New Technology: Mobile Apps for the Beach

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Spending time at the beach (credit: HolidayTripper.com)

Spending time at the beach (credit: HolidayTripper.com)

Download a Beach App for your Florida vacation

Heading to the beach can be as simple as slipping into your flip flops but we follow the latest technology trends and let you know if there’s something that can make your trip better or even save your life.

New in technology

With GPS and the latest technology, mobile apps have changed from aggregating information to providing real-time data. Check out the latest in technology for mobile apps if you’re heading to the beachSwim Guide App

If you’re looking for the cleanest beaches in Miami, download the Swim guide App. Developed by Waterkeeper Alliance, the app scours government agencies to get water quality data. There’s info for various beaches in North America but the app will expand in time and hopefully include other Florida beaches as well.The Swim Guide app not only provides a warning for dirty beaches, but also lets you share photos via social networks, get directions and get up to speed on rules of the beach.

Available devices: iOS and Android.

Cost: Free download.

Rip Tide App

We’ve alerted you to the dangers of rip tides, especially when swimming in an unfamiliar area where there are no lifeguards. Very soon, you’ll be able to download “ripcur” – it’s being pilot tested by the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium and the Stevens Institute of Technology. The app tracks real-time data entered by lifeguards regarding rip currents that could pose a threat to beach goers. Any rip tide reports up to 24 hours can also be viewed on a map or in a list format.

Available devices: iOS, Blackberry and Android.

Cost: Free download.

Tell us…

Would you use an app to determine which beach you visit?