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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 • 22 April
0h
28
39
E
0.9
10
NE
26
24
82
0
1h
27
37
SE
1
10
E
25
24
75
0.1
2h
28
37
SE
0.9
10
NE
25
24
71
0.1
3h
24
33
SE
0.7
8
NE
25
24
74
0.1
4h
23
31
SE
0.9
10
E
26
24
75
0
5h
23
32
SE
0.7
8
NE
26
24
77
0
6h
24
33
E
0.7
8
NE
26
24
62
0
7h
23
31
E
1
10
E
26
24
75
0
8h
24
34
E
0.9
8
NE
26
24
88
0.1
9h
27
36
SE
0.8
8
NE
26
24
70
0.1
10h
26
35
SE
1
10
E
26
24
72
0.1
11h
22
37
SE
0.7
8
NE
24
24
71
0.6
12h
19
23
SE
0.6
8
NE
21
24
12
0
13h
17
18
SE
0.7
7
E
22
24
74
1
14h
17
25
SE
0.6
6
NE
25
24
27
0
15h
16
23
E
0.4
6
NE
26
24
57
0
16h
17
23
E
0.6
7
E
26
24
65
0
17h
17
24
E
0.5
6
NE
26
24
72
0
18h
18
26
E
0.8
11
NE
26
24
79
0
19h
19
26
E
0.6
7
NE
26
24
66
0
20h
19
27
E
0.8
11
NE
26
24
78
0.1
21h
19
28
E
0.9
10
NE
25
24
78
0
22h
21
29
E
0.7
9
NE
25
24
26
0
23h
21
30
E
0.9
10
NE
25
24
74
0
Windspeed (kph)
Wind Gusts (kph)
Wind Direction
Waves (m)
Wave Period (s)
Wave Direction
Tide
Temperature (°C)
Water Temp. (°C)
Clouds (%)
Rainfall (mm)
Tuesday • 23 April
0h
19
26
SE
0.8
10
NE
25
24
64
0
1h
19
26
SE
0.7
10
NE
25
24
66
0
2h
18
25
E
0.8
10
NE
25
24
71
0
3h
17
23
E
0.4
7
NE
25
24
68
0
4h
15
21
E
0.6
7
NE
25
24
51
0
5h
14
19
E
0.4
7
NE
25
24
84
0
6h
13
18
E
0.4
7
NE
25
24
18
0
7h
12
17
E
0.6
7
NE
25
24
81
0
8h
11
15
E
0.3
7
NE
26
24
8
0
9h
10
14
E
0.3
7
NE
26
24
5
0
10h
9
13
E
0.6
7
NE
26
24
2
0
11h
9
20
NE
0.2
7
NE
21
24
7
0
12h
10
16
NE
0.2
7
NE
24
24
15
0
13h
10
15
NE
0.5
7
NE
25
24
21
0
14h
10
21
NE
0.3
7
NE
23
24
12
0
15h
12
17
NE
0.3
7
NE
26
24
39
0
16h
15
22
NE
0.5
7
E
26
24
47
0
17h
18
25
NE
0.7
9
NE
26
24
79
0
18h
19
26
NE
0.6
7
NE
26
24
83
0
19h
19
27
NE
0.6
7
E
26
24
78
0
20h
20
28
NE
0.7
7
N
26
24
81
0
21h
21
29
NE
0.7
7
N
26
24
84
0.1
22h
22
32
NE
0.6
7
N
25
24
84
0.1
23h
24
33
NE
0.9
12
N
25
24
75
0.1
Windspeed (kph)
Wind Gusts (kph)
Wind Direction
Waves (m)
Wave Period (s)
Wave Direction
Tide
Temperature (°C)
Water Temp. (°C)
Clouds (%)
Rainfall (mm)
Wednesday • 24 April
0h
23
31
NE
0.9
12
N
26
24
69
0
1h
22
30
E
0.9
12
N
25
24
68
0
2h
22
