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Santa Barbara Family Vacation Center

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San Francisco, California
Reviewed 2 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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Los Angeles, California
Reviewed 21 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 6 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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1Thank sbtripgirl
Santa Clarita, California
Reviewed 2 November 2012

We can't say enough about the FVC. We have returned summer after summer (going on #7!), and feel it is the best vacation for our family. Our children are kept busy all day, every day, but amazing counselors. The staff makes sure everyone has a blast, and everyone is HAPPY! Adults have a million things to do as well. We...

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Mountain View, California, United States
Reviewed 27 October 2012

Our friends had been going to UCSB FVC for 8 years running, and recommended it. You know how sometimes, with small kids, it seems like too much work to get on a plane, fly somewhere, rent a car, rent a house/crib/high chair, find activities to do, figure our what to eat... With this all inclusive vacation, you don't have to...

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Thank Joanna C
santa cruz
Reviewed 1 October 2012

We love the FVC. When our son was 1 1/2, I was looking for a vacation- I needed to find a place where I could have some time to myself also instead of just running after my son. I was "surfing" the internet and found the FVC. It sounded great so we signed up and I couldn't be happier. My...

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Los Angeles, CA
Reviewed 28 September 2012

Could not recommend the FVC any higher. Have gone for the last two summers with the wife and 2 young kids. Best vacation we could possibly go on - everyone gets to do what they want and the family reunites for meals and special events. The accommodations are not luxurious. So if you won't be happy unless it's the Four...

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Los Alamitos, California
Reviewed 25 September 2012

We've been going to the UCSB Family Vacation Center for five years now and love it! Imagine a land-locked cruise ship with all the activities to enjoy and the freedom to do nothing at all, if you choose. The staff is excellent and the counselors are terrific with the children. This last summer we brought our 8, 10, and 15...

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Amenities

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Pool
  • Beachfront
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Breakfast included
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
About the property
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Beachfront
Things to do
  • Tennis Court
  • Pool
  • 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 )
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  • 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:
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