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Life's a Beach
Carl Johnson and OG Loc meeting outside of the Burger Shot in Marina.
Game: Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
For: OG Loc
Location: Burger Shot, Marina
Target: Sounds Van
Conditions of mission failure:
Sounds Van detroyed
Fail to reach 2500
Dancing Minigames
Unlocks: Madd Dogg's Rhymes
Unlocked by: OG Loc
"Yeah? Well, fuck this gig, man. I'm putting together a listening party for my album, but first I need a sound system..."
OG Loc

Life's a Beach is a mission in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, given to protagonist Carl Johnson by fellow Grove Street Families member and aspiring rapper OG Loc, from the Burger Shot he works for in the Marina district of Los Santos, San Andreas.

Note: This mission can only be started from between 22:00 and 06:00.


Carl recently assisted OG Loc by taking out a Vagos gang member who disrespected him in prison. Now in a technical job at a Burger Shot, Loc is planning on putting together a house party for his album release, but he requires a sound system to amplify his tunes. A beach party is occuring at the nearby Santa Maria Beach, and it so happens that they have in their possession a sound system in the back of a Pony van.

Carl goes to the party, meeting up with the DJ, and attempts to gain access to the sound system. He is challenged to a dance battle, requiring the player to beat the song Hollywood Swinging by Kool & The Gang, by scoring a minimum of 2500 points to pass. Once Carl has successfully passed the challenge, the DJ invites Carl into her van, which she refers to as her "office." Given the opportunity, Carl steals the van, throwing the DJ out and prompting two party-goers to pursue the van in their cars. In the ensuing chaos, the player must take the van to a garage in Commerce, completing the mission.

Mission objectives

In order to complete the mission the player must:

  • Go to the beach party.
  • Get a score of 2500 or greater to gain access to the sound van.
  • Steal the sound van.
  • Get the van back to the garage.


  • To avoid the car chase, dump the cars in the water by pushing them. However, make sure not to pass on the red spot near the DJ or kill the DJ. To be on the safe side, try not to make the cars kill the attendees, too.


The reward for completing this mission is an increase in respect. The mission Madd Dogg's Rhymes is unlocked.

Although it is stated in walkthrough's for the game that the Dancing Minigame inside nightclubs is unlocked after completing this mission, it is in fact unlocked from the beginning of the game if Carl enters the Alhambra club.

Video walkthroughs

PC Version
GTA San Andreas - Walkthrough - Mission 17 - Life's a Beach (HD)08:16

GTA San Andreas - Walkthrough - Mission 17 - Life's a Beach (HD)

IPad Version
GTA San Andreas - iPad Walkthrough - Mission 17 - Life's a Beach (HD)06:58

GTA San Andreas - iPad Walkthrough - Mission 17 - Life's a Beach (HD)



  • The mission's name is a reference to the saying "life's a bitch."
  • The song played in the mission is Hollywood Swinging by Kool & the Gang, featured in Bounce FM. It is one of the older songs in the game, released in 1974.
  • In the pre-release version of the game, the required points was 4000, not 2500.
  • The pursuing vehicles appear to only become an issue to Carl if he fails to take the most direct route to the garage.
  • The song Pretend We're Dead always plays at the party when not doing the dance activity.
  • This is one of the four missions that cannot be completed with an excess amount of cheats. The other three are Burning Desire, Photo Opportunity, and Madd Dogg.
  • Most of the dancers are carrying MP5's even if it's not showed in their hands. They will drop the weapon if they are killed after the mission's failure.
  • If the "recruit anyone 9mm" cheat is used on the DJ, the van will become locked even after completing the dance with a score above 2500 (Tested with 9mm recruiting cheat code on PC.), thus rendering the mission un-achievable. Failing it and re-trying solves the problem.
  • There is a cheat code with the same name of the mission.

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