Our Beachside Location: Santa Barbara, CA

Santa Barbara, CA: The American Riviera

When you hear the word "camp," do you picture rustic accommodations far from civilization? Located in beachside Santa Barbara, CA, Empowered Wellness camps couldn't be more different!

Known as the “American Riviera”, Santa Barbara is unique, with Mediterranean-flavored red tile roofs, beautiful flowers, and palm trees literally at every turn. Some people say the picturesque and sparkling setting even reminds them of Disney.

A small, comfortable and safe city of about 100,000, Santa Barbara is big enough to have tons of fun stuff to do – and campers experience all of it, from dine-out restaurant visits to field trips.

We’re practically on the Pacific Ocean beach – so close, in fact, that our campers often head over for beach walks.

You’ll be amazed by our awesome location adjacent to the campus of the University of California at Santa Barbara. Picture a deluxe college-style residence – minus the exams and homework – within a few blocks of Santa Barbara’s Pacific Ocean beaches!

And no worries -- we're located on a secure, closed property, because camper safety is always our top priority. Plus, our counselors' rooms are sprinkled throughout, so campers are never far from adults.

If you're driving to camp, it's an easy city to navigate.

We also offer complimentary pickup and dropoff for campers and their families arriving or departing via Santa Barbara’s Municipal Airport (SBA), served by several major airlines, the Goleta Amtrak station, and the Santa Barbara Airbus station in Goleta.

Arriving at LAX? Talk to our Admissions Director about transportation options.

And on the extremely rare occasion that someone needs medical attention, excellent hospitals are just moments away.

The front door
The beautiful pool in our courtyard
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Our Private, Fully Secured Campus

Located near the University of California at Santa Barbara, Our private, fully-secured campus surrounds campers with gorgeous grounds – palm trees and flowers everywhere, and many rooms overlook the landscaped pool.

Vacation Amenities & Spacious Suites

Campers occupy spacious suites and enjoy our own movie theater with a 120" projection screen plus a heated outdoor swimming pool, workout rooms and hangout areas.

Every day we eat in the Tropicana Café, our own private dining experience with comfortable seating and a fun atmosphere.

Each suite has three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a living room. Tuition includes double or triple occupancy. Single occupancy is available first-come first-served for an additional charge.

Suitemates are assigned based on gender, age, and grade in school in September. We try to achieve a mix of new and returning campers in each suite.

Young adult campers occupy their own suites, separated from campers under age 18.

Camp counselors’ rooms are located throughout, typically with 4–5 campers on either side. This ensures that you’re never isolated or far from camp staff.

Convenient travel from Santa Barbara Airport (SBA) and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)