I never knew that so many movies were filmed in the Caribbean! It blesses my heart and excites me to see that everyone is on to the fabulousness of the Caribbean. If you’ve never been to the Caribbean, maybe you’ve visited whilst watching one of these films. A film will never give you the same experience. So get your jetsetter groove on and book a Caribbean getaway after you’ve checked out these movies filmed in the Caribbean.
1. Pirates of the Caribbean
Yes, yes and yes. Captain Jack Sparrow wends his way through the high seas of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dominica and Puerto Rico. So, when you’re looking at that gorgeous blue ocean and thinking that it’s so realistic and saying that it reminds you of the islands – you’re right!
2. Dr. No
The old Bond films were so iconic, that it’s no wonder the Caribbean played a major role in those scenes of tropical, lush forests and sparkling waters. We’re shouting out all of Jamaica, because the movie was shot at Dunn’s River Falls, St. Ann and Ocho Rios. That’s more than irie!
3. The Twilight Saga – Breaking Dawn
Although I’ve never watched a Twilight movie, I can appreciate the greatness of the movie and how much people love vampires. But, thankfully there are no real vampires in the United States Virgin Islands where scenes from the movie were filmed!
4. Jurassic Park
Dinosaurs and the Caribbean just don’t go together. But for the producers of Jurassic Park, the Chavon River in the Dominican Republic was the perfect place to shoot after a hurricane affected the original site. Do you think that I might find a dinosaur bone in the DR?
I’ve watched Splash a million times, not knowing that the beautiful beautiful Bahamas was featured in the film. Who knew that a dude would find love with a mermaid and that the Caribbean would be involved in it somehow?
6. The Shawshank Redemption
Morgan Freeman is one of my favourite actors, but I’ve never watched this film. Who knew that St. Croix in the U.S Virgin Islands was the final scene of the movie? This should be a treat for Caribbean jetsetters looking for little know movie sets in the islands.
7. Casino Royale
Another Bond flick makes it to the list of movies filmed in the Caribbean, thanks to Bond’s love of the Bahamas. Even though you may have been told Bond was in Montenegro, many of these scenes were right here in the Caribbean. Bond believes it’s better in the Bahamas.
8. Bad Boys II
Picture this: Marcus and Mike are tied up in ecstasy ring that involves some really bad dudes. At one point, Syd, Marcus’ sister who is dating Mike on the down low is kidnapped by a Cuban drug lord and taken to Cuba. Or so we thought. The Cuban scenes in the film were actually filmed in Puerto Rico.
This movie was a new one for me because I’ve never heard of it. A very young Tom Cruise is a bartender who takes a bartending job in Jamaica to save some money. However, his stay was not rosy and his life took some unforgettable twists and turns.
Pierce Brosnan was one of the coolest James Bond actors of all time. The final scene features the world’s largest single aperture telescope. And guess where that is? At the Arecibo Observatory in Arecibo, Puerto Rico!
11. Into the Blue
Into the Blue is a 2005 film that starred the late actor, Paul Walker. It was shot in Bahamas and involved filming with live sharks. It was reported that the film crew wore protective gear during filming, but the actors were unprotected!
12. How Stella Got Her Groove Back
How Stella Got Her Groove is one of those unforgettable movies filmed in the Caribbean. I can still remember how Stella was swept off her feet by a dude name Winston. What’s better than a Caribbean getaway that ends up with love?
13. Why Did I Get Married Too
In Why Did I get Married Too, the four couples that we fell in love with in the first installment, take a much needed relax and revive vacation to the Bahamas. However, there was more than rest on this island getaway.
One of the memories of my childhood was watching Flipper, a movie and series about the relationship between a boy and a dolphin. The 1963 movie was filmed in the Bahamas, but the story line takes place in Florida.
15. Swiss Family Robinson
The 1960 installment of the Swiss Family Robinson was filmed in the tiny island of Tobago. The plot of the movie features a family that was chased by a band of pirates during a storm and then became shipwrecked on an uninhabited island.
16. The Old Man and the Sea
The Old Man and the Sea is another one of those classic movies filmed in the Caribbean. Set off the coast of Cuba, the film features the story of an old fisherman who, after going 84 days without a catch, lands the catch of a lifetime.
17. Island in the Sun
Maybe if you’re a movie buff, you would not have been surprised by this list of movie filmed in the Caribbean. From now on I’ll pay a bit more attention to those gorgeous, tropical scenes in movies. Chances are they’re in the Caribbean!
More Information About Movies Filmed in the Caribbean
This article was inspired by these awesome websites:
- Caribbean Rankings – 10 Famous Movies Filmed in the Caribbean
- Royal Westmoreland – Twelve Films You Never Knew Were Filmed in the Caribbean
- Virgin Atlantic – Top Five Caribbean Filming Locations
- Odyssey – 9 Movies And TV Shows You Didn’t Know Were Filmed In Puerto Rico
- Here and Beyond – 8 Movies Filmed on Vacation Location
- Nassau Paradise Island – Lights, Camera, Action! Movies Made in Paradise
- Caribbean and Company – Famous Caribbean Film Locations
- The Culture Trip – 10 Films to Make You Fall in Love With Jamaica
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