The large and sheltered Bell Sound offers an amazing range of blues, greens and turquoise hues.
Bell Sound is a shallow lagoon with brilliant turquoise water that's partially enclosed by the central land mass and extended northern peninsula of South Caicos. The majority of this lagoon is a protected area, namely the Bell Sound Nature Reserve. The nature reserve covers an area of 4.4 square miles (11.4 sq km), yet the name Bell Sound is often used to refer to a greater area that continues on to the small cays found between South Caicos and East Caicos.
Although much of the Bell Sound coastline on South Caicos is either rocky or a silty bank with mangroves, several small sandy beaches can be found. These spots are excellent for launching kayaks and paddleboards, but aren’t really great for swimming as the water is very shallow and the sand is quite soft.
Due to the limited tourism industry on South Caicos, we recommend planning such an adventure in advance. Sailrock Resort has the Cove Beach and water sports facilities on the water, and Big Blue Collective does arrange eco-adventures to and from South Caicos upon special request.
It’s illegal to fish in the confines of the Bell Sound Nature Reserve, however, the shallows outside of the protected area provide world-class flats fishing. Bonefish, tarpon and barracuda abound.