Dexter Filming Locations: Beach Baptism

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The location: Beach Baptism

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

    A. A 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 6, "A Horse of a Different Color".

    Brother Sam, a reformed convict from the Good Shepherd Auto Repair, has invited Dexter to a "baptism / BBQ" at the beach.

    Dexter shows, up with young Harrison in tow, and critically watches as Brother Sam dunks one of his followers (Nick) in the water. Afterward, Sam talks with Dexter about belief in things bigger than oneself.

    Later, in Episode 6 ("Just Let Go"), Dexter takes Sam's killer, Nick, to the same beach where he was baptized, and confronts him with the fact that he killed a decent man who treated him well.

    On his deathbed, Sam had asked Dexter to tell Nick that he forgave him.  Dexter tries to honor his friend's last wish, but when Nick gleefully brags that he can get away with murder because there are no witnesses, Dexter loses control and drowns Nick.

    After that drowning, Dexter looks up to see his dead brother, Rudy/Brian.

Q. What is it actually in real life?

    A. A beach - but not in Miami.

Q. Where can I find it in real life?

    A. This is Bayshore Beach, a small sheltered beach on the east side of 54th Place, just north of E. Ocean Blvd, where the Long Beach peninsula joins the mainland - about a mile southeast of the Belmont Pier.

    For one reason or another, locals refer to this beach as "Horny Corner".

The beach doesn't face the ocean. In fact, it faces the opposite direction.  The calm water you see is the Alamitos Bay, which runs between the peninsula and Naples Island, (which is what you see on the other side of the water).

The beach park includes a small cluster of sporting facilities, playground equipment for kids, and a co-op pre-school.

There's also a small snack stand called Alfredo's Kayak Cafe, where Dexter has have filmed a number of scenes over the years, including Dexter's first meeting with Rudy (ironic, considering his "reunion" with Rudy on this same beach), and Lundy dining with Debra.

Look at the 5th screencap down on this page, and you can see the semi-pyramidal handball courts behind Dexter's head, with a glimpse of the café to the left.

    They've shot other scenes at Bayshore Beach as well (not involving the Cafe), including the scene where Lila bought roofies from a drug dealer was shot near the basketball courts. And the scene where Dexter planted evidence against Doakes was shot at the end of the adjacent pier.

    It's right across the street from the beach where they filmed both the Bimini scene, and the scene of Travis freeing the captive.
    And it's just a short walk northwest of Deb's new beach house.

    I shot the photos below in 2008.

    In my photo below, the camera is looking north. The homes you see are on Naples Island.

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

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

    A. Dexter has filmed at this small beach so many times in the past (beginning back in the first season), that I'd recognize itd features anywhere: The homes on Naples Island visible across the channel, the handball courts visible in the background, the small dock... I've been there and shot photos on several different occasions.

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