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Where was Pirates of the Caribbean filmed?

2003

About Pirates of the Caribbean

Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl was released in 2003 and was directed by Gore Verbinski for Disney. This incredible film is based on the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction at the Walt Disney Theme Park. It was initially developed in 2001 by Jay Wolpert and was rewritten in 2002 by Stuart Beattie. In 2002, producer Jerry Bruckheimer got involved in the film and added supernatural elements weaving fiction, non-fiction, and fantasy together to form the blockbuster franchise.

The filming of Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl took place from October 2002 to March 2003 and was released by Walt Disney Pictures with a PG-13 rating in the United States. The movie did exceptionally well and became the fourth highest-grossing movie of 2003, with a whopping USD 654.3 million in global revenue.

The story revolves around pirate Captain Jack Sparrow (portrayed by Johnny Depp) and blacksmith William Turner (performed by Orlando Bloom) as they run around rescuing the kidnapped Ms. Elizabeth Swann (portrayed by Keira Knightley). She has been kidnapped by the notorious pirate, Captain Hector Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush), who commands the cursed crew (they become undead zombie skeletons under moonlight).

Captain Barbossa kidnaps Elizabeth because she has the gold medallion (the final piece of the cursed Aztec treasure) stolen by Will's father (a pirate on the Black Pearl). Captain Barbossa thinks Elizabeth is the child of William Turner, Sr. (also known as Bootstrap Bill) because she gives her last name as 'Turner' to protect her identity as the daughter of the Governor.

What follows is an entangling of fate since Captain Jack Sparrow wants to command the Black Pearl, Will Turner intends to rescue his sweetheart, Ms. Elizabeth Swann, and Captain Hector Barbossa wants to rid his crew of the Aztec curse.

City Locations

St. Lucia, Haiti, Saint Vincent and Grenadine, Tobago Cays, Dominican Republic, Palos Verdes Peninsula, California

Location Types

Beach/ Oceanview, House, Mansion, NatureScapes, Rustic

Location Styles

Anywhere America, Beachfront, Bohemian, Colonial, Sail

Pirates of the Caribbean Locations

The film shoot locations of Pirates of the Caribbean were not in any one place but spread out between different islands. Notable amongst these were the picturesque islands of Saint Vincent and Grenadine, St. Lucia, remote isles in Tobago Cays, and other smaller places around. The production team did a fabulous job finding these filming locations since most people (even those who had visited) could not believe how the area's geography affected the period film.

The Curse of the Black Pearl was shot between real locations in the Caribbean, Walt Disney Studios, and a few places off the coast of California, like the closed-off Marineland theme park on the Palos Verdes Peninsula below Los Angeles. While most of the filming sets were torn down after the shooting, visitors can see all these places, click some excellent pictures, go for picnics, and enjoy a short holiday.

Teaser: Did you know that during the shooting of Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl, Keira Knightley was only 17 years old and had to be accompanied by her mother everywhere? Once, while going from one island to another for the filming, the boat that Keira and her mother were on hit a reef and sank. Thankfully, there were no injuries, but they were stranded for a few hours and had to wait to get rescued. Come to think of it, this would have topped the list of the funny scenes in Pirates of the Caribbean!

Fun fact:

Johnny Depp's many tattoos had to be covered up with soot, pirate costumes, and makeup concealers. However, he got a tattoo made of Captain Jack in honor of his son, Jack. The tattoo serves a dual purpose as an ode to a significant character and Depp's son.

Governor's mansion scene in Pirates of the Caribbean

Marineland, Palos Verdes Peninsula, Los Angeles

In this scene, Ms. Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley) awakens from a memory dream and realizes she still has the gold medallion locket with the pirate symbol. Elizabeth reaches for the locket and wears it on a chain around her neck. Just as she is looking at it, her father, the Governor (Jonathan Pryce), walks in and asks Elizabeth, "Oh, still abed at this hour? It's a beautiful day. I have a gift for you" and presents her with a dress (that is the latest fashion in London).

