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St. John Saturday Focuses on World Earth Day
The community of St. John invites vacationers to join in its celebration of
World Earth Day 2000.
The festival will be held in conjunction with other environmental organizations around the globe on April 22, the last St. John Saturday of the season.
Amidst the local artisans and craftspeople displaying their earth-friendly items will be composting demonstrations, paint recycling, solar energy demonstrations and plastic recycling.
Visitors can participate in environmental games and activities, eat solar
baked cookies, ride in an electric car, go on a nature walk with the Virgin
Islands National Park Service, and much more. Native foods will also be
available to sample. For additional information, call (340) 776-6179 or
(877) 776-6179.
CNN's "Newsstand" To Feature St. Croix and Triathlon Winner
CNN's "Newsstand" will include a piece on Karen Smyers, four-time winner of the St. Croix Triathlon. Footage of St. Croix will be shown. Tune in to CNN on Thursday, April 13, at 10 p.m.
For more information about the St. Croix International Triathlon and the St. Croix Sprint Triathlon, held this year on May 7, call Project St. Croix at (340) 773-4470, or visit the Web site at www.stcroixtriathlon.com.
The Ritz-Carlton Named Best Value in Travel & Leisure
Travel & Leisure recently named The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas the "Best Value" for hotels and resorts in the Caribbean. The magazine polled its readership as part of its World's Best survey (March 2000) to find out which hotels, regardless of price, provide the best value for their rates. For reservations or more details about The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas, call (340)
775-3333 or (800) 241-3333.
St. John Ecotourism Resort Awarded Green Globe Commendation
Maho Bay Camps, the world-famous ecotourism resort, was recently awarded a Green Globe Commendation Award for outstanding environmental performance. Maho Bay Camps was one of only 17 resorts worldwide that received this prestigious award.
The resort exposes visitors to sustainable, balanced approaches to ecosystem management. Green Globe is a global, environmental management and certification company dedicated to working with the world's travel and tourism industry, the communities, companies and consumers to promote sustainability in tourism through sound environmental management practices. More details about Maho Bay Camps are available by calling (340)776-6240 or (800) 392-9004.
St. Croix Hotel Offers New Family-Oriented Activities
The Buccaneer resort on St. Croix is offering new activities for children and new family accommodations for the summer season. Guests 17 and under can participate in golf and tennis clinics; kayak, snorkel and sunfish outings; and have access to a basketball court, beach volleyball, beachside ping pong and a video game room.
Children will also receive free accommodations when staying in the same room with their parents and a full breakfast daily. Available only during the summer, families may choose to stay in two oceanfront rooms, each with private bath and patio, connecting to form a two-bedroom suite for a family of six. The second oceanfront room is offered at a 50 percent discount for a total cost of $428 per night for the two-bedroom suite. Vacationers can also choose to stay in the Family Oceanview Cottages, each with a patio, master bedroom with a king-sized bed and window-seat bed, and a second room with two twin beds. The cottage sleeps five people and costs $285 per night. Rates are effective April 24 through December 19, 2000. For more details call The Buccaneer resort at (340) 773-2100 or visit the resort's Web site at www.thebuccaner.com.
St. Croix Hosts Caribbean Urban Forestry Conference
The fifth annual Caribbean Urban Forestry Conference will be held at the Divi Carina Bay Resort and Casino on St. Croix, May 22-25.
The Cooperative Extension Service of the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) will host the conference in partnership with the UVI/Agricultural Experiment Station, Virgin Islands Department of Agriculture, USDA-Forest Service/International Institute of Tropical Forestry, University of Puerto Rico and the St. Croix Environmental Association. This year's conference theme is "Reflections of the Past, Visions of the Future." Arborists, researchers and other professionals will have the opportunity to interact and share information relative to developments in urban forestry. More details are available by calling (340) 692-4071, e-mailing cgeorge@uvi.edu or visiting the conference Web site at html./www.rps.uvi.edu/CES/urbanforest.html.

Hunt for Easter Eggs at Coral World
St. Thomas' Coral World, Marine Park & Underwater Observatory will hold its annual Easter Egg Hunt on April 23, at 1 p.m. Children three to 12 years of age are invited to join the hunt around the park for brightly colored eggs filled with sweets.
During the hunt, "Some Bunny's Mama" will make a special appearance to entertain and help participants discover secret hiding places. Easter bags will be provided for the goodies, but visitors are welcome to bring their own baskets. Other activities include having pictures taken with exotic birds, and of course, visiting all of the marine exhibits and taking part in the many scheduled talks and fish feedings. For more information, call (340) 775-1555, ext. 247. For a virtual tour of Coral World click here.
Cape Air Offers Special Carnival Fares and Expanded Flight Schedule
Cape Air is getting into the spirit of the United States Virgin Islands Carnival with special fares and an expanded flight schedule.
The special roundtrip Carnival fares to St. Thomas are $99 from St. Croix, $88 from Tortola, British Virgin Islands and $134 from San Juan, Puerto Rico. Cape Air is also providing hourly service from San Juan to St. Croix and St. Thomas. For additional information or reservations, call (800) 352-0714 or (800) 635-8787. Visit the Cape Air Web site at www.flycapeair.com.

