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Doheny State Beach

A tent stakes out prime camping real estate at Doheny State Beach in south Orange County. (Scott Doggett / For the Times)
Doheny State Beach is particularly popular with volleyball players, in part because there are so many nets that visitors rarely have to wait for one to become available. (Scott Doggett / For the Times)
Lifeguard Grant Shubin at work. On a busy day, he will handle two emergencies an hour, ranging from heat exhaustion to drunks that wonder into the surf and soon find themselves in over their heads. (Scott Doggett / For the Times)