Photos show county lines separate packed beaches from empty ones

Thousands of beachgoers enjoyed a warm, sunny day at Huntington Beach despite state-mandated stay-at-home orders.
Thousands of beachgoers enjoyed a warm, sunny day at Huntington Beach despite state-mandated stay-at-home orders.
(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

As temperatures soared into the upper 80s in some parts of the region Saturday, crossing county lines was like entering different worlds.

Despite the threat of the coronavirus, many flocked to Orange County and Ventura County beaches to beat the heat.

In contrast, L.A. County beaches remained largely empty.

Here are a few scenes showing how county lines separated a crowded day at the beach from empty sand.

Huntington Beach

An aerial view of beachgoers Saturday in Newport Beach.
An aerial view of beachgoers Saturday in Newport Beach.
(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
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Venice Beach

A woman walks on the sand in Venice despite law enforcement efforts to keep people off closed Los Angeles County beaches.
(Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

Huntington Beach

People crowded the bike path around Huntington Beach Pier on Saturday.
(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

Redondo Beach

The beach near Veterans Park in Redondo Beach remained closed Saturday.
(Gabriella Angotti-Jones / Los Angeles Times)

Huntington Beach

Huntington Beach police patrolled near the pier as thousands enjoyed a warm, sunny day at the beach.
(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

Santa Monica

Police keep watch over the empty beach and closed bike path in Santa Monica.
(Brian van der Brug/Los Angeles Times)
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Newport Beach

Beach-goers enjoyed the warm weather.
(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

Rocky Beach

A man played fetch with his dog Saturday on Rocky Beach in Malibu, despite law enforcement efforts to keep people off closed Los Angeles County beaches.
(Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

Newport Beach

The scene Saturday at Newport Beach.
(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

Manhattan Beach

Kennedy Bobo, 2, and her brother Jackson Bobo, 6, played on a sidewalk near the Strand walking and bike path in Manhattan Beach.
Kennedy Bobo, 2, and her brother Jackson Bobo, 6, played on a sidewalk near the Strand walking and bike path in Manhattan Beach.
(Gabriella Angotti-Jones / Los Angeles Times)

Ventura

Beachgoers fly a kite at a Ventura beach.
(Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)

Hermosa Beach

Bowie Davis, 3, plays in her pool while her dad, Ed Davis, watches at their home near the Strand walking and bike path in Hermosa Beach.
Bowie Davis, 3, plays in her pool while her dad, Ed Davis, watches at their home near the Strand walking and bike path in Hermosa Beach.
(Gabriella Angotti-Jones / Los Angeles Times)

Ventura

Tyler MacFarland reads a book under the pier at the beach in Ventura. "I am still working, and for the last month and a half it has been just work, home, work, home," he said.
Tyler MacFarland reads a book under the pier at the beach in Ventura. “I am still working, and for the last month and a half it has been just work, home, work, home,” he said.
(Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)

Manhattan Beach

A pedestrian makes a video on the empty beach in Manhattan Beach.
(Gabriella Angotti-Jones / Los Angeles Times)

Ventura

Brian Chapman of Santa Monica plays Frisbee at the beach in Ventura. "We came up for the beach because all of the beaches in Los Angeles are closed," said Chapman.
Brian Chapman of Santa Monica plays Frisbee at the beach in Ventura. “We came up for the beach because all of the beaches in Los Angeles are closed,” said Chapman.
(Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)

Venice

A message of positivity is woven with yellow police tape into a fence at a closed Venice beach.
(Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
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