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Turks and Caicos Wind, Wave, Swell, & Tide Forecast

Temperature: Wind: Waves: Other Units:
Windspeed (kph)
Wind Gusts (kph)
Wind Direction
Waves (m)
Wave Period (s)
Wave Direction
Tide
Temperature (°C)
Water Temp. (°C)
Clouds (%)
Rainfall (mm)
Today • 29 February
0h
31
42
E
1.2
8
N
24
23
67
0
1h
30
40
E
1.2
8
N
24
23
68
0
2h
29
39
E
1.1
8
N
24
23
75
0
3h
28
37
E
1.1
8
N
24
23
80
0
4h
28
37
E
1
8
N
24
23
78
0
5h
27
37
E
1.1
8
N
24
23
100
0
6h
27
36
E
1
8
N
24
23
96
0
7h
26
35
E
1
8
N
24
23
72
0
8h
26
35
E
1
8
N
24
23
80
0
9h
25
34
E
1
8
N
24
23
80
0
10h
22
30
E
0.9
8
N
24
23
84
0
11h
22
31
E
0.9
8
N
24
23
52
0
12h
23
34
E
0.9
8
N
24
23
78
0
13h
25
37
E
0.9
8
N
24
23
71
0
14h
27
39
E
1
8
N
24
23
74
0
15h
28
40
E
1
8
N
24
23
76
0
16h
31
45
E
1
7
N
24
23
67
0
17h
32
46
E
1
13
N
24
23
78
0
18h
34
49
E
1.1
13
N
24
23
78
0
19h
35
50
E
1.2
12
N
24
23
85
0
20h
35
49
E
1.1
13
N
24
23
100
0
21h
37
51
E
1.2
13
N
24
23
65
0
22h
37
51
E
1.2
12
N
24
23
51
0
23h
39
53
E
1.3
13
N
24
23
56
0
Windspeed (kph)
Wind Gusts (kph)
Wind Direction
Waves (m)
Wave Period (s)
Wave Direction
Tide
Temperature (°C)
Water Temp. (°C)
Clouds (%)
Rainfall (mm)
Friday • 1 March
0h
39
50
E
1.3
12
N
24
23
48
0
1h
38
50
E
1.2
9
N
24
23
83
0
2h
38
50
E
1.3
12
N
24
23
87
0
3h
35
47
E
1.1
12
N
24
23
74
0
4h
37
49
E
1.1
8
N
24
23
81
0
5h
35
47
E
1.1
12
N
24
23
85
0
6h
35
46
E
1.1
12
N
24
23
84
0
7h
36
49
E
1.2
8
N
24
23
67
0
8h
34
46
E
1.1
12
N
24
23
52
0
9h
36
48
E
1.2
12
N
24
23
84
0
10h
36
48
E
1.2
8
N
24
23
41
0
11h
37
53
E
1.2
12
N
24
23
69
0
12h
34
47
E
1.1
12
N
24
23
66
0
13h
36
53
E
1.2
8
N
24
23
23
0
14h
35
40
E
1.1
12
N
23
23
75
0
15h
36
52
E
1.2
12
N
24
23
50
0
16h
37
55
E
1.2
8
N
24
23
51
0
17h
37
44
E
1.5
12
N
23
23
77
0
18h
40
45
E
1.6
12
N
24
23
74
0
19h
39
40
E
1.3
11
N
24
23
71
0
20h
39
52
E
1.5
12
N
24
23
82
0
21h
39
53
E
1.5
12
N
24
23
58
0
22h
40
55
E
1.3
11
N
24
23
77
0
23h
38
53
E
1.5
12
N
24
23
91
0
Windspeed (kph)
Wind Gusts (kph)
Wind Direction
Waves (m)
Wave Period (s)
Wave Direction
Tide
Temperature (°C)
Water Temp. (°C)
Clouds (%)
Rainfall (mm)
Saturday • 2 March
0h
37
49
E
1.4
12
N
23
23
83
0.1
1h
37
49
E
1.4
11
N
24
23
85
0.1
2h
37
50
E
1.4
12
N
24
23
94
0.1
3h
38
50
E
1.3
11
NW
24
23
92
0.1
4h
36
48
E
1.1
11
NW
23
23
89
0
5h
38
50
E
1.3
10
NW
24
23
85
0.1
