Where is Gordita Chronicles Filmed?

HBO Max’s ‘Gordita Chronicles’ is a family comedy series that follows 12-year-old girl named Carlotta “Cucu” Castelli, who finds herself adjusting to a new world after having just moved to Miami from the Dominican Republic with her family. Taking the challenges of being an immigrant head-on, the young protagonist and her family forge their version of the American dream.

Along the way are quirky antics, important lessons, and a heartwarming look at the Dominican American experience. Set in the hedonistic 1980s Miami, the Claudia Forestieri creation features a bright vintage aesthetic that adds to the family-friendly comedy. Throughout the show, several locations make up Cucu’s adventures in her new homeland. So, let’s take a look at the ones used to bring ‘Gordita Chronicles’ to life.

Gordita Chronicles Filming Locations

‘Gordita Chronicles’ is filmed in Florida and Puerto Rico. Significant parts of season 1 were lensed in Miami, where the narrative takes place, adding visual authenticity to each episode. Principal photography for the show’s inaugural iteration seemingly took place in late 2021. Now let’s take a look at some of the specific filming locations used in the show.

Miami, Florida

As expected, ‘Gordita Chronicles’ films extensively in Miami, depicting vintage versions of some of the recognizable spots of the city, and a local school building is likely used to record scenes depicting Cucu and her sister’s high school. However, since the show is a single-camera comedy, a significant portion of the indoor portions are likely taped in a studio setup using elaborate backdrops, like the interior of the Castelli family’s home. The coastal metropolis lies in Miami-Dade County and has hosted the production of many movies and TV shows like ‘Father of the Bride,’ ‘Baywatch,’ and ‘Prison Break.’

Puerto Rico

A portion of the shooting of the HBO Max production also takes place in Puerto Rico. It is likely that the scenes featuring the family’s time in the Dominican Republic are shot in the Caribbean island cum unincorporated US territory. Puerto Rico possibly stands in for vintage Miami of the 1980s in some sequences. This is especially useful since, due to development, there are not too many public spots left in Miami that look like they did in the period the show is set in.

Known for its diverse landscape featuring beautiful waterfalls, mountains, and rainforests, Puerto Rico is also famous for its colonial architecture and vibrant culture. Apart from the show, the movies ‘The Suicide Squad‘ and ‘Midnight in the Switchgrass‘ were filmed in the picturesque archipelago.

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