It overlooks the Alamo Sea, as well as having a large mountain very close by. It has 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 aquired by Trevor Philips from the Lost MC.
Sandy Shores is based on real life Desert Shores, while the town itself is based off of Salton City. Sandy Shores is a very run down, poor town with meth labs, trailer parks, drug addicts and prostitutes aplenty.