Top 10 Beaches for Tanning Like a Movie Star

From James Bond to Brice de Nice via Bodhi Salver, all of our favourite heroes also enjoyed some mythical moments on sumptuous beaches. Top 10 of these sunny movies.

The beach, a cinematic story

French, American, Thai or Fijian, the beaches, just like the films, are of all nationalities but have only one goal, to make people dream and welcome holidaymakers. Along with a few cameras.

1. Dr. No – James Bond Beach (Jamaica)

Probably one of the most famous scenes in the history of the saga. The beautiful Ursula Andress comes out of the water in a bikini in Dr. No and becomes THE James Bond Girl. A tribute was paid to her in the film Die Another Day with Halle Berry coming out of the water in the same way. Renamed James Bond Beach in memory of the shooting, the beach also has a bar called the Moonraker, title of one of the films and second reference to the saga.

2. Point Break – Indiana Beach (Oregon – USA)

Point Break - Indiana Beach
Point Break – Indiana Beach

The final scene of Point Break is supposed to take place on Bell’s Beach in Australia. In fact, it was shot in Oregon, far from the coast of Oceania, at Indian Beach in the Ecola State Park. On the other hand, the real scenes are those of the plane stunts performed by Patrick Swayze himself.

3. Cast Away – Monuriki (Fiji)

Monuriki (Fiji Islands) - Flickr photo by Christian Haugen
Monuriki (Fiji Islands) – Flickr photo by Christian Haugen

Do you want to be alone in the world? Nothing beats the Monuriki Island in Fiji for that. It is on these sandy beaches that Chuck Noland (Tom Hanks) lives for several years with a volleyball as his only companion. Although the film is entitled Cast Away, almost 1,500 FedEx employees participated in the shooting of some scenes. Not exactly a solitary casting.

4. The Beach – Maya Bay (Thailand)

Leonardo Di Caprio walked the beach of Maya Bay for the shooting of this dramatic film, adaptation of the eponymous novel by Alex Garland. However, since 2018, and for four to five years, this famous beach has been closed to the public. The tens of thousands of visitors have, according to the authorities, weakened the ecosystem. A necessary closure therefore for the preservation of this site.

5. Brice de Nice – France

Beaches of Brice de Nice
Brice de Nice

So many choices to follow in the footsteps of the Mediterranean surfer! Beaulieu-sur-Mer (06), Mandelieu-la-Napoule (06), Villefranche-sur-Mer (06) or Biscarosse (40), the beaches frequented by the king of surfing are numerous and are just waiting to welcome other wave lovers.

6. Jaws – Martha’s Vineyard (Massachusetts – USA)

No sharks on the horizon, but a mythical beach, that of Jaws. A must-see film, horrific scenes, the feature is considered to be the very first American blockbuster with a very young director, a certain Steven Spielberg, at the helm. It is on these beaches that in June 2005, a festival called Jawsfest was organized to commemorate the thirty years of the film. Subsequently, Sabrina by Sydney Pollack, Stuck on You by Peter and Bobby Farrelly and The Ghost Writer by Roman Polanski were filmed there. Even Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) regularly returns there to see his parents in the X-Files. You can’t miss it.

7. By the Sea – Crystal Pier (California – USA)

By the Sea
By the Sea

April 1915, two strange men fight over a trifling matter. After a few moments, they make up and take an ice cream cone together. But the problem of paying for these frozen flavors is starting the fight again. A short, but classic film script, By the Sea was shot at Crystal Pier. A nice trip back in time.

8. Baywatch – Deerfield Beach (Florida – USA)

Deerfield Beach - Photo Wikimedia Commons by quyentr
Deerfield Beach – Photo Wikimedia Commons by quyentr

The film based on the legendary Baywatch series was filmed for the most part in Deerfield Beach, Florida. The town owes its name to the deer, or cerfs in French, that used to populate the area. The city is also famous for a sad event, the death of rapper XXXTentacion in 2018 following a gun attack.

9. Ant-Man and the Wasp – Kahana Bay (Hawaii)

On the final scene, Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) finally reunites with his wife Janet van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer) and settles on a beach to enjoy their well-deserved retirement. The footage was filmed in Kahana Bay, located only 10 minutes drive from Kualoa Ranch, the location of Jurassic Park.

10. Camping – Plage du Petit Nice (Pyla-sur-Mer (33) – France)

Camping - Plage du Petit Nice
Camping – Plage du Petit Nice

In addition to the splendid beach, do not hesitate to go for a walk on the parking side. It seems surprising, but it is from here that the views from site 17 of the campsite have been turned. However, if you want to rent a place at the famous camping des flots bleus, you will have to go to the Dune campsite located in the same town and close to the famous Dune du Pyla. So we’re not waiting for Patrick?

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By Damien Duarte

Monday, April 22, 2019

Passionné par la culture pop depuis son enfance, ses références vont de Donald Duck à Batman en passant par Marty McFly. Fantripper dans l'âme, voyager sur les traces de Ghostbusters, James Bond ou des héros de romans comme Cotton Malone fait partie d'un séjour idéal et réussi !

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