Real beach filming locations to enjoy from home
With much of the world on lock down and holidays now a distant dream, we understand that thousands of people everywhere will regrettably be missing out on trips they’ve been looking forward to for a long time.
We are passionate about a holiday’s ability for escapism and relaxation, things we all urgently need more of right now. So, until everything is back to normal, we have sourced a variety of films from streaming service Netflix and their real beach filming locations that you can enjoy from your own home. We’ve ranked the beaches by their Google rating and added the IMDb score for all the Netflix offerings.
1. Great Exuma, Bahamas (Rating: 4.9*) - Fyre (Rating: 7.2)
The highest-rated location on our list, Great Exuma is the largest island in the Exumas and is only 37 metres long. The island was destined to be the host of the “greatest party that never happened” which was the feature of the Netflix documentary Fyre.
The island boasts footprint-free beaches and stunningly clear water, there’s no wonder this paradise was given an almost perfect score by its visitors.
If you visit, make sure Billy McFarland had nothing to do with your booking and you’ll be fine!
2. Peddocks Island, Massachusetts (Rating: 4.9*) - Shutter Island (Rating: 8.1)
Though worlds apart from Great Exuma and not exactly as picturesque, Peddocks Island earned the same Google review score, allowing it to top our list.
The island represents the fictional Shutter Island in the film of the same name, a dark, weaving thriller starring Leonardo DiCaprio. While this one might not be a perfect replacement for your holiday in the sun, Peddocks Islands still has a rugged beauty that many will appreciate.
3. Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts (Rating: 4.8*) - Jaws (Rating: 8)
The movie Jaws still gives many viewers the chills, even 45 years after its release. But its shots of Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts, where a beach is now officially known as Jaws Bridge, show a beautiful, jolly landscape where the American elite still spend their summers.
The Jaws Bridge beach itself has a score of 4.8 on Google, showing that enough people are still happy to share the water with the legendary great white.
4. Ecola State Park, Oregon (Rating: 4.8*) - Twilight (Rating: 5.2)
Though the plot of Twilight places the events in Washington, one of the most captivating filming locations for the first movie in the series is actually found in Oregon.
The Escola State Park where the Indian and Cannon Beaches can be found is a formidable feat of nature that is sure to captivate viewers and visitors.
5. Reynisfjara, Iceland (Rating: 4.8*) - Sense8 (Rating: 8.3)
The first episode of the Netflix original’s time and space-bending series Sense8 shows Icelanding character Riley walking along the Black Sand Beach, also knows as Reynisfjara.
This beach has also starred in films such as Noah and Star Trek: Into Darkness and is a beautiful, moody party of the world where the sea rages against the distinctive black sand.
6. Miami Beach, Florida (Rating: 4.7*) - The Assassination of Gianni Versace (Rating: 8.4)
Part of the American Crime Story anthology, this series follows the murdered of Italian fashion designer Gianni Versace and the events leading up to a moment which rocked the fashion world.
The exterior of Versace house was actually used as a filming location on the show, as was the beach long, beautiful stretch of beach opposite.
Miami Beach is known for clear blue waters, endless sunshine and bronzed beach-goers.
7. Nazaré Beach, Portugal (Rating: 4.7*) - Blue Planet II (Rating: 9.4)
The Blue Planet series goes around the world, documenting the activity of some of Earth’s most special and secluded creatures.
In Blue Planet II, David Attenborough’s crew travel to Nazaré, Portugal, where some of the world’s largest waves can be seen.
The city of Nazaré itself is a picturesque jumble of Mediterranean houses at the shore of a large stretch of sand on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean.
Blue Planet II also visits places like the Galapagos Islands for those looking for a sunny, tropical escape.
8. Moreton Bay, Australia (Rating: 4.7*) - Kong: Skull Island (Rating: 6.6)
Kong: Skull Island, which came out in 2017 has a number of island filming locations, including some in Hawaii and others along Australia’s Gold Coast. Moreton Bay stands out for its beauty and the distincive wildlife it attracts.
Moreton Bay is the only place in Australia where dugong gather in herds and was named one of Queensland’s Q150 Icons.
9. Spiaggia del Buon Dormire, Italy (Rating: 4.6*) - Wonder Woman (Rating: 7.4)
For the mythical island of Themyscira – the home of the Amazons – the 2017 film Wonder Woman used real locations from Italy’s coast in the region of Campania.
The Spiaggia del Buon Dormire is one of the most popular beaches of the region. Stunning emerald waters, white sandy beaches and plenty of history make this place a prime locations for tourists.
The initial scenes of Wonder Woman display the natural beauty of Italy’s coast, along with some beautiful digitally rendered shots to keep you enamoured while at home.
10. Stiniva Cove, Croatia (Rating: 4.6*) - Porco Rosso (Rating: 7.7)
Most of animated movie Porco Rosso is set in the skies above Italy’s coast and follow Porco, the seaplane pilot with the head of a pig.
However, Porco’s hideout from the Italian authorities is the real jewel of this film, a secluded, private cove ispired by Stiniva Cove in nearby Croatia.
Stiniva Cove is almost as secluded as Porco’s hideout and an ideal place to soak up the sun in style.
11. Kawela Bay, Hawaii (Rating: 4.6*) - Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (Rating: 6.9)
This Jumanji reboot was filmed all over Hawaii but Kawela Bay is the star attraction.
Viewers will see the bay featured early in the film where the mythical game is discovered and may recognise this beach and its banyan trees from other places such as TV show Lost.
Kawela Bay is one of the most secluded beaches on the island of Oahu but for all those who can’t get there right now, this should be a good enough stand-in.
12. Lechuza Beach, California (Rating: 4.5*) - Grace and Frankie (Rating: 8.3)
Grace and Frankie is Netflix’s longest-running original series following the antics of the title characters as they adapt to life after their husbands leave them to be together.
The pair live in a beautiful beach house with a path directly to the sands of a sweeping Malibu bay.
The beach house actually exists and is located on the edge of Lechuza Beach in Malibu, California.
The pair often take trips to their backdoor beach so this makes for great quarantine viewing – or prime quarantine envy, however you look at it!
13. Bocagrande Beaches, Colombia (Rating: 4.4*) - Long Shot (Rating: 6.9)
This film starring Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron is partially filmed in Cartagena Colombia, a city which faces the sea on two sides.
The beauty of this coastal city, both in the city proper and its expansive coastline make it the perfect getaway for a city break and beach holiday.
14. Jamaica Beach, Italy (Rating: 4.4*) - Call Me By Your Name (Rating: 7.9)
Academy Award nominee for Best Picture and winner for Best Adapted Screenplay, Call Me By Your Name is a coming of age romantic drama set in 1980s Italy.
Some of the scenes of this film were set on Jamaica beach, one of the beaches at the edge of Lake Garda in Sirmione.
Lake Garda is a hugely popular tourist destinaton so while we’re all stuck in the house, this film offers a beautiful escape to the romantic Italian countryside.
15. Tomonoura, Japan (Rating: 4.1*) - Ponyo (Rating: 7.7)
The seaside village of Tomonoura is the location inspiration for Hayao Miyazaki’s Ponyo.
Loosely inspired by the tale of the Little Mermaid, Ponyo is the story of a part-girl part-fish who wants to see the human world.
A quaint seaside village which is often overlooked fro more popular tourist destinations like nearby Miyajima and Hiroshima, Tomonoura has been immortalised in other films, including 2013’s The Wolverine.
A beautiful snapshot of rural Japan, elegantly captured by Miyazaki and his studio.