Dead Man’s Chest is the second film of the Pirates of the Caribbean series. In this exquisite sequel of The Curse of the Black Pearl, Jack Sparrow is bound to find Davy Jones’ heart locked in a mysterious chest to avoid the enslavement of his soul.
This new inspired tale leads to an avalanche of action scenes and cheeky punchlines that perfectly expand the fascinating universe of Pirates of the Caribbean made of buccanneers and sea legends. After The Curse of the Black Pearl, Dead Man’s Chest places Johnny Depp’s Jack Sparrow next to Harrison Ford’s Indiana Jones in the pantheon of adventurers once and for all.
Dead Man’s Chest takes us in beautiful Caribbean destinations: St Vincent, Dominica and The Bahamas. Everything you need for an adventure holiday under the sun and, of course, on the sea!
Elizabeth Swann: There will come a time when you have a chance to do the right thing.
Jack Sparrow: I love those moments. I like to wave at them as they pass by.
1. Saint Vincent
Wallilabou Bay, Saint Vincent → Port Royal
In Dead Man’s Chest, St Vincent’s Wallilabou Bay is Port Royal, Jamaica, the capital of Piracy in the 17th century.
With its proximity to the main trade routes, Port Royal was the ideal base for real-life pirates like Henry Morgan or Christopher Myngs.
Black Point Beach, Saint Vincent (Antilles) → coffin scene
We meet again Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) after he’s thrown in the ocean in a coffin at Black Point Beach in St Vincent, on the east shore of the island.
Gibbs: So, we’re setting out to find whatever this key unlocks?
Jack Sparrow: No. If we don’t have the key, we can’t open whatever we don’t have that it unlocks. So what purpose would be served in finding whatever need be unlocked, which we don’t have, without first having found the key what unlocks it?
Gibbs: So, we’re setting out to find this key?
Jack Sparrow: Now you’re not making any sense at all.
High Meadow & Twin Peaks, Dominica → Pelegostos village
The village of the Pelegostos cannibal tribe, perched high in beautiful green mountains surrounded by the Caribbean Sea, was built in High Meadow and Twin Peaks in Dominica.
If you are interested in visiting Dominica, make sure to read this post by our friend Lolo who visited Dominica and its famous Boiling Lake in Morne Trois Pitons National Park as part of her Rum the World Tour!
Titou Gorge, Morne Trois Pitons National Park, Dominica → canyon
Speaking of Morne Trois Pitons National Park, the canyon where Will Turner and his acolytes are suspended in large nets is Titou Gorge. After a good hike in the park, enjoy a nice bath in the hot springs. Don’t worry, you won’t be chased by cannibals!
Indian River, Dominica → Pantano River
The mysterious and menacing river ‘Pantano River’ to reach the house of Tia Dalma (Naomie Harris) is the Indian River that flows into the ocean at Portsmouth.
Vieille Case, Dominica → church ruins on Isla Cruces
Still in Dominica, the battle scene on ‘Isla Cruces’ where Sparrow finds the precious chest takes place at Vieille Case where the church ruins and the mad wheel were constructed.
Hampstead Beach, Dominica → wheel scene
The beach where the wheel finishes its journey is Hampstead Beach.
Sandy Cay, Exumas, Bahamas → Dead Man’s Chest
You don’t get much closer to heaven than in the Bahamas with its virgin white beaches and pristine blue water. Among the most beautiful Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest filming locations is undoubtedly Sandy Cay in the Exumas where the Chest is finally uncovered.
Most of the ocean-bound scenes of the film were also shot in the Bahamas at the Bahamas Film Studio in Gold Rock Creek, Grand Bahamas Island.
Guard the boat, mind the tide… don’t touch my dirt.Jack Sparrow: [to Pintel and Ragetti]
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest marks the apparition of real ships in the film series with Sunset and the Bounty standing in, respectively, for Jack Sparrow’s Black Pearl and the Edinburgh Trader.
The Black Pearl
Sunset, the real-life counterpart of the legendary Black Pearl, was built especially for the Pirates of the Caribbean series and made her first appearance in Dead Man’s Chest.
Although not an authentic tall ship like the Bounty (see further), she’s still rather impressive with her 109 feet length.
The Edinburgh Trader
The Bounty (also referred to as HMS Bounty, although it was never part of the British Royal Navy the prefix HMS designates) was a ship built for the 1962 movie Mutiny on the Bounty starring Marlon Brando.
In Dead Man’s Chest, the Bounty plays the Edinburgh Trader that is later swallowed by the terrifying Kraken.
An authentic tall ship, the Bounty was 120 feet long with massive 10,000 square feet sails.
Unfortunately, the Bounty sank in 2012 during Hurricane Sandy.
Palos Verdes, Los Angeles, California → wedding scene
The filming location of the unfortunate wedding scene at the beginning of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest was Palos Verdes in California.
Palos Verdes is a group of coastal cities south of Los Angeles that is famous for its stunning Pacific Ocean and city view but also its affluent population.