The first Mexican destination I wanted to visit was Puerto Vallarta. It always seemed so gorgeous surrounded by the Sierra Nevada mountains and the Pacific Ocean.
Having seen the city on some television shows, it DOES look like how it is shown!
The mountains are seen lining the outside of Banderas Bay and the city is built upon the mountains. Houses and stores and bars line the climb. If you choose to rent a house or apartment, choose one overlooking the ocean and having quite the view from high up.
Also, there's celebrations and parties going on in the streets often. Indulge in the culture and take a look at the great clothing some of the Mexican entertainers wear as they're putting on a show. It's quite great to take a break from the movies or Broadway to experience real, authentic Mexico.