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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)
Mo
26
0h
31
41
E
0.8
10
NW
28
32
61
0
Mo
26
1h
31
41
SE
0.8
10
NW
28
34
59
0
Mo
26
2h
31
41
SE
0.9
10
NW
28
34
58
0
Mo
26
3h
31
42
SE
0.9
10
NW
28
32
57
0
Mo
26
4h
32
42
SE
0.9
10
NW
28
34
57
0
Mo
26
5h
33
42
E
0.9
10
NW
28
34
57
0
Mo
26
6h
34
42
E
0.9
10
NW
28
32
57
0
Mo
26
7h
34
43
E
0.9
10
NW
28
34
52
0
Mo
26
8h
34
44
SE
0.9
10
NW
28
34
46
0
Mo
26
9h
33
44
SE
0.9
9
NW
28
32
41
0
Mo
26
10h
34
43
SE
1
9
NW
28
34
47
0
Mo
26
11h
34
42
SE
1.2
9
NW
28
34
54
0
Mo
26
12h
35
41
SE
1.3
9
N
28
32
60
0
Mo
26
13h
33
41
SE
1.4
9
N
28
34
52
0
Mo
26
14h
33
42
SE
1.4
9
N
28
34
44
0
Mo
26
15h
32
43
SE
1.5
9
N
28
32
36
0
Mo
26
16h
31
44
SE
1.4
9
N
28
34
29
0
Mo
26
17h
31
44
SE
1.3
9
N
28
34
22
0
Mo
26
18h
31
44
SE
1.2
9
N
28
32
15
0
Mo
26
19h
31
45
SE
1.2
9
N
28
34
30
0
Mo
26
20h
31
46
SE
1.1
10
N
28
34
44
0
Mo
26
21h
32
47
SE
1.1
10
N
28
32
59
0
Mo
26
22h
33
46
SE
1.2
10
N
28
34
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
27
0h
37
43
E
1.5
10
N
28
32
55
0
Tu
27
1h
37
42
E
1.4
10
N
28
34
58
0
Tu
27
2h
37
40
E
1.4
10
N
28
34
61
0.1
Tu
27
3h
37
39
E
1.3
10
N
28
32
64
0.1
Tu
27
4h
37
39
SE
1.3
10
N
28
34
64
0.1
Tu
27
5h
37
39
SE
1.2
10
N
28
34
63
0.1
Tu
27
6h
37
39
SE
1.2
10
N
28
32
63
0.1
Tu
27
7h
36
40
SE
1.2
10
N
28
34
61
0.1
Tu
27
8h
34
40
SE
1.1
10
N
28
34
59
0
Tu
27
9h
33
41
SE
1.1
10
N
28
32
56
0
Tu
27
10h
32
40
SE
1.1
10
N
28
34
59
0
Tu
27
11h
31
39
SE
1
9
N
28
34
61
0
Tu
27
12h
30
38
SE
1
9
N
28
32
64
0
Tu
27
13h
30
38
SE
1
9
N
28
34
55
0
Tu
27
14h
29
38
SE
1.1
9
N
28
34
46
0.1
Tu
27
15h
28
39
SE
1.1
9
N
28
32
84
0.1
Tu
27
16h
29
40
SE
1.1
9
N
28
34
39
0.1
Tu
27
17h
30
41
SE
1
9
N
28
34
40
0
Tu
27
18h
30
42
SE
1
9
N
28
32
41
0
Tu
27
19h
30
42
SE
1
9
N
28
34
48
0
Tu
27
20h
30
42
SE
0.9
8
N
28
34
55
0
Tu
27
21h
30
42
E
0.9
8
N
28
32
61
0
Tu
27
22h
31
42
E
1
8
N
28
34
57
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
28
0h
32
42
E
1.1
9
N
28
32
50
0
We
28
1h
32
41
E
1.1
9
N
28
34
54
0
We
28
2h
31
41
E
1
8
N
28
34
58
0
We
28
3h
31
41
E
1
8
N
28
32
63
0
We
28
4h
31
41
E
1
8
N
28
34
58
0
We
28
5h
32
41
SE
0.9
8
N
28
34
54
0.1
We
28
6h
33
41
SE
0.9
8
N
28
32
74
0.1
We
28
7h
34
42
SE
0.9
8
N
28
34
41
0.1
We
28
8h
35
43
SE
1
8
N
