location: Under the Bridge.
What is it supposed to be on the show?
A. A grassy
area beneath a bridge.
Q. Where is it supposed to be on the show?
A. In the Miami
Q. When did we see it on the show?
A. Twice. In two different seasons.
The first time was in the finale of Season Two: Episode 12 - "The British Invasion".
In that episode, we saw Lila park under the bridge and examine the satchel she had stolen from Dexter. Inside, she found his killing tools (including the needle he had told her about), and realized what he had planned for her. (She then tried to kill him, by locking him in her apartment and setting fire to the building).
The second time we saw the bridge was in Season Three: Episode 3 - "The Lion Sleeps Tonight".
In that episode, Miguel Prado phones Dexter and tells him to meet him "Under the bridge near the beach club". When he does, Prado gives Dexter the shirt he was wearing the night Dexter killed the drug dealer who (Prado thought) had murdered his brother. The shirt contained the dealer's blood, and thus could be used to incriminate Prado in the killing. It was a risky gesture intended to win Dexter's trust, and to demonstrate the confidence Prado had in Dexter..
Q. What is it actually in real life?
A. A bridge,
but not in Miami.
Q. Where can I find it in real life?
A. Both scenes were shot beneath the Queensway Bay Bridge, in Long Beach, CA.
To be more specific, they were shot on a strip of grassy lawn on the side of a small, winding street named Aquarium Way, where it passes underneath the bridge.
That Queensway Bay bridge spans the Los Angeles River (where the river empties into the ocean), and it links the downtown Long Beach area (near the Shoreline Village area) with the pier area where the Queen Mary is docked.
The scenes were shot under the east/northeast end of the bridge, on the mainland side of Long Beach, and right behind the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific (where they shot another scene with Lila).
To get there, from southeast bound Shoreline Drive, make a right turn (south/southwest) on Aquarium Way, immediately after passing the Aquarium parking garage. Follow Aquarium Way as it enters a small traffic circle that circles a dolphin fountain. As soon as you exit this circle, turn left (south) and follow Aquarium Way as it turns south, past the west side of the Aquarium and its saltwater tanks, until you spot the bridge, just a short way past the aquarium.
This gets a little tricky, so study a map before you go. But it's a short drive. The entire drive on Aquarium Way, from Shoreline Drive to the bridge, is only about a third of a mile.
is renamed "Golden Shore Street" once it passes under the bridge.
Do yourself a favor, and don't continue on Golden Shore - it enters a somewhat
confusing maze of parking structures near the Catalina cruise terminal.
Just U-turn (safely, at the next parking lot entrance) and go back
the way you came.
(I shot the photos below in 2008)
(Notice the new hotel under construction (on the right side). Check the earlier shots from the show to watch it grow taller...)
Q. How the heck did you figure out where it was?
A. When I first
saw this shot, I thought it might actually be one of the many bridges in
Florida. But when I went out to the Hotel Maya to research several
Dexter scenes shot there, I had the chance to drive under the Queensway
Bay bridge and saw what its underside looked like. Realizing this was probably
the same bridge, I took another look at the scene and was able to
spot the hotel and the boat launch on the other side of the water. It was
just a matter of checking the map to see what street passed under the bridge
on its mainland side. Later, I drove under the bridge and shot the photos
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