Rates and dates: Caribbean programs abound

NEW YORK -- The Caribbean is as close as a hop, skip and a (puddle) jump away and several options for spring and summer vacations are available.

A sampling follows:

• A new vacation option on St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, is Mount Victory Campgrounds near Frederiksted.

Mount Victory's tent-style cottages are built from local hardwood recovered from trees downed by hurricanes.

Each tent is furnished with two beds, a kitchenette, a gas stove and a sink. Nearby are the beach, a bathhouse and a campfire area.

Rates start at $60 per night. For details, visit www.mtvictorycamp.com.

• Long Bay Beach Resort & Villas in Tortola, British Virgin Islands, is promoting a seven-night Stay & Sail package, priced from $3,930 per couple.

The plan includes four nights at Long Bay and three at sea aboard a 40-foot yacht that sails throughout the islands.

For more information, call (877) 906-2525.

• Cap Juluca on Anguilla and La Samanna on St. Martin are featuring a Blissful Duet plan priced at $350 per night, double, from April 26 through Nov. 22.

The package requires a minimum stay of three nights at each property. Included are accommodations, daily breakfast, use of the fitness centers, water sports and ferry and taxi transfers.

For more details, call the Leading Hotels of the World at (800) 223-6800.

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