Saint Vincent Seen From Orbit

In looking for the prefect location to film the smash hit Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Disney pictures settled on Saint Vincent and its surrounding islands. Not only were the island’s harbors used to house the various watercraft made for the film, but Wallilabou Bay itself became the town of Port Royal. Certain other beaches and bays were used for other locations featured in the film, and in many temporary sets were constructed.

The success of the first film ensured sequels, and Disney returned to Saint Vincent's to shoot scenes for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End. The island was highly receptive to being used as a filming location, as it provided a much-needed economic boost. Housing the cast and crew filled the island’s hotels, while taxi drivers and boat operators were kept busy shuttling people about. In addition, numerous locals were used as extras in the film.

Sadly, rising costs forced the fourth film, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, to be shot locally, in Hawaii and Florida.