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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)
Tu
26
0h
24
28
E
0.8
13
N
28
34
80
0
Tu
26
1h
24
27
E
0.8
13
N
28
34
81
0
Tu
26
2h
24
27
SE
0.7
13
N
28
34
82
0
Tu
26
3h
24
26
SE
0.7
13
N
28
34
83
0
Tu
26
4h
24
32
SE
0.7
13
N
28
34
80
0
Tu
26
5h
24
39
SE
0.7
13
N
28
34
77
0
Tu
26
6h
23
45
SE
0.7
13
N
28
34
75
0
Tu
26
7h
24
43
SE
0.7
12
W
28
34
59
0
Tu
26
8h
24
41
SE
0.6
10
S
28
34
43
0
Tu
26
9h
25
39
SE
0.6
8
NE
28
34
27
0
Tu
26
10h
24
40
SE
0.6
8
NE
28
34
26
0
Tu
26
11h
24
41
SE
0.6
8
NE
28
34
26
0
Tu
26
12h
23
41
SE
0.6
8
NE
28
34
25
0
Tu
26
13h
23
42
SE
0.6
8
NE
28
34
28
0
Tu
26
14h
22
43
S
0.5
8
NE
28
34
31
0
Tu
26
15h
22
44
S
0.5
8
NE
28
34
33
0
Tu
26
16h
20
38
S
0.4
8
NE
28
34
26
0
Tu
26
17h
18
32
S
0.4
8
NE
28
34
19
0
Tu
26
18h
15
26
S
0.3
8
NE
28
34
12
0
Tu
26
19h
13
26
S
0.3
8
E
28
34
17
0
Tu
26
20h
11
27
SW
0.2
8
SE
28
34
22
0
Tu
26
21h
9
27
SW
0.2
8
SE
28
34
27
0
Tu
26
22h
8
20
W
0.2
8
SE
28
34
26
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
5
7
W
0.1
8
NE
27
34
24
0
We
27
1h
5
8
W
0.1
8
S
27
34
29
0
We
27
2h
5
9
SW
0.1
8
W
27
34
35
0
We
27
3h
5
10
SW
0.1
8
N
27
34
41
0
We
27
4h
6
13
SW
0.1
8
SW
28
34
38
0
We
27
5h
7
15
SW
0.2
8
SE
28
34
36
0.1
We
27
6h
8
18
SW
0.2
8
N
28
34
79
0.1
We
27
7h
9
20
SW
0.2
8
N
28
34
32
0.1
We
27
8h
9
23
SW
0.2
8
N
27
34
31
0
We
27
9h
10
25
SW
0.2
8
N
27
34
29
0
We
27
10h
12
25
SW
0.3
8
N
27
34
29
0
We
27
11h
14
25
SW
0.3
8
N
28
34
28
0
We
27
12h
17
25
SW
0.4
8
N
28
34
28
0
We
27
13h
18
23
SW
0.4
8
SE
27
34
20
0
We
27
14h
19
22
SW
0.5
8
SW
27
34
13
0
We
27
15h
20
22
SW
0.5
8
N
27
34
5
0
We
27
16h
21
28
SW
0.5
8
N
27
34
7
0
We
27
17h
21
35
SW
0.5
8
N
28
34
9
0
We
27
18h
21
43
SW
0.5
8
N
28
34
10
0
We
27
19h
20
42
W
0.5
8
N
28
34
10
0
We
27
20h
19
40
W
0.4
8
N
28
34
10
0
We
27
21h
18
39
W
0.4
8
N
28
34
10
0
We
27
22h
15
33
W
0.4
8
N
28
34
12
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
28
0h
12
22
W
0.3
8
N
27
34
14
0
Th
28
1h
10
18
W
0.3
8
NW
27
34
12
0
Th
28
2h
8
13
W
0.2
8
W
27
34
10
0
Th
28
3h
6
8
W
0.2
8
SW
27
34
8
0
Th
28
4h
6
9
W
0.2
8
SW
27
34
9
0
Th
28
5h
5
11
SW
0.1
8
SW
27
34
10
0
Th
28
6h
5
12
SW
0.1
8
SW
28
34
11
0
Th
28
7h
6
15
S
0.1
8
W
27
34
15
0
Th
