The Los Santos city map plus surrounding countryside, mountains and desert landscape is larger than the worlds of GTA IV, GTA San Andreas and Red Dead Redemption combined. Every inch of the map is teeming with life and it's entirely open for you to explore from the start of the game.
The living, breathing city has everything you'd expect from a bustling metropolis - shops, bars, clubs, garages and much more - and you interact with it all. If you get tired of the rat race, head out to one of Los Santos' golf courses, play tennis, practise your aim at the shooting range or indulge in one of the other many hobbies you're free to take up. If that's not for you, find your favourite car, customise it any way you want and cruise around the city blasting tracks from one of the many radio stations.
Away from the city, you're free to escape and roam the Vinewood Hills, explore the Grand Senora Desert, climb Mount Chiliad, swim in the Alamo Sea and almost anything else you can imagine. Wherever you go, you'll find other people exploring the great outdoors, fishing, hiking or even getting involved in extreme sports like sky diving and BASE jumping. Wildlife roams the land, fish swim in the rivers and sharks patrol the oceans. The GTA V map may be enormous, but there is never a moment when it feels empty.