OK everyone... I'm looking for your favorite day trips that you do on your own with a rental car. We will have a Yaris, so I know the rugged side of the island is not an option. But, I know there are plenty of other great places to explore!
Baby Beach snorkel where the water changes color, bring bagels or a squeeze bottle of fish food(resort gift shop should have it).Charlie's Bar in San Nicolas(est. in 1941) Also California Lighthouse, you can do some of the rough side, just DONT drive in the white sand or make sure you have a rope & wait for a jeep.
Sorry, I forgot to tell you not to go past the break water at Baby Beach(strong current) And on the way back after stopping at Charlie's you could also do Zee Rovers (local fishermen & water side pool table).
They've been working on that road for more than two years and still had a long way to go in April.
I would also add Hooiberg to the list. Once you get there, it's still a few hundred steps to the top but it is a great view. Great place to watch a sunset.
Lighthouse, Alto Vista Chapel, Baby Beach, mini natural bridge and Arikok Park are the other "must do" rental car activities. If you do them all in drive-by fashion, you're looking at a couple hours. Take the whole day, don't rush, stop for food at a local hole in the wall restaurant and enjoy yourself.
The ostrich farm was interesting, great for kids. We haven't done the donkey sanctuary, maybe next trip.