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Though the first season of The Summer I Turned Pretty was only just released, it’s already been renewed for a second season by Amazon Prime. It’s based on a book of the same name by Jenny Han, who is well-known as the author of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. She also wrote the first episode and served as co-showrunner. The new series follows teen girl Isabel “Belly” Conklin, played by newcomer Lola Tung in what might be the last summer at the beach her family visits every year.

The show hangs on a riveting love triangle. Belly has had a longstanding crush on her childhood friend Conrad, played by Christopher Briney, and it seems like he might finally be noticing her. But then his younger brother Jeremiah, who is played by Gavin Casalegno, starts looking for romance with Belly, too. She’s not sure who to pick and there are two more books in the series for future seasons to explore the question with.

There’s also growth and drama in their family dynamics, but the heart of the story is love on the beach. Here’s where they made that atmosphere come to life.

Where is The Summer I Turned Pretty set?

The two families vacation every year at Cousins Beach, and sadly, it turns out that the beach does not actually exist. Han told Amazon Prime Video that she “had a lot of beaches in [her] head” as she was forming Belly’s story, but that’s part of the fictional spot’s charm.

“I think that’s part of the reason why people can read the book and feel like [Cousins Beach] is their beach,” she said. In another interview with Today she dropped some more specific names, shouting out Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, the Hamptons, and Nags Head.

Where Was The Summer I Turned Pretty Filmed?

Nags Head is in North Carolina, and that’s where the show was eventually filmed. But they were in the town of Wilmington, North Carolina, according to IMDb. If you want to get as close to the “real thing” as you can, that’s the town to see—but they just might be shooting the new season there.

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