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“Finally - a real vacation for parents!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Santa Barbara Family Vacation Center

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Santa Barbara Family Vacation Center
Certificate of Excellence
Mountain View, California
2 reviews
“Finally - a real vacation for parents!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 22, 2010

For just about $3K for a family of 4 for a week, I get rooms, food, and SOMEONE TO TAKE CARE OF MY KIDS 6 hrs a day - while I hike, surf, or go to yoga class!!! This is the first vacation we've taken with children that hasn't been a hassle - it is well located, filled with other kids / families who all play together, and a great time to just chill out. While it isn't luxurious, who cares when you can love your kids on vacation and STILL go out to fine dining at night - ALONE? The counselors are great - well rounded kids who are lots of fun and very responsible - and who will sit every night if you want them to!

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Lealyse
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  • Location
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Carlsbad, CA
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 29, 2010

We've stayed at the Family Vacation Center (FVC) three times and we always leave there with smiles on our faces. It is so much fun. The best part is that everyone gets to do exactly what they want to do.

I just made reservations to go to the FVC again this summer. My 18 year old looks forward to hanging out with other college freshmen and older high school kids. They go camping one night and stay up very late. These kids mostly get together in the late afternoon and evening so they can sleep late.

My 13 year old will be in the Middle School group. As long as there are plenty of sports for the boys, he will be ecstatic. In the late afternoon, there is usually a game of soccer, volleyball or softball on the huge lawn. Everyone loves this - either playing or just watching.

My husband mostly wants to relax and run. We also go on the Wine Tasting trip with other adults and that is great. They drive us there and tour us around the area by Solvang. There is also karaoke, a nice dinner at the faculty club and a casino night. We are kept very busy with so many activites.

The staff is outstanding. They all really love their jobs from the counselors to the front desk staff. Also, we think they hire them for their dancing and singing talent because they put on a wonderful show on the last night.

There is so much to do - weightlifing and swimming at the UCSB gym (about 1/2 mile away), kayaking, surfing, and guided walks around the area.

The food is also outstanding in the cafeteria. There is also a beach BBQ and a lunch cookout.... it's a really fun vacation.

  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Palmtree345
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Arkansas
Level Contributor
4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 18, 2010

This year will mark the 4th year that my daughter, two grandchildren, friend and her great nephew have made the trip to the Family Vacation Center in Santa Barbara. Our ages range from 6 - 62 and we are all looking forward to this wonderful week. My friend and I travel from Arkansas with her great nephew while my daughter and grandchildren drive from Northern California.

I cannot say enough about FVC. The kids love their counselors and the many activities they have planned for them. There is a wide range of activities for the adults as well - you can chose to participate or chill in your room. The food is wonderful and your rooms are cleaned each day so you can concentrate on being with your family members and having a true vacation. It is wonderful to have time with my daughter as well as my grandchildren!

Activities for the adults include trips to wine country, a casino night, tours of Santa Barbara and much more. I very highly recommend Family Vacation Center!!

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank ArkansasHappygrandma
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Los Angeles
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 10, 2010

The UCSB FVC was avery enjoyable vacation for my family plus our grandchildren. We enjoyed be near the ocean and the many sport activities that were provided. The planned activities for the adults and children were great. We bicycled on the beach, swam in the beautiful pools and played tennis on the many courts available.

The dining was quite good and consisted of allbuffet meals with many food choices. The room was spare but adequate for our needs. All and all we had a great time.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank LosAngelesStanb
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California
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 8, 2010

I spent a week at UCSB at the campus in Santa barbara. The stay was part of the family camp program for UCSB alum and their friends and family. I attented with my three married children and their families and had a great weeki We slept in the dorms that were adequate but we were right next to our family and the setting was perfect. The food was good and plentiful and was buffet style for a;ll meals. We rented bikes and rode around the campus and beach area. Theactivities were great, especially the tennis and counselors,

We also enjoyed the planned activities including swimming, tennis tournament and bike trips, Alland all we had n excellent vacation with our familya

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank ucsbgirl
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los angeles, ca
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 3, 2010

My family (extended) has been for several years and we keep going back! The kids love love love the experience. The counselors make the camp as they are so enthusiastic and warm that it is hard / impossible not to enjoy yourself.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank ajfuntravels
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Chino Hills, CA
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10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 28, 2010

July 2010 will mark our fifth year at FVC. Our extended family of 16, now ranging in age from 80 to 6, looks forward to a week offering as much togetherness as we desire, with plenty of opportunities branch off separately. Adults can enjoy wine-tasting, casino night, dinner out, and a variety of other tours and activities. Meanwhile, the kids are busy with their new friends (and energetic, enthusiastic counselors) at the beach, in the pool, doing arts and crafts, playing games, or learning to surf or play tennis. Accommodations are basic but spacious; the dining hall provides a variety of food that appeals to both kids and adults and is better than you might expect in a campus setting.

Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Santa Barbara Family Vacation Center

Property: Santa Barbara Family Vacation Center
Address: San Rafael Residence Hall, Ucsb, Santa Barbara, CA 93106-0001
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 #2 of 16 Specialty Lodging in Santa Barbara
Number of rooms: 68
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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