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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
01
0h
36
40
NE
1.7
1
N
24
29
72
0.1
We
01
1h
33
39
NE
1.7
1
N
24
31
65
0.1
We
01
2h
30
38
NE
1.7
1
N
24
31
59
0
We
01
3h
27
37
NE
1.7
1
N
24
29
52
0
We
01
4h
29
37
NE
1.7
1
N
25
31
53
0
We
01
5h
31
37
E
1.6
1
N
25
31
54
0
We
01
6h
33
37
E
1.6
1
N
25
29
55
0
We
01
7h
31
37
NE
1.6
1
N
25
31
56
0
We
01
8h
29
37
NE
1.6
1
N
24
31
57
0
We
01
9h
27
37
NE
1.6
1
N
24
29
59
0
We
01
10h
27
38
NE
1.3
1
SE
24
31
57
0
We
01
11h
28
39
NE
1.1
0
SW
24
31
55
0
We
01
12h
29
39
E
0.8
0
NW
24
29
53
0
We
01
13h
30
41
NE
0.8
0
NW
24
31
59
0
We
01
14h
30
44
NE
0.8
0
NW
24
31
65
0
We
01
15h
31
46
NE
0.8
0
NW
24
29
71
0
We
01
16h
30
45
NE
0.8
0
NW
24
31
72
0
We
01
17h
29
45
NE
0.7
0
NW
24
31
74
0
We
01
18h
28
44
NE
0.7
0
NW
25
29
76
0
We
01
19h
31
44
NE
0.8
0
NW
25
31
82
0
We
01
20h
33
45
NE
0.9
0
NW
25
31
88
0
We
01
21h
36
45
NE
1
0
NW
25
29
94
0
We
01
22h
36
44
NE
1
0
NW
24
31
87
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
02
0h
37
40
NE
1
0
NW
24
29
72
0.1
Th
02
1h
37
41
NE
1
0
NW
24
31
74
0.1
Th
02
2h
38
41
NE
1.1
0
NW
24
31
76
0.1
Th
02
3h
38
42
NE
1.1
0
NW
24
29
77
0.1
Th
02
4h
37
43
NE
1
0
NW
24
31
66
0.1
Th
02
5h
35
44
NE
1
0
NW
24
31
54
0.1
Th
02
6h
34
45
NE
0.9
0
NW
24
29
71
0.1
Th
02
7h
34
45
NE
0.9
0
NW
24
31
47
0.1
Th
02
8h
33
45
NE
0.9
0
NW
24
31
52
0
Th
02
9h
33
44
NE
0.9
0
NW
24
29
56
0
Th
02
10h
33
44
E
0.9
0
NW
24
31
50
0
Th
02
11h
33
44
E
0.9
0
NW
24
31
44
0
Th
02
12h
33
44
E
0.9
0
NW
24
29
38
0
Th
02
13h
33
44
E
0.9
0
NW
24
31
46
0
Th
02
14h
33
44
E
0.9
0
NW
24
31
55
0
Th
02
15h
34
44
E
0.9
0
NW
24
29
63
0
Th
02
16h
33
44
E
0.9
0
NW
24
31
51
0
Th
02
17h
33
45
E
0.9
0
NW
25
31
40
0
Th
02
18h
33
45
E
0.9
0
NW
25
29
28
0
Th
02
19h
33
46
E
0.9
0
NW
25
31
33
0
Th
02
20h
33
46
E
0.9
0
NW
24
31
38
0
Th
02
21h
34
46
E
0.9
0
NW
24
29
43
0
Th
02
22h
35
44
E
0.9
2
NW
24
31
61
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
03
0h
36
41
E
1
7
NW
24
29
98
0
Fr
03
1h
37
44
E
1
7
NW
24
31
91
0
Fr
03
2h
37
46
E
1.1
7
NW
24
31
84
0.1
Fr
03
3h
38
49
E
1.1
7
NW
24
29
77
0.1
Fr
03
4h
37
49
E
1.3
8
SW
24
31
69
0.1
Fr
03
5h
36
50
E
1.4
9
SE
24
31
61
0.1
Fr
03
6h
36
50
E
1.6
10
N
24
29
53
0.1
Fr
03
7h
34