Elizabeth gets suspicious (even though she thinks the dress is beautiful) and asks her father, "May I enquire as to the occasion?" The Governor responds, "Does a father need an occasion to dote upon his daughter?" He then instructs the lady's maids to help Elizabeth dress up so she can join him for the day.

The Pirates of the Caribbean production team decided to shoot the Governor's house scenes at the old Marineland in the Palos Verdes Peninsula. While the house was a film set, visitors can go to the site just south of Los Angeles. To get here from Los Angeles, catch a metro to the Palos Verdes/ Seahill stop from the Harbor Gateway Transit Center and walk for 15 minutes to Marineland.

Jack walks off his sinking boat at Port Royal dock scene in Pirates of the Caribbean

Wallilabou Bay, Saint Vincent and Grenadine Island

Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) is sailing on his small boat into Port Royal. However, his boat is sinking. As Jack passes a few hanging skeletons, he salutes them (since they are pirate skeletons) and makes his way to the Port Royal dock. As he reaches, he walks off his sinking boat and onto the pier.

As he walks off the pier, the dock master calls out to Jack, "Whaaa?! Hold up there, you!" Hearing this, Jack halts his stride, pivots, and walks back to the dock master, who says, "It's a shilling to tie up your boat to the dock." They both turn to the boat in question and see only the crow's nest on the main mast visible above the water.

Of all the Pirates of the Caribbean locations, this one is most popular since it is the dock where Captain Jack Sparrow swaggers off in style. The gorgeous Wallilabou Bay is exceptionally scenic. While most of the set construction is torn down, visitors can still go to this iconic location, look around, enjoy the sea breeze, and opt for water sports. Catch the green bus from Fitz Hughes – Leeward Bus Terminal to Barrouallie Keartons Flat to get here. The bay is a 2-minute walk from the bus stop.

Jack escapes his capture by taking Elizabeth hostage scene in Pirates of the Caribbean

Marigot Bay, St. Lucia

Jack jumps into the water to save Elizabeth's life after she faints. When Jack pulls Elizabeth out, the Governor and the Commodore (Jack Davenport) run to them. Seeing that Jack is a pirate, the Commodore demands his immediate arrest. Elizabeth gets enraged and screams, "Commodore! I really must protest! Pirate or not, this man saved my life." The Commodore tries to reason with her and replies, "One good deed does not redeem a man of a lifetime of wickedness."

Hearing this conversation, Jack realizes he may have a chance to escape, so he takes advantage of Elizabeth's kindness, holds her hostage, and demands his belongings (guns, belt, sword, and hat). Once the Commodore's man hands them to Elizabeth, Jack insists that she put everything on him. He smiles slyly at the Commodore (who fancies Elizabeth) and finally lets her go while he escapes the clutches of the Commodore's men in a daring jump and flight over turrets, pulleys, and wooden planks.

Many consider this one of the best scenes in Pirates of the Caribbean. Viewers usually enjoy all the Pirates of the Caribbean action scenes, but this is the first time they see Captain Jack Sparrow in action. To get to this gorgeous place at Marigot Bay in St. Lucia, turn onto Waterfront Road and head northwest.

Jack meets Will in his metal smithy scene in Pirates of the Caribbean

Chateaubelair, St. Vincent and Grenadine Island

Captain Jack Sparrow tries to escape the Commodore's men and ducks into a local smithy shop. When Jack is there, he manages to get his handcuffs removed, but before the captain can leave, he hears someone come into the shop. While Will Turner realizes someone is in his shop, Jack draws his sword, trying to stop Will from touching his famous pirate hat.

As soon as Will sees Jack, he says, "Pirate!" Jack looks at him confusedly and says, "You seem familiar. Have I threatened you before?" Will looks at Jack with disgust, and snidely says, "I make a point of avoiding familiarity with pirates." Jack seems unrepentant and responds, "Ah, then it would be a shame to put a black mark on your record." Will tries to stop Jack from escaping and leaving his shop, so they get into a sword fight. Eventually, Jack is captured after the shop owner smashes a bottle on his head, causing Jack to faint.

