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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)
Sa
15
0h
34
52
E
0.9
0
NE
28
34
77
0.9
Sa
15
1h
33
46
E
0.9
0
NE
28
34
42
0.7
Sa
15
2h
33
40
E
0.9
0
NE
28
34
51
0.4
Sa
15
3h
33
35
E
0.9
0
NE
28
34
60
0.2
Sa
15
4h
32
35
E
0.9
0
NE
28
34
44
0.2
Sa
15
5h
31
35
E
0.8
0
NE
28
34
29
0.3
Sa
15
6h
31
36
E
0.8
0
NE
28
34
83
0.3
Sa
15
7h
31
35
E
0.8
3
NE
28
34
19
0.2
Sa
15
8h
30
34
E
0.8
6
NE
28
34
25
0.2
Sa
15
9h
30
33
E
0.8
8
NE
28
34
77
0.1
Sa
15
10h
30
39
E
0.8
8
NE
28
34
37
0.1
Sa
15
11h
31
46
E
0.8
8
NE
28
34
43
0.1
Sa
15
12h
31
52
E
0.8
8
NE
28
34
86
0.1
Sa
15
13h
30
45
E
0.8
8
NE
28
34
46
0.1
Sa
15
14h
29
39
E
0.7
8
NE
28
34
42
0
Sa
15
15h
28
32
E
0.7
8
NE
28
34
39
0
Sa
15
16h
28
32
E
0.7
8
NE
28
34
41
0
Sa
15
17h
28
33
E
0.7
8
NE
28
34
43
0.1
Sa
15
18h
28
33
E
0.7
8
NE
28
34
73
0.1
Sa
15
19h
28
34
E
0.7
8
NE
28
34
48
0.1
Sa
15
20h
28
35
E
0.7
8
NE
28
34
51
0.1
Sa
15
21h
29
36
E
0.7
8
NE
28
34
55
0.1
Sa
15
22h
31
40
E
0.8
8
NE
28
34
56
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
16
0h
34
48
E
0.9
8
NE
28
34
58
0.1
Su
16
1h
34
47
E
0.9
8
NE
28
34
49
0.2
Su
16
2h
34
46
E
0.9
8
NE
28
34
41
0.2
Su
16
3h
34
45
E
0.9
8
NE
28
34
70
0.3
Su
16
4h
33
48
E
0.9
8
NE
28
34
36
0.2
Su
16
5h
32
50
E
0.8
8
NE
28
34
40
0.1
Su
16
6h
32
53
E
0.8
8
NE
28
34
44
0
Su
16
7h
31
51
E
0.8
8
NE
28
34
43
0
Su
16
8h
30
49
E
0.8
8
NE
28
34
42
0.1
Su
16
9h
29
47
E
0.8
8
NE
28
34
83
0.1
Su
16
10h
29
48
E
0.8
8
NE
28
34
44
0.1
Su
16
11h
28
49
E
0.7
8
NE
28
34
48
0
Su
16
12h
28
49
E
0.7
8
NE
28
34
51
0
Su
16
13h
27
46
E
0.7
8
NE
28
34
47
0
Su
16
14h
26
43
E
0.6
8
NE
28
34
44
0
Su
16
15h
25
40
E
0.6
8
NE
28
34
40
0
Su
16
16h
24
37
E
0.6
8
SE
28
34
39
0
Su
16
17h
23
35
E
0.5
8
SW
28
34
37
0
Su
16
18h
23
33
E
0.5
8
NW
28
34
36
0
Su
16
19h
23
33
E
0.5
8
NW
28
34
44
0
Su
16
20h
23
33
E
0.5
8
NW
28
34
51
0.1
Su
16
21h
23
33
E
0.5
8
NW
28
34
58
0.1
Su
16
22h
24
32
E
0.6
6
NW
28
34
57
0.1

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
17
0h
27
30
E
0.7
0
NW
28
34
56
0
Mo
17
1h
27
33
E
0.7
3
SW
28
34
51
0.1
Mo
17
2h
28
36
E
0.7
6
SE
28
34
46
0.1
Mo
17
3h
28
39
E
0.7
9
NE
28
34
86
0.2
Mo
17
4h
27
35
E
0.7
9
NE
28
34
46
0.2
Mo
17
5h
27
30
E
0.6
9
NE
28
34
51
0.2
Mo
17
6h
26
26
E
0.6
9
NE
28
34
56
0.2
Mo
17
7h
25
31
