square. There might be a restriction of 300 Dollars maximum per day you can get out per day/card.
There is at least one laundry service in town which is located on Juan Pereira street close to where the old bus terminal was located next to the local stadium. Either ask for: La vieja Terminal Terrestre de Pedernales, for the: SRI or for: el estadio. Laundry costs 55 Cts/ Libra. Service takes around 3 hours.
Use common sense, do not take valuables to the beach. Do not walk alone on the beach at night.
Take a Motortaxi to get to the provisory Bus Terminal (Terminal de Buses) approximately 2km out of town. Taxis should cost around 0.5-1 Dollar.
If you want to reach Mompiche take a bus heading in the direction of Esmeraldas and get off in Chamanga (2 Dollars aprox. 1 hour). There take a Bus which takes you to La Entrada de Mompiche (45 minutes 2.5 Dollars). From there ask for a Camioneta which takes you the last 5-6km to Mompiche (3-10 Dollars depending on time of arrival and cabdriver).