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Pillsbury Sound

Off the east end of St. Thomas, Pillsbury Sound—the body of water between St. Thomas and St. John—contains scores of small islands and cays.

This area, which includes Thatch, Grass, Mingo Lovango and Congo Cays plus Great and Little St. James, Dog Island and Steven Cay, is quite secure against rollers and all winds except from the south, which blow only in the hurricane months, but the area can become quite rough.

Sailboat & scuba divers

Some are yachting destinations and are covered here, but Thatch, Grass, Mingo, Lovango and Congo Cays, and Dog Island have no significant anchorages and are not mentioned. We do, however, encourage exploration of these cays.

There are several beautiful northern passages in and out of Pillsbury Sound. The most obvious ones are the Leeward Passage between Thatch Cay and St. Thomas; Middle Passage between Thatch and Grassy Cays, and Windward Passage between Lovango Cay and the Durloes. But the two more entertaining ones are the Lovango Cut and the Durloe Channel. See the Navigation Tips for our recommendation of a scenic tour.

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