6h
39
52
E
1.3
10
NW
24
23
92
0.1
7h
37
50
E
1.2
10
NW
24
23
84
0.1
8h
37
50
E
1.3
10
NW
24
23
88
0.1
9h
35
48
E
1.2
10
NW
24
23
75
0
10h
33
45
E
1.3
10
NW
24
23
83
0
11h
33
48
E
1.2
10
NW
24
23
78
0.1
12h
34
49
E
1.3
10
NW
24
23
50
0
13h
33
49
E
1.4
9
NW
24
23
66
0.1
14h
35
51
E
1.4
9
NW
24
23
56
0.1
15h
33
35
E
1.4
9
NW
24
23
18
0
16h
33
50
E
1.4
9
NW
24
23
31
0
17h
32
34
E
1.4
9
NW
24
23
19
0
18h
32
37
E
1.4
9
NW
24
23
20
0
19h
32
34
E
1.1
9
NW
24
23
24
0
20h
31
43
E
1
9
NW
24
23
35
0
21h
31
43
E
0.9
9
NW
24
23
13
0
22h
31
43
E
1.2
9
NW
24
23
84
0
23h
31
44
E
1.3
9
NW
24
23
59
0
Windspeed (kph)
Wind Gusts (kph)
Wind Direction
Waves (m)
Wave Period (s)
Wave Direction
Tide
Temperature (°C)
Water Temp. (°C)
Clouds (%)
Rainfall (mm)
Sunday • 3 March
0h
30
40
E
1.3
8
NW
24
23
94
0.1
1h
32
42
E
1.1
8
NW
24
23
100
0.2
2h
34
45
E
1.4
8
NW
24
23
100
0.2
3h
35
47
E
1.4
9
NW
24
23
75
0.1
4h
32
43
E
1.1
9
NW
24
23
70
0
5h
31
42
E
1.2
9
N
24
23
74
0.1
6h
31
42
E
1.2
9
N
24
23
75
0.1
7h
32
43
E
1
9
NW
24
23
93
0.1
8h
34
47
E
1.3
9
N
24
23
83
0.1
9h
33
45
E
1.3
9
N
24
23
24
0
10h
30
41
E
0.9
8
NW
24
23
35
0
11h
29
42
E
1.2
9
N
24
23
49
0
12h
29
42
E
1.2
9
N
24
23
65
0
13h
27
38
E
1.1
9
N
24
23
78
0
14h
26
37
E
0.8
9
NW
24
23
74
0
15h
27
39
E
0.8
9
NW
24
23
67
0
16h
26
37
E
0.9
10
N
24
23
70
0
17h
27
41
E
0.8
9
NW
24
23
54
0
18h
27
41
E
0.8
9
NW
24
23
50
0
19h
30
44
E
1
8
NW
24
23
56
0
20h
31
42
E
0.9
9
NW
24
23
59
0
21h
30
42
E
0.9
9
NW
24
23
65
0
22h
30
42
E
1.1
8
NW
24
23
65
0
23h
31
44
E
1
10
NW
24
23
63
0
Windspeed (kph)
Wind Gusts (kph)
Wind Direction
Waves (m)
Wave Period (s)
Wave Direction
Tide
Temperature (°C)
Water Temp. (°C)
Clouds (%)
Rainfall (mm)
Monday • 4 March
0h
30
41
E
0.9
10
NW
24
23
63
0
1h
29
39
E
1.2
8
N
24
23
62
0
2h
28
39
E
1.2
9
N
24
23
67
0
3h
27
38
E
0.8
10
NW
24
23
60
0.1
4h
27
37
E
1.2
8
N
24
23
66
0
5h
27
36
E
0.8
10
NW
24
23
64
0
6h
28
38
E
0.8
10
NW
24
23
75
0
7h
28
39
E
1.2
8
N
24
23
71
0
8h
29
40
E
0.9
10
NW
24
23
81
0.3
9h
29
40
E
0.9
9
NW
24
23
80
0.1
10h
28
38
E
1.2
8
N
24
23
75
0
11h
27
38
E
0.8
10
NW
24
23
74
0.3
12h
26
37
E
0.8
10
NW
24
23
80
0.1
13h
26
37
E
1.1
8
N
24
23
85
0
14h
25
35
E
0.7
10
NW
24
23
72
0
15h
26
37
E
0.8
10
NW
24
23
77
0
16h
26
38
E
1.1
8
N
24
23
76
0
17h
27
39
E
0.8
10
NW
24
23
82
0
18h
28
41
E
0.8
9
NW
24
23
84
0
19h
30
45
E
1.3
8
N
24
23
84
0
