It was fine, so we got back on a bus, and about halfway, the driver stopped to let us off as he was leaving the tourist zone. Another bus came along pretty quick and we did have to get some help from the locals getting this one to stop at the marina. We were so hot we got back onboard after only 2 hours in Acapulco. We could have gone across to the castle as our dinner companions explained, they had a guided tour for free from a person who is a representative for Acapulco Tourism. After we got back the newspapers had reported shootings in the tourist zone, so for now I don't think I'd recommend going much farther than the castle as it's quite close and it's monitored by the staff.
After you get off the water taxi, the vendors come at you right away while you're still trying to figure out where to go... we ended up at the restaurant nearest to the pier, Baja Cantina - the beach chairs were better than our bed on the ship. If you ordered drinks they didn't charge for the chair or the palapas. The beer wasn't the cheapest but 6 Pacificos for $20 US was still better than the ship. The music DJ was pretty good with lots of 80's songs we know and like. The sand wasn't too great there (large and grainy) and the water was a bit rough and not too warm, but it was a gradual slope. Friends rented a waverider for $90/hr approx. There was parasailing too but $55 US. We stopped to pet the tiger cub/lion cub and leopard cub for $10 USD ($25 USD for photo) but the kids will remember that more than anything else. The tender back was quick.
Then we went back across from our ship and got off on Stone “Island”. Kinda funny but comforting to see your ship in dock about a 200 yard swim away! Bought a bag of peanuts from a farmer for 10 pesos and got on the wagon. Not the safest setup, but we managed to hold on. Got to the restaurant and then did the horseback ride. Scrawny horses, not well treated by the guide, he mostly whacked them a lot to make them go. Kinda like riding ornery robots. My girls were afraid of the guide but said they liked the ride though. It was about 25 minutes with 10 minutes on the beach. Long enough to be sore a bit the next day. Then we went back to sit on the beach. Not enough beach chairs, so on the sand. The girls did the banana boat ride and then hurried back as we were told lunch was ready.... NOT! We wasted a lot of time waiting for the waiter. Finally we got it and it was pretty average. The combo was rice, one cheese quesadilla, and a piece of chicken. Open bar was good though. We went back to the beach and looked for boogie boards (activity tokens still to spend) but no boards were left. So we did a bit of swimming but had to leave one of us on the beach to watch our stuff. We ran out of time to use all of our activity tokens. The vendors weren't too pushy, bought two flying barbies for $10 (found them later at a store for the same price). Took the wagon back to the catamaran and we were back on the ship pretty quick, lots of time before sail away. Not a bad deal, but don't worry about getting the food, we could have ordered our own stuff anytime. The banana boat was probably the best bang for your buck (big waves though).