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A Guide to San Diego Locations Seen on TV's "Veronica Mars"

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The Mars Residence:

This is actually The Inn at Sunset Cliffs on Point Loma, 1370 Sunset Cliffs Blvd. 92107. This area of town is a beautiful place to watch the sunset and waves crashing below - a favorite surfing spot.

Mars Investigations:

The exterior shot of Veronica's dad's building where his private investigation agency is housed is along Adams Avenue in Normal Heights. For reference, it looks like it is next to the popular Lestat's Coffee House.

Neptune High School:

Exteriors are shot at Oceanside High School in Oceanside, a city along the coast in north San Diego County. 1 Pirates Cove, Oceanside, CA 92054. It's right off I-5 at the Mission Avenue exit, and you can actually see the campus from the freeway (if you look quickly).

Hearst College:

Now that Veronica and gang are in college, there will be lots of scenes on campus, which really is San Diego State University. Much of Season Three's premier episode shows the picturesque old quad with the famous bell tower arch, Hepner Hall, the library quad, the Faculty Staff center, and the Administration building.

Cuba:

In the episode "A Trip to the Dentist" what is supposed to be a location in Cuba (the country) is actually the El Prado area of Balboa Park, where most of the museums are concentrated.

Strip Clubs:

In a couple of early episodes, strip clubs are seen in stakeouts. These would be the Body Shop and Les Girls, both located next to each other just off Rosecrans Blvd. in the Sports Arena/Midway district.

Dog Beach/Boardwalk:

Now, there is a Dog Beach in Ocean Beach, and it looks like most of the beach scenes are shot here. Some other beach scenes seem to also take place at La Jolla Shores beach. Some of the Neptune Boardwalk scenes in the first two seasons were shot at Belmont Park in Mission Beach - the Giant Dipper Rollercoaster is the giveaway:-)

Other Sightings:

The video store in Season 1/Ep. 3 is Kensington Video on Adams Ave. in Kensington. Scolari's Office in North Park is Fitzpatrick's Bar. Winston's bar in Ocean Beach was used in Season 3/Ep. 1. Some viewers have seen signs posted on streets that say "V Mars", indicating filming might be taking place. Especially keep a watch around frequently used locales: Ocean Beach, Sunset Cliffs, La Jolla, Torrey Pines Golf Course, Oceanside and Normal Heights.

You Can Be On Veronica Mars:

Here's a tip: if you're interested in becoming an extra for one of the Veronica Mars film shoots, Stu Segall Productions has open casting calls for extras on their scheduled shoots. Anyone can register, though it helps to look high school age. See this link for their scheduled castng calls and shoots. You might end up on camera!

Who Is Veronica Mars:

Veronica Mars is a TV drama (Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on CW) about a girl (Kristen Bell) who has gone through some trying times: her best friend was killed, her dad lost his job as the town sheriff, and her mother mysteriously ran out on the family. Now ostracized at her high school, Veronica copes with the drama of teen angst while helping her dad's private investigation agency in the seaside town of Neptune.

Veronica Mars has been hailed by critics as one of the smartest shows on TV, and one of the most clever since Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The show touches upon the angst of high school life, issues of the haves and have-nots, and the twists of gripping whodunits, all with the smart dialogue and delivery of stars Kristen Bell and her supporting cast.

Although the show has attracted a small viewing audience in the re-tooled network now known as the CW, the show's followers are a rabid bunch. And much of the info about the show's San Diego locations seen here can be attributed to their own "private invesitgations" and postings on the Internet, especially "ElectricBoogalo," whose keen eye is much appreciated.

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