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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 • 14 April
0h
20
28
E
0.9
13
E
25
24
80
0
1h
19
26
E
0.7
8
E
25
24
75
0
2h
18
25
E
0.5
8
E
25
24
81
0
3h
17
24
NE
0.6
8
E
24
24
72
0.4
4h
19
26
NE
0.7
8
E
25
24
70
0.5
5h
23
32
NE
1
12
E
25
24
80
0.3
6h
26
35
NE
0.8
8
E
25
24
55
0.1
7h
28
39
NE
0.7
8
E
25
24
65
0.1
8h
27
38
NE
1.2
12
E
25
24
77
0
9h
28
38
NE
1.2
12
E
25
24
71
0.1
10h
28
39
NE
0.8
8
E
25
24
87
0.1
11h
28
43
NE
1.1
12
E
24
24
60
0.1
12h
28
42
NE
0.9
8
E
24
24
68
0
13h
27
40
NE
0.8
8
E
24
24
64
0.1
14h
27
38
E
0.8
8
E
25
24
69
0
15h
27
39
E
0.8
8
E
25
24
65
0.2
16h
29
41
E
0.9
8
E
25
24
61
0
17h
29
40
NE
1.1
12
E
25
24
61
0
18h
30
41
E
1.1
12
E
25
24
48
0
19h
29
40
E
1.1
12
E
25
24
40
0
20h
31
42
E
1.2
12
NE
25
24
53
0
21h
30
42
E
1.1
12
NE
25
24
68
0
22h
30
42
E
1.1
9
E
25
24
75
0
23h
30
42
E
1.2
9
NE
24
24
81
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 • 15 April
0h
27
37
E
1.2
9
NE
24
24
58
0.2
1h
27
37
E
1.2
8
NE
24
24
67
0.1
2h
28
38
E
0.9
8
NE
24
24
69
0
3h
27
36
E
1.2
8
NE
24
24
62
0.9
4h
26
36
E
1.2
8
NE
24
24
51
0
5h
26
36
E
1.2
8
NE
25
24
54
0.5
6h
28
38
E
1
8
NE
25
24
59
0
7h
28
38
E
1.1
8
E
25
24
64
0
8h
27
37
E
1.1
8
NE
25
24
50
0
9h
28
38
E
1.1
8
NE
25
24
61
0
10h
25
35
E
1.1
8
E
24
24
71
1.3
11h
25
37
E
0.9
8
NE
24
24
54
0
12h
25
36
E
1
8
NE
24
24
58
0
13h
26
37
NE
1.2
8
E
24
24
55
0
14h
27
39
E
1.1
7
NE
24
24
50
0
15h
27
39
E
1.1
7
NE
24
24
50
0
16h
27
38
E
1.2
7
E
25
24
57
0
17h
27
38
NE
1.1
7
E
25
24
53
0
18h
28
39
NE
1.1
7
E
25
24
67
0
19h
30
41
E
1.2
7
E
25
24
71
0.1
20h
29
40
E
1.2
7
E
25
24
66
0
21h
29
39
E
1.2
7
E
25
24
71
0
22h
28
39
E
1.1
7
E
25
24
71
0.2
23h
27
39
E
1.1
7
E
24
24
75
0.3
Windspeed (kph)
Wind Gusts (kph)
Wind Direction
Waves (m)
Wave Period (s)
Wave Direction
Tide
Temperature (°C)
Water Temp. (°C)
Clouds (%)
Rainfall (mm)
Tuesday • 16 April
0h
27
35
E
1.1
7
E
24
24
77
0.8
1h
26
35
E
1
7
E
24
24
80
0
2h
27
36
E
0.9
9
E
24
24
75
0
3h
27
36
E
0.9
9
E
24
24
71
0.3
4h
27
37
E
0.9
7
E
24
24
72
0
5h
28
38
E
1.1
7
E
24
24
69
0.1
6h
28
38
E
1.1
7
E
24
24
73
0
7h
28
39
E
0.9
7
E
24
24
73
0.6
8h
29
39
E
1.1
7
E
24
24
74
0
9h
30
40
E
1
6
E
25
24
72
0
10h
31
42
E
1
6
E
25
24
67
0.1
11h
30
43
E
1.1
6
E
24
24
65
0
12h
32
45
E
1.1
6
E
24
24
63
0
13h
31
45
E
1
6
E
24
24
55
0
14h
32
47
E
1.1
6
E
24
24
62
0.1
15h
33
48
E
1.1
6
E
25
24
67
0
16h
33
47
NE
1
6
E
25
24
32
0
17h
34
47
NE
1.2
11
E
25
24
87
0
18h
35
49
NE
1.2
11
E
25
24
54
0
19h
36
49
E
1.1
11
E
25
24
84
0
20h
37
51
E
1.2
11
NE
25
24
52
0
21h
37
51
E
1.2
11
NE
25
24
56
0
22h
36
51
E
1.2
11
E
25
24
56
0
23h
35
48
E
1.2
11
NE
25
24
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)
Wednesday • 17 April
0h
33
46
E
1.2
11
NE
25
24
86
0
1h
32
44
E
1.1
11
NE
25
24
53
0
2h
32
42
E
1.1
11
NE
25
24
53
0
3h
30
41
E
1.1
10
NE
25
24
55
0.1
4h
30
41
E
1
11
NE
25
24
53
0
5h
31
42
E
1.1
10
NE
25
24
72
0.1
6h
30
41
E
1.1
16
NE
25
24
81
0
7h
30
40
E
1.1
11
E
25
24
73
0
8h
30
41
E
1.1
15
NE
25
24
49
0
9h
30
41
E
1.1
15
NE
25
24
49
0
10h
29
40
E
1.1
11
E
25
24
45
0
11h
30
45
E
1
15
NE
24
24
46
0
12h
