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Santa Barbara Family Vacation Center

San Rafael Residence Hall, Ucsb, Santa Barbara, CA 93106
Santa Barbara Family Vacation Center

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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Yuma, Arizona, United States
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My family was so excited to get back to Santa Barbara and the Family Vacation Center! It's all they have talked about since school got out. The girls loved the staffers and all the kids programs. It was awesome to see them make new friends and grow in independence. The dorm suites are a perfect fit for our family, giving... More 

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South Pasadena, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My family has been going to the Family Vacation Center for eight years now, and every year, we look forward to the next. It is a very family friendly place, with excellent staff. At FVC, there are enough daily activities to keep the children AND the grown ups busy! It's summer camp for the whole family, without the tents! Your... More 

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San Jose
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

When people ask what we are doing for the summer and I respond with family vacation camp, they give me a negative look of "Are you serious?". I then respond with "the kids get to go off and have fun while we adults get to go wine tasting, bike riding, golfing, hiking or sleep." After further conversations, they have turned... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Enjoy the multigenerational aspect of family camp- something for everyone from yoga, massage, tennis lesson (free) and wine and beer tasting trips. Our extended family have been going for 12 years! If you're a returner it is worth the discount to become a UC alumni member as you receive $100 off registration each year.

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Benicia, California, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

This review is a bit belated, but here it goes! I was a first-timer at FVC and in fact, have never vacationed at an all-inclusive with the entire family. I'll be honest- I was very unsure going into it. You're staying in dorm rooms after all! Nevertheless, I came in with an open mind and our experience was surprisingly great.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

If you need a refresh and to actually relax on vacation with your family, look no further than the Santa Barbara Family Vacation Center! The fun friendly and responsible staff at the FVC whisk your children away for fun and educational experiences during the day while you can relax (sleep) or join one of the variety of scheduled adult activities.... More 

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Alameda, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

First timer at the Santa Barbara Family Vacation Center and it was a blast! Our girls loved the kids programs during the day and we loved the babysitting a night. Never a dull moment. We can't wait to return next year.

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San Jose, CA
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

My wife and I took 2 of our sons and their wives and our 3 grandchildren (ages 1-4) for the week of July 4th. We were considering a cruise or all-inclusive, but nothing worked for us and I'm glad it didn't since we wouldn't want to have missed this great experience. There were lots of fun activities for all 3... More 

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Yuma, Arizona, United States
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

What a great vacation at the FVC! We have always loved Santa Barbara, but have never experienced it quite like this. The kids programs were amazing. Age appropriate yet challenging, which my girls loved. They came home with a new-found sense of independence and adventure, which I thank the FVC for. The hubby and I loved the wine tasting, and... More 

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San Jose, California
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Best vacation for a three generation family! As grandparents we loved spending time with our adult sons and their wives. Together we had a great time wine tasting, dining together at an elegant country club, and partying in the evening with trivia and karaoke, all provided by FVC. Our grandchildren joined us for the beach, pool time and fun in... More 

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