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Turks and Caicos Wind, Wave, Swell, & Tide Forecast

Temperature: Wind: Waves: Other Units:

Today

Windspeed (kph)
Wind Gusts (kph)
Wind Direction
Waves (m)
Wave Period (s)
Wave Direction
Tide
Temperature (°C)
Water Temp. (°C)
Clouds (%)
Rainfall (mm)
We
21
0h
32
40
E
1.1
11
N
26
32
54
0
We
21
1h
33
41
SE
1.1
11
N
26
32
56
0
We
21
2h
34
42
SE
1.1
10
N
26
32
58
0
We
21
3h
35
42
SE
1.1
10
N
26
32
60
0
We
21
4h
36
43
SE
1.1
10
N
26
32
73
0
We
21
5h
37
44
SE
1.2
10
N
26
32
87
0
We
21
6h
37
45
SE
1.2
10
N
26
32
100
0
We
21
7h
37
43
SE
1.2
10
N
26
32
80
0
We
21
8h
36
41
SE
1.1
10
N
26
32
59
0
We
21
9h
36
40
SE
1.1
10
N
26
32
39
0
We
21
10h
36
44
SE
1.1
10
N
26
32
46
0
We
21
11h
35
49
SE
1.1
10
N
26
32
54
0
We
21
12h
35
53
SE
1.1
10
N
26
32
62
0
We
21
13h
34
53
SE
1.1
10
N
26
32
51
0
We
21
14h
33
53
SE
1
10
N
26
32
40
0
We
21
15h
31
53
SE
1
10
N
26
32
28
0
We
21
16h
30
46
SE
1
10
N
26
32
26
0
We
21
17h
28
39
SE
0.9
10
N
26
32
24
0
We
21
18h
27
32
SE
0.9
10
N
26
32
22
0
We
21
19h
26
33
SE
0.9
10
N
26
32
28
0
We
21
20h
25
34
SE
0.8
10
N
26
32
34
0
We
21
21h
24
35
SE
0.8
10
N
26
32
40
0
We
21
22h
24
36
E
0.8
10
N
26
32
53
0

Thursday

Windspeed (kph)
Wind Gusts (kph)
Wind Direction
Waves (m)
Wave Period (s)
Wave Direction
Tide
Temperature (°C)
Water Temp. (°C)
Clouds (%)
Rainfall (mm)
Th
22
0h
25
38
E
0.7
10
N
26
32
77
0.1
Th
22
1h
26
36
E
0.7
10
W
26
32
72
0.1
Th
22
2h
26
33
E
0.7
9
SE
26
32
66
0
Th
22
3h
27
31
E
0.7
9
NE
26
32
61
0
Th
22
4h
27
31
E
0.7
9
SE
26
32
58
0
Th
22
5h
27
30
E
0.7
9
SW
26
32
55
0
Th
22
6h
27
30
SE
0.7
9
W
26
32
52
0
Th
22
7h
27
31
SE
0.7
9
W
26
32
59
0
Th
22
8h
27
31
SE
0.7
9
W
26
32
65
0.1
Th
22
9h
27
31
SE
0.7
9
W
26
32
72
0.1
Th
22
10h
27
34
SE
0.7
9
NW
26
32
53
0.1
Th
22
11h
26
37
SE
0.7
9
NW
26
32
34
0.2
Th
22
12h
26
40
SE
0.7
9
N
26
32
78
0.2
Th
22
13h
26
41
SE
0.7
9
N
26
32
31
0.2
Th
22
14h
26
43
SE
0.8
9
N
26
32
46
0.1
Th
22
15h
26
44
SE
0.8
9
N
26
32
62
0.1
Th
22
16h
23
40
SE
0.7
9
SW
26
32
41
0.1
Th
22
17h
21
36
SE
0.5
9
SE
26
32
21
0
Th
22
18h
18
32
SE
0.4
9
N
26
32
0
0
Th
22
19h
18
33
E
0.4
9
N
26
32
20
0
Th
22
20h
18
35
E
0.4
9
N
26
32
41
0
Th
22
21h
18
36
E
0.4
9
N
26
32
61
0
Th
22
22h
20
36
E
0.5
9
N
26
32
66
0.1

