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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 • 24 May
0h
8
10
N
0.3
7
E
26
26
19
0
1h
5
7
NW
0.4
7
E
26
26
23
0
2h
3
4
W
0.1
7
E
26
26
19
0
3h
6
8
W
0.1
7
E
26
26
21
0
4h
10
14
W
0.1
8
E
26
26
64
0
5h
12
16
NW
0.2
7
E
26
26
67
0
6h
8
10
NW
0.3
7
E
26
26
41
0
7h
9
12
NW
0.2
7
E
26
26
31
0
8h
9
13
NW
0.3
7
E
26
26
76
0.4
9h
8
11
NW
0.3
7
E
26
26
54
0
10h
7
10
NW
0.2
7
E
26
26
36
0
11h
9
15
NW
0.3
7
E
25
26
83
0.9
12h
8
12
NW
0.3
7
E
26
26
22
0
13h
9
14
NW
0.1
7
E
26
26
32
0
14h
12
17
W
0.3
7
E
26
26
32
0
15h
12
18
NW
0.3
7
E
27
26
32
0
16h
14
20
NW
0.3
7
E
27
26
32
0
17h
14
20
NW
0.3
7
NE
27
26
29
0
18h
13
19
NW
0.3
7
NE
27
26
32
0
19h
12
17
NW
0.3
7
E
27
26
35
0
20h
12
17
N
0.4
7
NE
27
26
42
0
21h
12
16
N
0.4
7
NE
27
26
57
0
22h
9
13
N
0.1
7
E
27
26
71
0
23h
8
11
N
0.4
7
NE
26
26
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)
Saturday • 25 May
0h
5
7
N
0.3
7
NE
26
26
69
0
1h
4
6
NW
0.1
8
E
26
26
42
0
2h
5
6
NW
0.3
8
NE
26
26
88
0
3h
4
5
NW
0.3
8
NE
26
26
73
0
4h
5
7
NW
0.2
8
E
26
26
78
0
5h
5
7
N
0.3
8
NE
26
26
73
0
6h
8
10
N
0.3
8
NE
26
26
86
0
7h
8
10
N
0.1
8
E
26
26
24
0
8h
8
11
N
0.3
8
NE
26
26
15
0
9h
6
9
NE
0.3
8
NE
26
26
15
0
10h
6
9
N
0.1
8
E
26
26
19
0
11h
6
9
N
0.3
8
NE
26
26
19
0
12h
6
13
N
0.1
8
NE
23
26
12
0
13h
8
17
N
0.3
8
E
23
26
9
0
14h
9
20
N
0.2
8
NE
24
26
14
0
15h
12
23
N
0.2
8
NE
24
26
9
0
16h
13
24
N
0.4
8
E
25
26
7
0
17h
14
25
N
0.3
8
NE
26
26
9
0
18h
13
18
NE
0.3
8
E
27
26
19
0
19h
13
18
NE
0.4
8
E
27
26
26
0
20h
13
18
NE
0.4
8
E
27
26
37
0
21h
16
23
E
0.4
8
E
27
26
56
0
22h
17
23
E
0.4
8
E
27
26
75
0
23h
17
24
E
0.3
8
E
26
26
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)
Sunday • 26 May
0h
16
21
E
0.3
8
E
26
26
68
0
1h
14
19
NE
0.4
8
E
26
26
82
0
2h
13
17
NE
0.2
8
E
26
26
77
0.4
3h
12
16
NE
0.2
8
E
26
26
82
0.1
4h
11
15
NE
0.3
8
E
26
26
10
0
5h
11
15
E
0.2
8
E
26
26
15
0
6h
12
16
E
0.3
8
E
26
26
22
0
7h
14
19
E
0.3
8
E
27
26
41
0
8h
14
19
E
0.4
8
E
27
26
55
0
9h
13
17
E
0.3
8
E
27
26
22
0
10h
9
13
E
0.3
8
E
27
26
17
0
11h
9
15
E
0.3
8
E
26
26
16
0
12h
9
14
E
0.2
8
E
26
26
38
0
13h
9
14
E
0.3
8
E
27
26
66
0
14h
11
16
E
0.2
8
E
27
26
71
0
15h
13
18
E
0.2
8
E
27
26
69
0
16h
15
21
E
0.3
8
E
27
26
66
0
17h
17
23
E
0.4
8
E
27
26
66
0
18h
18
25
E
0.4
8
E
27
26
70
0
19h
19
25
E
0.5
8
E
27
26
74
0
20h
19
27
E
0.7
7
E
27
26
50
0
21h
21
28
E
0.6
7
E
27
26
78
0
22h
21
30
E
0.6
8
E
27
26
70
0
23h
21
29
E
0.6
6
E
27
26
11
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 • 27 May
0h
21
28
E
0.6
6
E
27
26
43
0
1h
21
28
E
0.7
8
E
27
26
73
0
2h
19
26
E
0.6
6
E
27
26
54
0
3h
19
25
E
0.6
7
E
27
26
72
0
4h
21
28
E
0.7
8
E
27
26
55
0
5h
21
28
E
0.6
7
E
27
26
54
0.1
6h
21
29
E
0.6
6
E
27
26
60
0
7h
21
29
E
0.7
8
E
27
26
57
0
8h
20
27
E
0.6
6
E
27
26
41
0
9h
18
26
E
0.6
6
E
27
26
17
0
10h
18
24
E
0.6
8
E
27
26
17
0
11h
15
33
E
0.5
6
E
23
26
84
2.5
12h
15
31