44
E
1.5
10
N
24
31
49
0.1
Fr
03
8h
33
39
E
1.5
10
N
24
31
45
0
Fr
03
9h
32
33
E
1.4
10
N
24
29
40
0
Fr
03
10h
30
33
E
1.4
9
N
24
31
38
0
Fr
03
11h
29
33
E
1.3
9
N
24
31
36
0
Fr
03
12h
28
33
E
1.3
9
N
24
29
34
0
Fr
03
13h
27
31
E
1.3
9
N
24
31
33
0
Fr
03
14h
27
30
E
1.3
9
N
24
31
31
0
Fr
03
15h
27
28
E
1.3
9
N
25
29
30
0
Fr
03
16h
28
30
E
1.3
9
N
25
31
41
0
Fr
03
17h
29
32
SE
1.3
9
N
25
31
52
0
Fr
03
18h
30
34
SE
1.3
9
N
25
29
63
0
Fr
03
19h
27
34
SE
1.3
9
N
25
31
60
0
Fr
03
20h
25
33
SE
1.2
9
N
25
31
57
0
Fr
03
21h
22
33
E
1.2
9
N
25
29
54
0
Fr
03
22h
23
33
E
1
9
NE
25
31
61
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
04
0h
26
31
E
0.7
9
NE
25
29
76
0
Sa
04
1h
27
31
E
0.7
9
NE
25
31
65
0
Sa
04
2h
28
32
E
0.7
9
E
25
31
54
0
Sa
04
3h
28
32
E
0.7
9
SE
25
29
43
0
Sa
04
4h
27
34
E
0.7
9
S
25
31
53
0
Sa
04
5h
25
35
E
0.6
9
W
24
31
63
0.1
Sa
04
6h
24
37
E
0.6
9
NW
24
29
72
0.1
Sa
04
7h
25
38
E
0.6
9
NW
24
31
70
0.1
Sa
04
8h
26
39
E
0.7
9
NW
24
31
68
0
Sa
04
9h
27
40
E
0.7
9
NW
24
29
66
0
Sa
04
10h
29
41
E
0.8
9
NW
24
31
64
0
Sa
04
11h
31
42
E
0.8
9
NW
24
31
61
0
Sa
04
12h
33
42
E
0.9
9
NW
24
29
58
0
Sa
04
13h
32
44
E
0.9
9
SW
24
31
50
0
Sa
04
14h
32
46
E
0.8
9
SE
25
31
43
0
Sa
04
15h
32
48
E
0.8
9
NE
25
29
35
0
Sa
04
16h
32
49
E
0.8
9
SE
25
31
23
0
Sa
04
17h
33
50
E
0.9
9
SW
25
31
12
0
Sa
04
18h
33
51
E
0.9
9
N
25
29
0
0
Sa
04
19h
34
52
E
0.9
9
N
25
31
3
0
Sa
04
20h
35
53
E
1
9
N
25
31
7
0
Sa
04
21h
35
54
E
1
9
N
25
29
10
0
Sa
04
22h
37
53
E
1.1
9
N
25
31
20
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
05
0h
40
50
E
1.3
9
N
25
29
39
0
Su
05
1h
41
50
E
1.3
9
N
25
31
36
0
Su
05
2h
42
50
E
1.4
9
N
25
31
33
0
Su
05
3h
42
50
E
1.4
9
N
25
29
31
0
Su
05
4h
43
50
E
1.4
9
N
25
31
25
0
Su
05
5h
43
49
E
1.4
9
N
25
31
20
0
Su
05
6h
44
49
E
1.4
9
N
25
29
15
0
Su
05
7h
42
51
E
1.3
9
NW
24
31
18
0
Su
05
8h
41
53
E
1.3
9
NW
24
31
20
0
Su
05
9h
40
55
E
1.2
9
NW
24
29
23
0
Su
05
10h
40
61
SE
1.2
9
NW
23
31
17
0
Su
05
11h
41
67
SE
1.2
9
NW
23
31
11
0
Su
05
12h
41
73
SE
1.2
9
N
22
29
5
0
Su
05
13h
40
66
SE
1.3
9
NW
23
31
12
0
Su
05
14h
39
58
SE
1.5
9
NW
24
31
19
0
Su
05
15h
38
51
SE
1.6
10
NW
25
29
26
0
Su
05
16h
38
52
SE
1.4
10
NW
25
31
22
0
Su
05
17h
38
53
SE
1.3
10
NW
25
31
18
0
Su
05
18h
38
54
SE
1.1
