Take a Drive to These Famous Film Locations in Florida
“Key Largo, Montego, baby why don’t we go…” to some of the famous locations from movies and TV shows that have been filmed in Florida! When it comes to the silver screen, it’s all about location, location, location. Most of the time, we hear about places such as Italy, New Zealand, and other exotic locations around the world, but did you know Florida has been the backdrop for many famous movies?
Many locations in Florida have been used for both television and film since the 1940s. It’s hard to name them all, but we’ve picked some of the most memorable movies in the last half-a-century and listed them based on location, in case you’re ever itching to do a road trip across the “Sunshine State” with a few iconic pit stops.
The Florida Keys
The Florida Keys are known for its laid-back and quirky atmosphere, beautiful coastal surroundings, and fishing. One of the best places to get the best views of the coastal surroundings is the Seven Mile Bridge, located in Marathon. In addition to being surrounded by beautiful turquoise waters, the Seven Mile Bridge is also neighbored by the remaining pieces of the old Seven Mile Bridge, which adds a lot of interest to the location. The Seven Mile Bridge has been used in several action movies like “Speed 2: Cruise Control,” “True Lies,” and one of the the James Bond movies, “License to Kill.” While cars can no longer drive on the old bridge, there is a place to park and walk on a small remaining section.
Aside from the Seven Mile Bridge other main “hot spots” for filming in the Florida Keys are Key West and Islamorada. In fact, one of Netflix’s newest special TV shows, “Bloodline,” is based and filmed in Islamorada. Whether its the bars, marinas or hotel (The Moorings Village and Spa) that you’d like to visit, its not a far drive to visit them. And of course, there’s the Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall classic movie, “Key Largo.”
Heading north from the Keys is Miami and Miami Beach, and its been a popular filming location for years. In addition to Miami’s beaches being a great background for a scene, the Miami nightlife, iconic hotels and unique, historical architecture is awesome on film. When it comes to film, Miami is best-known for its star role in “Scarface.” Not only is “Scarface” filmed and based in Miami, but Miami’s culture and history also plays a large role in the flick. Two scenes from the movie someone can visit today is the Foutainbleu (also a location in “The Bodyguard”), shown in the scene in which Tony Montana’s partner in crime gets slapped by a woman, the brutal chainsaw scene, which was filmed on Ocean Drive.
Another iconic movie (but from a totally different genre) that was filmed and based in Miami is the Jim Carey comedy, “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective.” Places you can visit from “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective” include the Cameo Theater and Campton Apartments, both located on South Beach.
If you head northwest from Miami, you’ll hit the Tampa Bay metro. With many historical ties to Miami and the Florida Keys, the Tampa Bay metro is also a popular place for filming locations. At about 3.5 hours away, you can still get to these famous movie scenes in a day’s drive. Various scenes in “Edward Scissorhands” were filmed in Lutz, Lakeland, and a couple other areas in the Tampa Bay area. You can still drive through the neighborhood which was shown various times throughout the movie, however, it is less colorful. “Spring Breakers” is one of the more recent movies on this list as it was released in 2012. With a lot of mixed reviews, the movie stars big-named actors and entertainers like James Franco, Vanessa Hudgeons and Selena Gomez. The plot and many of the scenes from the movie are based on life in St. Petersburg beach during spring break, the beach’s busiest and most chaotic time of the year.
There are many more movies, television series, and locations that can be found in Florida, but we can’t put them all on the list. Have we missed some of your favorites? Tell us on our social media pages, like Twitter or Facebook.