Apps, Gear, and iTunes Picks for Enjoying the Waves
Apps for Sand, Sun, and Tide
Surf Report (Free) Before you grab your board and head to the beach, check out the surfing conditions with this free app from Oakley. Surf Report offers detailed information about wave height, wind speed, and water temperature to help you scope out the best breaks. If conditions aren't ideal, don't worry; you can surf vicariously via the app's extensive selection of video clips.
Beach Safety (Free) The ocean is beautiful, but it can also be quite treacherous. Beach Safety offers advice on a wide range of safety issues, such as how to identify a rip current, how to swim out of a current, how to identify areas where sharks are likely to swim and minimize the chance of an encounter, and first aid treatment for jellyfish and blue bottle stings.
Beach Locations (Free) The first step in planning a trip to the beach is choosing which beach to visit in the first place. With listings for nearly 2,300 beaches (including both freshwater and ocean) in the United States, Beach Locations will help you find the perfect place to park your umbrella.
Audible (Free) A book may seem like a dated beach accessory, but reading on your iPhone or iPad in bright sunlight is a recipe for a headache. For a relaxing alternative, stretch out, close your eyes, and listen to your favorite novel with Audible. With more than 150,000 titles, you'll find everything from classics to the hottest new best sellers.
Flush Toilet Finder (Free) When you have to go, you have to go. Flush Toilet Finder quickly and automatically locates the nearest public restrooms, a major convenience if you're at a beach that doesn't offer such facilities. With more than 10,000 locations in its database, you won't be left hanging.
WeatherPro ($2.99) Don't leave your perfect beach day at the mercy of the weather gods—check the forecast before you hit the sand. Upgrading to WeatherPro Premium unlocks must-have features for beach lovers, including hourly forecasts for a full two weeks, info on sunlight hours so you can catch the best rays, and a beach section that displays the UV index and water temperature at beaches around the world.