Words by Aislinn Corbet
There is something about beaches.
They are synonymous with paradise. They have been the site of countless declarations of loves and of weddings. They are places to find peace – or thrills in the barrel of a wave. They have even made it into Hollywood.
These are 8 gorgeous beaches from films you can, and should, visit…
Jaws – Joseph Sylvia State Beach in Massachusetts, United States
If there is one film that thrust the beach into the spotlight, it was Jaws.
Maybe not for all the right reasons though.
The film takes place on Amity Island, a fictional town in New York, but it was filmed throughout Martha’s Vineyard, an island south of Cape Cod in Massachusetts, United States.
One of the most famous scenes from the film, where the unsuspecting folk of Amity scramble to shore when a kid is attacked, was filmed on Joseph Sylvia State Beach, a 3 kilometre stretch of sandy beach on the north east side of the island. Between Oak Bluffs and Edgartown.
Castaway – Monuriki Beach in Fiji
Although there is a Castaway island (a.k.a. Qalito Island), it was actually filmed on Monuriki, an uninhabited island to the north west of Qalito and Viti Levu, the largest island in Fiji island.
Although you can’t stay on Monuriki, there are more than 300 islands in the Fiji archipelago, so there are plenty of opportunities to explore the ancient volcanic islands and experience its warm South Pacific charm and culture.
Jet Ski Island Adventures and South Sea Cruises offer the best day trips to Monuriki Island.
Harry Potter – Freshwater West Beach in Pembrokeshire, West Wales
The gut wrenching scenes in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows where Dobby dies in Harry’s arms was filmed on the desolate stretch of Pembrokeshire in Wales.
It is considered the most cinematic beach in the country.
Shell Cottage, Bill and Fleur’s home on the beach’s dunes, was built for the film.
The final battle in the 2010 Robin Hood film starring Cate Blanchett and Russell Crowe was also filmed along the Pembrokeshire coastline.
Moonrise Kingdom – Fort Wetherill State Park in Rhode Island, United States
The beloved film by West Anderson, Moonrise Kingdom, is a cinematic masterpiece of young love, dreamy New England landscapes, and unforgettable scenes…
Like the famous scene where Suzy and Sam dance on the beach next to their secret camp site.
The beach is in a tiny bay in Fort Wetherill State Park on Conanicut Island in Rhode Island.
You can also visit the Bishop House, which is actually a lighthouse.
Pirates of the Caribbean – Palamino Island (Isla Palomino) in Puerto Rico
If there’s one world that would be fun to get lost in, it’s Pirates of the Caribbean – minus the Kraken. Exploring islands and drinking rum. What else do you need for a good holiday?
Palomino Island is the one Captain Jack Sparrow leaves Angelica stranded on in the final scenes of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. It’s an uninhabited island that is just as picture perfect in real life.
Add on a trip to St. Vincent and the Grenadines and you can visit Petit Tabac, the island Captain Jack Sparrow and Elizabeth Swann are marooned on in the famous “Why is the rum gone?” scene (Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl).
Grease – Leo Carrillo State Beach in Malibu, United States
Although Grease was released in 1978, it is one of those films that will never get old.
The opening scene where Danny and Sandy are frolicking on the beach, which they later remember to Summer Lovin’, was filmed on Leo Carrillo State Beach in Malibu. The beach is known for its hiking trails, campground, and geological features such as coastal caves and tide pools.
Leo Carrillo State Beach has also featured in numerous other films, series, and commercials – The Karate Kid, Baywatch, Star Trek, and The X-Files.
Shawshank Redemption – Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge on St. Croix, US Virgin Islands
Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge is a special place. It’s 3.5km stretch of untouched beach was where Red and Andy reunited at the end of the Shawshank Redemption, one of the best films ever made, and it is a sanctuary and nesting ground for threatened and endangered turtles.
Leatherbacks, hawksbills, and green sea turtles seek refuge on Sandy Point’s shores.
The beach is situated on the southwest corner of Saint Croix Island, one of the US Virgin Islands.
The US Virgin Islands are to the east of Puerto Rico, in the Caribbean.
Mamma Mia! – Kastani Beach in Skopelos, Greece
It’s one of the most popular musicals of all time, but the island it was filmed on is relatively unknown. Skopelos is one of the Greek Islands off the north coast of Athens in the Aegean Sea.
Kastani Beach was the shooting location for the scenes where Sophie and Sky sing “Lay All Your Love On Me” and Tanya sings “Does Your Mother Know”. On the other side of the island is Gylsteri Beach, where “Honey, Honey” and “Our Last Summer” were filmed.
The beaches in Greece are by far some of the most beautiful in the world. Add a touch of ABBA to it and you have your very own musical.
Happiness comes on waves.