Safehouses are present in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City as a saving location. Some of them can also provide the player with weapons, a few spawning by default and some obtained as hidden packages rewards. Outfits icons can be unlocked in some as well. The main difference from the previous game (Grand Theft Auto III) is that the player has to pick up a pink floating cassette tape in order to save the game. At the beginning of the game, a suite at the Ocean View Hotel is automatically given to the player for free, but they cannot save vehicles outside. The player has to purchase other properties for garages. As the game main storyline progresses, the player will be given a new safehouse, and some of them can be slightly altered if they complete secondary missions, as Boomshine barrels appearing on the Ocean View Hotel suite. The Vercetti Estate also includes bodyguards that the player can employ after reaching 100% completion.
Safehouses can be bought by picking up a floating green house icon in front of a building for a price. All safehouses are available to purchase from the beginning of the game. However due to Hurricane Hermione cutting off parts of the city, not all of them are immediately accessible. All safehouses are required to attain 100% completion of the game, costing a combined total of $41,500. On the mobile port, the price of the safehouses is halved.
|Image||Name||Location||Cost||Garage capacity||Unlocked by|
|Ocean View Hotel||Ocean Beach||Free||None||In The Beginning...|
|Vercetti Estate||Starfish Island||Free||2*||Rub Out|
|3321 Vice Point||Vice Point||$2,500||None||In The Beginning...|
|Links View Apartment||Vice Point||$6,000||1*||In The Beginning...|
|El Swanko Casa||Vice Point||$8,000||1*||In The Beginning...|
|1102 Washington Street||Washington Beach||$3,000||None||In The Beginning...|
|Ocean Heights Apartment||Ocean Beach||$7,000||1*||In The Beginning...|
|Skumole Shack||Downtown||$1,000||None||In The Beginning... (accessible only after Phnom Penh '86)|
|Hyman Condo||Downtown||$14,000||8* in total||In The Beginning...(accessible only after Phnom Penh '86)|
* - This is the max capacity of the garages untill the game tells you "You can't store any more vehicles in this garage!", but you can actually store 4 vehicles per garage. For example, Hyman Condo can hold 12 cars in total.