28
34
33
0.1
We
28
9h
36
44
E
1
8
N
28
32
88
0.1
We
28
10h
36
45
E
1
8
N
27
34
19
0.2
We
28
11h
36
46
SE
1
8
N
26
34
14
0.2
We
28
12h
36
48
SE
1
8
N
25
32
77
0.3
We
28
13h
34
43
SE
1
8
N
26
34
26
0.2
We
28
14h
33
38
SE
0.9
8
N
27
34
42
0.2
We
28
15h
31
33
SE
0.9
8
N
28
32
59
0.1
We
28
16h
30
35
SE
0.9
8
N
28
34
54
0.1
We
28
17h
29
37
E
0.8
8
N
28
34
50
0
We
28
18h
28
39
E
0.8
7
N
28
32
45
0
We
28
19h
27
39
E
0.8
10
SW
28
34
50
0
We
28
20h
27
39
E
0.7
12
SE
28
34
55
0
We
28
21h
26
38
E
0.7
14
N
28
32
60
0
We
28
22h
27
37
E
0.7
13
N
28
34
62
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
29
0h
28
35
E
0.8
13
N
28
32
66
0
Th
29
1h
30
35
E
0.8
13
N
28
34
65
0
Th
29
2h
31
34
E
0.9
13
N
28
34
64
0
Th
29
3h
32
33
E
0.9
13
N
28
32
63
0
Th
29
4h
33
33
E
0.9
13
N
28
34
60
0
Th
29
5h
33
34
E
0.9
13
N
28
34
57
0
Th
29
6h
33
35
E
0.9
13
N
28
32
55
0
Th
29
7h
32
37
E
0.9
13
N
28
34
54
0
Th
29
8h
32
39
E
0.9
13
N
28
34
53
0
Th
29
9h
31
41
E
0.9
13
N
27
32
52
0
Th
29
10h
31
38
E
0.9
12
N
28
34
58
0
Th
29
11h
31
35
E
0.8
12
N
28
34
64
0.1
Th
29
12h
30
33
E
0.8
12
N
28
32
71
0.1
Th
29
13h
32
37
E
0.9
12
N
28
34
65
0.1
Th
29
14h
33
41
E
0.9
12
N
28
34
60
0.2
Th
29
15h
35
46
E
1
12
N
27
32
54
0.2
Th
29
16h
32
42
E
1
12
N
28
34
57
0.1
Th
29
17h
30
39
E
0.9
13
N
28
34
60
0.1
Th
29
18h
28
35
SE
0.9
13
N
28
32
63
0
Th
29
19h
27
36
E
0.9
13
N
28
34
64
0
Th
29
20h
26
36
E
1
13
N
28
34
64
0
Th
29
21h
25
37
E
1
13
N
28
32
64
0
Th
29
22h
25
36
E
1
13
N
28
34
57
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
30
0h
24
34
E
1
13
N
28
32
43
0
Fr
30
1h
27
35
E
1
13
N
28
34
52
0
Fr
30
2h
29
35
E
1.1
12
N
28
34
61
0
Fr
30
3h
32
35
E
1.1
12
N
28
32
70
0
Fr
30
4h
31
35
E
1.1
12
N
28
34
65
0
Fr
30
5h
30
35
E
1.2
12
N
28
34
61
0
Fr
30
6h
30
35
E
1.2
12
N
28
32
56
0
Fr
30
7h
29
36
E
1.2
12
N
28
34
55
0
Fr
30
8h
29
37
E
1.2
12
N
27
34
55
0
Fr
30
9h
28
39
E
1.2
12
N
27
32
54
0
Fr
30
10h
29
37
E
1.2
12
N
27
34
57
0
Fr
30
11h
30
35
E
1.2
12
N
27
34
60
0
Fr
30
12h
30
34
E
1.2
12
N
27
32
63
0
Fr
30
13h
29
34
E
1.2
12
N
27
34
61
0
Fr
30
14h
28
35
E
1.1
12
N
28
34
60
0
Fr
30
15h
28
35
E
1.1
11
N
28
32
58
0
Fr
30
16h
27
35
E
1.1
11
N
28
34
59
0
Fr
30
17h
25
33
E
1
11
N
28
34
60
0
Fr
30
18h
24
33
E
1
11
N
28
32
61
0
Fr
30
19h
24
34
E
0.9
11
N
28
34
57
0
Fr
30
20h
24
35
E
