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The Turks and Caicos in Movies, TV, and Music

One interesting trait of the more recent files shot in the Turks and Caicos is that they really don’t show the amazing beaches, water, and marine environment that make our island famous. The 1941 film Bahama Passage and the Le trésor de Pago Pago television program show some great locations.

Visiting Movies Stars and Celebrities

The Turks and Caicos has hosted a truly impressive collection of heads of state and celebrities. Many of which have stayed at exclusive retreats such as COMO Parrot Cay Resort on Parrot Cay, and Amanyara on Providenciales.

The number of celebrities that have actually acted on film in the Turks and Caicos is far lower than the number who have simply visited and vacationed here.

Bahamas Passage

still of the Salt Cay salinas from the Bahamas Passage movie
A frame from the 1941 film Bahama Passage showing the water locks, with the White House in the background.

The Turks and Caicos was the location for an early full feature film, Bahamas Passage. This 1941 Technicolor film was shot on Salt Cay when the sea salt industry was still in full operation.

Le trésor de Pago Pago

Without questions, the film project that left the most behind in the Turks and Caicos was the unique French game show Le trésor de Pago Pago. This survivor challenge show shot several episodes in the early 1990s at beautiful Malcolm's Road Beach on Providenciales.

The show built a set on the breath-taking and then very remote Malcolms Road Beach, which included a tiki hut village (on the low cliffs where Amanyara resort now stands), and a massive underwater steel Thunderdome cage and rope bridge climbing array for their challenges. The project also brought in a dugout canoe for races as well.

Paradise Virus

A scene from the Paradise Virus shot on Front Street, Grand Turk. © Christopher FilmCapital.

The 2003 Paradise Virus movie was a low budget and made for TV drama thriller that has truly hilarious production quality, writing, and acting. It was almost entirely shot on Grand Turk and prior to the construction of the Grand Turk Cruise Center, so the backgrounds tend to be more interesting than the plot. As the film’s name suggests, the story is a rather cliché virus epidemic thriller.

Paradise Virus is only worth watching if you know the Turks and Caicos and Grand Turk, otherwise it’s tedious and predictable.

Life’s a Beach

A scene from Life's a Beach shot at the Club Med pier on Grace Bay with a Sail Provo catamaran. © Miracle Entertainment.

The second Hollywood film to be shot in the Turks and Caicos was Life’s a Beach. Originally shot in 2000 and titled Jungle Juice, the movie was shelved and released more than a decade later in 2012. The story is of a groom who gets stood up at his wedding and then decides to go on the honeymoon with his best friend instead.

Life’s a Beach was primarily shot at the Ramada Turquoise Reef/Allegro Resort, which was later demolished and is the site of the current Seven Stars Resort.

Keeping up with the Kardashians

The Kardashians have visited the Turks and Caicos multiple times, staying at Amanyara and also private luxury beach villas.

Worricker Trilogy - Turks and Caicos

A scene from the Worricker Trilogy - Turks and Caicos shot in Blue Hills with Bill Nighy. © BBC.

This film is part of the Worricker Trilogy and features ex-MI5 officer Johnny Worricker (played by Bill Nighy) hiding out in the Turks and Caicos. Part of the plot revolves around a scheme by shady American businessman led by a character played by Christopher Walken.

Filming locations include Long Bay Beach, Blue Hills, and Amanyara.

The Fosters

Season 5 Episode 21 of the Fosters, titled Turks & Caicos, was primarily shot at Beaches Turks and Caicos and features the wedding of two characters on the show.

Movie Mentions

  • The Pink Panther (2006) labels one screen as being in “Turks and Caicos, The Bahamas” although this was not shot in the country.
  • An episode from the TV series Suits has lawyer Louis Litt complaining that his colleagues are ‘off vacationing in Turks and Caicos’.
  • Turks and Caicos features in an episode of Miami Vice.

Song Mentions

  • Priyanka Chopra’s song Exotic featuring Pitbull mentions visiting the Turks and Caicos.
  • Jay Z’s song What More Can I Say? discusses taking “private jets down to Turks and Caicos”.
  • DJ Khaled mentions the Turks and Caicos in No New Friends.
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