Dexter Filming Locations: Ocean Promenade boardwalk

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The location: Ocean Promenade boardwalk

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

    A. The boardwalk at Ocean Promenade, a fictional shopping/dining tourist village.

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

    A. Somewhere on the coast in Miami.

Q. When did we see it on the show?

    A. In Episode 9, of Season 7, "Helter Skelter".

    LaGuerta has reopened the Bay Harbor Butcher case, hoping to prove Doakes was innocent.

    In an earlier scene, she went to Chief Matthews' boat and tried to talk him into helping her with the case.

    He told her to drop dead, since she was the one who got him ousted from the police department (by revealing his relationship with a dead call girl found at a hotel).

    But in this scene, it appears Matthews has had a change of heart.

    LaGuerta is at this seaside amusement area (a sign says it's "Ocean Promenade"), buying a cup of coffee, when Matthews shows up.

    LaGuerta is still mad at him, for the way he spoke to her at the boat, but he tells her that he can help her with her investigation, if she helps him get his police pension.

Q. What is it actually in real life?

    A. A shopping/dining tourist village - but not in Miami..

Q. Where can I find it in real life?

A. This is Shoreline Village, in Long Beach, one of Dexter's favorite filming spots.

As you stroll west along the boardwalk, towards the west end of the Village, there's a small opening on your left between shops, a patio of sorts, that leads through to the parking lot -- and it's here that they filmed this scene.

In Episode 11 ("Do You See What I See?"), they used the exact same location for the scene where Dexter takes Harrison to meet Santa.

Over the years, they've filmed quite a few scenes here at Shoreline, starting back in Season One, when they filmed the scene of the Ice Truck Killer's dismembered victim discovered under a Christmas tree. (Shot in the exact same space.)

They also filmed the comic book store scene in "The Dark Avenger" in Season 2, the scene where Dexter confronts a child stalker in Season 3, the scene of Astor getting busted for shoplifting in Season 5, the scene of Travis & Gellar at a nightclub in Season 6...  You get the idea.

And later this season, you'll see another scene shot in the exact same spot, with Dexter taking young Harrison to see Santa. (I was there when they filmed that one.)

You'll find Shoreline Village off Shoreline Drive, next to the Shoreline Marina. (Yes, everything in this neck of the woods is called Shoreline...)  It's a short walk (west) through Rainbow Harbor to the Aquarium of the Pacific.

The earlier scene of LaGuerta meeting with Matthews on his boat was nearby, out near the breakwater of the Shoreline Marina.

    I shot the photo below in 2009.  The camera is looking east at the patio area where they filmed the scene.

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.  Shoreline Village is one of my favorite spots, and I know it like the back of my hand. I was just there a few weeks before this episode aired, watching Michael C. Hall film a scene involving Harrison & Santa (for the final episode), in the exact same spot.  So suffice it to say, I recognized the place.

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