Before you hit the sand and surf, hit the app store on your smart phone and download a few apps that will enhance your beach experience.
Check Out the Waters
Magic Seaweed is a go-to web resource for any surf lover, and their easy to use app brings need to know info on the go. This app shows you real time wave heights and wind direction, helping you choose whether you are going to bring the paddle board or the surf board.
You can save and choose your favorite beach spots in the world if you sign up for an account, so you can compare and contrast the tides, charts, pictures, and other information.
If you need some saltwater surfspiration this app will truly give you that with tubular videos and other dynamic content.
Basic download is free, create an account to utilize more of the app’s features.
Tides Near Me- Free
Tides Near Me- Free app is simple, easy to use, and straightforward. Quickly select your location to see the last tide, the next tide, times for the sunrise and sunset, and times for the moonrise and moonset.
Tides Near Me also shows you the tidal forecast for the future week.
This app is free to download, but for $1.99 you can purchase an ad-free version.
Ocearch Global Shark Tracker
This is a fun and exciting shark tracking tool! See if any of Ocearch’s tagged sharks are swimming near you!
Ocearch.org is a non-profit organization that provides nearly real-time information on large marine predators, such as Great White sharks and other shark species. Ocearch brings together some of the greatest research scientists throughout the world that collaborate to provide information about these magnificent creatures. Greater understanding about the habits and behaviors of sharks will yield more successful conservation efforts.
Follow the travels of Katharine the Great White, or Pablo the Mako Shark. It is truly amazing to see the distance these shark travel. You never know where they will be!
This app is free to download.
Participate in Citizen Science
This app is not only a great resource for learning about jellyfish, but it also allows you to record your own jellyfish sightings!
Walking on the beach and see a washed up jellyfish? Snap a picture and upload information about your sighting. Snorkeling or diving a reef and run into some jellies? Record what you saw, so other beach goers can be aware of what is out there!
Even if you don’t plan on recording information, this app is crucial to having a safe day at the beach sans jellyfish stings.
Marine Debris Tracker
This is one of our favorite apps, especially since we love responsible tourism. However, it only works if we contribute to it.
If you do a beach cleanup, or are just walking along the beach and discover any litter, bust out this app and record it.
Mark your location, and what you found. It is important to see if there are any litter trends, where debris is ending up, and what exactly is being left behind.
IveGot1 Invasive Species Reporter
This is a very important app to have on your phone if you are traversing nature in Florida, whether on land or sea. Invasive species cost Floridians an estimated $500 million a year, which is nothing compared to the ecological problems that they create.
If you see an invasive species, such as a lion fish or ball python, record it in this app. This information will help to determine how advanced an infestation of an invasive species is, and hopefully help to remedy the issue and to protect indigenous species and ecosystems.
This is a great way to record any nature you want- plants, mammals, insects- whatever you see!
This fun app is a social network of other likeminded nature lovers that record their observations. Peruse guides, such as the Caribbean Coral Reef Food Web, or find your location on the map to see what has been spotted near you!
Did we miss an app that you think is a must-have for any beach goer? Contact us and let us know what we should download next!