We arrived in this port early and took a taxi ride to visit an orphanage in town. Make sure that you negotiate the rates before you get in the taxi because I had someone try to change the price on us at the last moment. I had arranged the visit ahead of time with the orphanage director and she agreed to give us a tour. We in turn brought some printer ink and photo paper for the children's photo books that she couldn't obtain in Mazatlan. Very cool old building but as you might expect, the provisions for the children were very basic.
We then took a taxi to do some shopping in the Golden Zone. This "Golden Zone" puzzled me because there were very little shops and the prices were all considerably higher then Puerto Vallarta or even the big market right there at the port! The prices at that market at the port are actually quite reasonable but as always you will need to negotiate the pricing there.
We then walked out of the port, took a left and then walked a few blocks to the end of the street where we were able to purchase water taxi tickets for $2 per person, round trip to Stone Island. Once we reached the island we hopped in the back of a truck and took a short ride for $1 per person to arrive at Victors. This is a restaurant/bar on the beach. You can have them set up tables/chairs/umbrellas out in the sun and the Pacifico beers are only $1.50 each. The margaritas are considerably more but very large. We also ordered the garlic shrimp and guacamole which were fabulous.
Once we got back to the port we stopped at the little bar set up right before you get back on the boat. More cheap beer and quite a wild crowd. Eventually we had pull ourselves away and get back on the ship. Wonderful beach day and great for anyone on a budget!