The location: The Beach Restroom
Q. Where can I find it in real life?
A. This beach (and this restroom building) can be found south of the Belmont Shore area, off Ocean Blvd, at Granada Ave, in Long Beach.
That's at the southeast end of a large beach parking lot that begins up near the Belmont Pier and the Long Beach Olympic Pool. This end of the lot - and the restrooms - are about half a mile southeast of that pier.
They faked the kiddie playground, building it a few yards in from where Dexter parked his RV.
They used this same beach once before, in the third season, passing it off as a Bimini beach (with a little help from CGI).
And its about three miles down the coast from downtown Long Beach and Shoreline Village, where they filmed multiple scenes this year.
seasons, they filmed even closer, at the Belmont Pier, where they shot
the scene of Angel and LaGuerta
professing their feelings for each other, a beach
patio cafe scene with Prado & LaGuerta, the scene of Debra
interviewing transvestite hookers (in an
alley), and the beach scene where a perv
photographer stalked Astor.
I shot the photo below in November 2010:
I shot the above photo from the approximate spot where Dexter was parked.
They also added a few small palm trees, right in front of the building. But there are plenty of very real, tall palms nearby.
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.
location came from Rick, who let me
know they were filming there. Bing aerial photos let me establish the exact
spot where Dexter parked. And then I went there in person to check things
out and shoot matching photos. (Thanks, Rick!)
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