Located on the central west side of North Caicos, Bellefield Landing functions as the main industrial port for both North Caicos and Middle Caicos (which are joined by a causeway).
Due to sand naturally filling in the channel between Parrot Cay and North Caicos, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to navigate into Sandy Point Marina, which has been the main passenger ferry port on the island. For this reason, it’s highly likely that Bellefield Landing will soon supersede as the main ferry landing point.
At this time, a large quantity of broken-down industrial and agricultural machinery has been collected at this site for export for scrap.
Dick Hill Creek and Bellefield Landing Pond Nature Reserve
Mangroves at the Dick Hill Creek and Bellefield Landing Pond Nature Reserve.
Directly adjacent to the north of the port is the Dick Hill Creek and Bellefield Landing Pond Nature Reserve (NR15). Consisting largely of tidal channels and transitional marine mangrove flats, this 975 acre (395 hectare) protected area is a prime habitat for large wading birds, the endangered West Indian whistling duck, lemon sharks, and turtles.
During the Loyalist plantation days, the Bellefield Landing and nearby Kew area on North Caicos was the most important region for agriculture in the country. Within a few miles of the port were the cotton plantations of Wade’s Green, Lewhy Moore, Teren Hill, Street Wall, St. James, and Mount Pleasant. Wade’s Green is the only site still visited, the others have long since been overtaken by the dense vegetation.
Channel and Dredging
In 2007, a 2 miles (3.2 kilometres) channel was dredged from the cut between Dellis Cay and Parrot Cay to Bellfield Landing to facilitate larger vessels. Portions of this channel had concrete sidings, much have which has since fallen into disrepair. There are currently plans to re-dredge the channel.