An archipelago of islands surrounded by tranquil seas, Isla Paradiso is a great place for relaxation, recreation and exploration. Indulge with a stay at a resort, an adventurous boat cruise, or scuba dive into the depths in search of hidden wonders. Where will your adventures take you?
Isla Paradiso is located in the seas, consisting of two main islands and many small islands scattered around. The town is similar to Sunlit Tides, which is also based on a tropical island theme, although Isla Paradiso has even more islands. Unlike Sunlit Tides, which has a Pacific theme, Isla Paradiso has Caribbean and Spanish themes. The architecture of the town is either Spanish, beach, or modern.
Isla Paradiso has unique features that are not available in other worlds by default. For instance, it's the only world that has diving areas for Sims to scuba dive and explore underwater, although some advanced players can also make their own in other worlds. It also has 8 hidden islands, surrounding the town, which can be discovered in certain ways. Once discovered, the island will be automatically owned by the discoverer. Sims can turn the island into a private secondary residential lot, or into a resort. Similar to World Adventures adventure destinations, Isla Paradiso is also scattered with treasure chests, hidden in the islands or underwater.
There are 3 pre-built resorts in Isla Paradiso, which have unique themes of their own. The resorts are Hobart's Hideaway (beach style), La Costa Verde (Spanish style), and Sparkling Sands (modern style). Hobart's Hideaway can be purchased for free, and it is intended to be a starting resort to help players familiarize with resort management. In addition, there are many ports and premade houseboats in Isla Paradiso. Other residents can be seen moving the houseboats, so it's not only the player who will move the inhabited houseboats.
One special feature from Isla Paradiso is Kraken sightings. The Kraken will occasionally appear underwater when the houseboat is in the middle of the ocean for a long time, and may attack Sims if they are on a boat. The Kraken will only appear in Isla Paradiso due to the depth of the oceans there; most other worlds in The Sims 3 have shallow bodies of water that cannot support the Kraken. However, the Kraken may be sighted far out into the ocean in Sunset Valley and Lucky Palms, where the water is deep enough.[confirmation needed]
When they retired Ruben and Mylee sold their home and moved onto a houseboat with dreams of fishing and traveling the seas. Their daughter Gabrielle was suppose to stay with them for only a few short weeks... weeks that turned into months. Her parents worry, will she ever leave the nest and let them get on with their retirement?
Three young women looking for love and good times on the beach! Hinni, Karlie, and Rei have come to the islands to catch some sun and enjoy some R&R, but Karlie is falling hard for both scuba diving and the islands many bachelors... Vacations are meant to be temporary, but maybe she should stay for good?
It was love at first sight for Honey and Masao, quickly followed by a beach wedding and a lovely baby girl! If happiness is worth its weight in gold then the Hamadas are the wealthiest family in the world...
Recent transplants to the islands the Han family have made friends, found jobs, and adjusted to island life... at least the adults have. Phillip and Michael are spoiled, stubborn, and miss their old home, will they ever adjust?
Leandro and Lora worked hard and saved every Simoleon so they could have a fabulous retirement. Moving to the islands was their dream, but life in paradise costs more than they imagined. Will they find a way to make their budget work, or should they look at downsizing to a smaller place?
Harley and Rajan are enjoying an extended stay on the islands. Harley won't go home until he's caught all the fish, and Rajan won't go home until he's romanced all the ladies! With goals like that they're here for the long haul!
Teodor lost his resort plans and his lover, Florita, to Alfonso Alto. Now he struggles as single dad with no reliable income... will Teodor be able to turn his life around and win Florita back, or is it time to look for someone new?
Family and tradition are the foundations of Olin and Yelena's life together, but their narrow world view has put them at odds with their daughter, Lopita. Can the family reconcile the differences between old and new?
Florita left her lover after he lost everything to the Altos, and she soon started a steamy affair with Alfonso Alto himself... Florita has big dreams of wealth, prestige, and power, but will her wanton ways really net her all she desires?
Lincoln has dedicated his life to the study of fish. How to catch them, how to keep them, how to cook them… He is an expert on mermaid lore and has spent most of his adult life pursuing their secrets...
A successful artist in her youth, Margarita now finds herself alone, adrift in a world of vibrant color... Though her days are waning Margarita will be happy to spend her remaining time painting seascapes and sunrises.
