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Movies Shot in the Caribbean

If your next vacation plans take you to the Caribbean, a fun way to take a peek at your destination is to watch a movie that was filmed there. Throughout the years numerous box office hits have been filmed in the waters and islands of the Caribbean. The area provides film makers a backdrop of lush tropical scenery, historical buildings and sandy beaches. Here is look at some of the films that were shot in paradise:

Earlier films shot in the Caribbean include 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and Swiss Family Robinson. Both movies are from Walt Disney Pictures. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, released in 1954, was filmed in various areas in the Bahamas and Jamaica. Swiss Family Robinson, released in 1960 was filmed in Trinidad and Tobago. Swiss Family Robinson today is still one of Disney’s most successful films.

Popular films of 1970’s shot in the Caribbean included The Godfather II and Apocalypse. Both films had scenes that were shot in the Dominican Republic. During the filming of Godfather II production was delayed for a month while Al Pachino recovered from Pneumonia on location in Santa Domingo.

In the 1980’s films made in the Caribbean included some major box office hits. Cocoon I & II were filmed in the Bahamas. The Dogs of War was filmed in Belize, Never Say Never Again was filmed in the Bahamas, the Final Scenes of Trading Spaces were filmed n the US Virgin Islands and Splash was also filmed in the Bahamas.

The 1990’s saw numerous movie crews travel to the Caribbean for filming. Movies released during this decade include:

  • Amistad which was filmed in Puerto Rico. While watching the movie take note of the Slave Fortress. An old colonial fort in San Juan was used as the location of the Fortress.

  • Captain Ron which was filmed in Puerto Rico.

  • The Thomas Crown Affair which was filmed in Martinique. In the movie, Crowne’s Caribbean getaway was a home on the Island first owned by one of the original 30 families to settle there during the 1600’s.

  • The Shawshank Redemption which was filmed in the US Virgin Islands.

  • The Silences of the Lamb’s final scenes were filmed in Bimini, Bahamas.

  • Contact was filmed in Puerto Rico.

  • Goldeneye was filmed in Puerto Rico.

  • Speed 2: Cruise Control was filmed off the shore of St. Martin. Final scenes of this movie cost more than the entire filming of Speed, its predecessor.

Over the last decade, Hollywood has continued to use areas of the Caribbean for on set movie locations. After the Sunset and Into the Blues were both shot in the Bahamas and Open Water was shot in the Virgin Islands. Walt Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl and its sequels were all shot in the Caribbean. St. Vincent, The Grenadines, The Dominican Republic, The Bahamas and Bermuda can all be found in scenes throughout this movie trio.

9 comments to Movies Shot in the Caribbean

  • Andrea

    Shawshank was filmed at Sandy Point on St. Croix USVI

  • Akeliah

    Pirates of the Caribbean was shot in St. Vincent in a small fishing town….. part of the set can still be found in Wallibou.

  • nina

    To be more specific Pirates of The Caribbean was filmed in St. Lucia. You can tell because in parts of the movies there is the Piton Mountains in the background and they use St. Lucia for the water scenes along with Pigeon Island for part of the British military scenes.The black pearl stays in St. Lucia also. I have met people from the cast and talked with them about it.

  • Paul Hancock

    What about the exotic Island of Dominica where most of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies were made?

  • Brandy

    Now don’t forget the classic Weekend at Bernie’s 2! It was filmed in the U.S. Virgin Islands. 🙂

  • What about films shot in Grenada – Island in the Sun -Joan Collins, Harry Belafonte, James Mason
    White Squall – Jeff Bridges

  • CORRECTION: The name of the country is St. Vincent AND THE Greandines!

    Pirates of the Caribbean – Curse of the Black Pearl was shot in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, (on the main land of St. Vincent and on the island of Petit Tabac in the Tobago Cays).

    The following sequels were filmed in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dominica and the Bahamas.

    Grenada also has some islands within the Grenadines, however none of these were featured within the Pirates movies.

  • Ricki Mazzullo

    Pirates of the Caribbean was shot in Dominica – a very different location than the Dominican Republic.

  • Winnifred sylvester

    I see that all Islands were mentioned in the filming of Pirates of The Caribbean except Dominica, “The Nature Island of the Caribbean” why were they omitted?

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