Home / Opinions / GTA 5 Guide: Things to do in Los Santos

GTA 5 Guide: Things to do in Los Santos

Sam Loveridge


GTA 5 Guide: Things to do in Los Santos

We’ve been playing around in Los Santos for quite a while now, discovering all of its secrets, recreational activities and the like. Basically, just having a great time and marvelling at Rockstar Games’s creativity.

Just for you, we’ve put together a relatively spoiler-free Los Santos Tour Guide, so you can get the best out of your GTA 5 experience. Feel free to add your own must-sees in the comments section below.

Get your pilot’s license

There are tonnes of planes to steal in GTA 5, from helicopters to jet fighters and biplanes. Trying to get your grubby mitts on them can be quite tricky though, as some of them can only be found in the military base, where the guards are quick to shoot you on sight.

Watch a movie

You can head down to one of the new cinemas in GTA 5 to catch one of the many movies showing in Los Santos. They’re all pretty long, but if you’re in the mood, we recommend you watch a few. Our particular favourite is one called The Loneliest Robot in Great Britain.

Sample the local delicacies

Rockstar has introduced a new mini-game as part of the GTA 5 strip club experience. Feel free to touch while the security guard isn’t looking and boost that “Like” bar for the amusingly-named strippers, but you had better stop when he’s looking or you’ll be kicked to the curb.

Drink yourself (or a friend) under the table

As with GTA 4 and other GTA titles, you can get pretty wasted in GTA 5. It feels a lot more realistic being drunk in GTA 5 though, so we’d recommend frequenting one of Los Santos’s many drinking holes for the true experience. You might want to go as Michael and take your cheating spouse Amanda with you. The drunken banter they throw back and forth is pretty comical.

Watch your pennies

Stock market, banks and real estate are all ways to make the most of the money you earn, although we managed to lose a fair bit investing in the wrong companies, so consider yourself warned.


Get that blimp

The blimp is a pre-order exclusive, taunting those who weren’t obsessed enough to get the game on release date. We’re trying to work out a way to get to it. Don’t worry, we will.

Practice your backhand

Tennis is one of the most addictive mini-games we’ve encountered in GTA 5. Not only are the mechanics great, every character has their own range of reactions when they win or lose a shot.

Discover beings from another galaxy and hunt down a mythical creature

High in the mountain peaks there are rumours of a hairy, mythical creature known as Bigfoot. We’ve searched, but he doesn't seem keen on being found. There’s also talk of extra-terrestrials in Los Santos, and there is a sunken spaceship at the north of the map that’s only accessible via submarine.

Get some antlers for your wall

If hunting Bigfoot and ET isn’t your bag, you can take out regular animals like bears and deer in the wild instead.


Practice your aim

You’re encouraged to level up the skills of all three of the GTA 5 protagonists, and one way to do this is to head down to the shooting range. There are three challenges to complete for every weapon category and for each individual weapon. If you get as addicted as we did, you’ll have all the gold medals within the hour.

Jet ski around Los Santos

There are lots of jet skis scattered along the beaches of Los Santos and they are a great way to explore. You can head through the tunnels along the shoreline to access the inner waterways of the city too.

Partake in a triathlon

Build your character's stamina by doing a few triathlons, and you can even race the fitness mad Mary Ann, who will give Michael a run for his money.

Hit a Birdie

For the discerning GTA gamers out there, you can partake in a round of golf at the Los Santos Golf Club, which is only for exclusive members. The game mechanics are pretty good, and there’s lots of fun to be had and seen on the course, just don’t miss your tee time.

Do the Punching Starfish

You can also strike a pose when doing yoga in GTA 5, either in the comfort of your own back garden or take a private session with the slightly sexual Fabien LaRouche.


Pimp your ride

Using the official iFruit app or the paint shops in the main game you can customise the hundreds of the vehicles available to buy or steal in GTA 5.

Swim with the fishes

GTA 5 is the first in the series to allow you to venture underwater. You can either freestyle it and go see what the fish are up to, or grab a scuba diving kit and not have to worry about coming up for breath.

Walk the dog

As with the vehicle customisation, you can train and look after Franklin’s dog Chop using the GTA 5 iFruit app. It’s still a bit buggy, but it will earn you in-game rewards if you persevere. Within the main game, you can take Chop for a walk, play fetch and go for drives together.

Jump off a mountain

Don't jump off a mountain literally of course, but climb up Mount Chiliad with your parachute strapped to your back and glide down.


Look for Easter Eggs

There are literally hundreds of GTA 5 Easter Eggs to be found. Even Rockstar says you probably won’t find them all, but from collecting UFO parts and working out that secret message on Mount Chiliad to finding Niko Bellic, we’re ready to give it a go.

Read more: GTA 5 cheats and Easter Eggs.

Ride the rollercoaster

Pier Del Perro pier is the home of the Los Santos "Ferris Whale" and rollercoaster, both of which you can ride for a price. You'll want to tick if off your list, but you might not want to do it twice.


Climb the Vinewood sign

Get that tourist shot by climbing up the Vinewood sign and sitting astride your chosen letter. Don't get caught by the cops though, that police chopper is deadly.

Soak up the scenery

Rockstar Games has increased AI so that the NPCs are much more reactive to your actions in GTA 5. Citizen journalism is rife too, with pedestrians videoing your bad behaviour on their smartphones.

Plus Los Santos is actually stunning so it’s worth just driving around to see what you can find.

