Dexter Filming Locations: The Miami Tribune


The location: The Miami Tribune.

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

    A. The headquarters of the Miami Tribune newspaper.

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

    A. Somewhere in Miami, Florida.

Q. When did we see it on the show?

    A. Twice, both times in Episode 7, of Season 2: "That Night, A Forest Grew ".

    The first time is a very brief opening shot. The camera pans (from right to left) a downtown skyline and a bridge, as a boat sails down a blue channel. Reaching the left bank, we see a glimpse of green lawn, followed by a large sign reading "Miami Tribune".

    The scene then cuts to the interior of the newspaper, where Lundy is holding a meeting with the newspaper management, negotiating the printing of a story about the "Bay Harbor Butcher".

    The second time is a few seconds later, when we see Debra & Bundy strolling together outside the newspaper office, on a sidewalk winding through a green lawn. She congratulates him on convincing the newspaper to play down the story.

    They come to a bench next to the path, semi-hidden behind a palm tree, and Debra prompts Lundy to sit down and have lunch there.

    While they're eating, she opens up to him about her fears, and it becomes clear that she's becoming romantically interested in him. Sensing that, he begins to explain how much older than her he is, but she stops him with a kiss.

Q. What is it actually in real life?

    A. The exterior of a seaside hotel, and its sidewalk (which runs along the shore).

Q. Where can I find it in real life?

    A. This was shot at the Hotel Maya, at 700 Queensway Drive, in Long Beach.  The sidewalk path is on the east side of the hotel, next to the water.  The bench is located behind a palm tree just beyond the sidewalk, just south of the main hotel building.

    The Hotel Maya is located right on the water, just southeast of the southwest end of the Queensway Bridge, just north of the Queen Mary. It has a fine view, across the river, of the Shoreline Park and the downtown Long Beach skyline.

    They shot several other season 2 scenes at the Hotel Maya, including the scene where Dexter & Lila have drinks at a sunny poolside cafe, the scene where Dexter & Lila go to an expensive restaurant after dark, and a scene that is supposed to be outside the police station.

    Just to the south is a small dock that was used for the dock scene where Doakes shoots a dark-ops agent on a boat.

    And just to the north are the launch ramps where they filmed the crime scene on the rocky breakwater.

    The Queensway Bay Bridge, seen behind them in this scene, was also used in scenes in both the second and third seasons.

    The hotel can be reached either by taking the Long Beach (710) Freeway to it's south end, or from downtown Long Beach by taking the Queensway Bridge across the river.

    If you plan to visit, be warned that the hotel can be rather difficult to reach. It's basically at the end of the 710 (Long Beach) Freeway, but the main roads leading on and off that dock offer little access to the hotel.  For that, you have to turn off on a small, winding side road known as Queensway Drive.  Be sure to study a map of the area before you go

( I shot the photos below in 2008)

The red arrow below points at the bench where Debra & Lundy sat - looking southeast.
(The ocean liner seen in the background is the historic Queen Mary.)

Looking northeast from the hotel grounds, towards the Queensway Bay Bridge.

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

Q. How the heck did you figure out where it was?

    A. After visiting the hotel to research other scenes shot there (such as the restaurant scenes), and having strolled along the same path, this was an easy one to recognize.

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