20h
31
43
E
1
10
NW
24
23
80
0
21h
31
43
E
0.9
10
NW
24
23
75
0
22h
31
44
E
1.4
8
N
24
23
72
0
23h
31
44
E
1
10
NW
24
23
67
0.2
Windspeed (kph)
Wind Gusts (kph)
Wind Direction
Waves (m)
Wave Period (s)
Wave Direction
Tide
Temperature (°C)
Water Temp. (°C)
Clouds (%)
Rainfall (mm)
Tuesday • 5 March
0h
33
46
E
1.1
10
NW
24
23
76
1.1
1h
31
44
E
1.3
8
N
24
23
81
0.1
2h
30
43
E
1.3
8
N
24
26
81
0.1
3h
30
41
E
1.2
8
N
24
26
80
0.1
4h
29
40
E
1.2
8
N
24
23
80
0.1
5h
29
40
SE
1.2
8
N
24
26
78
0.2
6h
29
41
SE
1.3
8
N
24
26
76
0.2
7h
29
41
SE
1.3
8
N
24
23
73
0.2
8h
28
40
SE
1.3
8
N
24
26
72
0.2
9h
28
39
E
1.3
8
N
24
26
71
0.1
10h
27
37
E
1.3
8
N
24
23
70
0
11h
26
39
E
1.3
8
N
24
26
64
0
12h
25
40
E
1.3
8
N
24
26
57
0.1
13h
24
41
E
1.3
8
N
24
23
51
0.1
14h
25
40
E
1.2
8
N
24
26
61
0.1
15h
26
39
E
1.2
8
N
24
26
70
0.1
16h
27
38
E
1.2
8
N
24
23
79
0.1
17h
28
41
E
1.2
8
N
24
26
67
0.1
18h
29
44
E
1.2
8
N
24
26
55
0
19h
31
46
E
1.2
8
N
24
23
43
0
20h
31
46
E
1.2
8
N
24
26
52
0
21h
32
46
E
1.2
8
N
24
26
60
0
22h
32
46
E
1.2
8
N
24
23
69
0
23h
31
44
E
1.2
8
N
24
26
72
0
Windspeed (kph)
Wind Gusts (kph)
Wind Direction
Waves (m)
Wave Period (s)
Wave Direction
Tide
Temperature (°C)
Water Temp. (°C)
Clouds (%)
Rainfall (mm)
Wednesday • 6 March
0h
30
42
E
1.2
8
N
24
26
75
0
1h
29
40
E
1.1
8
N
24
23
78
0
2h
28
38
E
1.1
8
N
24
26
79
0.1
3h
26
36
SE
1.1
8
N
24
26
80
0.1
4h
25
34
SE
1.1
8
N
24
23
81
0.2
5h
24
33
SE
1.1
8
N
24
26
84
0.1
6h
24
32
SE
1.1
8
N
24
26
87
0.1
7h
23
31
SE
1.1
8
N
24
23
90
0
8h
23
33
SE
1.1
7
W
24
26
72
0
9h
23
35
SE
1
6
SW
24
26
54
0.1
10h
24
36
SE
0.9
5
SE
24
23
76
0.1
11h
21
34
SE
0.9
6
SW
24
26
34
0.1
12h
18
32
SE
0.8
8
W
24
26
32
0.1
13h
15
30
SE
0.8
10
NW
24
23
77
0.1
14h
14
26
SE
0.7
10
NW
24
26
36
0.1
15h
13
21
SE
0.7
10
NW
25
26
43
0
16h
12
17
SE
0.6
10
NW
25
23
49
0
17h
11
15
SE
0.6
10
NW
25
26
46
0
18h
10
14
SE
0.7
10
NW
25
26
43
0
19h
9
12
E
0.7
10
NW
25
23
40
0
20h
10
14
E
0.7
10
NW
25
26
37
0
21h
11
15
E
0.7
10
NW
25
26
33
0.1
22h
12
17
E
0.7
10
NW
24
23
87
0.1
23h
11
15
E
0.7
10
NW
24
26
23
0.1

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 12-20 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 the 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 on 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 accounts 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.