The location: Doakes' Dock

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

    A. A dock at the "Blue Wing Marina".


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

    A. In Miami.


Q. When did we see it on the show?

    A. In Episode 4 (of Season 2), "See-Through".

    The body of Curtis Barnes' wife has been found at the Barnes' home., shot execution style, and Barnes is the lead suspect.

    Sgt. Doakes goes to a boat docked at the "Blue Wing Marina" to meet the friend of the murder suspect.

    To Doakes' surprise, the man he meets turns out to the murder suspect himself, Curtis Barnes, a fellow former Black-Ops ranger, who is on the lam for killing his wife.

    Barnes tries to convince Doakes to help him escape by stalling the investigation, to give him time to flee on his boat to Cuba.

    Doakes asks him if it's true that he killed his wife. When Barnes admits it, Doakes tries to arrest him.

    They both draw their guns, in a Mexican stand-off, until Barnes (facing the prospect of prison) commits "suicide-by-cop" by forcing Doakes to shoot & kill him.


 


Q. What is it actually in real life?

    A. A small dock next to a seaside hotel.


Q. Where can I find it in real life?

    A. This scene was shot at a small dock/marina on the northeast (water) side of the Hotel Maya, at 700 Queensway Drive, in Long Beach, CA.

    The dock is located near the south end of the hotel, and is also visible from cars driving on Queensway Drive.

    That hotel 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 Shoreline Park and the downtown Long Beach skyline.

    The hotel itself 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. Once at the hotel, you'll find a scenic walkway running along the water on its east side. Walk south down this path, and you'll soon see the dock on your left side.

    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 the same duo has a night time dinner at a fancy restaurant, a scene where Debra & Lundy stroll & talk, and a scene that is supposed to be outside the police station.

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

    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)



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

    A. Fortunately, both the Queensway Bay Bridge and the Long Beach skyline are visible in the background of the scene.  That (and the rocky coastline behind Doakes) made it obvious that the scene had been shot from an area near the Hotel Maya. Triangulating a few downtown landmarks allowed me to draw a line that pointed right at this tiny marina - the only small craft dock in the hotel area.



 
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