This Pirates of the Caribbean filming location is constructed at Chateaubelair, St. Vincent and Grenadine Island. While the set is long gone, visitors can still go to the lovely site, drink cocktails, and enjoy the Caribbean sun. To get here from Kingstown, catch a bus from the Leeward Bus Terminal to the Petit Bordel Secondary School on the green line. From this stop, you can walk around and explore Chateaubelair.

Jack and Elizabeth are left on the island by Hector scene in Pirates of the Caribbean

Petit Tabac Cay, Tobago Cays

Jack and Elizabeth are left marooned on an island by the pirate, Captain Hector Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush). As Elizabeth and Jack swim to the island, Jack turns around and looks at the ship sailing away in the distance. He spits out, "That's the second time I'm watching that man sail away with my ship." While on the island, Jack checks his guns while Elizabeth tries to find a way out.

As she returns to the same spot where Jack is seated, he says, "It's really not all that big, is it?" She gets frustrated with Jack, "If you're going to shoot me, please do so without delay." Jack pretends to be surprised, "Is there a problem between us, Ms. Swann?" She says with deadly venom, "You were going to tell Barbossa about the world in exchange for a ship!"

She gets upset when Jack finds rum on the island and sets it ablaze, hoping to attract another ship to save them. When Jack realizes the bottles are empty, he says, "Why is the rum gone?"

This gorgeous Pirates of the Caribbean location is a secluded island (fictional Rumrunner's Isle) in the Tobago Cays, Petit Tabac. Visitors can easily access this island and have a pirate-themed picnic. Don't worry; unlike Jack and Elizabeth, there is excellent connectivity, and you can quickly get off the island. There are no public ferries to and from the island, but you can hire one of the many tour boats for a Pirates experience.

Jack recruits a crew for his misadventures in Pirates of the Caribbean

Tortuga, Haiti

In this scene, Captain Jack Sparrow (with the help of Will Turner) is trying to recruit an 'able-bodied' crew to man his ship. While seeing the new crew members, Jack says, "You, man, do you have the courage and fortitude to follow order and stay true in the face of danger and a most certain death?" When Mr. Cotton (David Bailie) looks around helplessly, Jack demands, "Mr. Cotton, answer man!" Hearing this, first member Joshamee Gibbs (Kevin McNally) steps in, "He's a mute, sir. The devil cut out his tongue, so he's trained the parrot to talk for him."

As soon as Joshamee says this, Jack says to the parrot, "Mr. Cotton's parrot, same question." The parrot squawks a few sounds, and Mr. Gibbs says, "We figured that mostly means yes." Will looks stupefied at this and can't believe this is the able-bodied crew that Jack wants.

Out of all the Pirates of the Caribbean film scenes, this is pivotal since it is an introduction to the people that form part of Captain Jack Sparrow's crew. Getting to Tortuga in Haiti is slightly challenging since the roads are unmarked. However, if you're at Haiti Private Surf House, there is an unnamed road that goes straight to Tortuga. You should rent a car or hitch a ride since there is no public transport on Tortuga.

Conclusion

Pirates of the Caribbean was a welcome relief to audiences after several movies in the pirate genre were declared flops at the Box Office. This movie had everything from gorgeous heroines, myths, legends, dashing heroes trying to save the damsel in distress, mean-looking pirates, and the swashbuckling, eccentric character of Captain Jack Sparrow. The movie glides gracefully from one scene to the next without audiences losing interest or getting bored.

What makes the film even better is the fantastic location selection by the Pirates of the Caribbean production team. The sparkling blue waters, verdant greenery, mountain ranges, cliffside views, caves, and more, gave an old-world feel to the movie that helped make the plot and storyline real.

The star cast did a great job with the character portrayals, and this movie also launched the careers of Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom. The rest of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise films also featured the leading pair and the misadventures of the wild and unruly Captain Jack Sparrow.