28
8h
8
17
S
0.2
8
NW
27
34
19
0
Th
28
9h
9
20
S
0.2
8
N
27
34
23
0
Th
28
10h
10
19
S
0.2
8
N
27
34
22
0
Th
28
11h
10
18
S
0.3
8
NW
27
34
21
0
Th
28
12h
11
17
S
0.3
8
NW
27
34
20
0
Th
28
13h
13
23
S
0.3
8
NW
27
34
18
0
Th
28
14h
14
28
S
0.4
8
N
27
34
15
0
Th
28
15h
16
34
S
0.4
8
N
27
34
13
0
Th
28
16h
15
32
SW
0.5
8
NW
27
34
14
0
Th
28
17h
15
31
SW
0.6
8
NW
27
34
15
0
Th
28
18h
15
30
SW
0.7
8
W
28
34
15
0
Th
28
19h
13
23
SW
0.7
8
W
28
34
13
0
Th
28
20h
11
17
SW
0.7
8
W
28
34
10
0
Th
28
21h
9
11
SW
0.7
8
W
27
34
7
0
Th
28
22h
7
13
W
0.7
8
W
27
34
13
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
29
0h
2
16
W
0.6
7
W
27
34
25
0
Fr
29
1h
3
17
S
0.6
7
W
27
34
26
0
Fr
29
2h
4
17
E
0.6
7
W
27
34
26
0
Fr
29
3h
4
18
N
0.6
7
W
27
34
26
0
Fr
29
4h
6
18
NE
0.5
8
NW
28
34
25
0
Fr
29
5h
8
18
E
0.5
8
NW
28
34
23
0
Fr
29
6h
10
19
SE
0.4
8
NW
28
34
21
0
Fr
29
7h
13
21
SE
0.4
8
NW
26
34
17
0
Fr
29
8h
16
22
SE
0.5
8
NW
25
34
14
0
Fr
29
9h
19
24
SE
0.5
8
NW
23
34
11
0
Fr
29
10h
19
23
SE
0.7
8
NW
24
34
9
0
Fr
29
11h
19
22
SE
0.8
8
NW
24
34
8
0
Fr
29
12h
20
21
SE
1
9
NW
25
34
7
0
Fr
29
13h
18
26
SE
0.9
9
NW
26
34
10
0
Fr
29
14h
17
32
SE
0.8
9
NW
27
34
13
0
Fr
29
15h
16
37
SE
0.7
9
NW
28
34
16
0
Fr
29
16h
15
30
SE
0.5
10
SW
28
34
20
0
Fr
29
17h
13
23
SE
0.4
12
SE
28
34
24
0
Fr
29
18h
12
15
SE
0.2
13
E
28
34
28
0
Fr
29
19h
10
17
S
0.2
13
E
28
34
33
0
Fr
29
20h
9
20
S
0.1
12
E
28
34
39
0
Fr
29
21h
7
22
S
0.1
12
E
28
34
44
0
Fr
29
22h
6
24
S
0.1
12
NE
28
34
41
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
30
0h
4
27
SE
0.1
12
NE
28
34
34
0
Sa
30
1h
8
28
SE
0.2
12
NE
28
34
45
0
Sa
30
2h
12
28
SE
0.2
12
NE
28
34
55
0
Sa
30
3h
15
29
SE
0.3
12
NE
28
34
66
0
Sa
30
4h
19
29
SE
0.4
12
SE
28
34
63
0
Sa
30
5h
22
29
SE
0.6
12
W
28
34
60
0
Sa
30
6h
25
29
SE
0.7
12
N
28
34
57
0
Sa
30
7h
24
29
SE
0.7
12
SW
28
34
61
0
Sa
30
8h
23
29
SE
0.6
12
SE
28
34
65
0
Sa
30
9h
22
29
SE
0.6
11
N
28
34
69
0
Sa
30
10h
22
28
SE
0.6
11
N
28
34
64
0
Sa
30
11h
22
26
SE
0.5
11
N
28
34
59
0
Sa
30
12h
22
25
SE
0.5
11
N
28
34
54
0
Sa
30
13h
22
28
SE
0.5
11
N
28
34
48
0
Sa
30
14h
23
31
SE
0.6
11
N
28
34
43
0
Sa
30
15h
23
34
SE
0.6
11
N
28
34
38
0
Sa
30
16h
22
33
SE
0.6
11
N
28
34
37
0
Sa
30
17h
21
32
SE
0.5
11
N
28
34
36
0
