a city in San Andreas.
A city is neither defined by its map, nor is it embodied
simply by its people. It is a complex balance between the
two. In Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, the challenge to
the designers was the greatest faced since the series went
from 2D to 3D. Not to underplay it but Liberty City was
a relatively small town; Vice City was a full city set in
its own era; San Andreas is an entire state—living
and breathing, filled with vibrant people and completely
realized structures and infrastructure. And like Vice City,
the designers of San Andreas spent an enormous amount of
time on translating the look and feel of actual places—Los
Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas, and the countryside of
both California and Nevada—into the fictitious world
of San Andreas.
The center of CJ’s universe is the cul-de-sac where
he grew up, where his mom’s house is and where all
his friends live. At the beginning of the game this is where
CJ meets up with his old friends when he returns from Liberty
City, and is one of the focal points throughout the storyline.
He lived here with his younger brother and mother, both
of whom are now dead and after moving back into his childhood
home it’s up to CJ to try and put together the pieces
of what happened. It is the home turf for the Orange Grove
Families, and CJ will spend a lot of time in his first days
back taking control of the gang again running things out
of this house. The neighborhood has seen a lot over the
years and has obviously suffered some wear and tear in the
process the result is a tight community that is not very
welcoming to outsiders and is protective of their own.
Los Santos has several beautiful beaches. Need to cool down?
Head out to the shore and go for a dip in the ocean; swimming
is great exercise and the beach is always a good place for
a morning run to build up your stamina - even go to
the gym! The sand will slow you down, whether on foot, bicycle,
or while driving a car. Despite its problems, Los Santos
is still a popular tourist destination and the beaches are
often crowded with sunbathers during the day. Head over
to the Los Santos pier to catch a stunning sunset and wander
around the pier’s amusement park before heading back
to the beach where you might see the occasional beach party
happening late into the night. Had enough of the sand? Go
for a stroll along Santa Maria Pier or walk along the boardwalk
and check out the cheap souvenir shops and fast food street
Known for its rock n’ roll glamour and steeped in
history the Vinewood strip in Los Santos is definitely not
to be missed. A popular area for just cruising around, be
sure to check out the streetside attractions that include
some of the most outlandish buildings and characters in
Los Santos - Cathay Theatre, Vinewood walk of fame,
and the historical Vinewood sign, which sits high in the
Vinewood hills overlooking the hazy streets below. If trying
to escape the tawdry, touristy bit of this area head deep
within the Vinewood hills. Architecture buffs will drool
over the residences found up here. Vinewood is a strange
amalgamation where you’ll see everything from millionaire
mansions to vacant lots and old motels. It’s the one
place where eclecticism is welcomed.
The perfect place to spend all your hard earned cash is
Rodeo, the most exclusive and expensive shopping district
in Los Santos. This is by far the most affluent neighborhood
in the city, and the most ostentatious. Similar to the extravagant
suburbanism of Beverly Hills, the buildings are classic
architectural styles, the streets seductively styled and
here is where to find Los Santos’ rich and beautiful
people wandering about.
Compared to other areas of Los Santos, downtown may seem
like a ghost town. But this area is anything but dead- there
are plenty of reasons to come to this part of Los Santos.
This is the financial district of the city where you’ll
find businesses and office workers. Naturally the conference
center is located here. From a distance the downtown area
is a sight well worth looking out for - the hi-rise
buildings rise tall from the haze of the city. Check out
Doc G Records, inspired by the classic Capitol Records building!
sure to look out for them when riding the Brown Streak railroad,
which runs through these parts. Simply hop on a train and
get off wherever you please- the San Andreas rail network
moves through all areas of Los Santos. Be careful you don’t
get in the way of one of these speeding bullets- they’re
fast and won’t stop for anyone! It’s extremely
dangerous crossing the tracks- we recommend taking one of
the overpasses above the tracks.
Freeways, overpasses and intersections clearly shape the
structure and look of Los Angeles. San Andreas is the ultimate
driving state, and the multi-lane freeway snakes through
it entirely, connecting Los Santos to San Fierro and Las
Venturas, including all the points in between. The freeways
are fast and convenient, sometimes taking local streets
can add time to your trip, and some of the neighborhoods
are just not safe to drive through. Thankfully, traffic
never gets as bad in Los Santos as in the real LA!
Need to get to Ocean Docks from Mullholland Intersection
in a hurry? Trying to find your way to Downtown’s
Ammu-Nation to pick up some supplies for the night ahead?
Luckily the street signs are clearly marked and conveniently
placed around the city of Los Santos. Be sure to use them!
In a city with as many neighborhoods as Los Santos you’re
sure to need these to navigate around.