30
E
1.1
11
N
25
24
64
0
3h
22
30
E
1.1
11
N
25
24
58
0
4h
23
32
E
0.8
11
N
25
24
52
0
5h
23
31
E
0.7
11
N
25
24
51
0
6h
24
32
E
0.7
10
N
25
24
49
0
7h
23
31
E
0.8
10
N
25
24
58
0
8h
23
31
E
0.8
10
N
25
24
57
0
9h
23
31
E
0.7
10
N
25
24
39
0
10h
23
31
E
0.7
10
N
25
24
32
0
11h
22
33
E
0.7
10
N
24
24
59
0
12h
22
32
E
0.7
10
N
25
24
59
0
13h
21
30
E
0.7
10
N
25
24
62
0
14h
22
32
E
0.7
10
N
25
24
44
0
15h
22
31
E
0.7
10
N
25
24
54
0
16h
23
32
NE
0.8
10
N
25
24
45
0
17h
24
34
NE
0.8
10
N
25
24
22
0
18h
24
35
NE
0.8
10
N
25
24
23
0
19h
26
35
NE
0.9
10
N
25
24
24
0
20h
27
38
NE
0.9
10
N
25
24
40
0
21h
27
37
E
0.9
10
N
25
24
54
0
22h
27
37
E
0.9
10
N
25
24
60
0
23h
26
37
E
0.9
10
N
25
24
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)
Thursday • 25 April
0h
26
36
E
0.8
10
N
25
24
60
0
1h
26
35
E
0.9
10
N
25
24
21
0
2h
24
33
E
0.8
10
N
25
24
23
0
3h
25
34
NE
0.8
10
N
25
24
25
0
4h
26
35
NE
0.9
10
N
24
24
29
0
5h
26
34
NE
0.8
11
N
25
24
35
0
6h
27
36
NE
0.9
11
N
25
24
68
0
7h
27
36
NE
1
10
N
25
24
79
0
8h
27
37
NE
0.9
11
N
25
24
83
0
9h
27
37
NE
1
12
N
25
24
83
0
10h
27
36
NE
1
10
N
25
24
94
0
11h
27
41
NE
0.9
12
N
24
24
77
0
12h
28
40
NE
0.9
12
N
25
24
64
0
13h
27
40
NE
0.9
11
N
25
24
65
0.1
14h
28
40
NE
0.9
11
N
25
24
66
0.1
15h
28
41
NE
0.9
11
N
25
24
70
0.1
16h
29
41
NE
0.9
11
N
25
24
71
0.1
17h
31
45
NE
0.9
11
N
24
24
74
0
18h
31
43
NE
1
11
N
25
24
76
0.1
19h
31
42
NE
1
11
N
25
24
77
0
20h
31
43
NE
1
11
N
25
24
77
0
21h
30
42
NE
0.9
11
N
25
24
75
0
22h
28
39
E
0.9
11
N
25
24
79
0
23h
27
38
E
0.9
10
N
24
24
77
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 • 26 April
0h
26
35
E
0.8
10
N
25
24
81
0.2
1h
25
33
E
0.8
10
N
25
24
78
0
2h
24
33
E
0.8
10
N
24
24
76
0.7
3h
24
32
NE
0.8
10
N
24
24
81
0.7
4h
24
32
NE
0.8
10
N
24
24
86
0.1
5h
24
32
NE
0.7
10
N
24
24
84
0
6h
24
33
NE
1.6
10
N
24
24
82
0.9
7h
24
33
NE
1.6
10
N
24
24
87
0.2
8h
24
33
NE
1.4
10
N
24
24
80
0.2
9h
26
35
NE
1.4
10
N
24
24
81
0
10h
26
35
NE
1.5
10
N
24
24
77
0
11h
27
38
NE
1.4
10
N
24
24
75
0
12h
26
36
NE
1.3
10
N
24
24
73
0.1
13h
26
36
NE
1.5
9
N
24
24
80
0
14h
26
37
NE
1.3
9
