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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 • 19 July
0h
36
48
E
1.2
0
E
29
27
40
0
1h
37
51
E
1.2
5
E
28
27
44
0
2h
37
51
E
1.2
0
E
28
27
48
0
3h
36
49
E
1.2
0
E
28
27
69
0
4h
37
49
E
1.1
5
E
28
27
62
0.1
5h
37
51
E
1.2
0
E
28
27
52
0
6h
37
51
E
1.1
0
E
28
27
85
0
7h
37
50
E
1.2
5
E
28
27
55
0
8h
37
51
E
1.2
0
E
28
27
61
0.1
9h
37
49
E
1.1
0
E
28
27
62
0
10h
35
47
E
1.2
5
E
28
27
45
0
11h
34
51
E
1.1
0
E
28
27
60
0
12h
35
50
E
1.1
0
E
28
27
60
0
13h
35
52
E
1.1
5
E
28
27
61
0
14h
35
50
E
1
0
E
28
27
55
0
15h
34
49
E
1.1
0
E
28
27
71
0
16h
35
49
E
1.1
5
E
28
27
58
0
17h
35
50
E
1.1
0
E
28
27
71
0
18h
36
50
E
1.1
0
E
28
27
38
0
19h
37
50
E
1.2
5
E
28
27
36
0
20h
38
52
E
1.3
0
E
28
27
72
0
21h
39
52
E
1.3
0
E
28
27
25
0
22h
39
54
E
1.3
5
E
28
27
72
0
23h
39
54
E
1.3
0
E
28
27
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)
Saturday • 20 July
0h
39
53
E
1.3
0
E
28
27
71
0
1h
39
52
E
1.3
5
E
28
27
83
0
2h
40
54
E
1.3
0
E
28
27
55
0
3h
39
52
E
1.3
0
E
28
27
59
0
4h
39
54
E
1.3
5
E
28
27
65
0
5h
39
52
E
1.3
0
E
28
27
64
0
6h
39
53
E
1.3
0
E
28
27
61
0
7h
39
53
E
1.3
5
E
28
27
64
0
8h
40
54
E
1.3
0
E
28
27
60
0
9h
40
54
E
1.3
0
E
28
27
71
0
10h
39
54
E
1.3
5
E
28
27
74
0
11h
38
43
E
1.3
0
E
28
27
49
0
12h
37
40
E
1.3
0
E
28
27
55
0
13h
37
40
E
1.2
6
E
28
27
31
0
14h
38
56
E
1.2
0
E
28
27
36
0
15h
37
54
E
1.2
0
E
28
27
34
0
16h
39
56
E
1.1
6
E
28
27
22
0
17h
39
56
E
1.4
0
E
28
27
33
0
18h
39
54
E
1.4
0
E
28
27
17
0
19h
39
54
E
1.3
6
E
28
27
17
0
20h
39
52
E
1.1
0
E
28
27
15
0
21h
40
55
SE
1.2
0
E
28
27
14
0
22h
36
50
SE
1.3
6
E
28
27
26
0
23h
33
46
SE
1.4
0
E
28
27
23
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 • 21 July
0h
30
41
E
1.3
0
E
29
27
49
0
1h
30
41
E
1.1
6
E
29
27
91
0
2h
29
40
E
1.3
6
E
29
27
95
0
3h
31
43
E
1.1
6
E
29
27
100
0
4h
37
51
E
1.2
6
E
28
27
47
0
5h
42
58
E
1.1
6
E
28
27
88
0.1
6h
41
56
E
1.2
6
E
28
27
37
0
7h
39
53
E
1.3
6
E
28
27
74
0.1
8h
40
53
SE
1.2
6
E
28
27
60
0
9h
39
52
SE
1.2
6
E
28
27
51
0
10h
38
51
SE
1.3
6
E
28
27
46
0
11h
37
55
E
1.1
6
E
28
27
65
0
12h
37
54
E
1.1
6
E
28
27
71
0
13h
35
51
E
1.2
6
E
28
27
72
0
14h
32
46
E
1
6
E
28
27
58
0
15h
29
41
E
1
6
E
28
27
76
0
16h
30
43
E
1.1
6
E
28
27
100
0
17h
31
44
E
1
6
E
28
27
46
0
18h
31
44
E
1
6
E
28
27
70
0
19h
32
45
E
1.1
6
E
28
27
80
0
20h
34
47
E
1.1
6
E
28
27
63
0
21h
34
46
E
1.1
6
E
28
27
59
0
22h
35
49
E
1.2
6
E
28
27
49
0
23h
34
48
E
1.1
6
E
28
27
57
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 • 22 July
0h
32
44
E
1.1
6
E
28
27
52
0
1h
33
44
E
1.2
6
E
28
27
51
0
2h
33
44
E
1.2
6
E
28
27
83
0
3h
34
46
E
1.1
6
E
28
27
87
0
4h
33
45
E
1.2
5
E
28
27
89
0
5h
32
44
E
1.1
6
E
28
27
73
0
6h
30
41
E
1.1
6
E
29
27
15
0
7h
30
41
E
1.1
5
E
28
27
24
0
8h
32
43
E
1.1
6
E
28
27
52
0
9h
32
43
E
1.1
6
E
28
27
60
0
10h
33
45
E
1.2
5
E
28
27
40
0
11h
32
