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Dawn Thompson

Bremerton, WA
South Island New Zealand Travel Agent Specialist

  “Certain things in life simply have to be experienced” -Paula CoelhaRich

Rich in history, diverse in unspoiled scenery, and endless adventure awaits in the  beautiful South Island of New Zealand!

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Puerto Vallarta Travel Agent Specialist

Punta Mita
Punta Mita

As a travel agent professional for Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, I love planning trips to this friendly resort and beach town. Located on Mexico’s western coast, Puerto Vallarta sits next to the Pacific Ocean. It is found in the state of Jalisco, south of San Blas, or about 185 miles west of Guadalajara, the state capital. The city also lies next to the state of Nayarit, which is also the home to Puerto Vallarta’s sister destination, Nuevo Vallarta, which spans along the Riviera Nayarit. The geographic coordinates are on the same latitude as Hawaii. Therefore, Puerto Vallarta is the ideal palace to visit just about any time of the year. Flanked by mountains and golden sands, Puerto Vallarta is affectionately called “PV” by English speakers and “Vallarta” by the locals. It holds a prime spot on the coast located between the Sierra Madre mountain chain and the Pacific. Once a small fishing village next to Banderas Bay called Las Penas, it claimed city status in 1968. At that time, it was launched into the spotlight by celebrities Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. That was when Burton was filming the movie adaptation of the play, “The Night of the Iguana.” With this type of history, it’s no wonder tourists find “PV”  so interesting. I also suggest you check out the following activities and sites when planning a travel itinerary. This  beautiful city is located on Mexico’s Pacific coast. It is a popular tourist destination known for its stunning beaches, vibrant nightlife, and delicious Mexican cuisine.  Therefore, you’ll find plenty of great things to see and do in Puerto Vallarta, whether you’re looking for a relaxing beach vacation or an action-packed holiday. Here are some of the top Puerto Vallarta travel attractions: 

1. Boat Tours – Puerto Vallarta is known for its stunning coastline, so what better way to explore it than by boat? There are plenty of tour operators offering everything from snorkeling and whale watching tours to sunset cruises. 

2. Puerto Vallarta Botanical Gardens – This is a must-see for nature lovers! The gardens feature a variety of tropical plants and flowers, as well as a butterfly sanctuary. 

3. Isla Cuale – This small island in the middle of the Rio Cuale is a great place to explore, with plenty of shops and restaurants to check out. 

4. Los Arcos – These iconic rock formations are one of Puerto Vallarta’s most popular photo spots. They’re located just offshore from Los Muertos Beach. You can also snorkel and scuba dive here! 

5. Paseo de los Coches – This enjoyable promenade is lined with shops, restaurants, and street performers. It’s the perfect place to people watch and do some shopping. 

6. Playa Los Muertos - This tourist-friendly beach sits in the heart of Puerto Vallarta’s Old Town. It’s a great place to relax and soak up the sun. 

7. Malecon - This is a must-see for any visitor to Puerto Vallarta. The Malecon is a scenic oceanfront walkway lined with shops, restaurants, and bars. It’s the perfect place to take a stroll and breathe in the fresh sea air. 

8. Punta Mita - This exclusive resort area is located on a peninsula north of Puerto Vallarta. It’s known for its luxury hotels, golf courses, and pristine beaches. 

9. Isla de las Muñecas - This small island is located in Xochimilco, a nearby town. It’s home to a strange collection of dolls that are said to be cursed. 

10. Puerto Vallarta Zoo - This attraction is a great place to visit for families or anyone who loves animals. The Puerto Vallarta Zoo is home to over 200 species of animals, including lions, tigers, and gorillas. 

11. Puerto Vallarta Cathedral - The Puerto Vallarta Cathedral is a beautiful Catholic church located in the heart of the city. The architecture is inspiring! 

12 El Faro Lighthouse - The El Faro Lighthouse is a beautiful lighthouse that offers stunning views of Puerto Vallarta. It is definitely worth a visit, especially if you love photography. I can even share more attractions you may have not thought of as your Puerto Vallarta travel agent advisor. Now or anytime is a great time to see Puerto Vallarta. Let’s talk about your Mexican vacation to this terrific travel destination now!

My Reviews

8 of 11 people found this review helpful
Best Girls Trip
Dawn is organized and personable. Very knowable of the area of which she helps with travel. Love working with her.
By  Hilskill  from  Phoenix, AZ
Traveled to  Phoenix ~ Arizona ~ USA
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Dawn Thompson responded:
Thank you for your review. I love being able to help plan customized vacations for you and your family. Please let me know if I can be of any help in the future. Sincerely, Dawn

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7 of 11 people found this review helpful
The Best Travel Agent EVER!
Dawn is one of the most knowledgable, personable, seasoned and detail oriented travel agent I've had the pleasure to work with. She has handled both my national and international travel for years, both personally and professionally. I've become so spoiled by her knowledge and experience, I find it very hard to book anything without her help! She is fantastic, dependable, and so nice to work with. Five stars! Won't find anyone better.
By  JH  from  Seattle, WA
Traveled to  USA
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Expert Advice
Dawn always goes above and beyond to provide excellent service with her vast knowledge. I relied on her expertise to provide many once in a lifetime experiences for my clients in Australia and New Zealand.
By  DeLora Walker  from  Vancouver WA
Traveled to  Australia & New Zealand
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Dawn Thompson responded:
Thank you so much for your kind words. You were an absolute pleasure to work with. If I can be of any assistance to you for future travel please let me know. Sincerely, Dawn Thompson

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Much Needed Vacation of our Dreams
Dawn was absolutely phenomenal. She listened to all our needs/wants and helped us create an memorable trip with in our budget!
By  Katie  from  San Antonio, TX
Traveled to  Playa Del Carmen ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Tour guide extraordinaire!
Dawn is versed in regional and destination travel. Trust her to make your experience all you imagine! Her expertise and understanding of your destination helps her create the best and most memorizable experiences.
By  Anna J  from  San Jose CA
Traveled to  Scottsdale ~ Arizona ~ USA
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Destination Expert:

  • Puerto Vallarta
  • Punta Mita
  • Guadalajara
  • Mexico
  • Jalisco

Travel Specialist:

  • All Inclusive
  • Beach Vacations
  • Family Vacations
  • Honeymoons
  • Outdoor Activities & Sports


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