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Santa Barbara Family Vacation Center

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Los Angeles, CA
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 August 2012

This is the best vacation I've had since becoming a parent! Really, it's true!!! I just returned from a week at UCSB's Family Vacation, located on campus in Goleta, just 10 minutes North of downtown Santa Barbara. The campus is just gorgeous with well-groomed bike and walkways, and the beach, of course! The weather was perfect (low to high 70s).... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 August 2012

We just came back today. I was so happy to leave. The rooms were terribly dirty, the beds are so hard. The food was cafeteria food. The staff was very friendly and nice, it's good source of baby sitting if you looking for that, every extra activity cost extra money we ended up paying $640 it top of our $4000... More 

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Sacramento, California
1 review
Reviewed 28 June 2012

Last year was my family's first time attending the UCSB Vacation Center. We organized this event with 3 other families as a 40th birthday/college reunion. All of our kids ranging from 1 to 12 were incredibly happy, as they met with children their age every day in organized activities. We were so impressed with the ENTHUSIASTIC STAFF who also doubled... More 

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Thank Alyssa P
Huntington Beach, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 June 2012

I was surprised at how well me and 3 very young children did in the room and asked for the same this year.

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1 Thank cinslate
Mountain View, California
1 review
Reviewed 19 June 2012

We started going to SB FVC because our friends said it was so fun that we had to join them. That was 5 years ago and the kids say we have to go back every year. We participate in every event but our favorites are Family Carnival (good old fashion picnic games), bike ride to downtown, tennis instruction every day... More 

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Thank kirstenf53
Tustin, California
1 review
Reviewed 15 June 2012

My family and I are soooo excited to vacation this summer at UCSB. Both my husband and I went therer for college so we are excited to share this experience with our three children, ages 8, 7 and 3. We will be staying in a comfortable 3 bedroom suite right on the beach for a whole week! It is all... More 

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Thank michelle b
Jurupa Valley, California
1 review
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Reviewed 10 April 2012

http://familyvacationcenter.com/ This is the best family vacation deal out there. This will be our 5th year. We barely found this vacation, it was just a fluke. We love it so much we want others to know about it. UC Santa Barbara opens up their dorms like a Hotel. It is summer camp for the kids, and Adult camp for the... More 

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2 Thank Kevin L
La Mesa, California, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2012

My daughter just asked when we are headed back to Santa Barbara. She's only 4 and she remembers what a great time we've had the last two summers. All of us. It was the first time since kids that I felt rejuvinated and relaxed after a vacation. I walked the beach without my little one and I painted (a painting.... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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12 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 February 2012

Since 2004 my daughter and I have spent a week at FVC every summer except one. We love it there. Each year she asks "when are we going back to Santa Barbara?" Some of the things I like best about the vacation are child care, meals, and location! This is one of the few family camps that offers child care... More 

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Muscat
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 February 2012

Finally! A vacation that doesn't leave you feeling like you need another vacation at the end of it! I started going here when my son was 2 years old. My fussy boy was assigned his own counselor to hold and calm him until he was upset, which didn't last long with all the activities they planned- the staff was phenomenal... More 

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Amenities

Highlights
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Beachfront
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free Breakfast
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
About the property
  • Beachfront
  • Wheelchair Access
Things to do
  • Pool
  • Tennis Court
  • 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
  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
  • Shuttle Bus Service
  • Free Parking
  • Free Breakfast
  • 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:
Santa Barbara Family Vacation Hotel Santa Barbara
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“I really liked the "Cluster Rooms" although I did not stay in the Tower so I don't have anything to compare it to.”
 of 5 bubbles melissasj77, 3 Jul 2016 | Read review
“Bring disposable flip-flops, the Santa Barbara beach has sticky natural tar that destroys shoes.”
 of 5 bubbles 424megans, 30 Jun 2016 | Read review
“All the rooms are great.”
 of 5 bubbles I2382DUsarad, 27 Jun 2016 | Read review
“Maybe the cluster areas away from isla vista so it's not as noisy. I'm a light sleeper and I've never had an issue sleeping at the FVC!!”
 of 5 bubbles Sun4me123, 23 May 2016 | Read review
“They are dorms, not sure there is a "best" room. We stayed in a 3-bedroom in the Tower. It met our needs just fine.”
 of 5 bubbles linz98144, 15 May 2016 | Read review
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