Descended from ancient royalty, Rubisel prides himself on his family's lineage and his chiseled good looks. Not to mention his handsome houseboat and his successful career in Law Enforcement. Will he ever settle down, or does his heart belong to the sea?
Brilliant, genius, loner... Javiera prefers to live alone from other Sims so that she can pursue her experiments in a controlled environment. She has wide eyes that twinkle (with a touch of madness?) and a passion for experiments of all sorts.
Matteo struggled emotionally and financially after losing his parents at a young age. Though he is strong of spirit and perseverant, his moral compass may be faulty...will a life of crime bring Matteo the security he yearns for, or will it be the cause of further tragedy?
Valerie has her hands full as a single mom with two teenage sons and a full time career. Between work, family obligations, and her hobbies there is very little time for romance... but the heart wants what it wants, is a new relationship on the horizon?
The Altos are known for their enormous wealth and questionable ethics…Alfonso made his fortune in island resorts, but only by stealing from and lying to his partners. Enemies abound and friends are few... will Lopita stand by her husband or has she had enough of his wicked ways?
Edward and Cara have been newlyweds for a long, long time. Cara likes to be grounded and enjoys keeping house, but Edward is always dreaming of the far horizon. Their love has stood the test of time, but can it withstand Edward's wanderlust?
Madness runs in the family, or so Matthew has been told. Only he can't remember where his family is, so he lives alone on a desert isle with his collection of not-so-rare tropical plants and driftwood.
This town contains more beaches than normal, due to the amount of islands and thus, shores.
Wild animals, such as wild horses, deer, and raccoon are restricted from appearing in Isla Paradiso.
All ports start with the letter "P".
The arch is based on the Santa Catalina Arch located in Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala.
"Isla" stands for "island" in Spanish while "paradiso" is Italian for "paradise".
Isla Paradiso was inspired by various Caribbean islands such as Barbados, Cuba, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, and Hispaniola (Dominican Republic and Haiti).
This neighborhood contains some references to the animated musical movie produced by Disney in 1989, The Little Mermaid, especially when it comes to mermaids. The movie depicts a redhead mermaid, Ariel, who longs to become human. Ariel Walsh is in looks very similar to the main character and when the games starts, she is (already) a human. There is also a mermaid called Mia Azul which also references Ariel. Triton King's name refers to Ariel's father, the Sea's King, King Triton, but the title is used as a last name instead. He doesn't agree with her decision to become a human. The movie's antagonist, the Sea Witch, Ursula, is referred to in a townie's name, Ursula Randall.
The Scott family has been known to cause lag in Isla Paradiso, although the family is not the sole cause of lag. At the start of the game, the family's houseboat isn't docked at a port. This is usually resolved by Twallan's ErrorTrap mod. Players can also play the family and dock the house to prevent this, or move them into another lot. Ms. Scott is also pregnant, but employed and not on maternity leave. She will encounter constant errors attempting to change into her work uniform (which is impossible due to her pregnancy).
The Collins family has a similar error attributable to them, as Mrs. Collins is pregnant but still employed and not on maternity leave. She will therefore attempt to change into a work uniform, which is impossible due to her pregnancy.
All townies and NPCs from the world lack individual personal biographies. All female Sims have the biography "The sun, surf, and sand are the best part of living here!", while all male Sims have the biography "Isn't it wonderful to live so close to the beach!", and all deceased Sims from the world lack individual personal biographies. All female Sims have the biography "Being trapped forever in such a beautiful place isn't so bad...", while all male Sims have the biography "Being a ghost in paradise... I could do worse".
Lag is also caused with Pets installed due to the setup of the main central park, where puppies and kittens will be placed at the top of the stairs in the park and encounter routing errors constantly attempting to get down.
Most of the port homes for houseboats are poorly constructed and Sims will encounter routing errors attempting to get onto their houseboats and off of their houseboats. The only way to deal with lag in this area is to get lucky (sometimes the game can and will run without lag) or to make extensive changes to the world before beginning a game in the area.
NPCs will frequently abandon boats all over the archipelago and cause performance issue as they quickly accumulate over time. Twallan's Overwatch mod will delete all abandoned vehicles (including boats) daily, otherwise the player will have to regularily check the archipelago and manually delete each boat.
Although the four pre-made mermaids (Mia, Maya, Triton and Salty) are technically homeless, they will sometimes visit a resort or other community lot together as a household.