The location: The Spilled Barrels Accident
While they are on the scene, Quinn gets a phone call from Stan Liddy, who tells him that Dexter has a girl in his old house, and even took down the "For Sale" sign.
Q. What is it actually in real life?
A. A public street - just not in Miami.
Q. Where can I find it in real life?
A. This is the intersection of Bay Shore Avenue and Vista Street, in Long Beach, CA.
The body of water you see in the background is the canal that surrounds Naples Island and separates it from the Long Beach mainland. Bay Shore Avenue is on the mainland, curving around west & north sides that Naples canal, in an upscale neighborhood called Belmont Park.
In the night scene (see the top photo, above), Cole is driving south on Vista Street, and stops at Bay Shore Avenue. The car that hits him if driving west on Bay Shore Avenue.
In the daytime scene, it opens with a wide shot looking east up Bay Shore Avenue (see the third photo from the top, above).
Both the truck and the dead bodies (and the barrels) are on Bay Shore Avenue, at the stop sign near Vista Street, at approximately 290 Bay Shore.
The boats are in the Naples canal, and the homes you see across the water are on Naples Island.
shot the matching (larger) photos below in November 2010:
If this intersection looks familiar to you, it should.
This is the exact same intersection where, in Season 2, they filmed the scene of Lila's stealing spree. It's also very near Camilla's house, and near the bridge where Doakes chased and shot a man. (In fact, you can see that same bridge in the opening aerial shot of this scene.)
( The brief
shot of Stan Liddy talking to Quinn (on the phone) was
filmed miles away, in Hollywood, on
Gordon Street, just
south of Sunset - right across from the studio where they
film Dexter. See
the spot in this Google StreetView )
Q. How the heck did you figure out where it was?
A. This was easy.
I'm familiar with the Naples/Belmont Shore area, and I simply recognized it.
was kind enough to let me know, in case I hadn't recognized it.
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