Most tourist never leave their wonderful resorts when they vacation in Puerto Vallarta. You don't know what you are missing. Take a walk downtown and enjoy the richness of the city. Get out and meet the people, go in to the stores and shop, frequent the restaurants (the food is excellent).
If you take the time to walk up the hill past all the stores, traffic and bars, there is a oasis of gorgeous mexican hill houses. Quiet and safe walk with great windows and doors.
This church (more than any other symbol) represents Puerto Vallarta and is topped by an ornate crown that replicates the one worn by Carlota (the empress of Mexico) in the late 1860s.