A. In Episode 2, of Season 8, "Every Silver Lining"
Miami Metro arrives at this alley, and discovers a dead body in a car.
It turns out
to be Javier Guzman, a hit-man known as "El Sapo". Dexter
states that he has been shot several times through the car window.
previous scene, at a storage facility, "El Sapo" got into a fight
with Debra (over some jewels of his that she had found), and beat her up
Dexter, knowing that "El Sapo" was after Briggs, worries that Deb might be in trouble, as does Quinn.
We learn later that it was actually Debra who killed him.
Q. What is it actually in real life?
A. An alley and adjacent parking lot.
Q. Where can I find it in real life?
A. On the southeast side of Long Beach, CA, just over the bridge from Naples Island, is a neighborhood known as Belmont Shore.
It's a mostly residential area, but the Shore does feature one main retail street: 2nd Street,
an old-fashioned downtown shopping district, lined with trendy shops,
an upscale, small town charm, and usually packed with pedestrians
(something rare for Southern California).
On the south side of 2nd Street, an alley runs behind the shops there, for most of the length of the long street.
They filmed this scene in the section of the alley that runs between Pomona and Glendora Avenues.
To the immediate south of this alley, in this section, is a parking lot. They filmed much of the scene in the parking lot at the SE corner of 2nd Street & Pomona, right behind Dogz Bar & Grill, which is at 5300 2nd Street.
A. In the early seasons, I
usually had to hunt down the locations after viewing the episodes, using
clues from the various scenes. By the now, though, I've developed
a small group of fans, spies & tipsters who kept an
eye out for Dexter filming in their neighborhoods, and let me know in advance when something is about to film there.
Between those reports, my own personal reconnaissance around town, and a
few new resources I discovered, by the time the new first episode airs, I
already know most (but not all) of the filming locations, and only
need to watch the episodes and match up the scenes with the correct
This group of helpful fans includes Rick, Ellen, Suzi, Elaine, Mia,
Julie, Kerry, Joel, Eric, Jeff, & others. My thanks to all of them.
A fan, Brandon,
emailed me shortly after the episode aired, to let me know that he had
recognized the spot, and gave me the GPS coordinates. (Thanks, Brandon!).