Filming Locations Guide: Where was Safe Haven filmed?

Safe Haven film location
Posted by Ra Moon
Safe Haven, the movie from 2013 inspired by a novel by Nicholas Sparks, is a classic romantic tale set in a gorgeous real town called Southport. This village is situated somewhere south of the Mason–Dixon line, as one of the characters say.

Julianne Hough (Dancing with the Stars, Grease Live) and Josh Duhamel (Transformers, Las Vegas) are the cutie couple blessed by actress Cobie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother).

But, where does the movie take place? Safe Haven was filmed in Southport and Wilmington in North Carolina. The new Netflix series set in Kildare County, NC, were also shot here. This is an almost spoiler (and sugar)-free compilation of the most interesting filming locations of this production:

Safe Haven locations
The central location of the movie is the general store, which was situated almost in front of Alex's House in Brunswick St. << MINI-SPOILER >> Ryan's Port Market was built for the movie and burned down, so it doesn't exist anymore. Image courtesy of Relativity Media


Safe Haven house
Alex's family home is the historic Grey Burriss house at 410 W Brunswick St, Southport.
(You can open all the locations on Google Maps clicking on the links below in the captions ↴)
Image by Relativity Media and Google Maps


Safe Haven Restaurant
The restaurant where Katie works as a waitress (Ivan’s Fish Shack) is the Old American Fish at 150 Yacht Basin Dr.
Image courtesy of Relativity Media and Google Maps


Safe Haven town location
From this restaurant you can find some other locations filmed at Bay St going up the beach, until the pier where Katie spends her first night in town. Image courtesy of Relativity Media


Katie in the city bar
Katie and Jo go for a coffee at Moore Street Market at 130 E Moore St.
Image courtesy of Relativity Media and Google Maps


The streets of the town where the film is set
This is the same street where the 4th of July celebrations are held. The dance takes place nearby, in the Southport Community Building at E Bay St. Image courtesy of Relativity Media and Google Maps


Romantic Restaurant scene
When it's raining, Katie and Alex find refuge at the Wildlife Restaurant & Grill on Oak Island. Also there's a very short scene with Katie sipping oysters filmed at Ports of Call Bistro in Southport.
Image courtesy of Relativity Media and Google Maps


Safe Haven Beach
The scenes on the beach were shot at Fort Fisher State Recreation Area, in Pleasure Island.
Image courtesy of Relativity Media - Map


Ferry boat
Fort Fisher Ferry Terminal was used for some external shots.
Image courtesy of Relativity Media and Google Maps


Safe Haven drehort
The production transformed the Wilmington Convention Center into the Boston Bus Station for a scene at the beginning of the movie. Image courtesy of Relativity Media


house in Boston
The house of Kevin the policeman and the neighbor who helps Katie, are at Metts Ave & Brookwood Ave, also in Wilmington. Image courtesy of Relativity Media and Google Maps


Bridge and forest scenery of the bus scene
During the opening credits, the bus goes along the spectacular Linn Cove Viaduct at the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Image courtesy of Relativity Media and MBugbey - Map


Katie's cabin house
We kept for the end some of the most beautiful locations of Safe Haven. The shack where Katie lives was built for the movie at Pleasant Oaks Plantation, near Town Creek. Image courtesy of Relativity Media - Map


Swamp kayak sequence
The romantic kayak tour takes place in the cypress swamp in the area of Winnabow.

Can you help to improve this post about the shooting locations of Safe Haven? To complete and correct this report, any feedback, info or images that you may have are more than welcome, thank you!

NOTICE: If you’re using this information on your website, please credit and link to this page as a source.
*****

0 comments

All comments are reviewed prior to publication