Dexter Filming Locations: The Memorial Service for Maria LaGuerta

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The location: Memorial Service for LaGuerta

I shot the photos below in May 2013.

Here is an aerial photo of the park.  And here is a map link.

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

    A. A memorial service for the late Maria LaGuerta.

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

    A. Near the water, somewhere in Miami.

Q. When did we see it on the show?

    A. In Episode 1, of Season 8, "A Beautiful Day".

    We see Dexter walking with Harrison, and they arrive at the memorial service, where Angel is speaking about the late Maria LaGuerta.

    Dexter takes his seat among others from Miami Metro, and Matthews unveils a white stone bench dedicated to LaGuerta.

    After the service, they look at the bench.
    The plaque on the bench reads:

    "Dedicated to the memory of Maria LaGuerta, Respected Captain of the Miami Police Department. She dedicated her life to serving her community."

    His friends ask Dexter how Debra is doing, and he pretends he knows, but it's obvious he has no idea where she is or what she's doing.

Q. What is it actually in real life?

    A. A park (and a real park bench).

Q. Where can I find it in real life?

    A. This scene was filmed at Shoreline Aquatic Park, in Long Beach, CA.

    The 12-acre seaside park (with its white lighthouse perched atop a grassy knoll) sits on the south side of Rainbow Harbor, and (north) across the channel from the Queen Mary.

    This is familiar filming territory for Dexter.

    The park is right across the water from (west of) Shoreline Village, where they have filmed several scenes over the years, including the visiting Santa scene from the 7th season.

Its a few steps from the dock where crazy Travis abducted Holly Benson aboard the Richochet Rabbit, in Season 6.

It's also just a short walk from the Aquarium of the Pacific, which they used in the 2nd season for a scene between Dexter & Lila.  (In fact, you can see the Aquarium in rgw background of this scene, when the camera turns to show the audience.)

And it's a stone's throw from the bushes where Miami Metro found the second victim of "The Skinner" in Season 3.

The white park bench they used is located next to the path that runs along the north edge of the park.

In the real world, the bench is dedicated to the winners of the 2008 Long Beach Marathon.

It is the first bench to the left (east) of a round, green restroom building (which is featured in a later scene where
Dr. Vogel confronts Dexter).

The park's lighthouse is featured in the opening scene of Dexter & Harrison flying a kite.

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, Kerry, Joel, Eric, Jeff, & others. My thanks to all of them.

Mia sent me a number of photos that she shot during the filming at the park, back on Feb. 19.

This top one (below)is looking south (across Rainbow Harbor) at the park.  The red arrow points to the production.

The next one (below) looking north from the park, shot from behind the production.  Note the memorial wreath on the left side and note Angel Batista behind the podium, with the white

Below are several familiar faces (from left to right): Dexter, Jamie, Miller, Quinn, Masuka & Angel:

And finally, a close-up of Angel speaking (with LaGuerta's bench seen to the right).

(Thanks, Mia!)