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Santa Barbara Family Vacation Center

San Rafael Residence Hall, Ucsb, Santa Barbara, CA 93106
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Santa Barbara Family Vacation Center
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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Rating summary
  • 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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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

We have come here 4 years now and keep coming back. My kids ask about it all year- when is family vacation camp? This vacation center brilliantly combines energetic, capable college students who provide childcare and fun activities for kids and adults with a location close to the ocean in beautiful Santa Barbara. For the adults, you get some nice... More

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Santa Clarita, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

The best vacation since you've had kids! This is the perfect family vacation for a family who loves activities, friendships, the sun, and FUN! We have been going to the UCSB Family Vacation Center for 9 years now, and our kids see it as their 2nd home. From Small World (babies!) to the AMAZING High School group, your kids will... More

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San Diego, California
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

We chose to do the half week because we didn't know how we all would like it, but boy do we we wish we had booked a whole week. We've already booked our trip for the summer of 2014. A whole week this time. Our girls are ecstatic. We're looking forward to the family beach day since we missed that... More

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Costa Mesa, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014

I'm a single mom and I took my then 14 month old to the FVC. I grew up going to sleep away camp and this week long vacation brought back so many awesome memories but the best part was the child care! Being able to have time to myself to relax, lay by the pool, take a bike ride knowing... More

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Chicago, Illinois
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

Can anyone reading this possibly name One Vacation Location that 21 family members would beg to return - ages 3@9, 1@10, 1@16, 2@19, 1@20, 2@22, 1@24, 1@26, 1@28 AND 4 sets of Parents ranging from 40 to 55 and 1 set of Grandparents 73 and 75! There is not one place on this entire planet that I could even begin... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

We've attended UCSB Family Vacation Center for 5 years now and we wouldn't miss it. Our kids enjoyed their time with the staff and they keep singing the songs for months after we have left. We adults enjoyed the no-kid time either alone or with other adults. The kids loved their activities and they always plan for the design for... More

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Burlingame, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

I went to UCSB many years ago, and it is amazing to come back spend time where I went to school. But with your family, it is completely different experience. We have been for the last three years and are signed up for 2014. We have many friends that we see now at our regular week, and our kids now... More

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Scottsdale, Arizona
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2013

We signed up for a mini-week at the UCSB Family Vacation Center and after a couple of days we asked to extend for the whole week. My husband I enjoyed our evenings out courtesy of the wonderful staff coming to our suite to babysit. We took surfing lessons, rode bikes and had several grown-up dinners where I even got to... More

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Burlingame, California
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

I was amazed at how our kids took to the counselors and the program. We had been on a Carnival cruise about 6 months before and the kids really didn't want to stay at the Club Carnival and my son had also had a tough time adjusting to his 2 mornings a week preschool, so my expectations for them engaging... More

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Sherman Oaks, CA
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

This summer was our first year at UCSB FVC. We all had an amazing and memorable trip. Four months later and my kids (4 and 6) are still asking for their counselors. When the kids are asked their favorite part of family camp, they say "the kids only parties". The kids were begging for babysitters (the sitters are the counselors).... More

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Additional Information about Santa Barbara Family Vacation Center

Also Known As:
Santa Barbara Family Vacation Hotel Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Family Vacation Hotel
Address: San Rafael Residence Hall, Ucsb, Santa Barbara, CA 93106
Location: United States > California > Santa Barbara
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 12 Specialty lodging in Santa Barbara
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 

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