Who would have thought we’d actually get some decent weather this summer let alone the heatwave we’re enjoying at the moment! As many of us head to the beach to make the most of it, we take a look at some of the best Beach Apps currently around.

RNLI Beach Finder (iOS, Android – Free)

RNLI_Beach_finder_appIf you want inspiration to visit some new beaches or you would prefer to relax on the beach safe in the knowledge that it’s patrolled by lifeguards, this great free app has pretty much everything you need to know.  Search for and check out some new beaches and look through photos and descriptions to narrow your choice. As well as information on beaches and lifeguard season dates, you can also see live weather forecasts and a five-day forecast so you can plan your beach visits ahead. If you’re planning on doing watersports, there’s also the facility to check water quality ratings with the built-in Good Beach Guide.

UK Tides (iOS £1.99, Android  Free)

UKtides_appReally helpful app if you’re a surfer, want to do some watersports or fancy a spot of fishing.  UK Tides features over 700 locations in the UK with tides tables and charts for the next 7 days. It tracks your current location with geolocation and can also suggest nearby beaches for you to explore. As well as tides, this app will tell you when sunrise and sunset is expected and you can save your favourite locations for up to date information at a glance.

Postman (iOS - Free)

postman_appThis brilliant travel iPhone app generates a virtual postcard which you can send to your friends and family by email or through the social networks including Facebook and Twitter. Simply take a photo of yourself or a picture of whatever view you’re currently enjoying and use Postman to convert it into a postcard. It even adds a message and a stamp and then Postman will deliver it in an instant to the recipients rather than you having to trail around looking for a post office and waiting a week for it to arrive (if you’re overseas) – genius!

Conde Nast Traveller Guides (iOS £0.69)

Conde_Nast_Traveller_Guides_appIf you’re heading abroad this summer, check out the upmarket and aspirational travel guides from CondeNast Traveller. Featuring some of the most popular destinations around the world, these great GPS-enabled guides are packed full of things to do, places to stay, restaurant recommendations and shopping and nightlife tips. Use the GPS to easily navigate yourself to local attractions and eateries and there’s an offline map function so you don’t rack up expensive roaming charges.

AroundMe( iOS, Android – Free)

aroundme_appIf you’re visiting a beach in an area you don’t know particularly well (either in UK or overseas), then the AroundMe app could come in pretty handy. Full of useful local knowledge such as where the nearest petrol station, hospital, supermarket or bank is, AroundMe will identify where you are and plot a route or give you a location on a map so you can get to where you’re going without any hassle.