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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 in the middle of the Grand Senora Desert in Blaine County, San Andreas that appears in Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online. Sandy Shores is situated south of Grapeseed, sits on the coastline of the Alamo Sea and overlooks the huge 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 approximately 3,010, as seen on a welcome sign on the approach to the town. There is also a small landing strip, which is acquired by Trevor Philips after he kills The Lost members hanging out there.


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 (referring to the history of the towns by the coast of Salton Sea in real life). 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 Sandy Shores, there are mostly trailers and small houses in which the local hillbillies dwell in. However, there are a few recognizable companies operating in the town, such as 24/7. The western side of Sandy Shores mostly consists of abandoned buildings, but there is also a meth lab owned by Trevor Philips Industries, with Chef responsible for cooking up the meth, located upstairs from an operating liquor store. The south side of Sandy Shores consists of the Sandy Shores Airfield, located in the Grand Senora Desert.

Several streets run briefly east of the townsite, ending in dead-ends in the middle of land partially swamped by the Alamo Sea, suggesting the body of water might have at one point flooded areas intended for development.

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


Judging by its name and layout, Sandy Shores is based on the town of Desert Shores and Bombay Beach, both in California. Sandy Shores also shares some inspiration from Niland and Joshua Tree, two other towns in California (which are referenced on the city's street names).

Notable Residents

Roads and Streets

Purchasable Properties

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





  • It is possible that during Grand Theft Auto V's development, Sandy Shores was going to originally be named "Seaton Sands" as seen on a poster advertising a monster truck festival when first entering the Yellow Jack Inn, as well as an automobile services mural near the hospital. 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 name may have also been intended to be a play on the Salton Sea, a real-life region of California that shares similarities to the Alamo Sea region.
  • The name could be a play on the name of the English singer Sandie Shaw.
  • There are two streets, Cholla Springs Avenue and Armadillo Avenue, that are references to locations in Red Dead Redemption; Cholla Springs and Armadillo.
  • In the enhanced version of Grand Theft Auto V, large amounts of sand and dust can be seen above roads and other surfaces, due to the amount of sand from the desert being blown around. This is most noticeable during the night with car headlights on.


  1. Mentioned in Target Practice.
  2. 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!”