You can easily charter a lancha (boat) to take you to nearby islands like Isla Verde and Isla de los Sacrificios. The best place to find one for a spur-of-the-moment outing is along the Paseo del Malecón. Expect to pay about $5 per person. Longer trips to nearby Isla Verde (Green Island) and Isla de Enmedio (Middle Island) leave daily from the shack marked "Paseo en lanchita" near Plaza Acuario. If you want to call ahead, contact the friendly folks at Amphibian. Calle Lerdo 117, Veracruz, Veracruz, 91700. 229/931–0997. www.amphibianveracruz.com.