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Santa Barbara Family Vacation Center

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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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Thank petdvm
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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Thank JimboG
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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Thank Thomas J
USA
Reviewed 25 September 2012

We were looking for a family vacation that was within California and just by googling "family vacation California" we found the FVC in Santa Barbara. All the reviews we read were excellent so with some trepidation we decided to give it a go. I say with some trepidation because we had never been to a week long all inclusive vacation...

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2Thank asfiabrendan
Reviewed 25 September 2012

We have been coming to the Family Vacation Center for 4 summers. What a wonderful week it is. The staff is truly amazing. Not only are they totally engaging with all children, but they are extremely talented and we are lucky enough to see them perform in a variety of shows throughout the week. My kids are ages 8 and...

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Torrance, California
Reviewed 25 September 2012

The FVC is the perfect vacation destination for families with kids and especially ones who like to be active. This past summer my husband and I played tennis, kayaked and rode bikes while our 9 year old son tried out surfing for the first time. Our 2 kids (3 & 9) loved the fun kid group activities and especially the...

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Granite Bay, California, United States
Reviewed 25 September 2012

People who go to the beach and complain about sand and ocean breezes - well - what can I say? Let's be clear what FVC is. 40-60 Families per week staying in dorm rooms on the UCSB campus with a full (and optional) schedule of activities segmented by age. Food is upgraded served in the cafeteria. This is summer camp...

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Thank Jim S
los angeles
Reviewed 29 August 2012

I read the great reviews on trip advisor and was excited to go. However, we had a bad experience. One of the main selling points is that your kids will have activities to do that they will enjoy so that you will have free time. However, when we got there we found out there were no kids in my child's...

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Sheri_Rae, Manager at Santa Barbara Family Vacation Center, responded to this review

Dear Vacationer, Thank you for taking the time to review your recent stay with us at the Family Vacation Center on Trip Advisor. I am disappointed to learn of your experience since, as you mentioned we pride ourselves on the variety and quality of activities provided for the whole family. I am glad to hear that you enjoyed the location...

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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
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 )
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  • 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:
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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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