location: Ocean Drive.
What is it supposed to be on the show?
A. A street
that Dexter is cruising.
Q. Where is it supposed to be on the show?
A. In Miami,
Q. When did we see it on the show?
A. First, in Episode 1 (of Season 1), "Dexter".
The very first opening scene of the series shows Dexter driving alone in his car, at night, telling us about himself, as he cruises through a brightly-lit neon streetscape.
the background, you can read signs that say "Crescent" and
Q. What is it actually in real life?
A. An actual
street in Miami, named Ocean Drive. It runs along the coast, with businesses
& hotels on the east side, and the beach on the west side.
Q. Where can I find it in real life?
A. The Crecent Hotel and the McAlpin, are located right next to each other, at 1420 & 1424 & Ocean Drive, in Miami Beach, on the east side of that boulevard, across from Lummis Park & beach.
The Beacon Hotel, which can be seen in the background of that scene, is at 720 Ocean Drive, and the Colony Hotel (which is also seen) is two doors north at 736 Ocean Drive.
There's a Johnny Rockets hamburger joint in between, at 728 Ocean Drive.
That's on the east side of Ocean, across from Lummis Park & beach.
And the same stretch of Ocean Drive, between 7th & 8th Streets, (from above this time) is also briefly seen earlier in the same episode, in an establishing shot, where both the Colony Hotel and the Beacon Hotel are visible. And a similiar (night time) establishing shot is seen once again in Episode 11.
The red table umbrellas seen in the photo to the right belong to Johnny Rockets; that restaurant's round sign can be seen behind the players in the scene where they find the ice truck (seen in the photo directly above).
Q. How the heck did you figure out where it was?
A. Given the
visible signs, it just took a little time searching the Google, Yahoo &
Live Local listings for the names and addresses of the hotels, then I used
Live Local's aerial photos and Google's Street View to confirm
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