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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)
Tu
27
0h
36
39
E
1
12
N
28
34
68
0.1
Tu
27
1h
36
40
E
1.1
12
SE
28
34
58
0.3
Tu
27
2h
36
40
E
1.3
12
SW
28
34
47
0.5
Tu
27
3h
36
41
E
1.4
12
N
28
34
87
0.7
Tu
27
4h
35
41
E
1.4
11
N
28
34
41
0.7
Tu
27
5h
35
42
E
1.3
11
N
28
34
45
0.8
Tu
27
6h
34
42
E
1.3
11
N
28
34
84
0.8
Tu
27
7h
33
43
E
1.3
11
N
28
34
47
0.5
Tu
27
8h
33
44
E
1.2
11
N
28
34
45
0.3
Tu
27
9h
33
45
E
1.2
11
N
28
34
44
0
Tu
27
10h
33
45
E
1.2
11
N
28
34
42
0
Tu
27
11h
33
45
E
1.2
11
N
28
34
41
0.1
Tu
27
12h
32
44
E
1.2
11
N
28
34
85
0.1
Tu
27
13h
33
44
E
1.2
11
N
28
34
38
0.1
Tu
27
14h
34
45
E
1.2
11
N
28
34
36
0
Tu
27
15h
35
45
E
1.2
11
N
28
34
35
0
Tu
27
16h
35
45
E
1.2
11
N
28
34
38
0
Tu
27
17h
35
46
E
1.3
11
N
28
34
41
0.1
Tu
27
18h
35
47
E
1.3
11
N
28
34
74
0.1
Tu
27
19h
36
48
E
1.3
10
N
28
34
43
0.1
Tu
27
20h
37
49
E
1.4
10
N
28
34
42
0.1
Tu
27
21h
38
50
E
1.4
10
N
28
34
89
0.1
Tu
27
22h
39
49
E
1.4
10
N
28
34
46
0.2

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
28
0h
41
49
E
1.5
10
N
28
34
58
0.4
We
28
1h
41
48
E
1.5
10
N
28
34
57
0.6
We
28
2h
42
47
E
1.4
10
N
28
34
55
0.7
We
28
3h
42
46
E
1.4
10
N
28
34
54
0.9
We
28
4h
42
45
E
1.4
10
N
28
34
54
1
We
28
5h
41
45
E
1.4
10
N
28
34
54
1
We
28
6h
41
45
E
1.4
10
N
28
34
55
1.1
We
28
7h
40
46
E
1.4
10
N
28
34
50
0.8
We
28
8h
40
48
E
1.3
10
N
28
34
46
0.5
We
28
9h
39
49
E
1.3
10
N
28
34
89
0.2
We
28
10h
38
48
E
1.3
10
N
28
34
41
0.2
We
28
11h
37
46
E
1.2
10
N
28
34
41
0.3
We
28
12h
37
45
E
1.2
10
N
28
34
88
0.3
We
28
13h
36
46
E
1.2
10
N
28
34
39
0.2
We
28
14h
36
46
E
1.2
10
N
28
34
37
0.2
We
28
15h
36
48
E
1.2
10
N
28
34
81
0.1
We
28
16h
36
48
E
1.2
10
N
28
34
38
0.1
We
28
17h
37
48
E
1.2
10
N
28
34
41
0.2
We
28
18h
38
48
E
1.2
10
N
28
34
71
0.2
We
28
19h
39
49
E
1.2
10
N
28
34
39
0.2
We
28
20h
39
50
E
1.2
10
N
28
34
34
0.2
We
28
21h
40
51
E
1.2
9
N
28
34
80
0.2
We
28
22h
40
51
E
1.2
9
N
28
34
32
0.3

