I'm a guy in my early 40's traveling solo and looking to spend 7-10 nights in late May for a much needed vacation. I'm using miles to fly out of San Francisco and can fly direct to any of the major airports on Mexico's Pacific coast. I'm mostly looking for some relaxing beach time, good food, cold beers, as well as some opportunities to socialize with other travelers or ex-pats.
I'm going to be on somewhat of a budget and am looking for somewhere with inexpensive options for hotels (under $40/night if possible). Since I only plan sleeping in my hotel the only requirements are that it's clean, secure, quiet, and easy access to the beach, restaurants and the like.
I've been to Puerto Vallarta / Sayulita once before and thought it was OK - a bit too touristy for my taste but I'd consider going back there again unless I get any better suggestions.
Thanks in advance for any info and I'm sure I'll be back with more questions