Santa Barbara beaches: Don’t go barefootin’
My room at the Four Seasons Biltmore is lovely, to say the least. The 1927 Spanish Colonial style resort is a throwback to a gentler time, with lush landscaping, impeccable service and four-star amenities. But in addition to L’Occitane bath products, there were some strange towelettes in the bath: Tar-Off Towelettes (“Removes Tar, Grease & Oil / Pleasantly Scented Tar Remover”). Huh?
I even tweeted about it: Why does my hotel have Tar-Off Towelettes (Pleasantly Scented Tar Remover: Removes Tar, Grease & Oil)? Is there something I should know?
But it wasn’t until I was doing research on Butterfly Beach, located across the street from the Four Seasons Biltmore, that I solved the mystery. Here’s what About.com has to say:
Because of the offshore oil wells (which you can see on a clear day), all Santa Barbara area beaches are likely to have balls of tar washing up on shore. Once the gooey stuff gets on your shoes or feet, it’s almost impossible to get off. We recommend that you do not go barefoot, and you may want to take an old pair of shoes or buy some inexpensive ones that you won’t mind throwing away.