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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 2014
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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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Benicia, California
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

After reading the glowing reviews of FVC, I was skeptical that it wouldn't live up to the hype. After spending a wonderful weekend at FVC with the family, I'm pleased to say that it does live up to the hype, and then some! We'll be returning next year for sure. Not only did my son (age 4) have a great... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

We have attended the Family Vacation Center for 5 years. One month from tomorrow we will go back for year number 6. This vacation is something we look forward to all year. The activites for kids are endless and It is a great mix of family time and a little break from the kids. The staff Is made up of... More

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Ashland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

This is such a favorite of ours that we have been five times! Best week for families ever! Perfect mix of adult time away from kids, family time and group time. Staff and counselors are just the best: accommodating, outgoing, enthusiastic, and they love the kids (get ready for yours to get very attached!), and the activities range from lounging... More

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SF
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

If you are looking for a family vacation that offers both much needed 'Adult' time in addition to lots of family fun events, then this is it....you don't have to look any further. When I was looking for vacation ideas, I wanted to find something similar to the fun memories I had going to Lair the Bear family camp at... More

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San Francisco, California
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

Incredible staff, beautiful location, fun and exciting activities for kids AND grown-ups, this is THE ultimate summer destination for families with kids of ALL ages! Our children had a blast with enthusiastic counselors who took them to the beach, the zoo, and on scavenger hunts around the UCSB campus. It was easy for my husband and I to relax and... More

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Additional Information about Santa Barbara Family Vacation Center

Address: San Rafael Residence Hall, Ucsb, Santa Barbara, CA 93106
Location: United States > California > Santa Barbara
Also Known As:
Santa Barbara Family Vacation Hotel Santa Barbara

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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
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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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