The location: Beach Birthday Party
Go there, and you'll find a long concrete walkway leading south from Alfredo's snack stand (and the jogging path) out onto the sandy beach (not to be confused with the east/west jogging path).
At the end of that walkway (about 280 feet out in the middle of the beach), you'll find a flat circle of concrete - about 60 feet in diameter, surrounded by tall palm trees.
Originally, it was just plain, gray concrete, but they painted it (and the nearby shack) in rainbow colors for the show, and afterwards, the city decided to leave it that way.
The producers also added the multi-colored canopy overhead, and the picnic tables (which are no longer there).
They have filmed on this same beach before.
Alfredo's, the nearby snack stand, was used in the taqueria scene where Debra met Anton.
shot the photos below in December 2010:
Q. How the heck did you figure out where it was?
A. In previous seasons, I've usually had to hunt down the locations after viewing the episodes, using clues from the various scenes. By the 5th season, though, I'd developed a small group of fans, spies & tipsters who kept an eye out for Dexter filming in their neighborhoods, and would let me know in advance when something was about to film there.
Between those reports, and my own personal reconnaissance around town, by the time the first episode aired, I already knew most (but not all) of the filming locations, and only needed to watch the episodes and match up the scenes with the correct locations.
This group of helpful fans includes Kerry, Rick, Joel, Geoff, Ellen, Julie, Susan, Jeff, and others. My thanks to all of them.
This particular tip came from Ellen, who told me back in October that one of her Facebook friends, who is a set painter, posted that she had just spent a long day painting for Dexter on the beach in Long Beach. Further details followed: they were painting a shack and concrete area for the "beach party" scene in the season finale. And that it would be a permanent part of 700 Shoreline Drive. (Thanks, Ellen!)
Also, the scene
itself provided plenty of clues: those Long Beach oil islands off the coast,
the Convention Center in the background, the Ocean Blvd skyline...
A trip down to the beach to shoot the photos you see above
was all that was required.
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