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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
05
0h
7
10
N
0.2
9
NW
28
33
83
0.2
We
05
1h
8
10
W
0.2
9
NW
28
34
61
0.1
We
05
2h
8
11
SE
0.2
9
NW
28
34
38
0.1
We
05
3h
8
11
NE
0.2
9
W
28
33
16
0
We
05
4h
9
12
NE
0.2
9
W
28
34
14
0
We
05
5h
9
12
NE
0.2
9
W
28
34
13
0
We
05
6h
10
13
N
0.2
9
W
28
33
11
0
We
05
7h
10
14
NE
0.2
10
SW
28
34
16
0.1
We
05
8h
11
16
NE
0.3
11
SE
27
34
22
0.2
We
05
9h
11
18
NE
0.3
12
NE
27
33
81
0.3
We
05
10h
12
19
NE
0.3
12
SE
27
34
33
0.2
We
05
11h
13
20
NE
0.4
12
SW
28
34
38
0.1
We
05
12h
13
21
NE
0.4
11
W
28
33
43
0
We
05
13h
13
23
NE
0.3
11
NW
28
34
45
0
We
05
14h
12
24
NE
0.3
11
NW
28
34
48
0
We
05
15h
11
26
N
0.2
11
NW
28
33
50
0
We
05
16h
13
28
N
0.4
11
NW
28
34
51
0
We
05
17h
15
30
N
0.7
11
NW
28
34
51
0
We
05
18h
17
31
N
0.9
11
N
28
33
52
0
We
05
19h
18
31
N
1
11
N
28
34
53
0
We
05
20h
21
32
N
1
11
N
28
34
54
0
We
05
21h
22
32
N
1.1
11
N
28
33
56
0
We
05
22h
23
31
NE
1.1
11
N
28
34
56
0.2

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
06
0h
25
29
NE
1.2
11
N
28
33
58
0.5
Th
06
1h
26
35
NE
1.2
11
N
28
34
53
0.4
Th
06
2h
26
42
NE
1.2
10
N
28
34
48
0.4
Th
06
3h
27
48
NE
1.2
10
N
28
33
70
0.3
Th
06
4h
26
45
NE
1.2
10
N
28
34
42
0.2
Th
06
5h
25
42
NE
1.2
10
N
28
34
41
0.2
Th
06
6h
24
39
E
1.2
10
N
28
33
74
0.1
Th
06
7h
23
33
NE
1
10
NW
28
34
33
0.1
Th
06
8h
23
28
NE
0.7
10
NW
28
34
28
0.2
Th
06
9h
22
23
NE
0.5
10
NW
27
33
70
0.2
Th
06
10h
23
24
NE
0.7
10
NW
27
34
23
0.1
Th
06
11h
24
25
NE
0.9
10
N
28
34
25
0.1
Th
06
12h
25
26
NE
1.1
10
N
28
33
26
0
Th
06
13h
24
27
NE
1.1
10
N
28
34
34
0
Th
06
14h
23
28
E
1
10
N
28
34
42
0
Th
06
15h
23
29
E
1
10
N
28
33
51
0
Th
06
16h
21
31
E
1
10
N
28
34
55
0
Th
06
17h
19
32
E
0.9
10
N
28
34
60
0
Th
06
18h
18
34
E
0.9
10
N
28
33
65
0
Th
06
19h
20
34
E
0.9
10
N
28
34
56
0
Th
06
20h
22
34
NE
1
10
N
28
34
46
0
Th
06
21h
24
34
NE
1
10
N
28
33
37
0
Th
06
22h
26
34
NE
1
10
N
28
34
42
0

