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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 • 27 February
0h
33
44
NE
1.2
8
NW
24
24
99
0.1
1h
33
43
NE
1.2
8
NW
24
24
97
0.1
2h
33
44
NE
1.2
8
NW
24
24
96
0.1
3h
34
45
NE
1.3
8
NW
24
24
94
0.1
4h
33
44
NE
1.3
8
NW
24
24
81
0
5h
35
45
E
1.3
8
NW
24
24
82
0
6h
35
46
E
1.3
8
NW
24
24
84
0.1
7h
35
46
E
1.4
8
NW
24
24
85
0.1
8h
35
46
NE
1.2
8
NW
24
24
94
0.4
9h
35
46
E
1.3
8
NW
24
24
99
0.1
10h
35
47
E
1.2
7
W
24
24
68
0
11h
33
46
E
1.1
7
NW
24
24
89
0
12h
33
45
NE
1.1
7
NW
24
24
83
0.3
13h
32
46
NE
1.2
7
NW
23
24
79
0.3
14h
32
46
NE
1.1
7
NW
23
24
94
0.2
15h
33
46
E
1.1
7
NW
24
24
89
0
16h
33
47
E
1.2
7
W
24
24
98
0
17h
35
50
NE
1.2
7
NW
24
24
94
0
18h
36
51
E
1.2
7
NW
24
24
94
0.4
19h
35
50
E
1.2
7
NW
24
24
90
0
20h
35
48
E
1.2
7
NW
24
24
87
0
21h
36
49
E
1.2
7
NW
24
24
84
0
22h
36
50
E
1.2
9
NW
24
24
83
0.2
23h
36
50
E
1.2
7
NW
24
24
83
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 • 28 February
0h
37
49
E
1.3
7
NW
24
24
83
0.1
1h
36
48
E
1.3
8
NW
24
24
93
0.3
2h
37
48
E
1.2
9
N
24
24
100
0.4
3h
38
51
E
1.3
8
N
24
24
100
0.3
4h
39
51
E
1.3
8
N
24
24
98
0.3
5h
40
54
E
1.3
8
N
24
24
95
0.1
6h
40
55
E
1.3
8
N
24
24
97
0.2
7h
39
54
E
1.2
8
NW
24
24
90
0
8h
41
54
E
1.4
8
N
24
24
87
0
9h
41
55
E
1.4
8
N
24
24
88
0
10h
38
51
E
1.2
10
N
24
24
85
0
11h
37
51
E
1.2
8
N
24
24
100
0
12h
35
47
E
1.1
8
N
24
24
92
0
13h
34
48
E
1
9
N
24
24
100
0
14h
33
47
E
1.1
8
N
24
24
96
0
15h
33
46
E
1.1
9
N
24
24
94
0
16h
32
45
E
1.1
9
N
24
24
87
0
17h
33
48
E
1.1
9
N
24
24
87
0
18h
33
48
E
1
9
N
24
24
79
0
19h
34
49
E
1.1
9
N
24
24
75
0
20h
33
45
E
1.1
9
N
24
24
78
0
21h
32
44
E
1
8
N
24
24
76
0
22h
32
44
E
1
8
N
24
24
70
0
23h
31
43
E
1
8
N
24
24
55
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 • 29 February
0h
32
43
E
1
8
N
24
24
38
0
1h
32
44
E
1
8
N
24
24
20
0
2h
33
44
E
1.1
8
N
24
24
43
0
3h
32
43
E
1
8
N
24
24
70
0
4h
30
39
E
0.9
8
N
24
24
76
0
5h
30
40
E
0.9
8
N
24
24
85
0
6h
32
42
E
1
8
N
24
24
88
0
7h
32
43
E
1
8
N
24
24
89
0.1
8h
31
41
E
1
7
N
24
24
75
0.1
9h
31
41
E
1
7
N
24
24
51
0.1
10h
31
41
NE
0.9
8
N
24
24
81
0.1
11h
30
42
NE
1
7
NW
23
24
88
0
12h
29
41
NE
1
7
NW
24
24
30
0
13h
28
41
NE
0.9
8
N
24
24
24
0
14h
29
43
NE
0.9
13
N
23
24
23
0
15h
31
45
NE
1
13
N
23
24
51
0
16h
32
47
NE
1
8
N
23
24
38
0
17h
33
48
NE
1.1
13
N
23
24
46
0
18h
36
52
NE
1.2
13
N
23
24
47
0
19h
37
39
NE
1.1
12
N
23
24
22
0
20h
38
51
NE
1.3
13
N
24
24
43
0
21h
38
51
E
1.2
13
N
23
24
51
0
22h
38
51
E
1.2
12
N
23
24
48
0
23h
36
49
E
1.2
13
N
23
24
53
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 • 1 March
0h
36
47
E
1.1
12
N
23
24
46
0
1h
36
47
E
1.1
8
N
23
24
84
0
2h
35
46
E
1.1
12
N
23
24
81
0
3h
35
46
E
1.1
12
N
23
24
86
0
4h
35
46
E
1.2
12
N
23
24
73
0
5h
34
45
E
1.1
12
N
23
24
86
0
6h
35
46
E
1.1
12
N
24
24
75
0
7h
35
47
E
1.2
12
N
24
24
25
0
8h
35
46
E
1.1
12
N
24
24
41
0
9h
35
47
E
1.1
12
N
24
24
22
0
10h
36
47
E
1.2
12
N
24
24
25
0
11h
36
51
E
1.1
