What is it supposed to be on the show?
Where is it supposed to be on the show?
When did we see it on the show?
What is it actually in real life?
Where can I find it in real life?
A. This is actually Hobie Beach, located near 3501 Rickenbacker Causeway, in Key Biscayne, Florida.
a narrow beach located along the edge of Rickenbaker Causeway, a land
bridge which leads from Miami, southwest out to Virginia Key (the same
place you'll find Jimbo's) and Key Biscayne.
At its northeast end, the Rickenbaker Causeway becomes NW 26th Road, near the south end of downtown Miami.
How the heck did you figure out where it was?
Here is a blow-up of of a screencap of that Dexter beach funeral scene,
showing the Miami skyline seen in the background:
And here is a virtually identical matching view, as seen from Hobie Beach:
(Courtesy of Peter Dooling. Click on the image to see the entire photograph on his site.)
(You can see similar matching views here, here, and here.)
Here is a Bing aerial photo of the beach. And here is a map link.
This one drove me crazy for years.
Since I'm from L.A., and have never been to Miami, what
I found puzzling was how you could see the buildings of downtown Miami
in the background of this beach scene, when the Miami beaches
face east, away from the Miami skyline. Yet the view in the scene was clearly looking west/southwest towards downtown.
I checked dozens of different beach
locations, but found none that I offered this kind of view of downtown Miami.
I didn't know is that it wasn't one of Miami's regular beaches.
Instead, it was located along a narrow bridge of land (a "causeway")
leading east/west between Miami and two of the Florida Keys, south of where Miami Beach ends.
strip of beach runs along the bottom (southwestern) edge of the causeway, and thus allows a
view back (west/northwest) of the downtown skyline.
Finally, in 2011, a fan from Miami, Jesse, emailed me about the interior location of the police headquarters
in Miami. Since he lived in the city, I mentioned that I had been
unable to find that funeral beach. Not long after, Jesse wrote me back to report that the scene had been shot on Hobie Beach, and even sent a matching photo. (Thanks, Jesse!)
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