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False Entrance

False EntranceBenner Bay is one of the calmest anchorages on St. Thomas. Locally called the Lagoon, the bay lies within a larger one called Jersey Bay.

Vessels coming in from the open Caribbean wishing to avail themselves of the tranquility of the Lagoon must enter through Jersey Bay before accessing Benner Bay. The southernmost portion of Benner Bay, however, is separated from the open sea only by a narrow shallow reef that may not be easily seen, especially at night. Every year sailors looking into Benner Bay and possibly seeing other boats resting peacefully at anchor, make the mistake of trying to sail directly into the bay and end up on the reef.

For this reason this reef lying between Cas and Patricia Cays has been dubbed “False Entrance,” and false entrance it is.

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