10
NW
25
29
14
0
Su
05
19h
39
54
SE
1.1
10
NW
25
31
18
0
Su
05
20h
39
54
SE
1.1
10
NW
25
31
23
0
Su
05
21h
40
54
E
1.1
10
NW
25
29
28
0
Su
05
22h
41
53
E
1.1
10
NW
25
31
26
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
06
0h
42
50
E
1.2
10
NW
25
29
23
0
Mo
06
1h
43
50
E
1.2
10
NW
25
31
20
0
Mo
06
2h
43
50
SE
1.3
10
NW
25
31
18
0
Mo
06
3h
44
50
SE
1.3
10
NW
25
29
15
0
Mo
06
4h
44
50
SE
1.3
10
NW
25
31
19
0
Mo
06
5h
44
50
SE
1.2
10
NW
25
31
23
0
Mo
06
6h
43
50
SE
1.2
10
NW
25
29
27
0
Mo
06
7h
43
49
SE
1.2
10
NW
25
31
26
0
Mo
06
8h
42
48
SE
1.2
10
NW
25
31
25
0
Mo
06
9h
42
47
SE
1.2
10
NW
25
29
24
0
Mo
06
10h
43
48
SE
1.2
10
NW
25
31
28
0
Mo
06
11h
44
48
SE
1.3
10
NW
24
31
32
0
Mo
06
12h
45
49
SE
1.3
10
NW
24
29
36
0
Mo
06
13h
43
49
SE
1.2
10
NW
24
31
33
0
Mo
06
14h
42
50
SE
1.2
10
NW
24
31
31
0
Mo
06
15h
40
51
SE
1.1
10
NW
24
29
29
0
Mo
06
16h
38
49
SE
1
10
NW
24
31
22
0
Mo
06
17h
35
46
SE
1
10
NW
24
31
15
0
Mo
06
18h
33
44
SE
0.9
10
NW
24
29
8
0
Mo
06
19h
31
38
SE
0.9
10
SW
25
31
24
0
Mo
06
20h
29
33
SE
1
9
E
25
31
41
0
Mo
06
21h
27
27
SE
1
8
N
25
29
58
0
Mo
06
22h
26
28
SE
1.1
8
N
25
31
57
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
07
0h
24
31
E
1.2
8
N
25
29
57
0.1
Tu
07
1h
26
32
E
1.3
8
N
25
31
42
0.1
Tu
07
2h
28
32
E
1.3
9
N
25
31
27
0.2
Tu
07
3h
30
33
E
1.4
9
N
25
29
77
0.2
Tu
07
4h
29
33
E
1.3
9
N
25
31
12
0.3
Tu
07
5h
28
35
E
1.2
9
N
25
31
12
0.3
Tu
07
6h
28
35
E
1.1
9
N
25
29
84
0.4
Tu
07
7h
27
35
E
1.1
9
N
25
31
29
0.3
Tu
07
8h
27
34
E
1
9
N
25
31
47
0.2
Tu
07
9h
27
33
E
1
9
N
25
29
64
0.1
Tu
07
10h
27
35
E
1
9
N
25
31
67
0.1
Tu
07
11h
27
36
E
1.1
9
N
25
31
70
0.2
Tu
07
12h
28
38
E
1.1
9
N
24
29
72
0.2
Tu
07
13h
28
37
E
1.1
9
N
25
31
69
0.2
Tu
07
14h
29
37
E
1.1
9
N
25
31
66
0.1
Tu
07
15h
30
36
E
1.1
9
N
25
29
62
0.1
Tu
07
16h
30
39
E
1.1
9
N
25
31
42
0.1
Tu
07
17h
29
41
E
1.1
9
N
25
31
21
0.1
Tu
07
18h
29
43
E
1.1
9
N
24
29
88
0.1
Tu
07
19h
30
44
E
1.1
9
N
25
31
17
0.1
Tu
07
20h
32
45
E
1.2
9
N
25
31
33
0
Tu
07
21h
33
46
E
1.2
9
N
25
29
50
0
Tu
07
22h
35
46
E
1.2
9
SE
25
31
57
0

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 km/h, 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, 20-30 mph (32-48 km/h) 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.