Free Apps For Your Best Summer


 

Whether you want to take a hike, catch a wave or simply save on gas, there are plenty of apps out there to help you have the best summer ever. Here are a few we’ve chosen.

Protect your skin with more than just sunblock this summer. The EPA’s free Sunwise UV Index app provides hourly forecasts about UV levels from the sun with a simple user interface.

If your summer is busy with road trips, you’ll want to download Gas Buddy, a fee app that locates gas stations around you in real time and provides gas prices. As a user, you can also report gas prices for other users and win hundreds of dollars in free gas. Gas Buddy is available for just about every smartphone.

If you have a boat, or are planning a day at the beach, be sure to download Tidesnearme, an app available for Android and iOS. Tidesnearme is a free app that provides nearby tide information. This app shows tide tablets, charts and predictions.

If you’re looking to catch a wave this summer, download Surfline, a free app that’s necessary for every techie-gone-surfer. Surfline provides up to five day of surf predictions from thousands of spot worldwide. It provides swell and tide information, as well as HD real-time camera footage of surf spots.

For those active techies looking to stay on land, Trails is a great free resource. Trails provides more than 48,000 trail guides from outdoor publishers. The trail guides include several different activities, from mountain biking to climbing. It also includes a virtual compass, trail details, and real-time weather conditions.

PUBLISHED JULY 21, 2014