0.9
11
N
28
34
54
0
Fr
30
21h
24
36
E
0.8
11
N
28
32
50
0
Fr
30
22h
26
36
E
0.8
11
N
28
34
56
0.2

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
01
0h
29
36
E
0.9
11
N
28
32
68
0.6
Sa
01
1h
30
37
E
0.9
11
N
28
34
50
1
Sa
01
2h
31
39
E
1
11
N
28
34
32
1.4
Sa
01
3h
32
41
E
1
11
N
27
32
78
1.8
Sa
01
4h
32
41
E
1
11
N
28
34
31
1.9
Sa
01
5h
32
41
E
1
11
N
28
34
49
1.9
Sa
01
6h
31
41
SE
1
11
N
28
32
66
2
Sa
01
7h
31
39
SE
0.9
9
E
28
34
62
1.4
Sa
01
8h
30
37
SE
0.9
8
SW
28
34
57
0.8
Sa
01
9h
30
36
SE
0.8
7
NW
28
32
53
0.2
Sa
01
10h
31
37
SE
0.9
8
SW
28
34
55
0.2
Sa
01
11h
32
38
SE
0.9
9
E
28
34
56
0.2
Sa
01
12h
33
40
SE
1
10
N
28
32
57
0.2
Sa
01
13h
32
39
SE
1
10
N
28
34
57
0.2
Sa
01
14h
31
38
SE
1
10
N
28
34
57
0.1
Sa
01
15h
30
37
SE
1
10
N
28
32
56
0.1
Sa
01
16h
29
36
SE
0.9
10
N
28
34
58
0.1
Sa
01
17h
27
35
SE
0.9
10
N
28
34
61
0.1
Sa
01
18h
26
33
SE
0.8
10
N
28
32
63
0.1
Sa
01
19h
25
35
SE
0.7
9
E
28
34
64
0.1
Sa
01
20h
24
36
SE
0.7
8
SW
28
34
65
0.1
Sa
01
21h
23
37
E
0.6
7
NW
28
32
65
0.1
Sa
01
22h
24
35
E
0.7
8
SW
28
34
63
0.1

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
02
0h
27
32
E
0.8
10
N
28
32
59
0.1
Su
02
1h
30
40
E
0.9
10
N
28
34
62
0.1
Su
02
2h
32
48
E
0.9
10
N
28
34
64
0
Su
02
3h
34
55
E
1
10
N
28
32
67
0
Su
02
4h
33
52
E
1
10
N
28
34
59
0
Su
02
5h
32
49
SE
0.9
9
N
28
34
52
0.1
Su
02
6h
32
46
SE
0.9
9
N
28
32
85
0.1
Su
02
7h
31
44
SE
0.9
9
N
28
34
44
0.1
Su
02
8h
31
42
SE
0.9
9
N
28
34
44
0.1
Su
02
9h
30
41
SE
0.9
9
N
28
32
86
0.1
Su
02
10h
29
41
SE
0.9
9
N
28
34
45
0.1
Su
02
11h
27
41
SE
0.8
9
N
28
34
46
0.1
Su
02
12h
26
41
SE
0.8
9
N
28
32
87
0.1
Su
02
13h
25
40
SE
0.8
9
N
28
34
43
0.1
Su
02
14h
24
39
SE
0.7
9
N
28
34
39
0
Su
02
15h
23
38
SE
0.7
9
N
28
32
35
0
Su
02
16h
22
37
SE
0.7
9
N
28
34
33
0
Su
02
17h
21
37
SE
0.8
9
N
28
34
31
0
Su
02
18h
19
37
SE
0.8
9
N
28
32
29
0
Su
02
19h
18
33
SE
0.7
8
SE
28
34
28
0
Su
02
20h
17
30
SE
0.6
7
SW
28
34
27
0
Su
02
21h
15
26
E
0.5
5
N
28
32
25
0
Su
02
22h
16
27
E
0.6
7
SW
28
34
23
0.6

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 12-20 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 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, 20-30mph (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 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.