Travel Advisory

Last Updated: March 23, 2018

SANTA BARBARA SOUTH COAST TRAVEL

For those who are in, or looking to travel to the Santa Barbara South Coast this week, Highway 101 is currently open.

All area hotels, restaurants and attractions in the cities of Santa Barbara, Goleta and Summerland, as well as the majority of businesses in Montecito, are open for business. These cities have NOT been affected by the recent rainstorm.

ROAD CLOSURES

Highway 101 and Highway 154 are open.

Up-to-date highway and road conditions can be checked on the Cal-Trans website http://www.dot.ca.gov/cgi-bin/roads.cgi or by calling 1-800-427-7623.

TRAIN AND PLANE TRAVEL

The Pacific Surfliner and the Coast Starlight trains are running. For updates, visit http://pacificsurfliner.com/, call 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245)or @PacSurfliners on Twitter.

Santa Barbara Airport is open. For updates, please call your flight carrier or visit: https://www.santabarbaraca.gov/gov/depts/flysba/default.asp

ACCOMMODATIONS

If you are planning to visit Montecito within the next three weeks, please check with your hotel for its current availability. Montecito Inn is scheduled to reopen in early March and Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara is scheduled to reopen June 1.

Santa Barbara and Goleta hotels remain open.

OCEAN WATERS

All beaches in Santa Barbara County are open. Storm runoff has NOT affected the most popular beaches for visitors, including:

  • Downtown beaches at East Beach, West Beach and Leadbetter Beach
  • Butterfly Beach near Montecito
  • Summerland Beach
  • Sands Beach at Coal Oil Point
  • Northern beaches of El Capitan State Beach, Refugio State Beach, Gaviota State Beach, Guadalupe Dunes and Jalama Beach
  • Arroyo Burro
  • Hope Ranch Beach

As of February 7, recreational activities like swimming and surfing in ocean waters near a handful of lesser-known beaches are not advised, due to storm runoff. Those under advisory include:

  • Carpinteria State Beach
  • Hammond Beach
  • Goleta Beach

However, land-based activities like strolling on beaches on all of these beaches are fine. The Santa Barbara County Department of Public Health tests water quality twice a week and expects this advisory to lift soon.

For the latest ocean quality and beach updates, call the county’s 24/7 Ocean Water Quality Hotline at 805-681-4949 or go to Santa Barbara County’s Environmental Health Services page: http://bit.ly/2hAvMC7

MORE INFO

Have additional questions about specific businesses in Montecito, the December Thomas Fire and January mudslide? Go to Visit Santa Barbara’s FAQ page, located here.

HOW TO HELP

Thank you to those around the world who have reached out and asked how they can help following the Thomas Fire and January mudslide in Montecito.

Please know that supporting South Coast Santa Barbara tourism businesses—from hotels and restaurants to small local boutiques—means a great deal to our community.

To help those affected, here is a short list of local organizations you may contribute to directly:

United Way of Santa Barbara County:

American Red Cross:

Foodbank of Santa Barbara County:

Direct Relief:

Unity Shoppe:

More Santa Barbara Information


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