United States Virgin Islands Update

USVI Olympic Competitors Create Programs for Youth:
Troy Billington, a native of St. John, and Dinah Browne, a native of St. Croix, joined forces and recently started a series of youth programs that allow USVI children to travel to Salt Lake City and other Winter Olympic training grounds in Germany. Billington, an active member of the USVI Olympic Team and a competitive skeleton racer, is currently training for the next Winter Olympic games. Browne, a member of the USVI Luge Team, recently competed in the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City and plans to make another successful appearance in 2006. Billington will welcome two groups, each with a total of eight select youth, to travel to Salt Lake City each summer. The groups will enjoy an athletic and educational journey, riding along the alpine slide (the summer equivalent of the bobsled track), taking part in community improvement projects and sightseeing in nearby areas. Browne recently returned from a similar two-week journey in Germany, during which she traveled with four children from St. Croix. Both Billington and Browne also work to recruit older athletes, 18 and above, to provide more immediate competition hopefuls and continue the legacy of the USVI Olympic teams. The U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism joined the effort and provided airfare for an Olympic hopeful. For additional information, or to learn how to become a sponsor of the youth programs, call (340) 714-3164.
Bellavista Bed and Breakfast Opens on St. Thomas:
A new small inn, the Bellavista Bed & Breakfast, recently opened on St. Thomas. Situated on Denmark Hill, overlooking the Charlotte Amalie harbor, the property welcomes guests with quality service and amenities including: an island cocktail upon arrival; a homemade, tropically inspired breakfast each morning; complimentary bottled water; nightly turndown service; and spa robes, luxury linens and fresh flowers. Visitors can relax by the pool and sunbathing deck, tropical gardens an enjoy the beautiful panoramic view. Rates for the four-bedroom property begin at $110 per night during the summer season and $130 per night during the winter season. Rates vary according to the room booked. In addition, families or large groups have the opportunity to rent the entire inn for special full house rates of $1,275 for three nights during the summer season (additional nights are $425) and $1,740 for three nights during the winter season ($580 for each additional night). For additional information, call (340) 714-5706, or visit www.bellavista-bnb.com.
St. John Welcomes Eco Tours and Adventure Packages Provided by “A Walk in the Park”:
A Walk in A Walk in the Park offers visitors an exclusive opportunity to see St. John through quality land and sea eco-tours. Some of the guided hikes include: A Day at Cinnamon Bay (an educational hike of Cinnamon Bay); The Lind Point Trail (an easy nature walk suitable for all ages and strength levels); The Johnny Horn Trail (a historical tour of Coral Bay and Leinster Bay); and The Caneel Hike (a 700-foot ascent to beautiful views). In addition to the educational hikes, A Walk in the Park also offers full-day eco-adventures that visit out of the way spots like Newfound Bay. The options for the full-day adventures include: East End Cruise (a hike along Leinster Bay and snorkel cruise of St. John’s East End); the Natural Adventure Combo (an early morning hike along the Cinnamon Bay Trail and a boat and snorkeling tour of Congo Cay); Surf and Turf (a hike of Cinnamon Bay and a trip to Waterlemon Cay and Honeymoon Beach aboard a 30-foot inflatable boat; and Kayak Coral Bay (a hike along Leinster Bay and a kayak tour of Hurricane Hole). A Walk in the Park is dedicated to the enjoyment and preservation of St. John. For additional information about these exciting eco-adventures, call (340) 643-6397, or visit www.stjohnecotours.com.