Friday

Windspeed (kph)
Wind Gusts (kph)
Wind Direction
Waves (m)
Wave Period (s)
Wave Direction
Tide
Temperature (°C)
Water Temp. (°C)
Clouds (%)
Rainfall (mm)
Fr
23
0h
23
36
NE
0.6
9
N
26
32
76
0.2
Fr
23
1h
26
35
E
0.7
8
SE
26
32
55
0.2
Fr
23
2h
27
33
E
0.7
8
SW
26
32
35
0.1
Fr
23
3h
30
32
E
0.8
7
NW
26
32
70
0.1
Fr
23
4h
29
31
E
0.8
8
SW
26
32
20
0.1
Fr
23
5h
28
30
E
0.7
8
E
26
32
27
0.1
Fr
23
6h
27
29
E
0.7
9
N
26
32
79
0.1
Fr
23
7h
27
30
E
0.7
9
N
26
32
23
0.1
Fr
23
8h
26
30
E
0.7
9
N
26
32
14
0
Fr
23
9h
26
30
E
0.7
9
N
26
32
4
0
Fr
23
10h
26
31
E
0.7
8
N
26
32
3
0
Fr
23
11h
26
32
E
0.6
8
N
26
32
1
0
Fr
23
12h
26
32
E
0.6
8
N
26
32
0
0
Fr
23
13h
26
34
E
0.7
8
SE
26
32
1
0
Fr
23
14h
26
36
E
0.8
8
SW
26
32
1
0
Fr
23
15h
27
37
E
0.9
8
N
26
32
2
0
Fr
23
16h
26
38
E
0.8
7
SW
26
32
3
0
Fr
23
17h
25
39
E
0.7
7
SE
26
32
5
0
Fr
23
18h
24
40
E
0.6
7
N
26
32
6
0
Fr
23
19h
26
41
E
0.7
7
SE
26
32
24
0
Fr
23
20h
28
42
E
0.7
7
SW
26
32
43
0
Fr
23
21h
29
43
E
0.8
7
N
26
32
61
0
Fr
23
22h
31
43
E
0.9
8
N
26
32
70
0

Saturday

Windspeed (kph)
Wind Gusts (kph)
Wind Direction
Waves (m)
Wave Period (s)
Wave Direction
Tide
Temperature (°C)
Water Temp. (°C)
Clouds (%)
Rainfall (mm)
Sa
24
0h
36
44
E
1
8
N
25
32
87
0.1
Sa
24
1h
36
43
E
1
9
N
25
32
70
0.1
Sa
24
2h
37
43
E
1.1
9
N
25
32
54
0.1
Sa
24
3h
38
42
E
1.1
10
N
25
32
73
0.1
Sa
24
4h
38
43
E
1.1
10
N
25
32
35
0.1
Sa
24
5h
38
43
E
1.2
10
N
25
32
31
0.1
Sa
24
6h
38
44
E
1.2
10
N
25
32
89
0.1
Sa
24
7h
38
43
E
1.2
10
N
26
32
40
0.1
Sa
24
8h
38
42
E
1.1
10
N
26
32
52
0
Sa
24
9h
37
41
E
1.1
10
N
26
32
63
0
Sa
24
10h
37
42
E
1.1
9
N
26
32
64
0
Sa
24
11h
37
42
E
1.1
8
NW
26
32
64
0
Sa
24
12h
36
43
E
1.1
8
NW
26
32
64
0
Sa
24
13h
37
43
E
1.2
8
NW
26
32
66
0
Sa
24
14h
37
43
E
1.2
8
NW
26
32
68
0
Sa
24
15h
38
43
E
1.3
7
NW
26
32
70
0
Sa
24
16h
37
44
E
1.3
7
NW
26
32
70
0
Sa
24
17h
36
44
E
1.2
7
NW
26
32
71
0.1
Sa
24
18h
35
45
E
1.2
7
NW
26
32
71
0.1
Sa
24
19h
35
45
E
1.2
7
NW
26
32
65
0.1
Sa
24
20h
35
45
E
1.3
7
NW
26
32
59
0.1
Sa
24
21h
36
45
E
1.3
7
NW
26
32
54
0.1
Sa
24
22h
36
45
E
1.2
8
NW
26
32
54
0.1

