location: Isaak kills Louis (on a dock)
Q. Where can I find it in real life?
A. This was shot near the southeast corner of the Alamitos Marina, in Long Beach, CA.
It's in a somewhat remote spot in the otherwise busy marina, at very end of Marina Drive, at the far tip of a marina jetty.
You'll find this dock right behind the blue City of Long Beach Marine Bureau building, at 205 Marina Drive (which is also home to the Long Beach Police Dept.'s Marine Patrol).
The Slice of Life was docked at the narrow, southwest tip of this dock.
If you want to
visit the spot, be sure to check a map -- the jigsaw puzzle shape of the marina can get a
little confusing without one. And finding this dock can get tricky, because there is more than one Marina Drive in this area. In fact, this Marina Drive actually crosses another one: N. Marina Drive, which itself later turns into E. Marina Drive.
All of these Marina Drives run along outside edge of the Alamitos Marina, marking its northern and eastern borders.
The jetty is tucked away behind the Alamitos Landing shopping/dining center.
It's about a half a mile southwest of another Dexter location this year: the Schooner or Later restaurant.
It's also close to
Shopkeeper Road, where they filmed the "search for bodies" scene in the second episode, as
well as the spot where they filmed a bus accident scene later in the
Also, don't confuse this
Alamitos Marina with Long Beach's Shoreline Marina (another spot where Dexter films a lot).
The two marinas are
five miles apart. Alamitos Marina is just west of Pacific Coast Highway,
right across the San Gabriel River channel from Seal Beach.
(A bit of trivia: part of the opening credits for "Gilligan's Island" were shot at this same location.)
I shot the photos below in October 2012.
Here is an aerial photo of the location. Here is a Bing StreetSide View.
And here is a map link.
Q. How the heck did you figure out where it was?
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 would let me know
in advance when something was about to film there.
I had two clues to work
with on this one. One was the view in the background, which I
recognized as Naples Island. It wasn't that hard to match up the houses
seen in the background with aerial photos of the island, and then just
draw a sightline from the houses to the likely camera location. However,
when I did that, it put me a little too far to the west.
But then, in the episode, they
showed us an actual aerial photo of the dock on someone's cell phone:
dock has a distinctive shape, and since I knew the approximate area, it
was easy to then match up that particular dock with Google's aerial photos.
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