Dexter Filming Locations: Fish Shack in the Florida Keys

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The location: Fish Shack in the Florida Keys

Q. What is it supposed to be on the show?

    A. A seafood snack stand on the beach.

Q. Where is it supposed to be on the show?

    A. Somewhere in the Florida Keys (either on Fiesta Key or on the way there).

Q. When did we see it on the show?

    A. In Episode 8, of Season 8, "Are We There Yet?".

    Dexter & Hannah are driving out to Fiesta Key, because Dexter is hunting down Zach.

    Along the way, they stop at this fish shack for a meal (shrimp for him, salad for her).

    In the scene, they sit at a picnic table on the beach and engage in idle banter.  Hannah, defensive at first, seems to open up a bit.

    (Basically, the scene has the purpose of showing Dexter slowly falling back in love with Hannah.)

    But then they hear a police radio, and see that a cop car has just pulled up to the fish shack, and two officers get out.

    The cops are just there for lunch, but it still spooks fugitive Hannah.

    They move on to the Windy Keys Motel, where they find Zach.

Q. What is it actually in real life?

    A. Little more than a picnic table on the beach, and a prop shack in the background.

Q. Where can I find it in real life?

    A. This scene was shot on Bolsa Chica beach, a new location for Dexter, which normally doesn't go much farther south than Long Beach.

    But this year they filmed that scene of Debra driving the car into the lake in Huntington Beach, so that apparently gave them the idea of shooting this scene at this Orange County Beach.

    This stretch of beach is located just west of where Warner Avenue ends at Pacific Coast Highway, - on the dividing line between Huntington Harbor and the Bolsa Chica wetlands, in Huntington Beach.

    This is the northern end of Huntington Beach, near what used to be called Sunset Beach.

    It's about five miles south down the coast from Deb's beach house and Angel's cafe.
      And it's about three miles northwest of the lake into which Deb drove the car.

    I had originally heard that they were planning to disguise the restroom building there as the fake fish shack (something they've done before in Long Beach), but instead it looks like the prop department just built a stand-alone shack for the location.

    Other than that, they basically just plunked down a few painted picnic tables on the sand.

    (That nearby beach restroom building is visible behind the colorful fish shack, to its right, partially hidden by well-placed palm trees.)

    Here is a photo of the filming at the beach:

    ( I'm not sure whom to credit for the above photo.  It was posted on a number of Dexter websites.
    If you shot this photo, please let me know, so I can mention your name.)
Here is an aerial photo of the location.  Here is a Google StreetView.
  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 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 locations.

    This group of helpful fans includes Rick, Ellen, Suzi, Elaine, Mia, Julie, Kerry, Joel, Eric, Jeff, & others. My thanks to all of them.

    This tip came from Rick.  (Thanks, Rick!)

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