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St. John Saturday Focuses on World Earth Day
The community of St. John invites vacationers to join in its celebration of
World Earth Day 2000.
The festival will be held in conjunction with other environmental organizations around the globe on April 22, the last St. John Saturday of the season.
Amidst the local artisans and craftspeople displaying their earth-friendly items will be composting demonstrations, paint recycling, solar energy demonstrations and plastic recycling.
Visitors can participate in environmental games and activities, eat solar
baked cookies, ride in an electric car, go on a nature walk with the Virgin
Islands National Park Service, and much more. Native foods will also be
available to sample. For additional information, call (340) 776-6179 or
(877) 776-6179.
CNN's "Newsstand" To Feature St. Croix and Triathlon Winner
CNN's "Newsstand" will include a piece on Karen Smyers, four-time winner of the St. Croix Triathlon. Footage of St. Croix will be shown. Tune in to CNN on Thursday, April 13, at 10 p.m.
For more information about the St. Croix International Triathlon and the St. Croix Sprint Triathlon, held this year on May 7, call Project St. Croix at (340) 773-4470, or visit the Web site at www.stcroixtriathlon.com.
The Ritz-Carlton Named Best Value in Travel & Leisure
Travel & Leisure recently named The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas the "Best Value" for hotels and resorts in the Caribbean. The magazine polled its readership as part of its World's Best survey (March 2000) to find out which hotels, regardless of price, provide the best value for their rates. For reservations or more details about The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas, call (340)
775-3333 or (800) 241-3333.
St. John Ecotourism Resort Awarded Green Globe Commendation
Maho Bay Camps, the world-famous ecotourism resort, was recently awarded a Green Globe Commendation Award for outstanding environmental performance. Maho Bay Camps was one of only 17 resorts worldwide that received this prestigious award.
The resort exposes visitors to sustainable, balanced approaches to ecosystem management. Green Globe is a global, environmental management and certification company dedicated to working with the world's travel and tourism industry, the communities, companies and consumers to promote sustainability in tourism through sound environmental management practices. More details about Maho Bay Camps are available by calling (340)776-6240 or (800) 392-9004.
St. Croix Hotel Offers New Family-Oriented Activities
The Buccaneer resort on St. Croix is offering new activities for children and new family accommodations for the summer season. Guests 17 and under can participate in golf and tennis clinics; kayak, snorkel and sunfish outings; and have access to a basketball court, beach volleyball, beachside ping pong and a video game room.
Children will also receive free accommodations when staying in the same room with their parents and a full breakfast daily. Available only during the summer, families may choose to stay in two oceanfront rooms, each with private bath and patio, connecting to form a two-bedroom suite for a family of six. The second oceanfront room is offered at a 50 percent discount for a total cost of $428 per night for the two-bedroom suite. Vacationers can also choose to stay in the Family Oceanview Cottages, each with a patio, master bedroom with a king-sized bed and window-seat bed, and a second room with two twin beds. The cottage sleeps five people and costs $285 per night. Rates are effective April 24 through December 19, 2000. For more details call The Buccaneer resort at (340) 773-2100 or visit the resort's Web site at www.thebuccaner.com.
St. Croix Hosts Caribbean Urban Forestry Conference
The fifth annual Caribbean Urban Forestry Conference will be held at the Divi Carina Bay Resort and Casino on St. Croix, May 22-25.
The Cooperative Extension Service of the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) will host the conference in partnership with the UVI/Agricultural Experiment Station, Virgin Islands Department of Agriculture, USDA-Forest Service/International Institute of Tropical Forestry, University of Puerto Rico and the St. Croix Environmental Association. This year's conference theme is "Reflections of the Past, Visions of the Future." Arborists, researchers and other professionals will have the opportunity to interact and share information relative to developments in urban forestry. More details are available by calling (340) 692-4071, e-mailing cgeorge@uvi.edu or visiting the conference Web site at html./www.rps.uvi.edu/CES/urbanforest.html.

Hunt for Easter Eggs at Coral World
St. Thomas' Coral World, Marine Park & Underwater Observatory will hold its annual Easter Egg Hunt on April 23, at 1 p.m. Children three to 12 years of age are invited to join the hunt around the park for brightly colored eggs filled with sweets.
During the hunt, "Some Bunny's Mama" will make a special appearance to entertain and help participants discover secret hiding places. Easter bags will be provided for the goodies, but visitors are welcome to bring their own baskets. Other activities include having pictures taken with exotic birds, and of course, visiting all of the marine exhibits and taking part in the many scheduled talks and fish feedings. For more information, call (340) 775-1555, ext. 247. For a virtual tour of Coral World click here.
Cape Air Offers Special Carnival Fares and Expanded Flight Schedule
Cape Air is getting into the spirit of the United States Virgin Islands Carnival with special fares and an expanded flight schedule.
The special roundtrip Carnival fares to St. Thomas are $99 from St. Croix, $88 from Tortola, British Virgin Islands and $134 from San Juan, Puerto Rico. Cape Air is also providing hourly service from San Juan to St. Croix and St. Thomas. For additional information or reservations, call (800) 352-0714 or (800) 635-8787. Visit the Cape Air Web site at www.flycapeair.com.