‘Tis the season for getting wet, sandy and sunburned. It’s finally time to forget about work and/or school and hit the road. As you do, remember that your iPhone is an unbeatable travel companion that alone can perform the functions of countless dedicated devices.
Whether you love reading on the beach or mixing up cocktails at an outdoor party, there are plenty of summer apps to keep you satisfied. And below are our collection of the top 8 best iPhone apps for beachgoers.
Best iPhone apps for Beachgoers # 1 – Swim Guide
Waterkeeper Alliance, which is a network of 200 water protection groups worldwide, launched a new app to help beach goers, swimmers and surfers find that perfect stretch of sand and water. Available as a free download for iOS and Android devices, the application not only lets you easily locate the closest and cleanest beach, but also provides you with directions and photos to help you determine if the water is safe for swimming. Moreover, the social network integration also comes built-in so you can share your whole adventure with friends and family. >>Get it here.
Best iPhone apps for Beachgoers # 2 – Marine Navigation
iNavX™ brings the freely available, official and up to date NOAA RNC raster United States waters marine charts to your iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Included detailed chart coverage: West Coast, Gulf Coast, East Coast, Great Lakes, Alaska, Hawaii, and US Virgin Islands. With iNavX™ you can use the built in location services (i.e. GPS, cell tower, WiFi) to plot your position in real-time on the multi-touch scrolling and zooming and rotating (including course up) marine chart. >>Get it here.
Best iPhone apps for Beachgoers # 3 – Media Converter for Mac
Stuck in an unfamiliar airport with a long layover can really put a damper on your day. This app helps you rip your own DVD or video/audio files to iPhone compatible video and audio format on Mac. Did I mention that this app can also help you convert camcorder videos to popular video format for uploading to YouTube, facebook, Vimeo and other popular video sharing website. >>Get it here.
Best iPhone apps for Beachgoers # 4 – Swim-Tracker
Swim-Tracker is perhaps the most important app for any swimming enthusiast who has an iPhone. Swim-Tracker allows beachgoers to log a wide variety of data about their swimming routine, allowing them to chart their progress and identify areas for improvement. Among the many things that Swim-Tracker can do are: log best times, track your total distance swam, track your various work out routines, organize your training by stroke, and track your nutrition program. >>Get it here.
Best iPhone apps for Beachgoers # 5 – FlightBoard
Forget shuffling for position in front of those tiny arrival and departure monitors at the airport. This iPhone/iPad app allows travelers to check real-time flight info for 4,000 airports and 1,400 airlines worldwide. Modeled after the classic flight board at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, the simple interface is easy to read. Users can also share flight info with friends via Twitter, Facebook and e-mail. >>Get it here.
Best iPhone apps for Beachgoers # 6 – Ship Mate
This app for Royal Caribbean travelers is helpful while cruising the high seas on those gargantuan vessels. Along with tracking the ship’s location, you can organize the day’s activities, access deck maps, learn about your destinations, check the weather and track your expenses. >>Get it here.
Best iPhone apps for Beachgoers # 7 – MagicShow
Beaches are regarded as one of the most beautiful scenery in the world. Imagine crescents of white sand lining secluded coves, crystal-clear turquoise waters all with lush tropical hills as a backdrop… so did you take a lot of photos of that? With this app you can turn your still photos into professional-looking flash galleries. All you have to do is select, drag and drop the digital photos you want into the program. Then choose among MagicShow’s creative pre-set animated themes, click and you’re done! It’s that simple. >>Get it here.
Best iPhone apps for Beachgoers # 8 – EWG Sunscreen Buyer’s Guide
Sunscreen is a summer essential, but do you know exactly what you’re slathering on your skin? If not, the Environmental Working Group’s Sunscreen Guide app is a helpful resource. The Environmental Working Group rates hundreds of sunscreens and identifies ingredients that are potentially harmful. The app includes ratings for 500 sunscreens in addition to a list of top-rated brands. >>Get it here.