President of Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production Sean Bailey (L) and actor Johnny Depp, dressed as Captain Jack Sparrow, of PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES in ‘Worlds, Galaxies, and Universes: Live Action at The Walt Disney Studios’ presentation at Disney’s D23 EXPO 2015 in Anaheim, Calif. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)
By NAN Travel Editor
News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. May 5, 2017: With Pirates of the Caribbean 5 set to hit theaters on May 26th and on the heels of the studio’s narrow copyright victory against Florida author Royce Mathew at the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, News Americas Now thought it was time to identify the five Caribbean locations from past Pirates of The Caribbean sequels. Here are the countries where parts of previous sequels were filmed and which you can visit today:
In Pirates of the Caribbean – ‘Dead Man’s Chest,’ the second movie in the Disney series, the fictional ‘Cannibal Island’ was filmed in Dominica, the Nature Island of the Caribbean. The native village of the fictional tribe in the movie, the Pelegostos, was built at a spot called High Meadow, along with a nearby spot overhanging the main road called Twin Peaks, south of the island’s capital of Roseau.
The chasm in which Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and his shipmates are suspended in spherical cages made of bones is Titou Gorge, in Dominica’s Morne Trois Pitons National Park, which contains the Morne Trois Pitons volcano and is located in the south-central interior of Dominica. Indian River, a stretch of shallow water flowing into the ocean at Portsmouth on the northeast part of Dominica, became the ‘Pantano River’ in the movie.
The ruined church and adjacent graveyard on ‘Isla Cruces’ and the broken-down mill from which the huge wheel breaks free, were constructed at Vieille Case, a village on the north coast of Dominica while Hampstead Beach, a stretch of sand on the island’s northeast coast, backed by lush jungle and coconut palm groves, was the site of the three-way swordfight between Jack Sparrow, Turner and James Norrington (Jack Davenport).
Dominica is served by two airports, the Douglas–Charles Airport, formerly Melville Hall and Canefield Airport. Most visitors arrive through Melville Hall, the larger of the two airports which accommodates commercial airlines. International flights arrive through hubs in Antigua, Barbados, St. Maarten, Guadeloupe and Martinique.
White Cay in The Bahamas is where ocean-bound scenes also for ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest,’ were filmed. The Isla Cruces beaches where Norrington, Sparrow, and Turner duel was filmed near Little Exuma in The Bahamas and was featured in the beginning and end of the battle of Isla Cruces in the first movie. Scenes from Exumas were also shot for the second sequel, ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End.’ Actor Johnny Depp enjoyed the islands so much that he bought his own island nearby after the film was released.
Getting to the Bahamas by air is easy at any time of the year. There are approximately 42 airports throughout The Bahamas, including three international airports – on Nassau/Paradise Island, Grand Bahama Island, and the Exumas.
St. Vincent & The Grenadines
In ‘‘Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl,’ the first movie, the scenes on Rum-runner’s Isle were filmed in Petit Tabac, one of five islands known as the Tobago Cays, in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Scenes set in the harbor of the historic Jamaican city of Port Royal, Jamaica were actually filmed at Wallilabou Bay, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. A replica of Fort Charles was built on the Palos Verdes Peninsula near Los Angeles, as was Governor Swann’s mansion. Parts of the historic pirate bays were restored during filming giving the island an authentic feel.
There are no direct flights to SVG. The best connections are through Barbados and Antigua. From Barbados you can take LIAT and from Puerto Rico you can fly America Eagle or fly from Trinidad on Caribbean Airlines. There are six airports on St. Vincent & The Grenadines. Argyle International Airport replaced the E.T. Joshua Airport on February 14th 2017 as the country’s main airport.
The final beach scene for the fourth sequel, ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,’ was filmed near the east coast city of Fajardo, Puerto Rico- on and near the small offshore islands of Palomino and Palominitos, to be precise. Palomino Island is the idyllic 100 acre oasis of El Conquistador, a Waldorf Astoria Resort in Puerto Rico. Getting to Puerto Rico is easy, especially from the US and Canada. The island’s international gateway is the Aeropuerto Internacional Luis Muñoz Marín in San Juan, with numerous connections to the US and all over the Caribbean, while regional airports at Aguadilla and Ponce are increasingly accepting direct flights from the US mainland and nearby islands. Numerous daily nonstop flights connect Puerto Rico with cities all over the US, but the cheapest and most frequent depart from “gateway” cities in the south and east, most commonly Miami and New York (JFK and Newark).
St. Lucia and the Piton Mountains were featured in the first movie, ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.’ The natural arch at Marigot Bay in Saint Lucia is the site in which Johnny Depp sees the hanging skeletons of captured pirates in the first film. Meanwhile, Saint Lucia’s most famous sunken ship, the brig Unicorn, became internationally famous as The Henrietta and later as The Terrasaw in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” films. Once cleaned and repaired, the Unicorn arrived in Saint Lucia and began a glamorous new life providing sunset cruises, mock sea battles and treasure hunts for tourists and for film crews. The polished decks of the historic sailing vessel were immortalized as Jack Sparrow’s (Johnny Depp) pirate ship as part of the ship’s 66-year history as the brig Unicorn. Depp and his swashbuckling pirate crew filmed many scenes aboard the polished decks of the sailing ship and at one point, Depp was even forced to walk the plank. The ship, however, was lost forever in May 2014 after a freak accident caused the brig to sink.
There are direct flights to St. Lucia from the US on American Airlines from Miami; Charlotte and Philadelphia; on JetBlue from New York and Boston; on Delta from Atlanta and on United Airlines from New Jersey and Chicago. Air Canada and WestJet also fly direct from Toronto year round, while direct service from Montreal is available at peak times of the year on Air Canada and some chartered services. Virgin Atlantic offers four and five weekly flights from Gatwick and British Airways provides seven weekly flights, also direct from Gatwick. A weekly service is however available direct from Manchester on Fly Thomas Cook and from Germany on Condor, at peak times of the year. Inter-island travel is well serviced by several airlines including LIAT, Air Caraibes, Air Antilles and Caribbean Airlines.