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
07
0h
28
33
NE
1.1
10
N
28
33
53
0
Fr
07
1h
28
32
NE
1.1
10
N
28
34
54
0
Fr
07
2h
28
31
NE
1
10
N
28
34
54
0
Fr
07
3h
28
31
E
1
10
N
28
33
55
0
Fr
07
4h
28
32
E
1
10
N
28
34
60
0
Fr
07
5h
27
33
E
1.1
10
N
28
34
65
0.1
Fr
07
6h
27
34
E
1.1
9
N
28
33
70
0.1
Fr
07
7h
27
36
E
1.1
9
N
28
34
70
0.1
Fr
07
8h
26
38
E
1.1
9
N
28
34
69
0
Fr
07
9h
26
40
SE
1.1
9
N
28
33
68
0
Fr
07
10h
26
40
E
1.1
9
N
28
34
59
0
Fr
07
11h
25
40
E
1
9
N
28
34
49
0.1
Fr
07
12h
25
40
E
1
9
N
28
33
86
0.1
Fr
07
13h
26
41
E
1
9
N
28
34
39
0.1
Fr
07
14h
26
42
E
1
9
N
28
34
39
0
Fr
07
15h
27
44
E
1
9
N
28
33
39
0
Fr
07
16h
28
44
E
1
9
N
28
34
48
0
Fr
07
17h
29
44
E
1.1
9
N
28
34
57
0.1
Fr
07
18h
31
44
E
1.1
9
N
28
33
66
0.1
Fr
07
19h
30
45
E
1.1
9
N
28
34
63
0.1
Fr
07
20h
29
46
E
1
9
N
28
34
60
0.1
Fr
07
21h
28
47
E
1
9
N
28
33
57
0.1
Fr
07
22h
31
45
E
1.1
9
N
28
34
60
0.1

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
08
0h
35
40
E
1.3
9
N
28
33
65
0.1
Sa
08
1h
36
42
E
1.3
9
N
28
34
63
0.1
Sa
08
2h
36
44
E
1.2
9
N
28
34
61
0.2
Sa
08
3h
36
46
E
1.2
9
N
28
33
59
0.2
Sa
08
4h
35
44
E
1.2
9
N
28
34
61
0.1
Sa
08
5h
34
41
E
1.2
9
N
28
34
63
0.1
Sa
08
6h
33
39
E
1.2
9
N
28
33
65
0
Sa
08
7h
33
41
E
1.2
9
N
28
34
65
0
Sa
08
8h
33
42
E
1.1
9
N
28
34
66
0.1
Sa
08
9h
34
43
E
1.1
9
N
28
33
66
0.1
Sa
08
10h
34
44
E
1.1
9
N
28
34
60
0.1
Sa
08
11h
35
45
E
1.2
9
N
28
34
55
0.1
Sa
08
12h
35
46
E
1.2
9
N
28
33
70
0.1
Sa
08
13h
35
47
E
1.1
9
N
28
34
54
0.1
Sa
08
14h
34
48
E
1.1
9
N
28
34
59
0
Sa
08
15h
33
48
E
1
9
N
28
33
64
0
Sa
08
16h
35
49
E
1.1
9
N
28
34
68
0.1
Sa
08
17h
37
50
E
1.1
9
N
28
34
72
0.3
Sa
08
18h
39
50
E
1.2
9
N
28
33
77
0.4
Sa
08
19h
38
50
E
1.2
9
N
28
34
63
0.3
Sa
08
20h
36
49
E
1.1
9
N
28
34
50
0.3
Sa
08
21h
35
48
E
1.1
9
N
28
33
73
0.2
Sa
08
22h
36
45
E
1.1
8
N
28
34
44
0.2

