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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)
Su
24
0h
30
33
E
1.6
9
N
27
33
51
0
Su
24
1h
30
34
E
1.6
9
N
27
33
60
0
Su
24
2h
29
34
E
1.6
9
N
27
33
69
0.1
Su
24
3h
29
35
E
1.6
9
N
27
33
79
0.1
Su
24
4h
29
34
E
1.6
9
N
27
33
82
0.1
Su
24
5h
30
33
E
1.6
9
N
27
33
86
0.1
Su
24
6h
30
33
E
1.6
9
N
27
33
89
0.1
Su
24
7h
30
37
E
1.6
9
SW
27
33
76
0.1
Su
24
8h
30
41
E
1.6
9
SE
27
33
63
0.2
Su
24
9h
30
45
E
1.6
9
N
28
33
74
0.2
Su
24
10h
30
45
E
1.6
9
N
28
33
46
0.2
Su
24
11h
28
45
E
1.5
9
N
28
33
43
0.2
Su
24
12h
28
46
E
1.5
9
N
28
33
81
0.2
Su
24
13h
26
40
E
1.4
9
N
28
33
41
0.1
Su
24
14h
24
35
E
1.2
9
N
27
33
42
0.1
Su
24
15h
23
30
E
1.1
9
N
27
33
44
0
Su
24
16h
23
31
E
1.1
9
N
27
33
46
0
Su
24
17h
22
33
E
1
9
N
27
33
48
0
Su
24
18h
22
35
E
1
9
N
27
33
50
0
Su
24
19h
24
36
E
1
9
N
27
33
56
0
Su
24
20h
25
38
E
1.1
9
N
27
33
61
0
Su
24
21h
26
40
E
1.1
9
N
27
33
67
0
Su
24
22h
27
42
E
1.2
9
N
27
33
71
0.2

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
25
0h
30
48
E
1.4
9
N
27
33
79
0.6
Mo
25
1h
30
44
E
1.4
9
N
27
33
74
0.5
Mo
25
2h
30
40
E
1.4
9
N
27
33
68
0.4
Mo
25
3h
30
37
E
1.4
9
N
27
33
63
0.3
Mo
25
4h
28
35
E
1.3
9
N
27
33
61
0.3
Mo
25
5h
27
33
E
1.1
9
N
27
33
59
0.2
Mo
25
6h
25
32
E
1
9
N
27
33
57
0.2
Mo
25
7h
25
32
E
1
9
N
27
33
42
0.2
Mo
25
8h
26
31
E
1
9
N
27
33
27
0.1
Mo
25
9h
26
31
E
1
9
N
27
33
81
0.1
Mo
25
10h
26
36
E
1
9
N
27
33
12
0.5
Mo
25
11h
26
40
E
1
9
N
27
33
12
0.8
Mo
25
12h
26
44
E
1
9
N
28
33
76
1.2
Mo
25
13h
27
41
E
1
9
N
28
33
11
0.8
Mo
25
14h
27
37
SE
1
9
N
28
33
10
0.4
Mo
25
15h
27
34
SE
1
9
N
28
33
9
0
Mo
25
16h
24
34
SE
0.9
9
N
27
33
10
0
Mo
25
17h
21
34
SE
0.9
9
N
27
33
12
0
Mo
25
18h
18
34
SE
0.8
9
N
27
33
13
0
Mo
25
19h
19
32
E
0.8
9
N
27
33
15
0
Mo
25
20h
20
31
E
0.8
9
N
27
33
17
0
Mo
25
21h
21
30
E
0.8
9
N
27
33
19
0
Mo
25
22h
22
28
E
0.8
9
N
27
33
22
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
26
0h
24
27
E
0.9
9
N
27
33
28
0
Tu
26
1h
23
28
E
0.9
9
N
27
33
24
0
Tu
26
2h
23
28
E
0.8
9
N
27
33
20
0
Tu
26
3h
22
30
E
0.8
9
N
27
33
16
0
Tu
26
4h
21
28
E
0.8
8
N
27
33
20
0
Tu
26
5h
20
26
E
0.7
8
N
27
33
24
0
Tu
26
6h
19
24
E
0.7
8
N
27
33
29
0
Tu
26
7h
18
23
E
0.8
8
N
27
33
25
0
Tu
26
8h
18
21
E
0.8
8
N
27
33
21
0
Tu
26
9h
17
19
E
0.9
8
N
27
33
17
0
Tu
26
10h
17
23
E
0.9
8
N
28
33
18
0
Tu
26
11h
17
27
E
0.9
8
N
28
33
19
0
Tu
26
12h
17
32
E
0.9
8
N
28
33
21
0
Tu
26
13h
16
27
E
0.9
8
N
28
33
20
0
Tu
26
14h
15
23
E
0.8
8
N
28
33
20
0
Tu
26
15h
14
19
E
0.8
8
N
28
33
19
0
Tu
26
16h
14
24
E
0.7
8
N
28
33
22
0
Tu
26
17h
13
28
E
0.7
8
N
28
33
24
0
Tu
26
18h
13
33
E
0.6
8
N
28
33
26
0
Tu
26
19h
14
31
E
0.6
8
N
28
33
21
0
Tu
26
20h
14
30
E
0.6
8
N
27
33
15
0
Tu
26
21h
15
28
E
0.6
8
N
27
33
9
0
Tu
26
22h
17
28
E
0.6
8
N
27
33
10
0

