OK, so on seeing the east side of the island. We arrive on Deember 23rd and the bar hop does not have enough people till the 27th and we would prefer to see that side before than. I have seen many mixed reviews on this. It makes me nervous renting a car and stopping and having drinks and carrying on. I also read there are checkpoints all over the island? Which even after 1 beer would scare me! So would it be best to rent car to go see the ruins and lighthouses in morning and than renting cab for east side? Any tips would be great!