The oil spill about 23 miles north of the city of Santa Barbara has shut down Refugio and El Capitan state beaches to campers and visitors, the Los Angeles Times reported. Both will remain closed over Memorial Day weekend as emergency workers act to contain oil slicks covering about nine miles of coastline.
But Santa Barbara says there’s no reason to cancel your plans to visit because of the oil spill off the coast that began Tuesday (May 19).
“We want everyone to know that Santa Barbara and Goleta are not affected whatsoever,” says Karna Hughes, communications director of Visit Santa Barbara.
Campers who planned to spend the holiday weekend at the closed campgrounds will receive a refund from ReserveAmerica, the booking service used by California State Parks.
Where does that leave you if you still want to camp?
Displaced campers and anyone needing a last-minute reservation should check for campground availability at the California State Parks website. Gaviota State Park, for example, north of the spill area, still had spaces available as of Wednesday.
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