An app a day keeps the doctor away. Okay, that’s not really how the saying goes, nor should you take it as medical advice, but using these mobile apps in L.A. could actually help you stave off long lines at Disneyland, bill collectors at City Hall, and parking tickets in public lots. Need to map out your hike, find a secret beach, or deliver booze straight to your door? Oh yes, there’s an app for that, too. Here are 13 of our favorites.
1. Our Malibu Beaches
Exercise your right to access some of California’s prettiest beaches with this mobile guide to every public access point on the Malibu shoreline. The app will show you all the best spots in the sand along PCH, including the ones nearby homeowners want you to think are private.
What’s the point of going to Disneyland if you spend most of your time waiting in the line for Space Mountain? This app gives you the 411 on crowd size, wait times, and event schedules in addition to food prices and menus at restaurants across the park.
3. 5 Every Day
Created by the duo behind indie band YACHT, this app is one of the best ways to discover underground events in L.A. Like its name suggests, 5 Every Day offers five daily happenings that range from stand-up comedy to electronic dance parties.
4. KCRW Radio
KCRW is the unofficial soundtrack of L.A. commutes, but it can be hard to squeeze in some quality radio time when you’re not in the car. Luckily, the KCRW app lets you live stream programs including Morning Becomes Eclectic and Good Food straight to your iPhone or Android.
5. My LA 311
The mobile interface isn’t very sexy, but you probably won’t find a more practical tool than this city-sponsored app. The extremely useful City Info tab tracks nearby parks, libraries, pools and police stations, but we’re even more obsessed with the ability to pay water bills and request pothole patches in-app.
Keep the party going without ever having to leave your house with this alcohol delivery service. Beverage delivery is a saturated market, but Drizly’s is our favorite for its fair pricing and speedy service.
If Dante’s Inferno were written today and took place in L.A., the lowest circle of hell would involve finding parking. Enter Parkme, an app that combines lots and street parking to get drivers every option and cut down on the stress of finding a spot. The app even lets you book a garage spot in advance, and save a couple bucks in the process.
We all know the feeling: just minutes after you fill up your tank, you notice the gas station down the street would’ve saved you a bunch on fuel. Gasbuddy allows you to search for the cheapest gas prices by zip code, so you’ll know where to get the best deal before a long trip or just day a day of errands.
9. Go Metro
Public transportation in L.A. is getting more accessible by the day, but even if you’ve never taken the subway, the Go Metro app makes it easy to navigate. The app shows you how to plan a trip and track your bus or train in real time.
Check the surf report before hanging ten at all your favorite spots. CRNT gives you real-time information on water temperature and tides in a visually compelling way. It’s also compatible with Apple Watch — which, we should note, isn’t waterproof.
11. Time Out LA
The Time Out L.A. apps will stock your iPhone with daily events from a variety of price points, locations and genres. Plus, the ability to search by current location makes it ideal for finding great food in unfamiliar parts of town.
12. California Farmers’ Market Finder
With a database of more than 500 farmers’ markets across the state, this app makes it easy to find fresh fruit on the road and close to home. Bonus points for the ability to search by both location and hours—meaning you’ll never arrive after-hours to a farmers’ market again (unless of course, you get stuck in traffic).
13. Map My Hike
Want to know if your Temescal Canyon jaunt burned off enough calories for a Bay Cities sandwich? Use this GPS-based tracking app, which will turn your casual Sunday hike into a full-day workout.