Sa
30
18h
20
31
SE
0.5
11
NE
28
34
36
0
Sa
30
19h
16
28
SE
0.4
11
NE
28
34
32
0
Sa
30
20h
12
26
S
0.3
12
NE
28
34
29
0
Sa
30
21h
8
23
S
0.2
12
NE
28
34
25
0
Sa
30
22h
8
25
SE
0.2
12
NE
28
34
37
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
31
0h
8
28
SE
0.3
12
N
28
34
61
0
Su
31
1h
10
26
SE
0.3
12
NE
28
34
63
0
Su
31
2h
12
25
SE
0.3
12
NE
28
34
65
0
Su
31
3h
13
23
SE
0.3
12
E
28
34
67
0
Su
31
4h
15
22
SE
0.3
12
SE
28
34
66
0
Su
31
5h
16
22
SE
0.4
12
SW
28
34
65
0
Su
31
6h
17
21
SE
0.4
12
W
28
34
64
0
Su
31
7h
17
21
SE
0.4
12
W
28
34
59
0
Su
31
8h
17
21
SE
0.4
12
W
28
34
55
0
Su
31
9h
17
21
S
0.4
12
W
28
34
51
0
Su
31
10h
17
22
SE
0.4
12
W
27
34
37
0
Su
31
11h
18
24
SE
0.5
13
W
26
34
23
0.1
Su
31
12h
18
26
SE
0.5
13
W
25
34
84
0.1
Su
31
13h
17
23
SE
0.5
13
W
26
34
13
0.1
Su
31
14h
16
20
SE
0.5
13
W
27
34
16
0.1
Su
31
15h
15
17
SE
0.5
13
W
28
34
77
0.1
Su
31
16h
14
18
SE
0.5
13
W
28
34
19
0.1
Su
31
17h
13
20
SE
0.6
13
W
28
34
19
0.1
Su
31
18h
12
21
SE
0.6
12
W
28
34
81
0.1
Su
31
19h
10
22
SE
0.6
12
W
28
34
20
0.1
Su
31
20h
9
22
SE
0.6
12
W
28
34
20
0
Su
31
21h
7
23
SE
0.6
12
W
28
34
20
0
Su
31
22h
9
23
E
0.6
12
W
28
34
30
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
01
0h
12
23
E
0.6
12
W
27
34
49
0
Mo
01
1h
14
22
E
0.6
12
W
27
34
38
0
Mo
01
2h
15
21
E
0.7
12
W
27
34
26
0
Mo
01
3h
17
20
E
0.7
12
W
27
34
15
0
Mo
01
4h
18
21
E
0.6
12
NW
27
34
32
0
Mo
01
5h
19
23
E
0.6
12
NW
27
34
50
0.1
Mo
01
6h
20
24
E
0.5
12
NW
27
34
67
0.1
Mo
01
7h
21
25
E
0.5
12
NW
27
34
63
0.1
Mo
01
8h
21
26
SE
0.5
12
NW
27
34
60
0.2
Mo
01
9h
22
27
SE
0.5
12
NW
28
34
56
0.2
Mo
01
10h
22
27
E
0.7
12
N
28
34
54
0.3
Mo
01
11h
23
27
E
1
12
N
27
34
52
0.3
Mo
01
12h
23
27
E
1.2
12
N
27
34
50
0.4
Mo
01
13h
22
27
E
1.2
12
N
27
34
47
0.5
Mo
01
14h
22
27
E
1.1
12
N
27
34
44
0.5
Mo
01
15h
21
27
E
1.1
12
N
27
34
81
0.6
Mo
01
16h
19
29
E
1.2
12
N
27
34
35
0.7
Mo
01
17h
18
31
E
1.3
12
N
27
34
28
0.9
Mo
01
18h
17
33
E
1.4
12
N
28
34
77
1
Mo
01
19h
18
33
E
1.3
12
N
27
34
35
0.7
Mo
01
20h
19
34
E
1.1
12
N
27
34
49
0.5
Mo
01
21h
21
35
E
1
11
N
27
34
63
0.2
Mo
01
22h
23
33
E
1.2
11
N
27
34
62
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 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 offshore sites.