Lagoon Shore is one of the maps available in the Cities: Skylines base game.
As the name suggests, the map’s main feature is a lagoon, which you immediately have access to at the start of the game.
This tropical map features plenty of coastline, with open water in both the eastern and western portions of the map.
There is plenty of flat land here, making for an easy early game.
- Easy water and power at game start
- Abundant natural resources
- Complete outside connections
- Interesting bodies of water and coastlines
Lagoon Shore has all four natural resource types (fertile land, forest, oil, and ore).
This makes the map a fantastic choice for anyone who wishes to zone specialized industry (vanilla game) or build industry areas (Industries DLC).
Three of the natural resources—fertile land, forest, and ore—are available on your starting tile.
This map is quite abundant in forest and ore.
And as a bonus, these are easily accessible from the highway. So you can keep your industrial traffic away from your city’s residential roads.
Meanwhile, you only need to purchase one tile to get to the closest location of oil (the tile north of your starting tile). There’s also an abundance of oil northeast of the starting tile.
Fishing (Sunset Harbor DLC)
This map has all four fish types (salmon, tuna, anchovies, and shellfish).
Lagoon Shore has access to all four outside connections:
The rail connection is accessible from the tile north of your starting tile.
The outside ship connection is accessible by purchasing the tile east of your starting tile.
Lagoon Shore offers a great starting tile that makes for an easy early game.
The starting tile has plenty of flat land for easily growing your population early.
Unlike most maps, which start you off at the center, Lagoon Shore’s starting tile is closer to the northeast edge of the map (row 2, column 4, rather than in the center of the 5×5 grid).
Water & Power
There’s excellent wind power all over your starting area, especially near the lagoon and river, allowing you to get the most out of wind turbines (8MW if budget is set to 100%).
Both the lagoon and a small section of the river are accessible from the starting tile.
This makes it convenient to set up your early game water supply, as you won’t have to run long lengths of pipes (and the power lines to supply your water pump and drain pipe).
The four tiles adjacent to your starting one also give you great options, depending on what you want to prioritize when building your city.
The tile north of your start is bisected by a river.
More importantly, this tile gives you access to the rail external connection.
Purchasing the tile east of your start gives you access to the coastline, where you can build a harbor for the ship external connection.
Purchasing the tile south of the starting tile gives you the other half of the lagoon.
There’s an abundance of forest and ore resources here, as well as a section of the external highway connection.
The tile west of the starting area is entirely land, making it a great choice for rapidly expanding your zoning.
There’s also plenty of forestry and ore here for your specialized industry. The long stretch of external highway will let you easily create paths for your industry’s trucks going in and out of the city.
This is also the tile that contains your starting tile’s initial connection to the highway.
Below are the population targets for each milestone on Lagoon Shore: