10 Tropical Traditions for Temperate Climates


Host a Movie Night

In the dead of winter, what better way to kick back and feel the warmth of the tropics than by watching a film set in paradise? Choose any movie set near clear, turquoise water and white sand beaches, blend up a fruity cocktail and you're all set. Here are a few suggestions for a tropical film festival, many of which have beaches you can actually visit:

  • "The Beach" with Leonardo DiCaprio, filmed on Phi Phi Leh island off the coast of Thailand
  • "50 First Dates" with Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, set in Hawaii
  • "The Blue Lagoon" with Brooke Shields, filmed on Devil's Beach, Nanuya Levu Island (Turtle Island) in Fiji
  • The 1958 classic "South Pacific," filmed on Lumahai Beach in Kauai, Hawaii
  • The animated classic "Finding Nemo," which takes place off the coast of Sydney, Australia
  • The "Pirates of the Caribbean" trilogy, set on Bahamanian islands such as St. Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Casino Royale, partially filmed in the very exclusive One & Only Ocean Club in Paradise Island, Bahamas [source: O'Neill]

In a totally different tropical region of the world, Bollywood (India's version of Hollywood) films are a culture all their own. Bollywood has also been around just as long as Hollywood and is even more productive -- India produces around 900 films each year [source: Schwartz]. The first Bollywood film ever produced, Raja Harishchandra, was a silent film made in 1913. The first Indian "talkie" was Alam Ara, which started the Bollywood theme of heavy singing and dancing throughout the film. These days, Bollywood films are often blockbuster-like productions, clocking in at an average three to four hours each, a quarter of which is in musical form [source: IFC].