Dexter Filming Locations: Hannah at seaplane

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The location: Hannah at seaplane

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

    A. A dock with a seaplane floating next to it in the water.

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

    A. Somewhere in Miami.

Q. When did we see it on the show?

    A. At the end Episode 8, of Season 8, "Are We There Yet?".

    Hannah is about to leave the country.  We see her at a dock, as she is about to get aboard a seaplane.

    Dexter suddenly appears, walks onto the dock, and tells her not to go - to stay with him.

    They embrace, the camera spins around them, and the episode fades to black.

Q. What is it actually in real life?

    A. A dock.

Q. Where can I find it in real life?

    A. This is the same dock they used in Season 7, where Isaak killed Louis.

    And it's the same dock where Dexter searched for Debra after Rudy had abducted her, way back in the first season finale.

    You'll find it near the southeast corner of the Alamitos Marina, in Long Beach, CA, at very end of Marina Drive, at the far tip of a marina jetty

    When the camera spins around, and you see a large building above Dex & Hannah, at the top of the gangway, that building is the blue City of Long Beach Marine Bureau building, officially listed as 205 Marina Drive (but it maps to 180 Marina Drive) - which is also home to the Long Beach Police Dept.'s Marine Patrol).

Here is a photo of the dock that I shot in 2012:

Here is an aerial photo of the location.  Here is a Google StreetView.
  And here is a map link.

(The boat in the photo above is docked roughly where the seaplane was docked in the scene.)

If you want to visit the spot, be sure to check a map -- the jigsaw puzzle shape of the marina can get a little confusing without one.  And finding this dock can get tricky, because there is more than one Marina Drive in this area.  In fact, this Marina Drive actually crosses another one: N. Marina Drive, which itself later turns into E. Marina Drive.

All of these Marina Drives run along outside edge of the Alamitos Marina, marking its northern and eastern borders.

This jetty is tucked away behind the Alamitos Landing shopping/dining center.

Don't confuse this Alamitos Marina with Long Beach's Shoreline Marina (another spot where Dexter films a lot).  The two marinas are five miles apart. Alamitos Marina is just west of Pacific Coast Highway, right across the San Gabriel River channel from Seal Beach.

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

    A.  I was just at this dock a few months earlier, shooting photos of this dock for that Issac/Louis scene.

    I must admit that when I first saw the scene, I assumed it was probably the same dock off Appian Way that they had used for the previous yacht scenes with Hannah.  But as they spun the camera around, I got a better view of Naples Island across the water, and the Marine Bureau building above, and it became obvious where it was.

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