While it is not possible to create beach lots, it is possible to create lots that look like beaches, such as SimCity Beach in Downtown. However, Sims will not be able to rent sandcastle kits on these lots.
The Sims 2
It wasn't until The Sims 2: Bon Voyage that players were able to create their own beaches. The beach is a new land type that becomes available once Bon Voyage is installed. Premade beaches are available in vacation areas such as Twikkii Island, but players can also create their own beaches in neighborhoods.
To create a beach, open the Lots and Houses bin from the neighborhood screen. Click on the Specialty Lots button next, and options to create special lots such as dormitories[University], hotels[Bon Voyage], apartments[Apartment Life], etc. Click on the Create Beach option in the left-hand area, next to the thumbnails of special lots.
If Seasons is installed, the ground will not get completely covered in snow during Winter. Snow will still fall, but very rarely and only lightly.
Note: A beach lot cannot be placed unless it is adjacent to a body of water. An easy default location in which the player can build a beach lot is Bluewater Village.
- Sims can drown in the water [confirmation needed]
- Sunbathing long enough will give Sims a tan for a few days
- When Seasons is installed, Sims in the ocean can get struck by lightning[confirmation needed]
The Sims 3
- Sims with the Hates the Outdoors trait.
- Encourages NPCs to learn
- NPCs are encouraged to use the Athletic skill on this lot.
Although Sims can visit beaches in The Sims 3, they cannot swim (returned in The Sims 3 Seasons and Patch 42), comb for seashells, build sandcastles, or watch the waves. They can only sunbathe on the loungers, play chess, fish, cook and eat food, or make some drinks at a bar. Players can use a beach as party venue. Since beaches can be large and have plenty of refreshments and activities, that is a good choice.
In The Sims 3: Island Paradise, beaches are expanded. NPC Sims will now swim in the ocean autonomously and Sims can now sunbathe on beach towels and play in the sand. It is also where the Lifeguard profession takes place.
Areas with no beaches
There are no beaches in Riverview, though the river and fish hatchery makes up for it. There are no lots assigned as beaches in the World Adventures destinations of Al Simhara, Champs Les Sims, and Shang Simla.
Sunset Valley beaches
Old Pier Beach
Old Pier Beach is the only default beach lot in Sunset Valley, although there are two small parks that look like beaches.
River Junction Beach Park
River Junction Beach Park is the only default beach lot in Twinbrook. It features a gazebo and few outdoor objects.
Barnacle Bay beaches
Barnacle Beach is a large beach lot in Barnacle Bay. It features public toilets, lots of deck chairs, and several playground objects for children.
Founder's Beach is a small beach lot in Barnacle Bay. It features two grills and a picnic table.
Landlubber Bank is a small beach lot in Barnacle Bay. It features two grills and two picnic tables.
Smuggler's Beach is a small beach lot in Barnacle Bay. It features two grills and two picnic tables.
Smuggler's Cove is the only default beach lot in Bridgeport. It features broken boats, as well as bars, grills and picnic tables. This beach looks by far the most polluted beach, as Bridgeport is an industrial area.
Appaloosa Plains beaches
Adventure Landing is the only default beach lot in Appaloosa Plains. It resembles a pier, featuring a single grill and three picnic tables.
Starlight Shores beaches
Delmar Beach is the only default beach lot in Starlight Shores. It features a whole building, with a second bathroom building for recreation. It also includes the tall new palm trees that come with the game, as well as some umbrellas and picnic baskets.
Moonlight Falls beaches
La Shove Beach
La Shove Beach is the only beach that comes with Supernatural. The sand looks to what appears to be just rocks instead of sand, and a very gloomy beach in general. It fits the setting of Moonlight Falls very well.
Sunlit Tides beaches
Hot Sands Beach
Hot Sands Beach is a beach from Sunlit Tides, a world from The Sims 3 Store. This beach is inside the lagoon, as opposed to Captain Jack's Beach which is outside of the lagoon in the ocean. There are a few chairs and a barbecue pit.
Captain Jack's Beach
Captain Jack's Beach is a beach from Sunlit Tides, a world from The Sims 3 Store. Unlike Hot Sands Beach, this beach is on the exterior land strip opposite of the lagoon. In simple terms, it connects with the ocean and not the lagoon. This beach is larger than Hot Sands, featuring more chairs, umbrellas, and even a pier.
Isla Paradiso beaches
Bella Vista Beach
Bella Vista Beach is one of the three beaches that comes with Isla Paradiso. The beach features two lifeguard chairs and a barbecue pit with picnic tables.
Sparkling Sands Beach
Sparkling Sands Beach is one of the three beaches that comes with Isla Paradiso. The beach has a very close proximity to Sparkling Sands resort and comes with a lifeguard chair and a fire pit although there are no bathrooms on the lot.
Crystal Waters Beach
Crystal Waters Beach is one of the three beaches that comes with Isla Paradiso. The beach itself is rather minimal in general compared to the other two beaches, although it does feature a bathroom.
Oasis Landing beaches
Unlike other beaches, beaches from Oasis Landing are not surrounded by or besided in the ocean. These are called dried up beach. Sims mostly use this place for sunbathing.[TS3:S] It can be filled with water using the Edit Town mode, however it is very small and the spacing for filling the water is narrow.
The Derelict Beach is a default dried up beach lot in Oasis Landing. It has a chess set, a divided bathroom, one small grill, a fire pit, a guitar, and a bar area.