CRUZ BAY, St. John--Maho Bay Camps on this island offers a camping special aimed squarely at families.

Through Nov. 15, children age 16 and under stay free when traveling with their parents. The off-season rate of $60 per night, double, includes a fully equipped tent-cottage for four.

Stanley Selengut, Maho's founder and president, pointed out that Maho's environmental experience, combined with the low rates, offers an alternative to higher-priced Caribbean vacations.

Activities at Maho include water sports such as wind surfing, snorkeling, diving, kayaking and sailing. Powerboat rentals are available, and excursions to the nearby British Virgin Islands can be booked on St. John.

Located on St. John's north shore within the Virgin Islands National Park, Maho is near beaches, miles of well-marked hiking trails and ruins of 18th-century sugar mills. Maho's facilities feature an outdoor, covered dining room where breakfast and dinner are served seven days a week.

Estate Concordia, one of Maho's two sister properties on St. John, announced that winter season rates will remain at the same levels as last year. The property is located at remote Coral Bay on the far side of St. John from Cruz Bay.

From Dec. 15 through mid-April, daily prices range from $135 to $190 per unit, per night, double. Guests who travel prior to Dec. 15 are charged between $95 and $150 per unit, per night, double.

Each of the nine hillside studio apartments at Estate Concordia is equipped with a queen-size sofa bed; a full kitchen with a microwave, stove, refrigerator, sink, cooking and eating utensils; a bathroom with a shower, and a front deck overlooking Salt Pond Bay. The property is set within the Virgin Islands National Park.

Estate Concordia and Maho Bay Camps as well as Selengut's third venture, called Harmony Resort, are designed as models of eco-environmental lodging design. The birdlife is a chief attraction for visitors as are the snorkeling and diving at Salt Pond Bay.

All buildings at the three properties rest on stilts above the land. The swimming pools are also above ground, and the depth of the pools is determined by the grade of the hills.

Guests at Estate Concordia are advised to rent a car; Coral Bay is a 10-minute drive from the property; Cruz Bay is more than an hour away.

Maho Bay Camps, Phone: (800) 392-9004

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