location: Dexter & Miguel's Beach.
Q. What is it supposed to be on the show?
A. A beach.
Q. Where is it supposed to be on the show?
A. In Miami,
Q. When did we see it on the show?
A. In Episode 4 (of season 3), "All in the Family".
Miguel Prado is sitting on the beach in the morning, brooding about a falling-out with his brother Ramon, when Dexter shows up and offers him a cup of coffee.
Prado tells him about how he feels he is losing Ramon, like he lost his other brother, Oscar. Dexter opens up a little and tells him about his own emptiness.
then tells Dexter that he can no longer trust Ramon, and that Dexter is
now the only person that he can really trust - which makes Dexter ponder
whether he could actually have a real friend and a real family.
Q. What is it actually in real life?
A. A public
beach - but not in Miami.
Q. Where can I find it in real life?
A. This was filmed on the far west end of the beach at Long Beach, CA, just east of the Shoreline Marina.
All the producers really did was to throw in an establishing shot of a colorful lifeguard tower (which isn't really on this beach).
It's south of the 700 block of Shoreline Drive, about a half mile east of Shoreline Village.
To get there, take Shoreline
Drive to Linden Ave, and turn south/southeast into the parking lot. Then
walk south on the beach (or on the nearby breakwater), and you'll find
the exact spot just a few yards east of the breakwater, near the tide line.
I shot the photos below in 2009
Q. How the heck did you figure out where it was?
A. This was
an easy one. Fortunately,
during the scene they turned the cameras around and showed us the buildings
behind the beach - and they were instantly recognizable Long Beach landmarks: the
Villa Riviera and the circular International Tower (where they filmed a
scene from "Lethal Weapon").
You can also see part of the Long Beach oil islands just off shore.
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