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Santa Barbara Family Vacation Center

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Concord, California
Reviewed 7 March 2013

Summer of 2012 was our first Summer.. We did not know what to expect. So we decided to go half of a week instead of the full week and give it a try and see if we liked it. Big mistake, not going the full week. We had the best time and had so much fun that half a week...

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Carlsbad, CA
Reviewed 4 March 2013

We have been to the Family Vacation Center (FVC) five times over 9 years. My kids and my husband and I all love it. Everyone is happy because all the activites are specific to that age. When my kids were in grade school, there were trips to the UCSB Marine Science building and on the walk back, they would stop...

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1Thank Palmtree345
Pasadena, California
Reviewed 28 January 2013

We had a great time at FVC last summer. My husband and I were both very concerned about leaving our 1 year old at Small World, but he had a terrific time, LOVED his care giver (Christian), and was well taken care of. My husband and I were able to relax and enjoy some activities we would never have had...

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2Thank MetterFamily
San Jose
Reviewed 11 January 2013

We have been coming here for four years and each year gets better. Our kids are still singing their camp songs 6 months later!! Where else can you go on a family vacation, go wine tasting and know that your kids are having just as much fun as you are. The Urban Wine Trail was a great hit this past...

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2Thank blonde00
emeryville
Reviewed 2 January 2013

We went to the FVC for the first time and I can guarantee we will be back year after year. If you are a new parent, you will love this vacation because you can choose how much couple time and how much family time you want. We are first time parents and our little girl was only 10 months old,...

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1Thank beckibee
San Francisco, California
Reviewed 1 December 2012

This was our first time at FVC and it was thoroughly enjoyed by all. Whether is was the adults only activities, camp for the kids, or the joint activities, the family of all ages (kids 3 and 5) had a great time. The accommodations were what you would expect from a college dorm and the food was very good.

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1Thank Jessica W
Los Angeles, California
Reviewed 20 November 2012

had never been to the FVC before and was not sure what to expect. Overall it was a great trip although you should have a clear expectation of what you are signing up for. I was pleasantly surprised with the organization, the impressive staff (college students), the shows, the breadth of activites and the quality of the tennis and water...

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4Thank Denise_RO
Los Angeles, California, United States
Reviewed 12 November 2012

our family of five have been enjoying this vacation for 9 years! we have an elementary aged child and two teenagers and they all say this is their favorite vacation! the family vacation center is located on the beautiful campus of ucsb in santa barbara california, you sleep in the dorms and enjoy delicious meals in the dining commons. there...

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1Thank Ron E
Los Angeles, California
Reviewed 5 November 2012

This was our first trip to the FVC and we went with another family. We reserved our 2013 spot before we left! My two kids had a great time and particularly enjoyed their counselors, the Rec Cen pools and high dives, the craft studio and the talent and end of session shows. My wife and I liked the tennis program,...

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1Thank DanL127
Santa Barbara,CA
Reviewed 4 November 2012

It is like a cruiseship on land. it also feels like Disneyland, everyone is so positive! All inclusive and right on the beach. The fun counselors really care and are great role models for our kids! Our kids look forward to going each summer ! A perfect place for a family reunion !

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Amenities

Highlights
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Beachfront
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free Breakfast
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
About the property
  • Beachfront
  • Wheelchair Access
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  • 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
  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
  • Shuttle Bus Service
  • Free Parking
  • Free Breakfast
  • 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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“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
“All the rooms are great.”
 of 5 bubbles I2382DUsarad, 27 Jun 2016 | Read review
“Maybe the cluster areas away from isla vista so it's not as noisy. I'm a light sleeper and I've never had an issue sleeping at the FVC!!”
 of 5 bubbles Sun4me123, 23 May 2016 | Read review
“They are dorms, not sure there is a "best" room. We stayed in a 3-bedroom in the Tower. It met our needs just fine.”
 of 5 bubbles linz98144, 15 May 2016 | Read review
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