You can, however, have some fun tracking down exactly where it was filmed, not to mention where it wasn’t.
The primary location was the historic and oldest areas in the capital city of San Juan. Old San Juan is a colorful pastiche of Caribbean pastels; it’s actually a small island connected to the main part of modern San Juan by three bridges. (Fans of The Fast & The Furious franchise may remember one of the bridges being used in the bank vault stunt in “Fast Five“.)
Old San Juan, founded in 1508, features classical colonial architecture that movie makers love. It can just as easily pass as a 17th century pirate-infested hangout in “Pirates of the Caribbean – On Stranger Tides“, in which Johnny Depp starred earlier this year with Penelope Cruz; or, a decadent, restive Eisenhower Era U.S. possession, as it did in Rum Diary. Add a few old cars, and it’s 1960.
What about Sanderson’s beach house? Located along a pristine stretch of beach in an area, west of San Juan, called Vega Baja. The roads along which the aerial shots of Depp driving the Corvette were also filmed in this area.
Got any idea where the island paradise/U.S. Navy bombing range was? It’s the real-life Caribbean jewel, Vieques Island. The Navy really did use it as a bombing range, right up until 2003, much to the chagrin – and anger – of Puerto Ricans. Now, it’s an exclusive resort area (what a surprise, eh!) The final scene in “Fast Five” was actually filmed there. The Rum Diary crew never did film there, however! (All Vega Baja stuff.)
Neither did the production film in St. Thomas or the Virgin Islands. Again, that was Old San Juan.
October 29, 2011