The 5 best island based movies that will make you want to travel the world


There are certain things we just love about movies – the storylines, the actors and actresses, the props, the special effects, and the locations. Because movies don’t make our lives seem pretty average enough (jokes, they do really), they then have to add some incredible locations to the mix. Many of our favorite movies take place on luscious islands that make us want to crawl through the television screens and sunbathe on their golden sand. Can someone make that happen? Please?

50 First Dates

50 First Dates follows the incredible love story between Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler, and his pursuit to win her over. But there’s one problem – Drew’s character has no short-term memory, and forgets who he is each day! We love this story, but we also love the backdrop. This film was primarily filmed on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. These locations included Wahiawa, Kaneohe, Waimanalo, Makapu’u and Kaneo’ohe Bay. And they really are beautiful. With luscious green surroundings, aquamarine water, and impressive peaks, we really, really want to take a trip to Hawaii (and make a volcano out of waffles, of course).

Pirates of the Caribbean

Okay, so Pirates of the Caribbean isn’t exactly the happy-go-lucky franchise we know and love from most other island movies (although it probably could be if they drank a bit more rum). However, despite all of the fighting, the gunshots, the mutants, sea creatures and the robbery, there are some incredible backdrops throughout the five movies that make us want to sit on a beach, drink a few Pina Coladas and sunbathe. But you’ll definitely need to pack a few outfit changes if you want to see these islands, as the movies were filmed at multiple locations – including Tortuga, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Molokai, Dominica, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the Bahamas. That’ll do.

Dr. No

We all love a good 007 movie – and James Bond does always seem to travel to exotic places. Which means we can too, right? You know, for research purposes? The 1962 movie follows the life of James Bond as he travels to Jamaica to solve the mystery of a fellow spy agent. And of course, that means he gets a good ol’ look-see at what Jamaica has to offer. With the palm trees, sandy beaches, powder blue ensembles and some pretty small bikinis, it seems like he had a pretty good time…

Couples Retreat

Couples Retreat is a little slice of heaven – just not for Vince Vaughn, Jon Favreau, Jean Reno, Kali Hawk, Faizon Love, Kristin Davis or Malin Akerman. When a luxury holiday goes wrong, it’s hard to appreciate the incredible scenery that Bora Bora has to offer. But we could. So we’d happily take a trip to the islands of Bora Bora, stay in a sea cabin, and enjoy the St. Regis Bora Bora Resort. You know, if we have to.

The Beach

We’re always going to watch anything with Leonardo DiCaprio in it. That’s just a given. But when a movie has Leonardo in it, AND some incredible island scenery in the background – well, let’s just say we’re in for a treat. This 2000 movie was based on the Alex Garland novel of the same name and is set on the picturesque Koh Phi Phi island in Thailand. Although some of the scenery in The Beach was digitally added post-filming, we’d still love to check it out and see what it really has to offer. Because it looks right up our street (not really, it’s actually quite far away).