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
29
0h
41
49
E
1.2
9
N
28
34
78
0.6
Th
29
1h
41
47
E
1.2
9
N
28
34
38
0.5
Th
29
2h
41
45
E
1.3
9
N
28
34
38
0.4
Th
29
3h
42
43
E
1.3
9
N
28
34
87
0.3
Th
29
4h
41
43
E
1.3
9
N
28
34
41
0.3
Th
29
5h
40
43
E
1.2
9
N
28
34
43
0.4
Th
29
6h
39
44
E
1.2
9
N
28
34
75
0.4
Th
29
7h
39
43
E
1.2
9
N
28
34
46
0.5
Th
29
8h
38
42
E
1.1
9
N
28
34
46
0.5
Th
29
9h
37
41
E
1.1
9
N
28
34
75
0.6
Th
29
10h
35
42
E
1
9
N
28
34
50
0.4
Th
29
11h
32
42
E
0.9
9
N
28
34
54
0.3
Th
29
12h
30
43
E
0.8
8
N
28
34
58
0.1
Th
29
13h
30
46
E
0.8
8
N
28
34
57
1.3
Th
29
14h
31
49
NE
0.9
8
N
28
34
57
2.5
Th
29
15h
32
52
NE
0.9
8
N
28
34
56
3.7
Th
29
16h
30
54
NE
0.8
8
N
28
34
55
2.5
Th
29
17h
28
55
NE
0.8
8
N
28
34
53
1.2
Th
29
18h
27
57
NE
0.7
8
N
28
34
51
0
Th
29
19h
29
55
E
0.8
8
N
28
34
47
0.9
Th
29
20h
31
53
E
0.9
8
N
28
34
43
1.7
Th
29
21h
33
51
E
1
8
N
28
34
70
2.6
Th
29
22h
33
51
E
1
8
N
28
34
41
1.7

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
30
0h
33
51
E
1
8
N
28
34
44
0
Fr
30
1h
32
48
E
1
8
N
28
34
44
0.1
Fr
30
2h
32
45
E
0.9
8
N
28
34
44
0.3
Fr
30
3h
31
41
E
0.9
8
N
28
34
70
0.4
Fr
30
4h
31
42
E
0.9
8
N
28
34
49
0.3
Fr
30
5h
32
42
SE
0.9
9
N
28
34
53
0.1
Fr
30
6h
32
43
SE
0.9
9
N
28
34
58
0
Fr
30
7h
32
42
SE
0.9
9
N
28
34
57
0
Fr
30
8h
32
41
SE
0.9
9
N
28
34
56
0
Fr
30
9h
31
39
SE
0.9
9
N
28
34
55
0
Fr
30
10h
31
41
SE
0.9
9
N
28
34
50
0
Fr
30
11h
32
44
SE
0.9
9
N
28
34
46
0
Fr
30
12h
32
46
SE
0.9
9
N
28
34
41
0
Fr
30
13h
31
44
SE
0.9
9
N
28
34
40
0
Fr
30
14h
30
42
S
0.8
9
N
28
34
39
0
Fr
30
15h
30
40
S
0.8
9
N
28
34
38
0
Fr
30
16h
27
39
S
0.7
9
N
28
34
40
0
Fr
30
17h
25
39
S
0.7
9
N
28
34
42
0
Fr
30
18h
23
37
S
0.6
9
N
28
34
45
0
Fr
30
19h
20
35
S
0.5
9
N
28
34
36
0
Fr
30
20h
16
33
S
0.5
9
N
28
34
26
0
Fr
30
21h
13
31
S
0.4
9
N
28
34
17
0
Fr
30
22h
12
24
S
0.4
9
N
28
34
19
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
31
0h
9
12
S
0.3
9
N
28
34
22
0
Sa
31
1h
9
14
SE
0.3
9
N
28
34
18
0
Sa
31
2h
9
17
SE
0.3
9
N
28
34
14
0
Sa
31
3h
9
20
SE
0.3
9
N
28
34
10
0
Sa
31
4h
8
15
SE
0.3
9
N
28
34
22
0
Sa
31
5h
6
11
SE
0.3
9
N
28
34
35
0
Sa
31
6h
5
6
SE
0.3
9
N
28
34
48
0
Sa
31
7h
4
9
SE
0.3
9
N
28
34
54
0.2
Sa
31
8h
3
12
E
0.3
9
N
28
34
60
0.4
Sa
31
9h
1
15
NE
0.3
9
N
28
34
67
0.6
Sa
31
10h
3
18
S
0.3
9
N
28
34
66
0.7
Sa
31
11h
4
22
W
0.3
9
N
28
34
65
0.8
Sa
31
12h
5
26
N
0.3
9
N
28
34
65
0.9
Sa
31
13h
7
28
SW
0.3
9
N
28
34
58
0.6
Sa
31
14h
9
30
SE
0.3
9
N
28
34
52
0.3
Sa
31
15h
12
32
N
0.3
9
N
28
34
45
0
Sa
31
16h
14
33
N
0.4
9
N
28
34
46
0
Sa
31
17h
16
34
NE
0.4
9
N
28
34
47
0
Sa
31
18h
18
36
NE
0.5
9
N
28
34
48
0
Sa
31
19h
21
36
NE
0.6
9
N
28
34
46
0
Sa
31
20h
25
35
NE
0.7
9
N
28
34
44
0
Sa
31
21h
28
35
E
0.8
9
N
28
34
42
0
Sa
31
22h
28
36
E
0.8
8
N
28
34
48
0

