by Kristin Franks
The Santa Barbara Family Vacation Center is a residential resort that offers families an exciting and fun Santa Barbara getaway. The resort features nine one-week family sessions from July through August with a minimum one-week stay required. Rates include accommodations, meals, daily housekeeping and family activities. Families can go on nature tours, or enjoy campfires, hiking trips, tennis lessons, kids’ nights out, casino night, family carnivals and much more!
Our Editor Loves
- All-inclusive rates
- Children's programs for all ages
- Multiple activity choices, including nature tours and hiking trips
- All Inclusive Rates
- Horse Back Riding
- Water Sports
- Children Programs
- Onsite Dining
by Joyce K
This place is like being on a cruise, only on land. Everything is taken care of. You literally have no decisions to make, other than which activities you want to sign up for. The staff is friendly, attentive, and eager to accommodate any reasonable request -- and probably some unreasonable ones too. So relaxing! The clientele is mostly young families, but many bring three (or more!) generations, so we seniors do not feel left out. Now I understand while people refer to UCSB as "UC-Club Med" -- that's what it feels like!
We LOVE the FVC!!! We are back this year for the fourth time! Our children, ages 15 and 10, begged us to come back! Our kids love it (and so do we) and we are finding this visit as magical as our first seven years ago. There's something for all of us and it truly feels like a vacation ... plenty of time for all of us to play and rest and no need to cook or shop. Each of us is enjoying the activities and meeting new friends. When you come to the FVC, you are fully taken care of. I describe the experience as "a combination of Disney and Four Seasons-level service with the energy of cheerleading camp!" We are so happy to be back!!