Ride the cable car

Not only is the ride up Mount Chiliad a great way to take 5 minutes off from your killing rampage, it’s a great way to take in all the scenery of Los Santos. On a clear day the views are pretty spectacular.

Visit Heffner’s pad

Rockstar has included its very own version of the Playboy Mansion in GTA 5 and you can find it in the very northwest of Los Santos. The mansion itself is unremarkable from the front, but head round into the back garden at night and there’s quite the party going on. Most of the girls have forgotten their bikinis!

Get eaten by a mountain lion

We ditched our car halfway up Mount Chiliad and attempting to run to the peak. However, when we got there we were irritatingly eaten by a mountain lion.

See the stars

Hop on the tour bus at the Vinewood Walk of Fame, which comes complete with its own set of stars, and you’ll see quite the sights. There’s an actor working on his zombie impression, several film references and Halo-esque Master Chiefs to boot.


Fly under bridges

GTA 5 has loads of Aerial challenges you need to get that coveted 100 per cent completion status. There are 50 Under the Bridge and 15 Knife Flights to complete, which can only be achieved by flying under special bridges and through tight spots between skyscrapers.

Build a spaceship

There are more challenges to complete in GTA 5 too, including collecting spaceship parts and letter scraps that are scattered all across Los Santos and Blaine County. There are a staggering 50 of each to find though, so get hunting.

Next, take a look at our pick of the best games of 2013


September 21, 2013, 1:30 am

Couldn't you swim underwater in GTA: San Andreas?


September 21, 2013, 3:13 am

San Andreas let you swim underwater too, as did Vice City Stories.


September 21, 2013, 6:29 am

well you could swim in Vice City Stories not swim under water.

Smart Ass

September 21, 2013, 11:11 pm

They clearly said venture underwater.. I guess I should have known that most people playing GTA 5 have the reading comprehension level of a third grader..


September 22, 2013, 1:14 pm

I know where a brief case is and here is how i find it...


September 22, 2013, 1:20 pm

i did the mission with Ron, and the plane and there was a military base. After the mission i went back to check it out. i was in the mountain following a dirt road and i heard honking (Beeeeeeeeeep), i followed it and it led me to a group of dead people. there were about 8 (6 outside, 2 in their cars). one of them on the ground had a brief case holding 25K. i be like SWEET, i took the guys truck and kept going and then, out of no where there is two bikers on sanchezes chasing me, i quickly go off road and kill em. i take their bikes and keep going. A FREAKING exploding car comes to me out of nowhere. on the top of the mountain there is a barracaded village with naked people in it. i go there, they dont shoot, punch a naked guy, then there is a whole army after me with ak's ... I DIE. i dont remember where the money was BUT i am sure someone knows the naked village.

Skyelar C

September 23, 2013, 4:06 am

Why must Monday come? Why? I'm still playing GTA 5.


September 24, 2013, 4:20 am

what makes you ride your high horse?


September 26, 2013, 8:10 pm

The dead people outside their cars and in their cars is reference to the movie No Country For Old Men.


October 4, 2013, 7:53 pm

can you work out in gta 5?


October 6, 2013, 5:01 am

No. :(


October 6, 2013, 9:59 pm

I found the brief case too, and unfortunately I was on my bicycle the time the guys on the motorbike had found me. I died :(


October 12, 2013, 2:35 pm

Hey i found the dead guys and the briefcase too but no one came after me. all the cars there with dead guys leaked gas. thats cool. but do you mean that one village with a big gate full of hillbillies. i didnt see if theyre naked or not but is it the lilttle village near the sawmill where you save lamar?

Thomas Jesus

October 12, 2013, 6:22 pm

how do you buy things?
like I wanted to buy a garage for all the cars I stole but I don't know how to buy them. Do you buy them in story mode or online or both?


October 16, 2013, 6:59 pm

story mode


October 16, 2013, 7:03 pm

lol check this out ^ watch dogs ^ its like one of the top 10 ps3 games


October 16, 2013, 8:58 pm

And watch out for the sharks...


October 17, 2013, 12:11 pm

Climb the dam and pick up the parachute that can be found here, parachute from the top and try to machine gun online players from the skies.


October 17, 2013, 4:43 pm

dont understand why they put working out in the ps2 one and not ps3 one dont take things out of games rockstar just add to it ! sort it out!!


October 18, 2013, 8:47 pm

Yes you can - you can run, bike and swim. All of these increase your fitness stat. What you can't do is go to a gym and press x repeatedly. Don't worry though, you still get to press x repeatedly while doing those other things. It is exactly the same game mechanic.


October 21, 2013, 12:37 pm

This isn't the first in the series to let you venture under water, not sure where you got that information.


October 22, 2013, 11:24 am

Exactomondo, totally agree with you

Kitten Chow

October 22, 2013, 8:49 pm

One fun thing to do in story mode is to hop on an open cart on the back of a train. Start sniping drivers passing by or launch grenades. You can get a 5 star wanted level and get away easy because the cops think you are "on foot." I blew up like 30 helicopters. FUN!

Eric Stone

November 23, 2013, 5:39 am

You guys are stupid, about this venture underwater business. The word venture does not mean swim underneath the surface. But explore using submarines and scuba kits. This is what they mean by venture, this of which you cannot do in any of the other series. Were none of you taught grammar. :P


December 27, 2013, 5:57 pm

GTA is the best cause there's loads to do in los santos and can change characters. my favorite character is Franklin because he can go in the city but michael and trevor can't!

comments powered by Disqus