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A beach town nowhere near the ocean where the town is a trailer park and the beach is a mixture of toxic sludge and pulverized fish bones.
Grand Theft Auto V digital manual

Sandy Shores is a small desert town located on the northern edge of the Grand Senora Desert in Blaine County, San Andreas that appears in Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online.

Description[]

Sandy Shores is situated between the Senora National Park and the south coast of the Alamo Sea and overlooks Mount Chiliad. It has a dry, arid climate, and is home to many coyotes that often end up as roadkill. At some point in time, it had a population of 3,010, as seen on a welcome sign on the approach to the town. It is serviced by an airfield south of the town.

Formerly a picturesque holiday resort, Sandy Shores is a somewhat abandoned, poverty-stricken, desolate town with ubiquitous meth labs, trailer parks, drug addicts, gang activity, prostitutes and bigoted rednecks. There is evidence of its past as a holiday destination with the decaying remains of motels, drained swimming pools and trailers, and even a boarded-up marina building by the coast of the Alamo Sea. The town possibly turned into a neglected, run-down community due to the increasing toxicity of the Alamo Sea, caused by people dumping waste into the water and the large influx of methamphetamine production, turning its residents into addicts, and deterring potential tourists as a result. The town is also one of the most remote in the state, with Trevor Philips at one point mentioning that he can't even "get a pizza delivered to Sandy Shores."

On the eastern side of Panorama Drive, there are mostly trailers and small houses in which the local hillbillies dwell. Two streets continue east of the town site, over the levee to the Sandy Shores Beach Front Recreation Area, ending in dead-ends in the middle of vacant land on the waterfront.

On the western side of Panorama Drive most buildings are abandoned or completely derelict, with several obviously vacated lots all the way along Marina Drive, some with signage still intact but no trace of the buildings. But there is also a meth lab owned by Trevor Philips Industries, located upstairs from an operating liquor store.

East Joshua Road marks the southern edge of the township, but the south side over the rail line, including much of the Senora National Park, is still considered part of the Sandy Shores area. This includes the Beam Me Up art installation, a trailer park area on unnamed dirt roads on the edge of the national park, and west of Panorama Drive, the Sandy Shores Airfield, actually located within the Grand Senora Desert.

Despite being such a derelict and neglected area, there are several major chain businesses located around Sandy Shores, including Ammu-Nation and 24/7. There is also a radio tower in the center of the town.

Influence[]

Sandy Shores is based[1] on the towns around the Salton Sea in California, such as Desert Shores and Bombay Beach. Sandy Shores also shares some inspiration from Niland, Joshua Tree and Antelope Valley, California, the first two being referenced as street names of the town.

It is possible that a development name for Sandy Shores was "Seaton Sand" or "Seaton Sands" or "Seaton Beach" as seen on a Seaton Sands Monster Trucks Festival poster when first entering the Yellow Jack Inn, as well as the name of the Auto Repair business in the town. Seton Sands is the name of a real-life beach in East Lothian, Scotland situated just 14 miles southeast of the Scottish capital city of Edinburgh, where Rockstar North is based; the alliterative name may have also been intended to be a play on the Salton Sea region of California that can be seen on signs[2].

Notable Residents[]

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Purchasable Properties[]

Only one property is available for purchase in Grand Theft Auto Online from Dynasty 8:

Two businesses are available from Maze Bank Foreclosures:

Places of Interest[]

Businesses[]

Wildlife[]

The wildlife in this region includes coyotes, deer, boars and many people have dogs and cats (enhanced version only).

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General[]

Trivia[]

References[]

  1. We did know the [biographies] for the three characters right at the start, so we knew we wanted to create an area for Trevor out in the sticks. Towards the beginning of preproduction, I met up with [Rockstar president] Sam [Houser] in LA, and we spent a week together driving about, just exploring and talking. During that trip, we drove out into the desert and eventually ended up visiting Salton Sea [in California]. We went to an amazing spot called Bombay Beach and expected a real-life Trevor to burst out on us at any second. When the full reference trip was organised, we sent a team out to Salton Sea for a few days.
  2. Salton-Sea-Real-Estate-GTAV

    An advertisement for property by "Salton Sea Real Estate".

  3. Mentioned in Target Practice.
  4. In Target Practice, if the player shoot a satellite dish which isn’t meant to be shot he might say “Not that place, that’s my sister’s place!”

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VespucciVespucci Beach | Vespucci Canals | Puerto Del Sol
Backlot City / Richards Majestic | Del PerroI.C. (Del Perro Beach) | La Puerta (Maze Bank Arena) | Little Seoul | Los Santos International Airport | Morningwood | Pacific Bluffs (Kortz Center) | Richman (GWC and Golfing Society) | Rockford HillsI.C. (Burton)
Vinewood Hills (Galileo Observatory | Galileo Park | Lake Vinewood | Lake Vinewood Estates | Richman Glen | Sisyphus Theater | Vinewood Bowl) | Banham Canyon | Banham Canyon Drive* | Chumash | Tongva Hills (Marlowe Vineyards) | Tongva Valley | Great Chaparral (Baytree Canyon) | Tataviam Mountains (Land Act Dam* | Land Act Reservoir) | Palomino Highlands (N.O.O.S.E)
Grand Senora DesertBolingbroke Penitentiary | Redwood Lights Track
San Chianski Mountain RangeRON Alternates Wind Farm | Palmer-Taylor Power Station
Blaine County
Grand Senora DesertSenora National Park | Thomson Scrapyard
San Chianski Mountain RangeHumane Labs and Research | Davis Quartz
Paleto Bay (North Point | Procopio Beach) | Paleto Forest | Paleto Cove | Dignity Village | Harmony | Sandy Shores | Mount Josiah (Zancudo River | Stab City) | Lago Zancudo | Fort Zancudo | North Chumash | Raton Canyon (Cassidy Creek | Calafia Bridge*) | Chiliad Mountain State Wilderness (Altruist Camp) | Cape Catfish | Alamo Sea | Grapeseed | Mount Gordo (El Gordo Lighthouse | Heart Attacks Beach) | Braddock Pass | Mount Chiliad (Galilee | Launch Facility)
North Yankton
LudendorffBobcat Security Depot | Ludendorff Church and Cemetery
Cayo Perico
Entry PointsEl Rubio's Compound
Infiltration PointsAirstrip | West Beach | Main Dock | North Dock | North Drop Zone | South Drop Zone | Drainage Tunnel
Escape PointsAirstrip | Main Dock | North Dock
Other LocationsCrop Fields | Control Tower | Lighthouse | Communications Tower | Solar Farm | Graveyard | Fishing Jetty | Campsite | Power Station | Primitive Shelter | Ritual Hut | Torture Cage
GTA V exclusive locations | GTA Online exclusive locations
* denotes roads that are also marked as neighborhoods in the HUD.
† denotes neighborhoods in which their names are not displayed on the HUD, but are mentioned on the official map.
I.C. denotes incorporated cities in the County of Los Santos.
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