Dexter Filming Locations: Vogel & Dex at Beach Café.

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The location: Vogel & Dex at Beach Café.

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

    A. An outdoor café at the beach.

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

    A. Somewhere in Miami.

Q. When did we see it on the show?

    A. In Episode 4, of Season 8, "Scar Tissue".

    Debra, caught in a downward spiral of guilt and substance abuse (following her shooting of LaGuerta), is now in therapy with Dr. Vogel. As a result, Dexter hasn't seen Debra in almost a week.

    In this scene, Dexter meets with Vogel, at this cafe on the beach, for an update about what is happening with his sister.

    He asks to see Debra, but Vogel discourages him, warning him that it's possible he might lose her forever.

    Dex refuses to accept this.

    She changes the subject, and asks how his hunt for the Brain Surgeon killer is coming along.

    He tells her he crossed three of her former patients off his list, and is now up to A.J. Yates.

Q. What is it actually in real life?

    A. A restroom building at a beach.

Q. Where can I find it in real life?

    A. This is the same Long Beach restroom building that they used back in episode 6 of Season 5, as the place where Dexter stalked gay murderer Lance Robinson.

    It can be found on the beach south of the Belmont Shore area, off Ocean Blvd, at Granada Ave, in Long Beach.

    That's at approximately 5000 E. Ocean Blvd.

    It's at the southeast end of a large beach parking lot that begins up near the Belmont Pier and the Long Beach Olympic Pool. This end of the lot - and the restrooms - are about half a mile southeast of that pier.

    This time, they just used the paved area nearby as a patio of sorts, by adding a few tables, chairs & red umbrellas (plus the beach-goer extras in the background, of course).  You don't really see the building itself in the scene.

    They also used this same beach before in the third season, passing it off as a Bimini beach (with a little help from CGI).

    It's about a mile southeast of Dexter & Rita's home, and about half a mile northwest of Angel's beach café.

    And its about three miles down the coast from downtown Long Beach and Shoreline Village, where they have filmed multiple scenes over the years.

    I shot the photo below in November 2010:

    I shot the above photo from the approximate spot where Dexter was parked.

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.

    Rick tipped me to this one.  So little is seen in the background of this scene that it wasn't easy to verify, but finally I spotted the oil island Chaffee right off the coast, where it belonged (if you were at that spot on the beach).  (Thanks, Rick!).

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