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St. Croix on Screen

The island of St. Croix has made quite a few on-screen appearances. If you wonder why, just look around. St. Croix has been chosen as the backdrop for, or even the star of many a television show, movie, travel vlog, and even commercials because of our white sandy beaches, calm Caribbean waters, quaint towns, and historic sugar mills. Plus, St. Croix is a U.S. territory full of friendly people and unique experiences. We have compiled a playlist that shows you some of the cinematic highlights of St. Croix, see what places and faces you recognize!

St. Croix on Film & TV Playlist

Even more on-screen appearances!

Due to the surprisingly large number of on-screen appearances (and copyright limitations) we couldn’t find videos or clips from all of St. Croix’s starring roles to add to our YouTube playlist. Check out the slideshow below to see a more comprehensive list of St. Croix’s greatest hits.

The Shawshank Redemption

The final scene of this movie supposedly showed Zihuatanejo, but was actually filmed at Sandy Point Beach on St. Croix's West End.
Starring: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman
Film Date: 1994
Film Location: Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge
Watch On: Netflix

Trading Places

The final scene, filmed on St. Croix's beautiful North Shore, featured Eddie Murphy on the beach with a glass of champagne, and Dan Aykroyd and Jamie Lee Curtis on the sailboat. "Looking good, Billy Ray!" "Feeling good, Louis!"
Starring: Eddie Murphy, Dan Aykroyd, Jamie Lee Curtis
Film Date: 1983
Film Location: Carambola Beach Resort, Davis Bay
Watch On: Rent on Amazon


This entire movie was filmed on St. Croix. Not familiar with this movie? The plot: "After undersea explosions near a Caribbean island, prehistoric creatures are unleashed on the unsuspecting population."
Starring: Ward Ramsey, Paul Lukather, Kristina Hanson
Film Date: 1960
Film Location: Island Wide

The Island of Dr. Moreau

Filmed entirely on St. Croix, this H.G. Wells novel tells the story of a shipwrecked survivor discovering a remote island owned by a crazed scientist who is carrying out sinister experiments on the island's inhabitants.
Starring: Burt Lancaster, Michael York, Nigel Davenport, Barbara Carerra
Film Date: 1977
Film Location: Island Wide, including Carambola Beach Resort
Watch On: Rent on Amazon Prime

The Big Blue

While you may know this famous free diving movie set in the Mediterranean, many will be surprised to learn that parts of this movie were filmed on St. Croix.
Starring: Jean-Marc Barr, Jean Reno, Rosanna Arquette
Film Date: 1988
Film Location: St. Croix

Dreams of Gold: The Mel Fischer Story

This made-for-tv movie tells the story of Mel Fischer's search for the wreck of the Atocha off the coast of Florida, but this movie was filmed on St. Croix. In fact, one of the movie props is now part of a popular dive site, known as the Jungle Gym, at Butler Bay.
Starring: Cliff Robertson, Loretta Swit, Ed O'Ross
Film Date: 1986
Film Location: St. Croix

Chief Zabu

Chief Zabu is a long-unreleased comedy written, produced and directed by Neil Cohen and Zack Norman. St. Croix stars as the newly-independent Polynesian island of 'Tiburaku' that two New York realtors are scheming to take over.
Starring: Allen Garfield, Zack Norman, Allan Arbus
Film Date: 1988, Released in 2016
Film Location: St. Croix

Miami Vice

The episode that supposedly took place in The Bahamas, including an exciting car chase ending in the harbor, was actually filmed in downtown Christiansted.
Starring: Don Johnson, Philip Michael Thomas
Episode: Season 1, Episode 5: Calderone's Return, Part 2
Film Date: 1984
Film Location: Christiansted, St. Croix
Watch On: Amazon Prime

Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern

Learn about Crucian culture and food including the La Reine Farmer's Market, local fishermen, land crabs, Senapol cattle, Villa Morales and more!
Starring: Andrew Zimmern
Episode: Season 2.1 Episode 18
Show Network: Travel Channel
Film Date: 2013
Film Location: Island Wide, St. Croix
Watch On: Travel Channel or YouTube

