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An epic scene during Bad Boys II
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Bad Boys II’s Miami filming locations, mapped

Miami looked much different in the early 2000s

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An epic scene during Bad Boys II
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Bad Boys II didn’t sniff any Oscars and certainly wasn’t revered by critics, earning just 23 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, but as many will attest it’s one of the more entertaining, rewatchable action movies of the early 2000s.

The majority of it also happened to be filmed in Miami. Keep in mind, this was before the mega-development boom and depicted a much different Miami skyline than what we see today.

Certain scenes shot on Miami streets will leave you scratching your head because it looks like an entirely different city. So we decided to rewind the Will Smith blockbuster sequel and map out all of Miami’s filming locations with some IMDB assistance on several.

If you need a refresher, the movie tracks two cops (played by Smith and Martin Lawrence), who are looking to take down a Miami drug lord responsible for importing massive amounts of ecstasy onto U.S. shores.

If we missed any locations, please email us.

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Biscayne Bay

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Right from the opening credits we witness a shot of Brickell from somewhere on Biscayne Bay. If you’re asking yourself where the rest of Miami is, it goes to show just how much the Brickell/Downtown skyline has radically changed over the last 15 years.

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Tapia’s House

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Vizcaya serves as home to the movie’s main antagonist, Johnny Tapia (played by Jordi Mollà). The Miami landmark has appeared in many films and hosts weddings, galas, and various other events.

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Marcus’ House

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While we don’t know the exact address of Marcus’ waterfront home, which appears several times in the film, I’m fairly certain it’s somewhere along Bay Road in Miami Beach facing Sunset Islands. If you look closely, you can see what appears to be a Sunset Harbour tower (built in the late 1990s) in the background.

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Downtown/Brickell

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The Brickell/Downtown area was featured throughout but received an especially heavy dose of screen time during a car chase early on in the movie, showing shots of the Miami Tower, several highway underpasses, and the metrorail.

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MacArthur Causeway

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During that extended action-laden chase, Syd (Gabrielle Union) tries to evade the Haitian gang in pursuit as she hops on the MacArthur Causeway, which is one of the bridges connecting the mainland to Miami Beach.

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South Beach

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Shot on the sands of South Beach is this steamy scene between Syd and Tapia, who mentioned beforehand they should meet by Shore Club. What’s funny is Syd’s backup, providing surveillance in a truck under a bridge somewhere, is nowhere near the area.

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Mandarin Oriental

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Mike, Marcus, and Syd meet in the lobby of Brickell Key’s Mandarin Oriental Hotel to talk about how to bring down Tapia.

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Riverwalk Metromover Station

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Yet another car chase leads Mike and Marcus up on the platform of the Riverwalk Metromover Station as a fight scene unfolds on a moving Metromover.

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McArthur Dairy

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The “Spanish Palms Mortuary” appearing close to the two-hour mark was actually the McArthur Dairy in Little Haiti, per IMDB, which still lives on today.

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Delray Beach mansion

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Okay, this one is a bit out of Miami’s jurisdiction but it was worth including because this location has the most interesting backstory. The Delray Beach manse was the source of one of the biggest explosions in the movie. Taking place toward the finale, the house was blown to bits in real life and had been built for the heir to the Coca-Cola fortune, Mark Bird, according to the New York Post.

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Biscayne Bay

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Right from the opening credits we witness a shot of Brickell from somewhere on Biscayne Bay. If you’re asking yourself where the rest of Miami is, it goes to show just how much the Brickell/Downtown skyline has radically changed over the last 15 years.

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Tapia’s House

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Vizcaya serves as home to the movie’s main antagonist, Johnny Tapia (played by Jordi Mollà). The Miami landmark has appeared in many films and hosts weddings, galas, and various other events.

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Marcus’ House

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While we don’t know the exact address of Marcus’ waterfront home, which appears several times in the film, I’m fairly certain it’s somewhere along Bay Road in Miami Beach facing Sunset Islands. If you look closely, you can see what appears to be a Sunset Harbour tower (built in the late 1990s) in the background.

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Downtown/Brickell

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The Brickell/Downtown area was featured throughout but received an especially heavy dose of screen time during a car chase early on in the movie, showing shots of the Miami Tower, several highway underpasses, and the metrorail.

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MacArthur Causeway

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During that extended action-laden chase, Syd (Gabrielle Union) tries to evade the Haitian gang in pursuit as she hops on the MacArthur Causeway, which is one of the bridges connecting the mainland to Miami Beach.

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South Beach

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Shot on the sands of South Beach is this steamy scene between Syd and Tapia, who mentioned beforehand they should meet by Shore Club. What’s funny is Syd’s backup, providing surveillance in a truck under a bridge somewhere, is nowhere near the area.

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Mandarin Oriental

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Mike, Marcus, and Syd meet in the lobby of Brickell Key’s Mandarin Oriental Hotel to talk about how to bring down Tapia.

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Riverwalk Metromover Station

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Yet another car chase leads Mike and Marcus up on the platform of the Riverwalk Metromover Station as a fight scene unfolds on a moving Metromover.

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McArthur Dairy

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The “Spanish Palms Mortuary” appearing close to the two-hour mark was actually the McArthur Dairy in Little Haiti, per IMDB, which still lives on today.

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Delray Beach mansion

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Okay, this one is a bit out of Miami’s jurisdiction but it was worth including because this location has the most interesting backstory. The Delray Beach manse was the source of one of the biggest explosions in the movie. Taking place toward the finale, the house was blown to bits in real life and had been built for the heir to the Coca-Cola fortune, Mark Bird, according to the New York Post.

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