Take a swashbuckling adventure to these 10 Pirates of the Caribbean filming locations in the Caribbean and beyond. Savvy?
Written by: Sam Heltemes – August 3rd, 2021 3:23 pm pst
Port Royal & Tortuga – Curse of the Black Pearl, Dead Man’s Chest & At World’s End
The real life Port Royal and Tortuga of pirate lore are located in Jamaica and Haiti, respectively.
However, the film versions of these cities were both primarily shot along Wallilabou Bay in the southern Caribbean island nation of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
Rumrunner’s Isle – Curse of the Black Pearl
The tiny island upon which Jack Sparrow and Elizabeth Swan are marooned is Petit Tabac in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. You may remember this as the place where Elizabeth started the supply of rum ablaze, prompting Jack to ask, “Why is the rum gone?”
Fort Charles, Port Royal – Curse of the Black Pearl
While much of Port Royal was shot in Saint Vincent, the seaside fort was filmed at the former site of Marineland of the Pacific amusement park in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. The exterior of the governor’s mansion, along with Elizabeth Swan and Will Turner’s interrupted wedding, were filmed here. Today, this land is occupied by the 5-star Terranea Resort.
HMS Interceptor – Curse of the Black Pearl
The ship commandeered from the British Royal Navy by Jack Sparrow and Will Turner is a modern replica of the 18th century ship Lady Washington. The ship sailed to Saint Vincent for filming, but can be seen today at Grays Harbor Historical Seaport in Aberdeen, Washington. Fans can even purchase tickets to sail aboard the vessel!
Cannibal Island – Dead Man’s Chest
The island inhabited by the fictional, cannibalistic Pelegostos in Dead Man’s Chest is actually the island of Dominica. The village where Captain Jack is almost cooked was constructed at High Meadow and Twin Peaks on the island. Nearby, the chasm over which Will Turner and company are suspended in cages is Titou Gorge in Morne Trois Pitons National Park. The scene in which Jack flees the Pelegostos was filmed at Hampstead Beach on the northeastern shore of the island.
Pantano River – Dead Man’s Chest
On their way to reach Tia Dalma’s shack, the crew of pirates travel up the Pantano River. This river is actually the Indian River in Dominica.
Isla Cruces – Dead Man’s Chest
The island holding the Dead Man’s Chest was filmed at two separate locations. The first location, Vieille Case in Dominica, is where Jack, Will, and Commander Norrington fight for the key to the chest while rolling on an old mill wheel and past an abandoned church. The beach where the chest is ultimately found is Sandy Cay in the Exumas (part of the Bahamas).
Kraken beach, At World’s End
In the third installment of the franchise, the remains of the massive Kraken sea monster are found washed ashore on a beach. That beach is Londonderry Bay in Dominica.
Davy Jones’ Locker – At World’s End
Jack Sparrow spends time hallucinating and trapped aboard his ship, The Black Pearl, in Davy Jones’ locker. This barren landscape, far from any sea, is the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.
Sand Dunes out of Davy Jones’ Locker – At World’s End
After some time in the Locker, the Black Pearl is carried by countless rock-looking crabs to escape the Locker and return to the ocean. The dunes upon which the ship is carried are in California, at Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes National Wildlife Refuge.
About The Author:
Samantha Heltemes is a film and television production student at Loyola Marymount University and an intern for AfterBuzz TV. She is passionate about movies, art and design, travel, and food.
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