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I have lived in Puerto Vallarta for 17 years, full time, originally from the United States. I have a lot of great information on the area, and surrounding areas that I enjoy sharing with people planning their vacation to Puerto Vallarta. Unique and interesting facts and hints on the area. As well, I am the Patient and International Services Coordinator at a hospital here in Vallarta so I am happy to assist with healthcare questions.

Experience in the area

No great accomplishments, just that I have lived here, year round for many years!

What do you like about this subject?

I have chosen Puerto Vallarta to be my home. I love the area, the people, the flora and fauna. I enjoy sharing this knowledge with people, especially if they are arriving for the first time.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

To stay living in Puerto Vallarta.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

Very few Non/Mexicans move here and stay year round, living and working as a local.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

Definitely not a choice for everyone.

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Linda12/05/16101010Pamela, thanks for responding. I will email .....
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Recent Answers from Pamela Thompson

2015-07-17 Plastic surgery opportunities in mexico:

Sorry, it would be nearly impossible for your husband work legally as a surgeon here in Mexico. He would need to pass the Mexican boards and obviously be 100% bi-lingual. You are more than welcome to email

2013-09-12 health costs:

Thank you - this is a very difficult question - there are various levels of strokes - minor to someone being on a ventilator - sometimes one day sometimes much longer.  Costs would also depend on diagnostic

2012-03-02 distance btwn Puerto Vallarata & Mazatlan:

Bus would be the least expensive way. (Small plane you would have to charter and definitely not inexpensive!). If you are in Vallarta right now (or when you get here) you can go to the CENTRAL. This is

2012-01-08 transit to riu pacifico:

Hi - If you mean the Hotel Riu in Nuevo Vallarta - there are buses that run about every 30 minutes from Nuevo Vallarta to Puerto Vallarta - perfectly safe and very economical! I believe they begin around

2011-12-19 small community near Puerto Vallarta:

Hi!  In reality, there are not many places in the area where there is good snorkeling off the beach. Mahajuitas (to the south and only accessible via boat) is good as well as Los Arcos and Marietta Islands


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