Sunday

Windspeed (kph)
Wind Gusts (kph)
Wind Direction
Waves (m)
Wave Period (s)
Wave Direction
Tide
Temperature (°C)
Water Temp. (°C)
Clouds (%)
Rainfall (mm)
Su
25
0h
37
44
E
1
9
NW
26
32
54
0
Su
25
1h
37
43
E
1.2
9
NW
26
32
56
0
Su
25
2h
38
42
E
1.3
9
NW
26
32
59
0.1
Su
25
3h
39
41
E
1.5
9
N
26
32
61
0.1
Su
25
4h
38
40
E
1.5
8
N
26
32
60
0.1
Su
25
5h
37
39
E
1.4
8
N
26
32
59
0
Su
25
6h
37
39
E
1.4
8
N
26
32
58
0
Su
25
7h
37
38
E
1.4
8
N
26
32
59
0
Su
25
8h
36
37
E
1.4
8
N
26
32
60
0
Su
25
9h
36
37
E
1.4
8
N
26
32
61
0
Su
25
10h
35
36
SE
1.4
8
N
26
32
56
0
Su
25
11h
35
35
SE
1.3
8
N
26
32
51
0
Su
25
12h
34
35
SE
1.3
8
N
26
32
46
0
Su
25
13h
33
41
SE
1.3
8
N
26
32
54
0
Su
25
14h
32
47
SE
1.3
8
N
26
32
63
0
Su
25
15h
31
53
SE
1.3
8
N
26
32
72
0
Su
25
16h
29
46
SE
1.2
8
N
26
32
68
0
Su
25
17h
27
39
SE
1.2
7
N
26
32
64
0
Su
25
18h
25
32
SE
1.1
7
N
26
32
60
0
Su
25
19h
24
33
SE
0.9
7
N
26
32
49
0
Su
25
20h
23
33
E
0.8
8
N
26
32
37
0
Su
25
21h
22
33
E
0.6
8
N
26
32
25
0
Su
25
22h
23
33
E
0.6
7
SW
26
32
28
0

Monday

Windspeed (kph)
Wind Gusts (kph)
Wind Direction
Waves (m)
Wave Period (s)
Wave Direction
Tide
Temperature (°C)
Water Temp. (°C)
Clouds (%)
Rainfall (mm)
Mo
26
0h
23
33
E
0.7
6
N
26
32
33
0
Mo
26
1h
24
32
E
0.7
6
N
26
32
31
0
Mo
26
2h
25
32
E
0.8
6
N
26
32
29
0
Mo
26
3h
26
32
E
0.8
6
N
26
32
27
0
Mo
26
4h
26
31
E
0.8
7
SE
26
32
33
0
Mo
26
5h
24
30
E
0.8
8
SW
26
32
39
0
Mo
26
6h
24
30
E
0.8
9
N
26
32
45
0
Mo
26
7h
23
28
E
0.8
9
N
26
32
50
0
Mo
26
8h
23
26
E
0.8
8
N
26
32
55
0
Mo
26
9h
23
24
E
0.8
8
N
26
32
59
0
Mo
26
10h
23
24
E
0.7
8
SW
26
32
62
0.1
Mo
26
11h
22
23
E
0.6
7
SE
26
32
65
0.1
Mo
26
12h
22
23
E
0.5
7
NE
26
32
68
0.2
Mo
26
13h
21
24
E
0.5
7
NE
26
32
58
0.2
Mo
26
14h
20
25
E
0.5
7
NE
26
32
48
0.2
Mo
26
15h
19
27
E
0.5
8
NE
26
32
70
0.2
Mo
26
16h
20
29
E
0.5
8
SE
26
32
37
0.2
Mo
26
17h
21
32
E
0.5
8
W
26
32
37
0.2
Mo
26
18h
21
34
E
0.5
8
N
26
32
80
0.2
Mo
26
19h
21
36
E
0.5
8
SW
26
32
44
0.1
Mo
26
20h
21
37
E
0.5
8
SE
26
32
51
0.1
Mo
26
21h
21
38
E
0.5
8
N
26
32
57
0
Mo
26
22h
22
38
E
0.5
8
N
26
32
58
0

Tuesday

Windspeed (kph)
Wind Gusts (kph)
Wind Direction
Waves (m)
Wave Period (s)
Wave Direction
Tide
Temperature (°C)
Water Temp. (°C)
Clouds (%)
Rainfall (mm)
Tu
27
0h
25
38
E
0.6
8
N
26
32
59
0.1
Tu
27
1h
26
39
E
0.6
8
SE
26
32
63
0.1
Tu
27
2h
26
39
E
0.7
7
SW
26
32
66
0.1
Tu
27
3h
27
39
E
0.7
7
N
26
32
70
0.1
Tu
27
4h
26
40
E
0.7
7
SW
26
32
66
0.2
Tu
27
5h
26
40
E
0.7
8
SE
26
32
62
0.2
Tu
27
6h
26
41
E
0.7
8
N
26
32
59
0.3
Tu
27
7h
27
41
E
0.7
8
SE
26
32
56
0.3
Tu
27
8h
28
42
E
0.8
7
SW
26
32
54
0.2
Tu
27
9h
30
42
E
0.8
7
N
26
32
52
0.2
Tu
27
10h
29
41
E
0.8
7
SW
26
32
54
0.2
Tu
27
11h
29
40
E
0.8
7
SE
26
32
56
0.3
Tu
27
12h
29
39
E
0.8
7
N
26
32
59
0.3
Tu
27
13h
28
40
E
0.8
7
SE
26
32
58
0.3
Tu
27
14h
27
40
E
0.7
8
SW
26
32
57
0.2
Tu
27
15h
26
40
E
0.7
8
N
26
32
56
0.2
Tu
27
16h
24
41
E
0.6
8
N
26
32
56
0.3
Tu
27
17h
23
43
E
0.6
9
N
26
32
56
0.3
Tu
27
18h
22
44
E
0.5
10
N
26
32
56
0.4
Tu
27
19h
23
44
E
0.6
9
N
26
32
57
0.3
Tu
27
20h
24
44
E
0.6
8
NW
26
32
58
0.2
Tu
27
21h
26
45
E
0.7
7
NW
26
32
59
0.1
Tu
27
22h
27
44
NE
0.7
7
NW
26
32
61
0.2