The Greatest American Hero

This campy adventure/comedy/sci-fi show filmed an episode on St. Croix, although it was portrayed as Bermuda. In this episode Bill investigates whether dinosaur attacks may cause the loss of ships in the Bermuda Triangle. Watch for St. Croix landmarks!
Starring: William Katt, Robert Culp, Connie Sellecca
Episode: Season 2 Episode 15: The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
Show Network: ABC
Film Date: 1981
Film Location: Island Wide, St. Croix
Watch On: Amazon

The Bachelor

This two hour episode of The Bachelor was filmed entirely on St. Croix and includes their arrival by seaplane, their immersion in a traditional Festival parade of masqueraders and mocko jumbies in historic Christiansted, a romantic sunrise at Point Udall, and dining in centuries-old sugar mill ruins.
Starring: Bachelor Sean Lowe
Episode: 17.7
Show Network: ABC
Film Date: 2012, Aired Feb 2013
Film Location: The Buccaneer Hotel and Christiansted
Watch On:

Another World

The Mac/Rachel/Janice/Mitch storyline on this popular daytime soap opera had carried on for a year when it culminated in scenes shot on location in St. Croix, including a murder.
Starring: Victoria Wyndham, Douglass Watson, Christine Jones
Show Network: NBC
Film Date: 1980
Film Location: St. Croix

All My Children

Agnes Nixon, creator of All My Children, owned a home and lived part of the year on the North Shore of St. Croix. So, it's no wonder she was inspired to have the shows newlyweds, Erica and Tom, honeymoon on St. Croix when they tied the knot in 1978!
Starring: Susan Lucci, Richard Shoberg
Show Network: ABC
Film Date: September 1978
Film Location: St. Croix

Rock the Park

Join Jack Steward and Colton Smith as they explore St. Croix, and dive the canyons at Salt River on the popular adventure series Rock the Park.
Starring: Jack Steward and Colton Smith
Episode: Season 2, Episode 18 St. Croix: Into the Abyss
Show Network: ABC
Film Date: 2016
Film Location: Salt River and Christiansted, St. Croix
Watch on: ABC or YouTube

Restaurants on the Edge

This reality show follows the makeover and revival of a local restaurant in Frederiksted by a team of restaurant and design experts.
Starring: Jack Steward and Colton Smith
Episode: Season 2, Episode 6
Show Network: Netflix
Film Date: 2019
Film Location: Frederiksted, St. Croix
Watch on: Netflix

Married at First Sight

In this reality show, newlyweds Samantha and Neil honeymoon at The Buccaneer, take an ATV tour out west and visit Buck Island.
Starring: Pepper Schwartz, Calvin Roberson, Jessica Griffin
Episode: Season 3, Episode 4
Show Network: A&E
Film Date: 2015
Film Location: Island Wide on St. Croix
Watch on: Netflix


In this reality show, hobbyist metal detector-ists "King George" Wyant and his buddy Tim "The Ringmaster" Saylor search St. Croix for artifacts left behind by the Knights of Malta.
Starring: Tim Saylor, George Wyant, Marc Henshaw
Episode: Season 4, Episode 5
Show Network: National Geographic
Film Date: 2015
Film Location: Island Wide on St. Croix
Watch on: Amazon Prime

REAL: St. Croix

Travel Channel’s original series REAL: digs deep into tourist destinations to get the authentic local experience beyond what tourists typically see. Visit some of your favorites island places on this episode.
Starring: Kinga Philipps
Episode: Season 1, Episode 3
Show Network: Travel Channel
Film Date: 2015
Film Location: Island Wide on St. Croix
Watch on: YouTube


HGTV is a huge fan of St. Croix and has filmed countless episodes of popular reality shows like Beachfront Bargain Hunt, House Hunters International, and Caribbean Life all across the island. St. Croix was even the star of an episode of You Live in What?
Episodes: Too many to list!
Show Network: HGTV
Film Dates: 2014-Current
Film Location: Island Wide on St. Croix
Watch on: YouTube, HGTV

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We all enjoy seeing places we frequent, people we know, and the beautiful scenery we love show up on film – so, we hope to continue adding to this list. If you know of something we missed, please let us know so we can include it! If you want to learn more about some of places included in these videos, or meet some of the realtors featured on HGTV, please check out the links below for more information.

-Jennie Ogden, Editor

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