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
09
0h
37
39
E
1
7
N
28
33
60
0.1
Su
09
1h
38
45
E
1.1
7
N
28
34
60
0.1
Su
09
2h
39
51
E
1.1
7
NW
28
34
60
0.1
Su
09
3h
40
58
E
1.2
7
NW
28
33
60
0.1
Su
09
4h
37
53
E
1.2
7
NW
28
34
56
0.1
Su
09
5h
36
48
E
1.1
7
N
28
34
51
0.1
Su
09
6h
33
42
E
1.1
7
N
28
33
85
0.1
Su
09
7h
34
42
E
1.1
7
N
28
34
40
0.1
Su
09
8h
35
43
E
1.1
7
N
28
34
33
0
Su
09
9h
36
43
E
1.1
7
N
27
33
26
0
Su
09
10h
35
41
E
1.1
6
N
28
34
38
0
Su
09
11h
35
40
E
1.1
6
N
28
34
51
0.1
Su
09
12h
35
38
E
1.1
6
N
28
33
64
0.1
Su
09
13h
35
40
E
1.1
6
N
28
34
65
0.2
Su
09
14h
35
42
E
1.1
6
N
28
34
66
0.2
Su
09
15h
35
45
E
1.1
6
N
28
33
67
0.3
Su
09
16h
35
46
E
1.1
6
N
28
34
66
0.2
Su
09
17h
35
47
E
1
6
NW
28
34
65
0.2
Su
09
18h
35
48
E
1
7
NW
28
33
64
0.1
Su
09
19h
36
49
E
1
7
NW
28
34
64
0.1
Su
09
20h
38
49
E
1.1
7
NW
28
34
63
0
Su
09
21h
39
50
E
1.1
7
NW
28
33
63
0
Su
09
22h
40
48
E
1.2
7
NW
28
34
64
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
10
0h
42
45
E
1.3
6
NW
28
33
68
0.1
Mo
10
1h
42
49
E
1.3
6
NW
28
34
67
0.1
Mo
10
2h
42
53
E
1.3
6
NW
28
34
67
0.2
Mo
10
3h
43
57
E
1.3
6
NW
28
33
66
0.2
Mo
10
4h
42
53
E
1.3
6
NW
28
34
67
0.4
Mo
10
5h
41
48
E
1.2
6
NW
28
34
68
0.5
Mo
10
6h
40
44
E
1.2
6
NW
28
33
69
0.7
Mo
10
7h
39
43
E
1.1
6
NW
28
34
68
0.5
Mo
10
8h
37
43
E
1.1
6
NW
28
34
66
0.3
Mo
10
9h
36
43
E
1
6
NW
28
33
64
0.1
Mo
10
10h
36
44
E
1
6
W
28
34
64
0.1
Mo
10
11h
36
46
E
1
6
S
28
34
63
0.2
Mo
10
12h
35
48
E
1
5
SE
28
33
62
0.2
Mo
10
13h
36
46
E
1
5
SE
28
34
62
0.2
Mo
10
14h
36
44
E
1
5
SE
28
34
61
0.2
Mo
10
15h
36
42
E
1
5
SE
28
33
61
0.2
Mo
10
16h
36
43
E
1
5
SE
28
34
61
0.2
Mo
10
17h
35
44
E
1
5
SE
28
34
61
0.3
Mo
10
18h
34
45
E
1
5
SE
28
33
61
0.3
Mo
10
19h
35
45
E
1
8
SW
28
34
58
0.3
Mo
10
20h
35
46
E
1
11
W
28
34
56
0.2
Mo
10
21h
36
46
E
1
14
N
28
33
54
0.2
Mo
10
22h
37
44
E
1
14
N
28
34
55
0.1

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
11
0h
39
41
E
1.1
13
N
28
33
58
0
Tu
11
1h
38
40
E
1.1
13
N
28
34
59
0.1
Tu
11
2h
38
40
E
1
13
N
28
34
59
0.1
Tu
11
3h
37
39
E
1
13
N
28
33
60
0.2
Tu
11
4h
36
39
E
1
13
N
28
34
59
0.2
Tu
11
5h
36
39
E
0.9
13
N
28
34
59
0.3
Tu
11
6h
35
39
E
0.9
13
N
28
33
58
0.3
Tu
11
7h
35
38
E
0.9
12
W
28
34
58
0.2
Tu
11
8h
34
37
E
0.9
12
SE
28
34
59
0.2
Tu
11
9h
34
36
E
0.9
11
NE
28
33
59
0.1
Tu
11
10h
33
36
E
0.9
9
E
28
34
47
0.1
Tu
11
11h
32
36
E
0.9
7
E
28
34
34
0.2
Tu
11
12h
32
36
E
0.9
5
SE
28
33
80
0.2
Tu
11
13h
32
36
E
0.9
5
SE
28
34
23
0.2
Tu
11
14h
31
35
E
0.9
5
SE
28
34
24
0.1
Tu
11
15h
31
35
E
0.9
5
SE
28
33
80
0.1
Tu
11
16h
30
37
E
0.9
5
SE
28
34
37
0.1
Tu
11
17h
30
39
E
0.8
5
SE
28
34
49
0.2
Tu
11
18h
28
41
E
0.8
5
SE
28
33
61
0.2
Tu
11
19h
28
41
E
0.8
7
S
28
34
60
0.2
Tu
11
20h
28
41
E
0.7
9
W
28
34
59
0.2
Tu
11
21h
28
40
E
0.7
10
NW
28
33
58
0.2
Tu
11
22h
30
39
E
0.8
11
NW
28
34
57
0.3

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 12-20 mph (19-32 kph, or 10-17 knots) 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 tide height change of about 1.9-3 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 flat water 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 flat water 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 offshore sites.