The Wind and Breeze

rolling waves at the Northwest Point National Park on Providenciales
The break at Northwest Point, Providenciales.

Throughout the year, the Turks and Caicos typically experiences an east southeast trade wind, with wind speeds in the 12-18 mph (19-29kph) range.

Passing storms and squalls do shift wind directions at times, and excluding the rare tropical cyclone, such storms are typically seen during the winter months.

The Tide Forecast

As the Turks and Caicos is located in the tropical Atlantic, the high to low tide change difference, or tidal range, does not tend to be drastic, with a typical difference of about 2-3 feet (.6-1m). Abnormal tides, such as spring tides, may cause unusual lows and highs, yet these are never extreme.

Neap tides, experienced when the sun and moon are at right angles to each other (from the perspective of earth) and their gravitational pulls cancel each out a bit, tend to create the least tidal range and conditions that allow for the best underwater visibility, which is perfect for snorkeling and diving.

Keep in mind that many tide forecast websites base their island-specific Turks and Caicos tide table off of harmonic predictions at Sandy Point on the island of North Caicos, and simply apply a slight modifier calculation to create a forecast level for each of our islands. This does not take into account the extensive and shallow Caicos Banks off the south of the Caicos Islands, which tends to delay tide changes at many adjacent coastal areas as water moves in and out of the banks.

The coastal areas on the Caicos Banks can be quite shallow in places, and many popular routes may not offer much extra draft for the common watercraft, especially at lower tide levels. We advise using accurate marine navigation charts.

Waves and Breaks

high kiteboarding jump at Long Bay Beach on Providenciales
Perfect kiteboarding conditions at Long Bay Beach, Providenciales.

The Turks and Caicos generally doesn’t experience the huge waves that some other tropical destinations such as Hawaii, Barbados, and Puerto Rico see at times.

The ocean topography of the plateaus supporting our islands largely account for the lack of significant waves. Regions that do experience large breaks usually have complex submarine terrains that essentially funnel the open ocean swell to specific areas, where a gradually sloping ocean floor allows the waves to stack into a tremendous break.

The Turks and Caicos Islands however sit on two distinct shelves (the Turks Islands group and the Caicos Islands group) that have a rather abrupt transition from the surrounding 10,000 foot (3,000 meter) Atlantic ocean floor to the very shallow water on top of the plateaus. Although supporting unparalleled wall diving, our ocean topography doesn’t lend itself well to large wave formation.

The best place in the country to watch the full glory of large breaking waves is either Northwest Point National Park on Providenciales or Mudjin Harbour and the Crossing Place Trail on Middle Caicos. Keep in mind that wave conditions are flat more often than not. These locations are great spots for watching the sunrise and sunset, which are typically just as impressive as the swell.

Water Sports

stand up paddle board surfing at West Reef in the Turks and Caicos
Stand up paddle surfing on the Caicos barrier reef.

Amazing flatwater kiteboarding and windsurfing can be had at many locations throughout the Turks and Caicos. Due to the trade wind directions, the best kite spots are typically south-eastern facing beaches on the south sides of our islands. The best such example is the popular Long Bay Beach on Providenciales, which is one of the top kiting locations in the region.

On the occasional days that see a northerly breeze, our spectacular north coasts and beaches become a bit more viable for kiting.

For the kiteboarding hotspot of Long Bay Beach on Providenciales, 20-30mph (32-48kph) with an east southeast direction is ideal kiting wind. For South Caicos, Grand Turk and Salt Cay, kiting wind speed may be a little less due to the lack of wind obstructions. See Turks and Caicos Kiteboarding for more information on this sport and the best kite spots.

Great flatwater spots for wakeboarding or tubing can typically be found between our channels and cays regardless of wind or wave conditions.

The Turks and Caicos lacks the reputation as a surfing destination simply due to the unpredictability and inconsistencies in our breaks. At times we do see wonderful surfing waves, but the quality of the waves hinges highly on the swell direction. The conditions on the barrier reef off of the Caicos Islands may easily become messy.

Although a little more difficult to access from the surfer’s perspective, Grand Turk does see a better break at some off shore sites.