While traveling, renting a vehicle isn’t usually worth the hassle — especially for short stays. But if getting on the road deepens your overall sense of a place, the rewards generally outweigh any inconvenience. Such is true in O’ahu, where a quick trip beyond downtown Honolulu can take you to a whole other world — from the North Shore and its renowned surf beaches, swimming holes and off-the-beaten-path burger joints, to places such as Waimanalo Bay (on the island’s southeast corner), where bodysurfing in heady waves is the sport of choice for locals. If you rent a vehicle in HI, make it a Jeep. With year-round sunshine and seasonal temps, you’ll instantly feel like you’re on the drive of a lifetime with the top down, wind kissing your hair and tunes cranked. Tip from experience: just make sure you know how to get the top on quickly, for that afternoon when it suddenly pours cats and dogs.