Jack Sparrow is a brilliant moron, whether tipsy on rum or completely straight. However, Johnny Depp’s role is a perfect one that seems to fit like a pea in a pod to Disney’s wonderful world of Caribbean Pirates. Watching the Pirates of the Caribbean is a great way to get pumped about your upcoming visit to the region, there are a number of discount holidays available. In fact, and especially if you’re traveling with kids, visiting some of Sparrow’s sites is a great way to see the beauty of tropical paradises.
Puerto Rico is one of the locales where we find our unlikely hero making waves. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides claims its last scene in Fajardo in the east of the island. Also, Old San Juan’s Fuerte San Cristobal served as the setting for some important scenes in the film. If you want that tiny island experience, make your way to Palomino, where a stay in the Conquistador hotel will surely delight you. Palomino is a markedly beautiful island where the latest film shot the ending.
If Dominica’s reputation was not very popular before the first Pirate’s trilogy, then it skyrocketed afterwards. The island served as the locale for many of the films’ jungle scenes, especially the second film’s sequence of Sparrow-running-from-natives. If you are expecting cannibals, don’t; there are no cannibals here! However, you can still get a unique experience by visiting all the places where the films were shot. High cliffs, beaches and jungle rivers will give the whole family a real-life appreciation of the scenes we love so much. A few of the names you’ll want to keep in mind are: Sourfiere and Vielle Case, Pegua Bay, Pointe Guinade, Hampstead Beach, High Meadow and Titou Gorge.
Keep an eye out for the company Breakaway Adventures. You can organize a tour that lasts a comfortable 9 days that will take you the rounds of the Pirate’s scenes. Remember the voodoo village down the river? You’re there. Remember “Cannibal Island”? You’ll get to see it at the Valley of Desolation. Capucin Cape hosts the movie’s “Shipwreck Cove.” If you’re not satisfied after the whole tour, then you probably had kept your eyes closed out of fear! The immense gorge and deep river experience is delectable, and is surely worth the cost if the power of saying “I’ve been there” when watching the films is of the utmost importance for you.
The tropical Bahama islands provided further scenes for the movies. Indeed, with the Bahama’s own history of pirates, how could Disney overlook them? Nassau is itself known as the pirate hub of the 17th century, and a small pirate museum in the city center will confirm the rumors. Rum and win once ran red in the streets, and swashbuckling pirates once stamped over the cobblestone streets.
Grand Bahama Island and Exuma appear in Dead Man’s Chest and At World’s End. The best thing you can do for yourself is watch the film right before heading out, so that you get the most of your Pirates of the Caribbean experience.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines was home to the first two films’ large sets depicting the pirate haven of Port Royal. Port Royal exists to this day in Jamaica, but it is a far cry from its piracy roots, since it was destroyed by an earthquake in the late 17th century. Some might say that the earthquake was proof that the pirates’ horrid reputations were to blame!
Wallilabou Anchorage Hotel and Restaurant was in the film, and the geological formation of a stone archway at the head of the bay was also. The port itself is tranquil, which makes for a relaxed experience of its surrounds.
Make your way north to find the Falls of Baleine for a calming swim in the small falls’ water. If you have the time and inclination, you should boat out to St. Vincent’s Bequia, a small island where more scenes from the second film were shot. The whole experience feels all the more complete!
Further scenes were shot on in the Dominican Republic and Tortuga. Samana might give you a double-take as you realize it also served a purpose in Sparrow’s shenanigans. Tortuga will mean entering Haiti’s territory, but the small island where Sparrow put together his crew is another piece of the Pirates’ puzzle.
The Caribbean is vast, and the water between the islands makes the locales all the more yours. You can go to any of the tropical islands and feel the beauty of paradise, but why not add a feature to the trip to make it that much more interesting? Search out Jack Sparrow’s hideaways, and you will appreciate the marvelousness of the white sandy beaches and turquoise waters all the more. Don’t forget to take along a camera to prove to your friends you were there!