Wednesday

Windspeed (kph)
Wind Gusts (kph)
Wind Direction
Waves (m)
Wave Period (s)
Wave Direction
Tide
Temperature (°C)
Water Temp. (°C)
Clouds (%)
Rainfall (mm)
We
27
0h
19
28
E
0.6
8
N
27
33
12
0
We
27
1h
20
27
E
0.6
8
N
27
33
13
0
We
27
2h
21
27
E
0.7
8
N
27
33
15
0
We
27
3h
21
27
E
0.7
8
N
27
33
17
0
We
27
4h
21
26
E
0.7
8
N
27
33
17
0
We
27
5h
21
25
E
0.7
8
N
27
33
16
0
We
27
6h
21
24
E
0.7
8
N
27
33
16
0
We
27
7h
20
25
E
0.7
7
N
27
33
20
0
We
27
8h
19
26
E
0.6
7
N
27
33
23
0
We
27
9h
17
26
E
0.6
7
N
27
33
27
0
We
27
10h
18
25
E
0.6
7
N
27
33
28
0
We
27
11h
19
24
E
0.6
7
N
27
33
30
0
We
27
12h
20
22
E
0.6
7
N
27
33
31
0
We
27
13h
23
32
E
0.7
7
N
27
33
28
0.2
We
27
14h
26
41
E
0.8
7
N
27
33
26
0.4
We
27
15h
29
50
E
0.9
7
N
27
33
72
0.6
We
27
16h
29
45
E
0.9
7
N
27
33
23
1.1
We
27
17h
30
40
E
0.9
7
N
27
33
23
1.7
We
27
18h
30
35
SE
0.9
7
N
27
33
86
2.2
We
27
19h
29
35
E
0.9
7
N
27
33
26
1.7
We
27
20h
28
36
E
0.9
7
N
27
33
29
1.2
We
27
21h
27
36
E
0.9
7
N
27
33
83
0.7
We
27
22h
28
37
E
0.9
7
N
27
33
30
1.1

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
28
0h
31
38
E
1
7
N
27
33
79
1.8
Th
28
1h
30
37
E
1
7
N
27
33
27
1.7
Th
28
2h
30
36
E
0.9
7
N
27
33
27
1.5
Th
28
3h
29
35
E
0.9
7
N
27
33
74
1.4
Th
28
4h
29
36
E
0.9
7
SE
27
33
27
1.9
Th
28
5h
29
39
E
0.8
8
SW
27
33
28
2.3
Th
28
6h
29
40
E
0.8
8
N
27
33
71
2.8
Th
28
7h
29
40
E
0.8
8
N
27
33
29
2.4
Th
28
8h
29
39
E
0.8
8
N
27
33
28
2.1
Th
28
9h
29
38
E
0.8
8
N
27
33
83
1.7
Th
28
10h
30
39
E
0.8
8
N
27
33
44
2.2
Th
28
11h
30
40
E
0.9
8
N
27
33
59
2.6
Th
28
12h
31
41
E
0.9
8
N
27
33
75
3.1
Th
28
13h
30
45
E
0.9
7
N
27
33
67
3.4
Th
28
14h
30
49
E
0.8
7
N
27
33
59
3.6
Th
28
15h
29
53
E
0.8
7
N
27
33
50
3.9
Th
28
16h
29
53
E
0.8
7
N
27
33
52
3.9
Th
28
17h
29
54
E
0.8
7
N
27
33
54
3.9
Th
28
18h
29
54
E
0.8
7
N
27
33
56
3.9
Th
28
19h
28
51
E
0.8
7
N
27
33
50
3.1
Th
28
20h
27
49
E
0.7
7
N
27
33
45
2.4
Th
28
21h
27
46
E
0.7
7
N
27
33
71
1.6
Th
28
22h
27
50
E
0.7
8
N
27
33
47
3.5

