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Santa Barbara Family Vacation Center

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Reviewed 7 January 2017

This is hands down best, most fun, and easiest family vacation we have ever had. It is all about the memorable experiences and the endless helpfulness of the staff. Surfing lessons, adult nights out in downtown Santa Barbara, kids-only pizza making trips to a local pizza place, and hiking in the nearby mountains are just a few examples. We have...

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Belmont, California
Reviewed 7 January 2017

Just this weekend while on a short weekend getaway with friends, another mom asked me "when will vacation start feeling like vacation?" Since we finally convinced these friends to join us this summer on our third trip to FVC, I told her "THIS S MMER." FVC is absolutely the perfect mix of fun, stress-free family time, and time away from...

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San Jose, California
Reviewed 4 January 2017

This was a great find! Our friends referred us and my wife is a UCSB Alumni, so it was a natural fit. We have a 3 year old and 1 year old and the day camps gave them stuff to do giving mommy and daddy a much needed break. The activities for the kids where great and the family activities...

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La Jolla, California
Reviewed 3 January 2017

I must admit, I was skeptical before I went to FVC, wondering if all of these reviews were accurate. However, my family and I were blown away! We were welcomed warmly on day one and the fun kept right on going. The rooms were spacious and clean, and they had pretty much all we needed. The kids loved acting like...

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Reviewed 21 December 2016

We love FVC and we defy anyone not to! Our family of three has attended for 3 summers in a row and we will return as long as we can. Why? FVC is summer camp plus! We love how there are an array of activities to choose from. Some are for the whole family, some just for kids, and some...

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Los Angeles, California
Reviewed 15 July 2016

We just completed a fantastic week at the FVC. We had been hearing about this camps from friends that have gone over years, but I have to say this trip exceeded expectations. It was a wonderful time for my wife and I and our 6 and 4 year old boys. The FVC is a very well oiled machine, led by...

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1Thank kissel
Burlingame, California
Reviewed 5 July 2016

We love this place and are about to spend our 4th year here. The whole week is planned out perfectly so that you get some great adult time, the kids have an amazing time with their counselors, yet you also feel like you have had a really great week with your kids. You eat in the dorm cafeteria for nearly...

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1Thank Heather S
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Reviewed 3 July 2016

After years of being invited by a very dear friend of mine to attend the UCSB Family Vacation Center, I finally went last week. It was probably the most fun I have had in any one week in a long time. The activities were enjoyable, the setting was beautiful, the staff was kind and well-organized and the other campers were...

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1Thank melissasj77
Scottsdale, Arizona
Reviewed 30 June 2016

This family "camp" provides the perfect blend of family time and couple time. My husband and I love that we get to spend time alone together, with other adults and stress-free family time. I love that I don't have to worry about cooking meals or navigating restaurants with picky small people in tow. I get to enjoy everyday because there...

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1Thank Megan S
South Pasadena, California
Reviewed 27 June 2016

Ever feel like you just want to get away, but are too tired to actually plan a week vacation? Let Santa Barbara's Family Vacation Center do it all for you! Pack up the kids and head to the University of Santa Barbara's campus, and encounter a week of fun and relaxation! You can do a lot, or do little, but...

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Amenities

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Free Parking
  • Beachfront
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Breakfast included
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
About the property
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Beachfront
Things to do
  • Pool
  • Tennis Court
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
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  • Suites
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
  • Kitchenette
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  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Services
  • Free Parking
  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
  • Shuttle Bus Service
  • Breakfast included
  • Babysitting
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Summer Camp for the whole family! The Family Vacation Center offers week-long Family Camp experiences on the beachside campus of the University of California Santa Barbara. This all-inclusive experience includes daily child care (kids camp), family activities like Smores on the Beach, Pool Parties and Family Carnivals as well as nightly adult only activities that include a hosted bar.This hassle free family vacation is perfect for the family who loves spending time together, and also enjoys the option of kids camp and "parents night out" time! ... more   less 

Additional Information about Santa Barbara Family Vacation Center

Address: San Rafael Residence Hall, Ucsb, Santa Barbara, CA 93106-0001
Region: United States > California > Santa Barbara
Number of rooms: 68
Also Known As:
Santa Barbara Family Vacation Hotel Santa Barbara
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“The Rooms are all in Dorms.”
 of 5 bubbles goat19821, 4 Jan 2017 | Read review
“We stayed in the mountain cluster at the end of the building, and it was quiet, yet close to everything.”
 of 5 bubbles 73jessicak, 3 Jan 2017 | Read review
“We have stayed in the clusters and the towers--both were just great.”
 of 5 bubbles 303suzanneh, 21 Dec 2016 | Read review
“I really liked the "Cluster Rooms" although I did not stay in the Tower so I don't have anything to compare it to.”
 of 5 bubbles melissasj77, 3 Jul 2016 | Read review
“Bring disposable flip-flops, the Santa Barbara beach has sticky natural tar that destroys shoes.”
 of 5 bubbles 424megans, 30 Jun 2016 | Read review
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