The other part of our previously gushed about trip to Mexico was the relatively bustling city of Puerto Vallarta. New mixes with old; ancient historic churches stand right next to new-non historic Hooters; tourists mix with locals and art and beautiful water views mix with aggressive vendors and a very creepy bull fighting ring.
There's good food to be had here from carts to upscale restaurants, and the esplanade, with its famous sculptures, makes for a lovely seaside walk. Easy to get to by bus if you're staying in a nearby town and full of night life, if that's your bag (hello Senior Frogs!).