We’re helping you travel around the world by highlighting the 25 filming locations from across the globe that you must visit.
Planning a summer vacation is hard.
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Planning a summer vacation is easy.
Because now you can consult this handy guide to 25 of the top film locations in all their resplendent, holiday-worthy glory. From Paris to the Middle East, throughout Asia and back to the states, we’ve got your next vacation covered.
Now would be the time to cash in your unused PTO.
|#1 Forgetting Sarah Marshall|
Turtle Bay, Oahu, Hawaii
This Hawaiian hotspot offers private bungalows and sandy beaches. Just… be sure you don’t accidentally visit the same weekend as your ex, unless Mila Kunis is there working the front desk, of course. But that’s like a 30% chance at best.
|#2 Couples Retreat|
St. Regis Bora Bora, Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Stay here, and you can kick back in a thatched roof cabana on stilts. Be sure to check your vacation package, but marriage counseling and weird yoga should be optional.
|#3 The Rock|
Alcatraz, San Francisco, CA
Alcatraz is a major tourist stop for visitors to San Francisco. Legend has it that if you listen closely, you can still hear echoes of Nic Cage overacting in the tunnels.
|#4 Some Like It Hot|
Hotel Del Coronado, San Diego, CA
A mafia massacre, two guys in drag and Marilyn Monroe. 1959 was a wild time. But after all these years, this San Diego funhouse is still a popular spot to visit.
|#5 Oceans 11|
The Bellagio, Las Vegas, NV
A trip to the opulent hotel and casino isn’t complete without a stop in front of the fountains. Gaze into the water as you plan your next heist/think about what you want for dinner.
|#6 The Other Woman|
Westhampton Beach, NY
Kate Upton ran along this beach. That’s reason enough to visit the NYC elite’s sandy, summer playground.
Fontainebleu Hotel, Miami, FL
The famed Fontainebleu Hotel is a sunny, pool-heavy locale wherein a criminal mastermind might coat your new ladyfriend in gold paint, thereby suffocating her and ending your brief, yet meaningful affair. Anyway, something to consider.
|#8 Casino Royale|
Ocean Club, Nassau, Bahamas
You can play poker and seduce beautiful brunettes on any number of islands. But Paradise Island has the best name, and if the Ocean Club is good enough for Bond, it’s good enough for you.
|#9 Motorcycle Diaries|
Machu Picchu, Peru
Following the travels of a young Che Guevara, Motorcycle Diaries has no shortage of good views. Perhaps the best is Machu Picchu, the 15th century icon of Incan civilization and favorite travel spot for countless adventurers who aren’t afraid of heights
Faena Hotel, Buenos Aires, Argentina
This stunning Buenos Aires hotel—complete with cabana-laced pool—played host to conpersons extraordinaire Margot Robbie and Will Smith. So keep an eye on your wallet.
Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janerio, Brazil
As far as James Bond locations go, Rio is no slouch. Especially with this magnificent, 30-meter tall statue watching over you. Remember: no climbing Jesus.
|#12 March of the Penguins|
Terre Adélie, Antarctica
You’ve made it. One of the southernmost points of the world. A vast land of ice that acts as the preferred stomping grounds for Emperor Penguins. Pro tip: bring a jacket.
|#13 Midnight in Paris|
Le Maurice Hotel, Paris, France
When not transporting back to the cultural heyday that was 1920s Paris, Owen Wilson stays at this elegant hotel with his fiancé, Rachel McAdams. She’s okay, but she’s no Zelda Fitzgerald.
|#14 The Talented Mr. Ripley|
Ischia Ponte, Ischia, Italy
The Italian shore is a beautiful place to spend your time. Just beware of new friends who might murder you and assume your identity.
|#15 Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol|
Prague Castle, Prague, Czech Rep
Prague Castle fills in for the Kremlin in this rollicking good time that sees Ethan Hunt and friends framed for bombing the iconic building. Don’t worry—it’s still standing in real life.
|#16 Mamma Mia!|
Kastani Beach, Skopelos, Greece
A Greek wedding is overshadowed by a paternal mystery, which, in turn is overshadowed by the gorgeous landscapes of coastal Greece. Hard to top that.
|#17 Endless Summer|
Cape St. Francis Beach, South Africa
The 1966 surf movie made Cape St. Francis one of the world’s most sought-after surfing sites. What it lacks in accessibility, it makes up for in waves.
|#18 Furious 7|
Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, UAE
This film isn’t just fast cars and action sequences. It’s… well, yes it is. But it’s a damn good time. And this Middle Eastern palace acts as a scenic backdrop to the crew’s latest hijinx.
|#19 Best Exotic Marigold Hotel|
Taj Lake Palace, Rajasthan, India
You don’t have to be a British retiree to appreciate a floating palace made of marble. You just need eyes.
|#20 The Beach|
Maya Bay, Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand
This mythical beach played host to Leo and his band of adventurers, and today it’s a popular tourist stop. It’s easy to see why. People just don’t hate gorgeous beaches.
|#21 The Dark Knight|
IFC Building, Hong Kong, China
Batman hung out at this Hong Kong landmark, which is a two-tower skyscraper housing the International Finance Centre and a Four Seasons. Batman doesn’t do La Quintas.
|#22 Eat, Pray Love|
Kamandalu, Ubud, Bali
Removed from the beach party scene, Ubud is a lush hub of culture and art. Enjoy a relaxing walk among the green landscapes, or go all Julia Roberts and find yourself.
|#23 Lost in Translation|
Park Hyatt Hotel, Tokyo, Japan
If you desire a stiff drink while in Tokyo, try the bar from Lost in Translation. Because it’s a nice place, and because Scarlett Johansson sat on one of those barstools.
|#24 Point Break|
Bells Beach, Victoria, Australia
Keanu Reeves. Patrick Swayze. Surfing. Adrenaline. Crime. This might be the ultimate early ‘90s action flick. The movie concludes at Bells Beach. If you visit, we hope you meet a better fate.
Private Island in Fiji
Look, if you’re going to be lost at sea, hanging out on a beautiful Fijian island isn’t a bad way to spend your time. Especially considering the cache of anthropomorphic volleyballs.