How to start the Cayo Perico heist in Grand Theft Auto Online

Head to the basement and get the tanning lotion ready

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The Cayo Perico update has officially launched for Grand Theft Auto Online, and you won’t want to waste any time getting the next heist started. Here’s how to jump into the heist named after the update.

Get the penthouse

If you’ve been neglecting the Diamond Casino, now’s the time to get acquainted. You need to own the penthouse inside the building before you gain access to the Cayo Perico heist. You can purchase the penthouse for a minimum of $1.5 million from your in-game phone or by speaking to the Guest Services desk inside the casino’s lobby.

Once you’ve confirmed your ownership, you will gain access to the Music Locker club. You’ll find this new area in the casino’s basement. Look for Miguel Madrazo, who is marked on your map with a large ‘M,’ in the club’s VIP section. When you approach him, a cutscene will play, and this triggers the beginning of the heist.

Buy a submarine

Your next job is to buy a sub (not the sandwich). Open your phone, check out the Warstock Cache & Carry page, and notice the new listing for a Kosatka submarine. This will be your new hub for the Cayo Perico heist, and you will need at least $2.2 million to make the purchase. Hopefully, you’ve been hanging on to those login bonuses.

Get on board

Now that you’re the proud new owner of a submarine, you should check out the interior. You should get a phone call from Pavel confirming that your sub is ready to use. Your sub is located on your map, just like any other vehicle. Head to the eastern portion of Los Santos and hop in, starting another cutscene with your captain, Pavel.

When the scene is over, register yourself as a CEO or MC and go to the planning screen within the control room. You’re officially ready to begin the Cayo Perico heist, so don’t get seasick.