Milford Road becomes ruler-straight as it Crown Point slips imperceptibly into the BON ACCORD district, a mostly residential area whose main point of interest is the Bon Accord Lagoon, a sweeping oval of mangrove swamp and reef-sheltered, shallow water which forms one of the most important fish nurseries on the island. Though the marine life has been adversely affected by runoff from a nearby sewage treatment plant, the lagoon’s sea-grass beds remain a sanctuary for conch, snails, shrimp, oysters, crab, urchins and sponges.
Most of the land skirting the swamp is privately owned. You can get pretty close by turning down Golden Grove Road, the turn-off for which lies a couple of kilometres east along Milford Road, and taking the first dirt track you come to – passing the crumbling remains of a windmill and cocoa drying house, once part of the Bon Accord sugar estate (note that the road becomes extremely bumpy after the small bridge, and is best attempted with 4WD in the wet season). You can drive right down to the water by taking Gaskin Bay Road, a wide paved turn-off to the left from Milford just before the housing scheme. A better way to see the lagoon is on a Buccoo Reef boat tour that includes a barbecue at a deserted sandy spit on the lagoon’s north side known as No Man’s Land, an idyllic place to swim.