If you’re heading to the beach, or wish you were, check out these awesome apps to make sure you have more fun and stay safe in the sun!
Waterkeeper Swim Guide
Want to know which are the best beaches close to you? Find the best places to swim in the US and Canada with the Waterkeeper Swim Guide. This app covers not only beaches but lakes as well. You can see which beaches are closest to you and get directions to guide you there.
Learn more about the history and geography of beaches from descriptions and over 5000 photos. Find out about parking, rest rooms, life guard coverage and more.
Waterkeeper Swim App will show you when beaches are closed and lets you report pollution problems from within the app. You can see real-time and historical pollution levels so you can find the cleanest beaches near you.
Waterkeeper Swim Guide is available free for:
Wondering whether you should play hooky from work to sneak in a day at the beach? Check out Surf Report, a free app that gives you information about weather, surf conditions, tides, current air and water temperatures, and more. The app comes with a weather forecast or you can see the weather in real time by connecting to one of their 140 live streaming HD cameras.
The app can use location services to figure out where you are or you can search for a beach. You can save favorites and share conditions with others using email, text message and social media.
Use the app’s Best Conditions chart to find out when to paddle out and surf. Can’t get to the beach? Check out their surfing videos to get yourself in the beach mood.
Surf Report is free for:
Don’t bring a suntan back as your souvenir from the beach. Use iTanSmart to calculate how much sun your skin can take. No need to guess when to get in the shade, this app uses five factors to measure how much sun exposure you’re getting:
- Current UV index
- Environment (beach, city, etc.)
- Time of Day
- Skin Type
- Type of Sun Protection
The app has a built-in timer you can start when you head out into the sun. The timer will alert you when it’s time to go inside.
Tides Near Me
Whether you want to know the best time to head to the beach or out on your boat, tides matter. If you’re looking for a free, simple app to check out tidal conditions, check out Tides Near Me. This app gives you tidal information for dozens of countries around the world. Find out times for high and low tides up to seven days in advance.
The app also provides times for the sun and moon rising and setting as well as how high and low the tides will be.
Tides Near Me is available:
- Free for iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch. You can get rid of ads in a paid version for $1.99.
- Free for Android devices.
Stay safe at the beach with the Beach Safety app by learning about the dangers such as rip tides, sharks and sting rays. Find out how to identify a rip tide and what to do if you’re caught in one.
The app comes with a safety check list and videos to help you avoid danger. The app also includes instructions about what to do if you need treatment for a jellyfish sting.
The Beach Safety app is free for iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch.
Want to enjoy your summer beach reads while gazing at the waves? Use the Audible app to listen to audiobooks. Pop in your ear buds and soak in the scenery as you listen to your new favorite novel. You can continue listening if you want to go for a run in the sand.
The Audible app is available for:
My full review of Audible: Audible: My Favorite Way to Read a Book.
Headed to the beach this weekend? Check the Uber app to make your beach trip even more relaxing. Uber, the app that brings you car service with the tap of a button, has expanded into many beach communities this summer.
Check the Uber app to see if your beach town is covered by Uber cars. Read UberShore to find out more information about how you can get rides between Sandy Hook and Cape May in New Jersey. Find out about getting a ride to the Hamptons from Uber to the Hamptons.
The Uber app is available for:
My full review of Uber: Uber – Your Magic Wand for Riding in Style!
Are you headed to the beach this summer? What are your favorite beach apps? Let us know in the Comments section below!
* Beach Chair image via Robert Neff