30
44
E
1
14
NE
25
24
55
0
13h
28
42
E
1.1
11
E
25
24
85
0
14h
29
42
E
1
14
NE
25
24
46
0
15h
30
43
E
1
14
NE
25
24
53
0
16h
30
42
E
1
14
E
25
24
65
0
17h
30
42
E
1
14
E
25
24
65
0
18h
31
43
E
1
14
E
25
24
55
0
19h
32
44
E
1.1
14
E
25
24
46
0
20h
32
45
E
1.1
14
E
25
24
53
0
21h
32
44
E
1.1
14
E
25
24
56
0.1
22h
32
45
E
1.1
14
E
25
24
51
0
23h
31
43
E
1.1
14
E
25
24
89
0
Windspeed (kph)
Wind Gusts (kph)
Wind Direction
Waves (m)
Wave Period (s)
Wave Direction
Tide
Temperature (°C)
Water Temp. (°C)
Clouds (%)
Rainfall (mm)
Thursday • 18 April
0h
29
39
E
1.1
13
E
25
24
70
0
1h
27
37
E
1
13
E
25
24
74
0
2h
27
36
E
1.1
13
E
25
24
53
0
3h
27
37
E
1.1
13
E
25
24
52
0
4h
26
35
E
1.1
13
E
25
24
50
0
5h
26
36
E
1.1
13
E
25
24
60
0
6h
28
38
E
1.1
13
E
25
24
58
0
7h
27
37
E
1.1
13
E
25
24
62
0
8h
26
36
E
1.1
13
E
25
26
62
0.1
9h
25
34
E
1.1
13
E
25
26
61
0.1
10h
24
33
E
1.1
13
E
25
24
61
0.2
11h
24
33
E
1.1
13
E
25
26
61
0.1
12h
24
34
E
1
13
E
25
26
62
0.1
13h
24
35
E
1
13
E
25
24
63
0.1
14h
24
35
E
1.1
13
E
25
26
63
0.1
15h
24
34
E
1.1
13
E
25
26
62
0
16h
24
34
E
1.2
13
E
25
24
62
0
17h
24
34
E
1.3
13
E
25
26
65
0
18h
24
34
E
1.3
13
E
25
26
68
0
19h
25
34
E
1.3
13
E
25
24
71
0
20h
27
37
E
1.3
13
E
25
26
62
0
21h
28
39
E
1.3
13
E
25
26
54
0
22h
30
42
E
1.3
13
E
25
24
46
0
23h
28
39
E
1.3
13
E
25
26
50
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 • 19 April
0h
27
37
E
1.3
13
E
25
26
54
0
1h
26
34
E
1.3
12
NE
25
24
57
0
2h
26
34
E
1.3
12
NE
25
26
58
0.1
3h
25
34
E
1.3
12
NE
25
26
59
0.1
4h
25
34
E
1.3
12
NE
25
24
59
0.1
5h
24
33
E
1.2
12
NE
25
26
62
0.1
6h
23
31
E
1.1
13
NE
25
26
64
0
7h
22
30
E
0.9
13
NE
25
24
66
0
8h
21
29
E
1.1
13
NE
25
26
67
0
9h
20
28
E
1.2
12
NE
25
26
67
0
10h
19
26
E
1.4
12
NE
25
24
68
0
11h
19
26
E
1.4
12
NE
25
26
63
0
12h
18
26
E
1.3
12
NE
25
26
57
0
13h
18
26
E
1.3
12
NE
25
24
52
0
14h
18
30
E
1.3
12
NE
24
26
35
0
15h
19
33
E
1.3
12
NE
24
26
19
0
16h
19
36
E
1.3
12
NE
23
24
79
0
17h
20
34
E
1.2
9
NE
24
26
8
0
18h
21
32
E
1
7
NE
24
26
14
0
19h
22
31
E
0.9
4
NE
26
24
19
0
20h
23
33
E
1.1
7
NE
26
26
31
0
21h
25
35
E
1.4
9
NE
25
26
43
0
22h
27
37
E
1.6
11
NE
25
24
55
0
23h
26
36
E
1.5
11
NE
25
26
54
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 • 20 April
0h
26
35
E
1.4
11
NE
25
26
52
0.1
1h
26
34
E
1.3
11
NE
25
24
51
0.1
2h
26
35
E
1.1
11
NE
25
26
49
0.1
3h
26
35
E
0.9
12
NE
25
26
48
0
4h
26
34
E
0.8
12
NE
25
24
87
0
5h
26
35
E
0.8
12
NE
25
26
51
0
6h
26
36
E
0.7
12
NE
25
26
55
0
7h
27
36
E
0.7
12
NE
25
24
60
0
8h
26
36
E
0.7
12
NE
25
26
64
0
9h
26
35
E
0.7
12
NE
25
26
67
0
10h
25
34
E
0.7
12
NE
25
24
71
0
11h
24
34
E
0.7
10
NE
25
26
68
0
12h
24
34
E
0.7
9
NE
25
26
65
0
13h
23
34
E
0.6
8
NE
24
24
62
0
14h
23
33
E
0.6
8
NE
25
26
52
0
15h
23
33
E
0.6
8
NE
25
26
42
0
16h
23
33
E
0.6
8
NE
25
24
32
0
17h
24
35
E
0.6
8
NE
25
26
26
0
18h
24
36
E
0.6
8
NE
25
26
20
0
19h
26
38
E
0.5
8
NE
25
24
14
0
20h
26
38
E
0.6
8
NE
25
26
29
0
21h
27
38
E
0.7
8
NE
25
26
44
0
22h
28
38
E
0.8
8
NE
25
24
59
0
23h
27
37
E
0.8
9
NE
25
26
59
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 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.