12
N
24
24
29
0
12h
36
51
E
1.1
12
N
24
24
33
0
13h
36
52
E
1.2
11
N
24
24
37
0
14h
37
52
E
1.3
12
NW
24
24
64
0
15h
37
52
E
1.3
12
NW
24
24
77
0
16h
39
56
E
1.2
11
N
24
24
76
0
17h
40
56
E
1.4
12
NW
24
24
80
0
18h
40
57
E
1.4
12
NW
24
24
86
0
19h
41
59
E
1.4
11
N
24
24
96
0
20h
42
57
E
1.5
12
NW
24
24
99
0
21h
41
57
E
1.5
12
NW
24
24
65
0
22h
41
58
E
1.4
11
N
24
24
40
0
23h
40
56
E
1.4
12
NW
24
24
42
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 • 2 March
0h
41
54
E
1.5
12
NW
24
24
40
0
1h
40
54
E
1.5
11
NW
24
24
44
0
2h
37
50
E
1.3
12
NW
24
24
14
0
3h
36
48
E
1.2
12
NW
24
24
72
0
4h
37
50
E
1.5
11
NW
24
24
78
0.2
5h
40
53
E
1.4
12
NW
24
24
85
0.1
6h
40
53
E
1.4
12
NW
24
24
80
0.2
7h
42
55
E
1.3
10
NW
24
24
77
0.3
8h
42
56
E
1.6
12
NW
24
24
53
0
9h
42
57
E
1.5
12
NW
24
24
62
0
10h
41
55
E
1.4
10
NW
24
24
13
0
11h
40
57
E
1.4
12
NW
24
24
21
0
12h
38
43
E
1.3
10
NW
24
24
10
0
13h
37
55
E
1.4
9
NW
24
24
76
0
14h
37
54
E
1.3
10
NW
24
24
62
0
15h
38
56
E
1.3
10
NW
24
24
46
0
16h
38
39
E
1.5
9
NW
24
24
47
0
17h
38
43
E
1.3
9
NW
24
24
48
0
18h
37
55
E
1.4
10
NW
24
24
51
0
19h
38
44
E
1.2
9
NW
24
24
69
0
20h
39
53
E
1.3
9
NW
24
24
67
0
21h
40
54
E
1.4
9
NW
24
24
57
0
22h
39
55
E
1.3
9
NW
24
24
77
0
23h
39
54
E
1.3
8
NW
24
24
91
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 • 3 March
0h
37
49
E
1.3
8
NW
24
24
96
0
1h
36
49
E
1.2
8
NW
24
24
93
0
2h
35
48
E
1.2
8
NW
24
24
92
0
3h
34
46
E
1.2
8
NW
24
24
78
0
4h
33
45
E
1
8
NW
24
24
62
0
5h
33
44
E
1.1
8
NW
24
24
52
0
6h
32
44
E
1.1
9
NW
24
24
54
0
7h
30
41
E
1.1
8
NW
24
24
66
0.1
8h
31
41
E
1.1
8
NW
24
26
62
0
9h
31
42
E
1.1
8
NW
25
26
58
0
10h
32
43
E
1.1
8
NW
25
24
53
0
11h
31
43
E
1.1
9
NW
25
26
57
0
12h
31
44
E
1.1
9
NW
24
26
61
0
13h
31
44
E
1.1
9
NW
24
24
64
0
14h
31
44
E
1.1
9
NW
24
26
63
0
15h
30
44
E
1.1
9
NW
24
26
61
0
16h
30
44
E
1
9
NW
24
24
60
0
17h
32
47
E
1.1
9
NW
24
26
57
0
18h
33
49
E
1.1
10
NW
24
26
54
0
19h
34
52
E
1.2
10
NW
24
24
52
0
20h
35
51
E
1.2
10
NW
24
26
55
0
21h
36
51
E
1.2
10
NW
24
26
58
0
22h
36
50
E
1.3
10
NW
24
24
62
0
23h
36
50
E
1.2
9
NW
24
26
61
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 • 4 March
0h
36
49
E
1.2
8
NW
25
26
60
0
1h
35
48
E
1.2
7
NW
25
24
59
0
2h
35
47
E
1.1
8
NW
25
26
60
0.1
3h
35
47
E
1.1
8
NW
24
26
61
0.1
4h
34
46
E
1
9
NW
24
24
62
0.2
5h
34
46
E
1
9
NW
24
26
67
0.2
6h
34
46
E
1
9
NW
24
26
71
0.2
7h
33
46
E
1
9
NW
24
24
75
0.3
8h
33
46
E
1
9
NW
24
26
72
0.2
9h
34
46
E
1
9
NW
24
26
68
0.2
10h
34
46
E
1
9
NW
24
24
65
0.1
11h
33
47
E
1
9
NW
24
26
64
0.1
12h
33
47
E
1.1
9
NW
24
26
64
0.1
13h
33
48
E
1.1
9
NW
24
24
63
0
14h
33
49
E
1.2
9
NW
24
26
56
0
15h
33
50
E
1.3
9
NW
24
26
50
0
16h
34
51
E
1.3
9
NW
24
24
80
0
17h
35
47
E
1.4
9
NW
24
26
43
0
18h
36
43
E
1.4
9
NW
24
26
42
0
19h
37
39
E
1.4
9
NW
24
24
79
0
20h
37
43
E
1.4
9
NW
24
26
48
0
21h
36
47
E
1.4
9
NW
24
26
55
0
22h
36
51
E
1.4
9
NW
24
24
62
0
23h
36
50
E
1.4
9
NW
24
26
62
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.