E
0.6
9
SE
28
34
50
0.1
Mo
17
8h
24
37
E
0.6
10
SW
28
34
44
0.1
Mo
17
9h
24
42
E
0.6
10
NW
28
34
38
0
Mo
17
10h
23
36
E
0.6
10
NW
28
34
40
0
Mo
17
11h
23
30
E
0.5
10
NW
28
34
41
0
Mo
17
12h
22
23
E
0.5
10
NW
29
34
43
0
Mo
17
13h
20
23
E
0.4
10
NW
29
34
50
0
Mo
17
14h
18
23
E
0.4
10
NW
29
34
56
0
Mo
17
15h
15
23
E
0.3
10
NW
29
34
63
0
Mo
17
16h
15
25
E
0.3
10
NW
29
34
60
0
Mo
17
17h
15
27
E
0.3
10
NW
29
34
58
0
Mo
17
18h
14
29
E
0.3
10
NW
29
34
55
0
Mo
17
19h
14
28
E
0.3
10
SW
28
34
50
0
Mo
17
20h
14
27
E
0.3
10
SE
28
34
45
0
Mo
17
21h
14
26
NE
0.3
10
NE
28
34
40
0
Mo
17
22h
18
26
NE
0.4
10
NE
28
34
41
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
18
0h
24
28
NE
0.6
9
NE
28
34
42
0
Tu
18
1h
26
28
NE
0.6
9
NE
28
34
35
0
Tu
18
2h
26
28
E
0.7
9
NE
28
34
28
0
Tu
18
3h
27
28
E
0.7
9
NE
28
34
21
0
Tu
18
4h
26
29
E
0.6
9
NE
28
34
33
0
Tu
18
5h
24
29
E
0.6
9
NE
28
34
44
0
Tu
18
6h
22
29
E
0.5
9
NE
28
34
56
0
Tu
18
7h
22
30
E
0.5
9
SE
28
34
53
0
Tu
18
8h
21
31
E
0.5
9
SW
28
34
51
0
Tu
18
9h
21
32
SE
0.5
9
NW
29
34
48
0
Tu
18
10h
20
31
SE
0.5
9
SW
29
34
48
0
Tu
18
11h
20
30
SE
0.4
9
SE
29
34
47
0
Tu
18
12h
19
29
SE
0.4
9
NE
29
34
47
0
Tu
18
13h
19
28
SE
0.4
9
SE
29
34
52
0
Tu
18
14h
19
26
SE
0.5
9
SW
29
34
57
0
Tu
18
15h
19
25
SE
0.5
9
N
29
34
63
0
Tu
18
16h
19
27
SE
0.5
9
N
29
34
57
0
Tu
18
17h
18
29
SE
0.5
9
N
29
34
51
0
Tu
18
18h
18
31
SE
0.5
8
N
29
34
45
0
Tu
18
19h
18
32
E
0.5
8
N
28
34
37
0
Tu
18
20h
18
34
E
0.5
8
N
28
34
30
0.1
Tu
18
21h
18
35
E
0.5
8
N
28
34
76
0.1
Tu
18
22h
21
37
E
0.6
8
N
28
34
24
0.1

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
19
0h
27
42
E
0.7
8
N
28
34
82
0.1
We
19
1h
28
43
E
0.8
9
N
28
34
41
0.1
We
19
2h
30
44
E
0.9
10
N
28
34
54
0
We
19
3h
31
45
E
1
10
N
28
34
68
0
We
19
4h
31
45
E
1
10
N
28
34
60
0
We
19
5h
31
44
E
1
10
N
28
34
52
0
We
19
6h
31
44
E
1
10
N
28
34
44
0
We
19
7h
31
42
E
1
10
N
28
34
61
0
We
19
8h
31
41
SE
1.1
10
N
28
34
79
0
We
19
9h
31
40
SE
1.1
10
N
28
34
96
0
We
19
10h
32
40
SE
1.1
10
N
28
34
77
0
We
19
11h
32
41
SE
1
10
N
28
34
58
0.1
We
19
12h
32
41
SE
1
10
N
28
34
71
0.1
We
19
13h
32
41
SE
1
10
N
28
34
32
0.1
We
19
14h
32
41
SE
1
11
N
28
34
26
0
We
19
15h
32
41
SE
1
11
N
28
34
19
0
We
19
16h
31
44
SE
1
10
N
28
34
39
0
We
19
17h
30
47
SE
0.9
9
N
28
34
59
0
We
19
18h
29
50
SE
0.9
8
N
28
