St Croix, US Virgin Islands
Filming Location for The Shawshank Redemption
Fictional setting: In this iconic Stephen King adaptation, Andy Dufresne and Ellis ‘Red’ Redding become friends during a horrific stint in Shawshank State Penitentiary. Andy’s plan is to escape and head to Mexico, much to the disbelief of Red: “You shouldn't be doing this to yourself…Mexico is way down there and you're in here... and that's the way it is.”
True Location: In reality, the sunny Zihuatanejo beach in Mexico was actually filmed in the Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge on the south west tip of St Croix, the largest of the US Virgin Islands. The two mile stretch of golden sand is a hatching ground to leatherback turtles so is only open at limited times, but it’s so beautiful it’s well worth the trip as it's one of the best beaches in the Caribbean.
Nearby: Just north of Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge lies Frederiksted Pier, a great spot of snorkelling and diving. Additionally the St George Village Botanical Gardens are just a short drive away. Head towards the east of the island you’ll find the vibrant town of Christiansted, where the King’s Wharf offers plenty of shopping opportunities. Discovering the US Virgin Islands on a superyacht is the perfect way to explore this beautiful Caribbean spot.
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