BEACH VACATION IDEAS
Top 10 Beaches From the Movies
10 landmark films, 10 ridiculously beautiful beaches. We found Hollywood's most vaunted locations—and are giving you the keys to get there.
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Halona Cove, near Waikiki, Hawaii—From Here to Eternity (1953)
The flick: The winner of eight Academy Awards, From Here to Eternity made waves for its nuanced portrayal of military service in pre-Pearl Harbor Hawaii and was a spotlight on some of the prettiest locations on Oahu. The scene: Star-crossed lovers Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr passionately rendezvous, canoodling in the surf.
The beach: Filming took place at tiny, cliff-flanked Halona Cove, just around the corner from Hanauma Bay. The sheer lava rock walls fall directly into the ocean. Swim with caution. Unlike many of Hawaii's better known beaches, this one doesn't have a lifeguard.
Getting there: From Waikiki Beach, drive east on the H1 (which turns into Hwy 72) about 40 minutes to Koko Head Regional Park. Drive to the parking lot for Halona Blowhole, where water often surges through an underwater tunnel into an upward spout, then walk to the south side of the lot and follow the faint path down to the beach.
One&Only Ocean Club, Paradise Island, Bahamas—Casino Royale (2006)
The flick: After a long bout of anemia, the James Bond franchise received a jolt in 2006 when actor Daniel Craig took over the superspy's role to foil Le Chiffre, a financier of international terrorists. The scene: 007 intercepts the lover (Caterina Murino) of one of Le Chiffre's henchman after one of her horseback rides on the beach.
The beach: If the One&Only Ocean Club on the Bahamas' Paradise Island is a little overly exclusive—Michael Jordan, Martha Stewart, and others have stayed there—most of the island's 3.6-mile-long, white-sand beach is open to the public.
Getting there: Roughly a 15-minute drive north of central Nassau, but it feels a world away.
Indian Beach, Ecola State Park, Ore.—Twilight (2008)
The flick: The movie that started a movement—teen angst meets good old-fashioned vampire blood lust—Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series is set in the appropriately cloudy Washington state but some of the best beach scenes in the film are shot 200 miles south in Oregon. The scene: Taylor Lautner starts to reveal to the truth about vampire Robert Pattinson to the perpetually conflicted Kristen Stewart on a dramatic grey sand beach.
The beach: With average highs in August of a mere 69 degrees, Indian Beach makes for a pretty brisk swim. But what it lacks in weather is made up for in scenery, with a backdrop of sea stacks, headlands, and spruce forest. The area has also served as a setforGooniesand Point Break. And the beach's tide pools, filled with anemones, sea stars, and crabs will keep children occupied for hours.
Getting there: Heading west from Portland, follow US-26 until you reach US-101. Ecola State Park is off the road about 80 miles from the city.