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Stevenson Ranch, California
Reviewed 21 July 2013

This is our second year at the FVC. Once again we had a wonderful time. The counselors are so great! My son felt like a celebrity when some of the staff that was at the camp the previous year remembered him and gave him a warm welcome. If you are looking for a vacation where your entire family has a...

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New York City, New York
Reviewed 21 July 2013

We are looking forward to our third trip to the FVC. With a superb location on the ocean, we look forward to a healthy week of fun in the sun, lots of great activities and a perfect balance between enjoying special time with our child and great childcare that gives us a nice break. The accommodations are spacious suites in...

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Los Angeles, California
Reviewed 16 July 2013

We just returned from a mini-week at the FVC and we loved it. We traveled with our 7 year old, a teen, a young adult and baby and every, single one of us had a blast. We were able to do things together when we wanted (like the continuous feeding schedule we were all on) or be independent. The kids...

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Burlingame, California
Reviewed 10 July 2013

We have 2 boys who are 3 and 5-years old and it has always been a challenge to find a vacation destination that is age appropriate. My brother and his family have been going to the Family Vacation Center in Santa Barbara for the past few years and kept telling us how this is the perfect destination, and how much...

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1Thank Robert K
Palo Alto, California
Reviewed 19 June 2013

We are so very excited to return to UCSB Family Vacation Center for the third year in a row. This vacation has proven to be the most relaxing week we have experienced since becoming parents 8 years ago. Why do we love it so? Let me count the ways: 1) The counselors – they know how to pick um! The...

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1Thank WendieAlig
Concord, California
Reviewed 7 March 2013

Summer of 2012 was our first Summer.. We did not know what to expect. So we decided to go half of a week instead of the full week and give it a try and see if we liked it. Big mistake, not going the full week. We had the best time and had so much fun that half a week...

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Carlsbad, CA
Reviewed 4 March 2013

We have been to the Family Vacation Center (FVC) five times over 9 years. My kids and my husband and I all love it. Everyone is happy because all the activites are specific to that age. When my kids were in grade school, there were trips to the UCSB Marine Science building and on the walk back, they would stop...

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1Thank Palmtree345
Pasadena, California
Reviewed 28 January 2013

We had a great time at FVC last summer. My husband and I were both very concerned about leaving our 1 year old at Small World, but he had a terrific time, LOVED his care giver (Christian), and was well taken care of. My husband and I were able to relax and enjoy some activities we would never have had...

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2Thank MetterFamily
San Jose
Reviewed 11 January 2013

We have been coming here for four years and each year gets better. Our kids are still singing their camp songs 6 months later!! Where else can you go on a family vacation, go wine tasting and know that your kids are having just as much fun as you are. The Urban Wine Trail was a great hit this past...

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2Thank blonde00
emeryville
Reviewed 2 January 2013

We went to the FVC for the first time and I can guarantee we will be back year after year. If you are a new parent, you will love this vacation because you can choose how much couple time and how much family time you want. We are first time parents and our little girl was only 10 months old,...

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Amenities

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Pool
  • Beachfront
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Breakfast included
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
About the property
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Beachfront
Things to do
  • Tennis Court
  • Pool
  • 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 )
Services
  • Free Parking
  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
  • Shuttle Bus Service
  • Breakfast included
  • 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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