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
29
0h
28
56
E
0.7
11
N
27
33
61
7.2
Fr
29
1h
29
49
E
0.7
11
N
27
33
57
5.7
Fr
29
2h
30
42
E
0.8
11
N
27
33
53
4.2
Fr
29
3h
31
35
E
0.8
11
N
27
33
76
2.7
Fr
29
4h
29
37
E
0.7
11
N
27
33
49
3
Fr
29
5h
27
40
E
0.7
11
N
27
33
48
3.2
Fr
29
6h
25
43
E
0.6
11
N
27
33
79
3.5
Fr
29
7h
26
45
E
0.9
11
N
27
33
49
3.6
Fr
29
8h
27
46
E
1.2
11
N
27
33
51
3.7
Fr
29
9h
28
48
E
1.5
11
N
27
33
53
3.8
Fr
29
10h
27
46
E
1.5
11
N
27
33
52
3.9
Fr
29
11h
26
44
E
1.5
11
N
27
33
51
4
Fr
29
12h
24
42
E
1.5
11
N
27
33
51
4.1
Fr
29
13h
26
39
E
1.5
11
N
27
33
41
2.8
Fr
29
14h
27
36
E
1.5
11
N
27
33
30
1.4
Fr
29
15h
28
33
E
1.5
11
N
27
33
87
0.1
Fr
29
16h
27
33
E
1.2
10
N
27
33
21
0.1
Fr
29
17h
26
33
E
0.9
9
N
27
33
22
0
Fr
29
18h
24
33
E
0.6
7
NW
27
33
23
0
Fr
29
19h
25
33
E
0.9
7
SW
27
33
26
0
Fr
29
20h
26
33
E
1.1
8
SE
28
33
28
0.1
Fr
29
21h
27
33
E
1.4
8
N
28
33
81
0.1
Fr
29
22h
27
33
E
1.4
8
N
28
33
27
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
30
0h
27
32
E
1.3
8
N
27
33
20
0
Sa
30
1h
28
34
SE
1.2
8
N
27
33
21
0.4
Sa
30
2h
28
36
SE
1.2
7
N
27
33
22
0.7
Sa
30
3h
28
39
SE
1.1
7
N
27
33
89
1.1
Sa
30
4h
27
40
SE
1.1
7
N
27
33
24
0.7
Sa
30
5h
26
41
E
1
7
N
27
33
25
0.4
Sa
30
6h
24
42
E
1
7
N
27
33
26
0
Sa
30
7h
23
39
E
1
7
N
28
33
25
0.3
Sa
30
8h
22
35
E
0.9
7
N
28
33
23
0.5
Sa
30
9h
21
32
E
0.9
7
N
28
33
75
0.8
Sa
30
10h
22
33
E
1
7
N
28
33
21
0.5
Sa
30
11h
23
34
E
1.1
7
N
28
33
20
0.3
Sa
30
12h
24
35
E
1.2
7
N
28
33
19
0
Sa
30
13h
24
39
E
1.2
7
N
28
33
19
0
Sa
30
14h
25
43
E
1.2
7
N
28
33
19
0.1
Sa
30
15h
25
46
E
1.2
7
N
28
33
78
0.1
Sa
30
16h
23
41
E
1.1
7
N
28
33
18
0.1
Sa
30
17h
20
35
E
0.9
7
N
28
33
17
0
Sa
30
18h
18
29
E
0.8
7
N
28
33
16
0
Sa
30
19h
18
31
E
0.8
7
N
28
33
17
0.2
Sa
30
20h
18
34
E
0.8
7
N
28
33
18
0.5
Sa
30
21h
18
36
E
0.8
7
N
28
33
71
0.7
Sa
30
22h
22
36
E
0.9
7
N
28
33
20
1.1

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 snorkelling 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 a 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 shelfs (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.

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