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What is one of the most beautiful and picturesque places in the Caribbean Sea? What is a perfect place to enjoy beauty of nature and to get wonderful emotions? What is a good place to make a marriage proposal and not to be turned down?

And, at last but not the least, what is an appropriate place to choose for making the movie “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Dead Man’s Chest”? No two minds think alike.

No matter how many people answer these questions, they give different answers. But think about all those “whats” at once – there is only one place that totally corresponds all of those features.

This is the Indian River, which along with Glanvillia Swamp borders the southern edge of Portsmouth.


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Gore Verbinski, who created “The Dead Man’s Chest”, made a perfect choice while thinking about the place which would be appropriate scenery for an episode of the movie. Remember mysterious and sacred river, which led to the hut of Tia Dalma? Captain Jack Sparrow floated down this river with his friends in a small boat. They passed huge trees with massive trunks and roots which went down into the waters of the Indian River. The waters of the river looked dark and full of unknown dangers, trees and bushes seemed to be a hide-out of mysterious beasts or local tribes.

Captain Jack Sparrow floated down this river with his friends in a small boat

In real life, the Indian River is a very popular tourist attraction. The Indian River National Park occupies 58 acre (23 hectares). This wetland is a perfect area for rich flora and fauna (such as herons and egrets, ducks, and waders). Such trees as bwa mang (Pterocarpus officinalis) and yellow-flowered maho dou (Hibiscus pernambucensis) grow along both banks of the Indian River. Such fauna representatives as small spotted black crabs with red legs and whitish pincers – “red legs” or “zagaya swamp” (Goniopsis cruentata) and large white crabs or kobo (Cardisoma guanhumi) are common inhabitants of the Indian River National park.

Indian River, Dominica

The required site price for a trip along the Indian River is rather low – $17. However, the impression will be worthy much more. The boat tour along the Indian River usually begins near the Indian River Bridge and goes down the south of Portsmouth on Michael Douglas Boulevard. Tourists usually travel one mile along the river in small boats that belong to the local people, who also work as their guides. A boat can carry no more than eight people. The Indian River is rather deep (from 4.5 inches to ten feet); it lies below the sea level, so this is the only river on Dominica Island that is accessible by boat. Large buttress roots feed everyone’s imaginations. They are enormous, and fanciful matting of roots makes people believe and imagine themselves to be in wild jungles where the foot of man has never stepped. These roots belong to the blood-wood trees (mangrove). The Indian River is also a breeding area for such birds as the green heron, the mangrove cuckoo, the kingfisher, the common moorhen and the Caribbean coot.

Huge trees with massive trunks and roots which went down into the waters of the Indian River

The Indian River is very beautiful, unique and green nook of nature on Dominica and in the whole Caribbean region. There are not many places on Earth that are full of wild life and are not spoiled by people. The Indian River National Park is also a very romantic place. Anyone who makes a marriage proposal here, in a small cozy boat, in the atmosphere of rich greenery and almost silent splashes of water, will be never turned down, because there is no woman in the world who is able to resist such beauty and romance.

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Photo Scene From Pirates Of The Caribbean

Untouched and unspoiled, Dominica is a filmmaker’s paradise. It offers a variety of beautiful scenic and exotic locations.

Known as the Nature Island of Dominica, the island offers jungle and swamp locations, grasslands, mangroves, reeds and mudflats, lush virgin rain forests, cascading rivers, waterfalls and fresh water lakes, one of which is the only boiling lakes existing in the world today.

Not forgetting it’s beautiful black and golden sand beaches, dramatic coastlines, towering mountains, unique Creole Architecture and the list goes on and on.

Films Shot In Dominica

From Box-Office blockbuster movies to reality TV Series shows Dominica has done it all. There are some of the other films shot in Dominica:

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FILM DOMINICA: The Dominica Film Commission

Dominica Film Commission is a one-stop shop which takes care of all the producer’s needs, facilitating and allowing one to film cost effectively, faster and better. The Commission also offers other services including: assistance with location scouting; identifying and securing locations; assistance in obtaining a film license, work permit exemptions, visa waivers, special import permits and duty free exemption on all capital and other good used for filming.

For more information about the Dominica Film Commission and how they can help, contact the National Development Corporation -Valley Road, Roseau, Commonwealth of Dominica
Tel: 1 (767) 448 2045; Fax: 1 (767) 448 5840; email: filmdominica@dominica.dm or visit discoverdominica dot com.

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Rumor has it that a small production team and cast from pirates of the Caribbean will be back in Dominica sometime in mid January. It is believed the team with be shooting some scenes for the new sequel Pirates of the Caribbean 3: “At world’s End”.

Pirates of the Caribbean 2 was a blockbuster in 2006 at the US and European Theaters. Undoubtedly our played a essential role ine the movie hugh success. As to where the production crew will be staying and how long they will be on the island is unknown.

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