Where was The Lost City filmed? The Island & all the Filming Locations

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Inspired by the 1984 classic Romancing the Stone starring Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner, The Lost City was entirely filmed in the Dominican Republic.

Set on a tropical island, this action-comedy film stars Sandra Bullock as romance novelist Loretta Sage and Channing Tatum as the cover model of her book, The Lost City of D Alan Caprison, aka the handsome -but useless- Dash McMahon.

Where was The Lost City filmed

The plot revolves around Loretta, who believes that she has no more stories to write, both in her career and in her life. Loretta, who is not a real adventurer, is kidnaped and finds herself stuck in a wild jungle wearing a disco ball-looking suit with Alan.

The main cast also includes Harry Potter actor, Daniel Radcliffe, as billionaire Abigail Fairfax and the stellar cameo of Brad Pitt as the immaculate agent Jack Trainer.

Welcome to our spoiler-free guide to the filming locations of The Lost City.

The Lost City Isla Hundida island

The Lost City island
Most of the island's breathtaking scenery was recorded at Los Haitises National Park in San Lorenzo bay, one of the crown jewels of the Dominican Republic.

Spanning nearly 618 square miles (1,600 km²), Los Haitises consists of limestone karst rocks, mangrove forests, and subtropical jungles located on the northeast of Hispaniola Island.
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City of D volcano Crown of Fire
The Caribbean country has a few sleeping volcanoes in the central mountains, but the one featured in the movie was CGI'd into the scene.

The Dominican Republic, which has hosted the filming of iconic productions including The Godfather trilogy and the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise is promoting itself as a filming location destination offering a cash rebate scheme.

More recently, the 2023 Jennifer Lopez movie Shotgun Wedding, set in Mahal Island, was also filmed here.

Isla Hundida
The park is a popular ecotourism destination, but the number of visitors allowed per day is limited to protect the habitats of some rare species and its extraordinarily great diversity of mammals and birds.

The peculiar landscapes of Los Haitises coast remind us a lot of the spectacular Rock Islands archipelago in the Micronesian nation of Palau.

The Lost City waterfall
The waterfall scene was filmed at the Salto Socoa Waterfall, also located in Los Haitises National Park.

Surrounded by wild tropical jungle, this cascade situated about 50 miles away from the capital, Santo Domingo, ends in a gorgeous natural spa.
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Salto Socoa Waterfall
You can imagine the effort that the crew made trekking the stepped and rocky walking trail leading to the waterfall while carrying all the required gear for filming.

Although most of the cast and crew could enjoy the heavenly locations of the Caribbean island during the shoot from May to August 2021, some team members were eaten alive by mosquitoes.
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The Lost City beach
The beach scenes were filmed near the Coson River mouth, a small scenic water stream flowing into Coson Beach.

This dazzling beach is situated near Las Terrenas resort town in the remote Samaná Peninsula, on the northern coast of the island.

As the local press reported, the production team stayed in Las Terrenas de Samaná for the shooting.
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The Lost City house
The scenes in the town were filmed at Altos de Chavón, a replica of a 16th-century Mediterranean–style village.

This tourist attraction featuring a huge Roman-style seat amphitheater is situated atop the Chavón River near La Romana.

Built in the early 1980s, the complex is part of the luxurious Casa de Campo resort located nearby.
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Das Geheimnis der verlorenen Stadt drehorte
The studio work was done at the Pinewood Dominican Republic Studios, located near San Pedro de Macorís.

This large and modern complex features one of the most advanced water-filming facilities in the world, the Horizon Water Tank, which was also used in the failed 2019 Netflix series The I-Land.
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1- Anonymous - Nov 8, 2022, 2:33 PM
Thank you for sharing this!

2- Anonymous - Dec 18, 2023, 12:51 AM
I was wondering about that whole huge group of waterfalls that Loretta sees once she climbs out of the tunnel. Were those CGI'd or do they exist in the park as well?


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