49
E
1
6
E
28
27
41
0
12h
32
48
E
1.1
6
E
28
27
43
0
13h
31
46
E
1
5
E
28
27
57
0
14h
30
44
E
1.1
6
E
28
27
63
0
15h
31
45
E
1.1
6
E
28
27
60
0.1
16h
33
46
E
1.1
5
E
28
27
66
0
17h
35
48
E
1.1
6
E
28
27
65
0.1
18h
36
50
E
1.1
6
E
28
27
76
0
19h
37
55
E
1.2
5
E
28
27
15
0
20h
37
52
E
1.2
5
E
28
27
42
0
21h
36
49
E
1.2
5
E
28
27
65
0
22h
36
50
E
1.2
5
E
28
27
65
0
23h
38
52
E
1.2
5
E
28
27
76
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 July
0h
36
48
E
1.3
5
E
28
27
79
0
1h
35
48
E
1.3
5
E
28
27
78
0
2h
35
48
E
1.2
5
E
28
27
81
0
3h
35
47
E
1.2
5
E
28
27
82
0
4h
35
47
E
1.1
5
E
28
27
74
0
5h
35
47
E
1.1
5
E
28
27
73
0
6h
36
47
E
1.1
5
E
28
27
75
0
7h
35
47
E
1
5
E
28
27
76
0
8h
34
47
E
1.1
5
E
28
27
76
0.1
9h
34
47
E
1.1
5
E
28
27
75
0
10h
34
47
E
1.2
5
E
28
27
76
0.1
11h
33
51
E
1.1
5
E
28
27
68
0
12h
33
48
E
1.1
5
E
28
27
59
0
13h
33
49
E
1.2
5
E
28
27
52
0
14h
33
48
E
1.2
5
E
28
29
57
0
15h
33
47
E
1.2
5
E
28
29
61
0
16h
32
46
E
1.2
5
E
28
27
66
0
17h
33
47
E
1.2
5
E
28
29
69
0
18h
34
48
E
1.2
5
E
28
29
73
0
19h
35
49
E
1.2
5
E
28
27
76
0
20h
35
49
E
1.3
5
E
28
29
57
0
21h
35
49
E
1.3
5
E
28
29
38
0
22h
35
49
E
1.3
5
E
28
27
19
0
23h
35
49
E
1.3
5
E
28
29
32
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 • 24 July
0h
35
49
E
1.2
5
E
28
29
45
0
1h
36
48
E
1.2
5
E
28
27
57
0
2h
36
49
E
1.2
5
E
28
29
59
0
3h
36
49
E
1.2
5
E
28
29
60
0
4h
36
49
E
1.2
5
E
28
27
62
0
5h
36
49
E
1.2
5
E
28
29
66
0
6h
36
48
E
1.2
5
E
28
29
70
0
7h
35
47
E
1.2
5
E
28
27
74
0
8h
36
48
E
1.2
5
E
28
29
76
0.1
9h
36
49
E
1.2
5
E
28
29
79
0.1
10h
37
50
E
1.2
5
E
28
27
81
0.2
11h
36
51
E
1.1
5
E
28
29
73
0.2
12h
35
51
E
1.1
5
E
28
29
66
0.1
13h
35
52
E
1.1
5
E
28
27
58
0.1
14h
35
51
E
1.1
5
E
28
29
63
0.1
15h
35
50
E
1.1
5
E
28
29
69
0.1
16h
35
49
E
1.1
5
E
28
27
74
0.1
17h
36
50
E
1.1
5
E
28
29
70
0.1
18h
37
50
E
1.1
5
E
28
29
65
0.1
19h
38
51
E
1.2
5
E
28
27
61
0
20h
39
53
E
1.2
5
E
28
29
64
0
21h
40
54
E
1.3
5
E
28
29
67
0.1
22h
40
56
E
1.3
5
E
28
27
70
0.1
23h
40
55
E
1.3
5
E
28
29
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 July
0h
40
55
E
1.3
5
E
28
29
55
0
1h
40
54
E
1.2
5
E
28
27
86
0
2h
40
54
E
1.3
5
E
28
29
57
0.1
3h
41
54
E
1.3
5
E
28
29
66
0.1
4h
41
54
E
1.3
5
E
28
27
75
0.1
5h
40
54
E
1.3
5
E
28
29
66
0.1
6h
40
54
E
1.3
5
E
28
29
56
0
7h
40
54
E
1.2
5
E
28
27
47
0
8h
39
52
E
1.2
5
E
28
29
33
0
9h
38
51
E
1.2
5
E
28
29
19
0
10h
37
49
E
1.3
5
E
28
27
6
0
11h
37
48
E
1.2
5
E
28
29
21
0
12h
38
46
E
1.1
5
E
28
29
37
0
13h
39
45
E
1
5
E
28
27
53
0
14h
38
47
E
1.1
5
E
28
29
47
0
15h
37
49
E
1.1
5
E
28
29
42
0
16h
36
51
E
1.2
5
E
28
27
37
0
17h
37
52
E
1.2
5
E
28
29
34
0
18h
38
53
E
1.3
5
E
28
29
30
0
19h
39
54
E
1.4
5
E
28
27
27
0
20h
40
55
E
1.5
5
E
28
29
28
0
21h
40
55
E
1.5
5
E
28
29
29
0
22h
41
56
E
1.6
5
E
28
27
87
0
23h
41
55
E
1.6
5
E
28
29
38
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.