E
0.5
6
E
23
26
7
0
13h
17
21
E
0.5
8
E
24
26
70
0.2
14h
17
27
E
0.5
6
E
27
26
16
0
15h
16
32
E
0.5
6
E
25
26
6
0
16h
17
32
E
0.4
8
E
26
26
5
0
17h
18
31
E
0.5
6
E
26
26
9
0
18h
20
28
E
0.5
6
E
27
26
32
0
19h
22
30
E
0.6
8
E
27
26
17
0
20h
23
33
E
0.5
8
E
27
26
83
0.1
21h
24
34
E
0.6
8
E
27
26
33
0
22h
23
33
E
0.8
12
E
27
26
89
0.1
23h
23
33
E
0.6
8
E
27
26
38
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 • 28 May
0h
25
34
E
0.6
8
E
27
26
64
0
1h
23
32
E
0.8
6
E
27
26
61
0
2h
22
30
E
0.6
8
E
27
26
61
0
3h
23
31
E
0.6
8
E
27
26
53
0
4h
23
31
E
0.6
8
E
27
26
54
0
5h
23
32
E
0.7
8
E
27
26
72
0
6h
23
32
E
0.9
8
E
27
26
58
0
7h
24
34
E
0.7
9
E
27
26
63
0
8h
25
34
E
0.9
8
SE
27
26
64
0
9h
23
32
E
0.8
8
SE
27
26
47
0
10h
21
29
E
0.7
9
E
27
26
63
0
11h
20
30
E
0.7
8
E
27
26
73
0
12h
20
31
E
0.7
8
E
27
26
72
0.5
13h
21
31
E
0.8
9
E
27
26
47
0
14h
22
32
E
0.7
8
E
27
26
61
0
15h
21
31
E
0.7
8
NE
27
26
58
0
16h
22
32
E
0.8
9
E
27
26
73
0
17h
24
34
E
0.7
8
NE
27
26
32
0
18h
24
36
E
0.8
12
NE
27
26
76
1.4
19h
26
37
E
0.8
9
E
27
26
20
0
20h
26
37
E
0.9
10
E
27
26
36
0
21h
28
39
E
0.9
11
SE
27
26
30
0
22h
27
38
E
1
11
SE
27
26
25
0
23h
27
38
E
1
11
SE
27
26
17
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 • 29 May
0h
26
36
SE
1
11
SE
27
26
14
0
1h
26
35
SE
1
11
SE
27
26
17
0
2h
26
36
SE
1
11
SE
27
28
33
0
3h
27
37
SE
1
11
SE
27
28
48
0
4h
28
37
SE
1.1
11
SE
27
26
64
0
5h
27
37
SE
1.1
11
SE
27
28
62
0
6h
27
37
SE
1.1
11
SE
27
28
60
0
7h
27
38
SE
1
11
SE
27
26
58
0
8h
27
37
SE
1
11
E
27
28
61
0
9h
27
38
SE
1
11
E
27
28
65
0
10h
27
38
SE
0.9
11
E
27
26
69
0
11h
27
37
SE
0.9
11
E
27
28
71
0
12h
26
37
E
0.9
11
E
27
28
74
0
13h
25
37
E
0.9
11
E
27
26
77
0
14h
25
37
E
0.9
11
E
27
28
76
0
15h
26
36
E
0.8
11
E
27
28
75
0
16h
26
36
E
0.8
11
E
27
26
74
0
17h
27
38
E
0.8
11
E
27
28
72
0
18h
28
39
E
0.8
11
E
27
28
71
0
19h
30
41
E
0.7
11
E
27
26
70
0
20h
30
42
E
0.8
11
E
27
28
72
0
21h
31
42
E
0.8
11
E
27
28
73
0
22h
31
43
E
0.8
11
E
27
26
75
0
23h
31
42
E
0.8
11
E
27
28
73
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 • 30 May
0h
30
41
E
0.8
11
E
27
28
71
0
1h
29
40
E
0.8
11
E
27
26
69
0
2h
28
39
E
0.7
11
E
27
28
68
0.1
3h
27
37
E
0.7
11
E
27
28
66
0.3
4h
27
36
E
0.7
11
E
27
26
65
0.4
5h
26
35
E
0.7
11
E
27
28
66
0.3
6h
25
34
E
0.7
10
E
27
28
67
0.2
7h
24
33
E
0.8
10
E
27
26
67
0
8h
23
32
E
0.8
10
E
27
28
65
0
9h
23
32
E
0.8
10
E
27
28
64
0
10h
22
31
E
0.8
10
E
27
26
62
0
11h
21
30
E
0.7
10
E
27
28
61
0
12h
21
30
SE
0.7
10
E
27
28
61
0
13h
19
29
SE
0.7
10
E
27
26
60
0
14h
18
26
E
0.7
10
E
27
28
59
0
15h
16
23
E
0.7
10
E
27
28
58
0
16h
14
21
E
0.7
10
E
27
26
57
0
17h
15
22
E
0.7
10
E
27
28
57
0
18h
17
23
E
0.7
10
E
27
28
58
0
19h
18
24
E
0.8
10
E
27
26
58
0
20h
18
26
E
0.8
10
E
27
28
48
0.2
21h
19
27
E
0.8
10
E
27
28
38
0.3
22h
19
28
E
0.8
10
E
26
26
71
0.5
23h
18
27
E
0.7
10
E
27
28
27
0.3

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.