34
79
0
We
19
19h
30
49
SE
1
9
N
28
34
67
0
We
19
20h
30
49
E
1
10
N
28
34
54
0
We
19
21h
30
48
E
1.1
10
N
28
34
41
0
We
19
22h
32
49
E
1.1
10
N
28
34
40
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
20
0h
35
50
E
1.2
10
N
28
34
37
0
Th
20
1h
37
50
E
1.2
10
N
28
34
42
0
Th
20
2h
39
50
E
1.3
10
N
28
34
46
0
Th
20
3h
40
51
E
1.3
10
N
28
34
50
0
Th
20
4h
40
50
E
1.3
10
N
28
34
56
0
Th
20
5h
40
49
E
1.3
10
N
28
34
62
0
Th
20
6h
40
48
E
1.3
10
N
28
34
68
0
Th
20
7h
40
49
E
1.3
10
N
28
34
64
0.1
Th
20
8h
40
51
SE
1.3
10
N
28
34
60
0.1
Th
20
9h
39
53
SE
1.3
10
N
29
34
56
0.2
Th
20
10h
39
52
SE
1.3
10
N
29
34
56
0.2
Th
20
11h
37
51
SE
1.2
10
N
29
34
57
0.3
Th
20
12h
37
50
SE
1.2
10
N
29
34
58
0.3
Th
20
13h
37
51
E
1.2
10
N
29
34
54
0.2
Th
20
14h
37
51
E
1.2
10
N
29
34
51
0.2
Th
20
15h
37
51
E
1.2
10
N
29
34
85
0.1
Th
20
16h
36
54
E
1.2
10
N
29
34
58
0.1
Th
20
17h
36
57
E
1.1
10
N
29
34
68
0.1
Th
20
18h
36
59
E
1.1
10
N
28
34
79
0.1
Th
20
19h
37
56
E
1.1
10
N
28
34
73
0.1
Th
20
20h
37
53
E
1.2
10
N
28
34
67
0
Th
20
21h
38
50
E
1.2
10
N
28
34
62
0
Th
20
22h
39
50
E
1.2
10
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
21
0h
42
49
E
1.3
10
N
28
34
49
0
Fr
21
1h
42
48
E
1.3
10
N
28
34
49
0
Fr
21
2h
42
47
E
1.3
10
N
28
34
50
0.1
Fr
21
3h
42
46
E
1.3
10
N
28
34
51
0.1
Fr
21
4h
42
52
E
1.3
10
N
28
34
50
0.1
Fr
21
5h
42
58
E
1.3
10
N
28
34
49
0
Fr
21
6h
42
64
E
1.3
10
N
28
34
47
0
Fr
21
7h
42
57
E
1.3
10
N
28
34
39
0
Fr
21
8h
41
50
E
1.2
10
N
28
34
31
0
Fr
21
9h
40
42
E
1.2
10
N
28
34
23
0
Fr
21
10h
40
45
E
1.2
10
N
28
34
28
0
Fr
21
11h
40
49
E
1.2
10
N
28
34
33
0
Fr
21
12h
41
51
E
1.2
10
N
28
34
38
0
Fr
21
13h
40
49
E
1.2
10
N
28
34
38
0
Fr
21
14h
39
47
E
1.2
10
N
28
34
37
0
Fr
21
15h
38
44
E
1.2
10
N
28
34
37
0
Fr
21
16h
39
45
E
1.2
10
N
28
34
26
0
Fr
21
17h
39
45
E
1.2
10
N
28
34
15
0
Fr
21
18h
40
45
E
1.2
10
N
28
34
4
0
Fr
21
19h
40
45
E
1.2
10
N
28
34
10
0
Fr
21
20h
40
45
E
1.2
10
N
28
34
17
0
Fr
21
21h
40
46
E
1.2
10
N
28
34
23
0
Fr
21
22h
41
48
E
1.2
10
N
28
34
42
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 12-18 mph (19-29kph) 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 difference of about 2-3 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 off shore sites.

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