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
01
0h
28
38
E
0.8
7
N
28
34
59
0.1
Su
01
1h
28
36
E
0.8
8
N
28
34
51
0.1
Su
01
2h
28
35
E
0.8
8
N
28
34
42
0
Su
01
3h
28
33
E
0.8
9
N
28
34
33
0
Su
01
4h
28
33
E
0.8
9
N
28
34
41
0
Su
01
5h
28
34
E
0.8
8
N
28
34
50
0.1
Su
01
6h
28
34
E
0.8
8
N
28
34
58
0.1
Su
01
7h
29
36
E
0.8
8
N
28
34
51
0.1
Su
01
8h
29
37
E
0.9
8
N
28
34
45
0.2
Su
01
9h
30
39
E
0.9
8
N
28
34
75
0.2
Su
01
10h
30
38
E
0.9
8
N
28
34
28
0.1
Su
01
11h
30
36
E
0.9
8
N
28
34
18
0.1
Su
01
12h
30
35
E
0.9
7
N
28
34
8
0
Su
01
13h
30
33
E
0.9
7
N
28
34
24
0
Su
01
14h
29
32
E
0.8
7
N
28
34
41
0
Su
01
15h
28
31
E
0.8
7
N
28
34
57
0
Su
01
16h
28
34
E
0.8
10
N
28
34
49
0
Su
01
17h
27
36
E
0.7
12
N
28
34
41
0.1
Su
01
18h
27
39
E
0.7
15
N
28
34
80
0.1
Su
01
19h
27
39
E
0.7
14
N
28
34
22
0.1
Su
01
20h
27
39
E
0.7
14
N
28
34
11
0
Su
01
21h
27
39
E
0.7
14
N
28
34
0
0
Su
01
22h
29
42
E
0.8
13
N
28
34
0
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
02
0h
34
49
E
1
13
N
27
34
0
0
Mo
02
1h
33
44
E
1
13
N
27
34
18
0
Mo
02
2h
33
39
E
0.9
12
NW
27
34
35
0
Mo
02
3h
32
33
E
0.9
12
NW
27
34
53
0
Mo
02
4h
31
32
E
0.9
12
NW
27
34
48
0
Mo
02
5h
30
31
E
0.8
12
NW
27
34
43
0
Mo
02
6h
29
30
E
0.8
12
NW
27
34
38
0
Mo
02
7h
28
30
E
0.8
12
NW
27
34
48
0
Mo
02
8h
28
30
E
0.7
12
NW
27
34
57
0
Mo
02
9h
27
30
E
0.7
12
NW
28
34
66
0
Mo
02
10h
27
31
E
0.7
12
NW
28
34
53
0
Mo
02
11h
28
31
E
0.7
12
NW
27
34
40
0.1
Mo
02
12h
28
31
E
0.7
12
NW
27
34
77
0.1
Mo
02
13h
28
30
E
0.7
12
NW
27
34
32
0.1
Mo
02
14h
28
30
E
0.7
12
NW
27
34
38
0
Mo
02
15h
28
29
E
0.7
12
NW
27
34
44
0
Mo
02
16h
27
32
E
0.7
12
NW
27
34
45
0
Mo
02
17h
27
35
E
0.7
12
NW
27
34
47
0.1
Mo
02
18h
26
38
E
0.7
12
NW
27
34
88
0.1
Mo
02
19h
26
37
E
0.7
12
NW
27
34
36
0.4
Mo
02
20h
25
35
E
0.6
12
NW
27
34
25
0.6
Mo
02
21h
24
34
E
0.6
12
NW
27
34
84
0.9
Mo
02
22h
26
37
E
0.7
12
NW
27
34
16
2.6

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.

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