Part of the charm is in the cast of island characters who keep things interesting with their offbeat routines. Like the local rental car agent, Marlon Brando (really), who delivers automobiles to visitors, then pops open the trunk and rides his bicycle back. Or Patterson Fleming, maître d' at Nisbet Plantation Beach Club, who sports a different tie every evening, each sent to him by guests after they return home. He has thousands of them and remembers exactly who gave him each one. Or Tim, the island mailman, who walks up and down the hillside roads making his rounds with a smile and a cheery word, collecting fresh mango and papaya, gifts from his customers, along the way.