N
25
24
73
0
15h
28
39
NE
1.3
9
N
25
24
69
0
16h
28
39
E
1.6
9
N
25
24
66
0.1
17h
29
41
NE
1.2
9
N
25
24
62
0.1
18h
30
42
NE
1.2
9
N
25
24
72
0.5
19h
30
44
NE
1.4
9
NE
24
24
77
0
20h
32
44
NE
1.4
9
NE
25
24
77
0
21h
31
43
NE
1.4
9
NE
25
24
74
0.8
22h
30
42
E
1.4
9
NE
24
24
77
0
23h
30
42
E
1.3
9
NE
24
24
78
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 • 27 April
0h
30
41
E
1.2
8
NE
25
24
77
0.1
1h
30
41
E
1.2
8
NE
25
24
71
0
2h
31
41
E
1.2
8
NE
25
26
71
0
3h
31
41
E
1.3
8
NE
25
26
71
0.1
4h
32
42
E
1.3
8
NE
25
24
71
0.1
5h
33
43
E
1.3
10
NE
25
26
78
0.1
6h
33
45
NE
1.2
12
NE
25
26
85
0.1
7h
35
46
NE
1.2
13
NE
25
24
92
0.1
8h
36
48
NE
1.2
13
NE
25
26
91
0.1
9h
38
51
NE
1.2
13
NE
25
26
90
0.1
10h
40
53
NE
1.2
13
NE
25
24
89
0.1
11h
39
52
NE
1.1
13
NE
24
26
88
0.1
12h
38
51
NE
1.1
13
NE
24
26
87
0
13h
37
50
NE
1.1
13
NE
24
24
85
0
14h
36
50
NE
1.1
13
NE
24
26
86
0
15h
36
49
NE
1.2
13
NE
24
26
88
0
16h
35
49
NE
1.2
12
NE
24
24
89
0
17h
36
50
NE
1.2
12
NE
24
26
87
0
18h
37
52
NE
1.2
12
NE
24
26
86
0
19h
37
53
NE
1.2
12
NE
24
24
84
0
20h
37
53
NE
1.2
12
NE
24
26
81
0
21h
38
52
NE
1.2
12
NE
24
26
78
0
22h
38
51
NE
1.2
12
NE
24
24
74
0
23h
37
50
NE
1.2
12
NE
24
26
66
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 • 28 April
0h
36
48
NE
1.1
12
NE
24
26
58
0
1h
35
47
NE
1
12
NE
24
24
50
0
2h
35
46
NE
1
12
NE
24
26
45
0
3h
35
46
NE
1
12
NE
24
26
41
0
4h
35
45
E
1
11
NE
24
24
76
0
5h
35
46
E
1
11
NE
24
26
38
0
6h
35
46
E
1.1
11
NE
24
26
39
0
7h
36
47
E
1.2
11
NE
24
24
76
0.1
8h
35
46
E
1.1
11
NE
24
26
35
0
9h
34
45
E
1.1
11
NE
24
26
31
0
10h
33
44
E
1.1
11
NE
24
24
86
0
11h
34
46
NE
1.1
11
NE
24
26
41
0
12h
35
48
NE
1
11
NE
24
26
55
0
13h
36
51
NE
1
11
NE
24
24
69
0.1
14h
36
50
NE
1
11
NE
24
26
73
0
15h
36
50
NE
1.1
11
NE
24
26
76
0
16h
36
50
NE
1.1
11
NE
24
24
79
0
17h
36
50
NE
1.2
11
NE
24
26
80
0
18h
35
50
NE
1.3
11
NE
24
26
82
0
19h
35
50
NE
1.4
11
NE
24
24
83
0
20h
34
48
NE
1.3
9
NE
24
26
75
0
21h
33
45
NE
1.2
7
NE
24
26
67
0
22h
31
42
NE
1.1
5
NE
24
24
59
0
23h
31
41
E
1.2
6
NE
24
26
64
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.