Miami’s a prime spot for filming due to its scenic landscape, Art Deco architecture and year-round great natural lighting. From TV hits such as Miami Vice to film classics like Scarface, many a picture has been filmed in Miami’s diverse and vibrant setting. Here’s a tour of the most famous locations.
Lummus Park – Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip
When Alvin, Simon, and Theodore’s parent Dave decides to propose to his new girlfriend in Miami, the chipmunks head to the Magic City to stop the proposal. Aside from the shots of yachts and pool parties, the film also shot on location at Lummus Park in South Beach. Sitting just at the edge of South Pointe, the park has oceanfront views and plenty of greenery to picnic and do yoga, sidewalks to rollerblade, and sandy spots to play volleyball.
Lummus Park, 1130 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL, USA, +1 305 673 7577
Ocean Drive – Step Up Revolution
“Miami’s Ocean Drive was transformed today to what some are describing as a public disturbance”—this line from Step Up Revolution is in a scene where break-dancers stop traffic on Ocean Drive by bouncing off colorful vintage cars and blasting music from stereo speakers. Flanked by Art Deco-style buildings on one side and palm trees on the other, the popular street looks every bit as crowded with traffic on camera as off camera.
The neon-lit Ocean Drive was also used as a location for the first season of the TV series Dexter.
Vizcaya Museum & Gardens – Bad Boys 2
Martin Lawrence and Will Smith reunite as buddy cops in Bad Boys 2, shooting a typical Vice City drug-themed film. There are plenty of car chasing scenes on the MacArthur Causeway, views of Downtown and Biscayne Bay, along with shots in the Mandarin Oriental on Brickell Key. Tapia’s house was filmed at the historic Vizcaya Museum & Gardens—the European-style estate of James Deering. And that $40 million mega-mansion they blew up in the movie? It was a home in Delray Beach, and they blew it up in real life.
Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, 3251 S Miami Ave, Miami, FL, USA, +1 305 250 9133
Lincoln Road – Birdcage
The open-air mall of Lincoln Road in the heart of Miami Beach is where the late Robin Williams and Nathan Lane stroll down during a scene in the film Birdcage.
Fontainebleau Miami Beach – Scarface
Scarface was filmed in Florida and California, but the chainsaw scene took place on Ocean Drive. The film also sees Tony Montana on a payphone on the MacArthur Causeway and features the Fontainebleau Miami Beach where Tony and Manny would pick up girls by the fancy pool.
The famous hotel was also used in The Bodyguard starring Whitney Houston.
Fontainebleau Miami Beach, 4441 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL, USA, +1 800 548 8886
Bayside Marketplace – Miami Vice
This hit TV show gave people all over the world their impression of Miami. A few locations include Bayside and Mac’s Club Deuce.
Bayside Marketplace, 401 Biscayne Blvd R106, Miami, FL, USA, +1 305 577 3344
Matheson Hammock Park – There’s Something About Mary
The scene where Mary hands out burgers from her bag of Checker’s is at Matheson Hammock Park. It’s also the same place where Mary dines with friends at Red Fish Grill Seafood Restaurant. The scenic park boasts views of Miami’s Brickell and Biscayne Bay as well as a man-made beach pond in the midst of the park.
Matheson Hammock Park, 9610 Old Cutler Rd, Coral Gables, FL, USA, +1 305 665 5475
Versailles Restaurant – Chef
Chef is an American comedy-drama film by Jon Favreau; once place it filmed was at the Versailles Restaurant on Calle 8. This restaurant, which specializes in Cuban cuisine, makes the best Cuban sandwiches.