February 22, 2011

SVG grabs second place in top ten cinematic beaches

St. Vincent and the Grenadines has once again grabbed the international limelight, by placing number two in the top ten list of cinematic beaches.{{more}}

The Tobago Cays beach of Petit Tabac, which was featured in the 2003 blockbuster movie “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl”, was the only beach in the Caribbean to be listed in the MSN-generated list.

The beach, located in the Southern Grenadines, came in second only to Phi Phi Leh, Thailand, which was filmed in the 2000 movie “The Beach”, which starred Leonardo Di Caprio.

According to MSN, the adventures of Captain Jack Sparrow have brought moviegoers to a number of tropical hideaways, but few can top the deserted beach in ‘The Curse of the Black Pearl’.

“When villains dump Johnny Depp and Keira Knightley on a strip of bone white sand to wither, Knightley uses a stash of rum to create a rescue bonfire, only to have the ever-hedonic Depp moan, ‘Why is the rum gone?” The feature describes Petit Tabac as ‘completely uninhabited, highly protected’ and ‘ a perfect Caribbean island with no glitzy palazzos on the beach, no jet skis or fishing boats rumbling over the reefs and an overwhelming sense that you’ve reached world’s end….’

The Pirates of the Caribbean series, which has seen parts one and two (Dead Man’s Chest, 2006) being filmed here in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, has gone on to realize record-breaking box office revenues, with part three (At World’s End, 2007) following suit and a fourth in the series rumoured to be underway.

The other beaches in the top ten cinematic beaches and movies read Kastani Beach, Skopelos Island, Greece, (Mamma Mia, 2008), Lumahai Beach, Kauai, Hawaii, (South Pacific, 1958), Cape St. Francis, South Africa (The Endless Summer, 1966), Devil’s Beach, Fiji, (The Blue Lagoon, 1980), Leo Carillo Beach, Malibu, California (the Karate Kid, 1984), Halona Cove, Hawaii, (From Here to Eternity, 1953), One and Only Ocean Club, Bahamas, (Casino Royale, 2006), Indian Beach, Ecola State Park, Oregon, (Twilight, 2008).(JJ)