The natural beauty of Florida’s Adventure coast is immediately recognizable with the serene sunsets fading over the untouched mangroves and tranquil water. Residents of the famed coast, from Brooksville to Weeki Wachee, are able to experience the best of old Florida’s naturalistic charm, and live a luxurious new Florida lifestyle in country club communities like GlenLakes. “The Chaz” is the perfect embodiment of the “old Florida” nature experience and allows residents to unplug, unwind and travel back to a much simpler time.

Referred to as the “Chaz” by locals, the Chassahowitzka River is fed by several tributaries and springs appropriately designated as an Outstanding Florida Waterway. The combination of salt marshes, hardwood swamps and crystal-clear springs make it one of the most memorable experiences in the state.

Surrounded by the Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge comprising over 31,000 acres, those who visit the Chaz are often a serious lot of anglers, crabbers, and eco-tourists ready to experience a true “wilderness.” While you don’t have to be serious, you’ll be in awe of this very special slice of “real” Florida. Whether you go for a day, or plan an extended stay, you will enjoy old Florida on the Chaz.

After a peaceful day paddle boarding through the mangroves and natural springs, GlenLakes is the perfect retreat to call home. Located in Weeki Wachee, Florida, part of Florida’s Nature Coast, GlenLakes is right where you want to be. Natural springs, lakes, the Weeki Wachee River, the Gulf of Mexico and 85,000 acres of Florida nature preserve provide a pristine habitat for wildlife and year-round opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts.

When you are a resident at GlenLakes, you are a member of a fabulous club. Private club amenities include a 35K clubhouse for social engagement, dining and fitness, including a junior Olympic-size pool. Clay tennis courts, bocce ball courts, four pickleball courts, and a championship, private golf course defines GlenLakes’ relaxed, yet very active, country club lifestyle. Residents rest easy knowing that maintenance and security are taken care of in this private, gated community. With the community constantly growing, the club is a great way to meet neighbors, make friends and socialize, right in your own backyard.
Choosing your Florida dream home is easier than ever. Ranging from 1,620 to more than 3,000 square feet of air conditioned space, every home is filled with features that wow: volume and tray ceilings, ceramic tile, spectacular island kitchens with granite and designer finishes throughout the home. Starting from the low $200s, GlenLakes homes offer beautiful views of the golf course, lake and much more. Click here to learn more about the GlenLakes lifestyle and everything it has to offer.

The Chassahowitzka River provides endless activities for the nature lovers on the West Coast of Florida.  The five-mile river is a combination of salt marshes, hardwood swamps and crystal-clear springs that make it one of the more popular areas in the region.  With a river this like this, there are many ways to spend your day along the Chassahowitzka River, but here are the top 3.


  1. Aardvark’s Florida Kayak Company: If you’re looking to have a good tour guide to get the full experience that the Chassahowitzka River has to offer then Aardwark’s Florida Kayak Company is where you should go.  They provide kayaks, paddles and knowledge of the abundance of wildlife.


  1. Fishing: The Chassahowitzka River is known for attracting a serious lot of anglers, crabbers, and eco-tourists. The fishing is plentiful along the river and will give you a pure wildlife experience.


  1. The Chassahowitzka Hotel: After a long day of activities and exploring the river you might want to not leave! The Chassahowitzka Hotel is within walking distance to the Chaz boat launch.  It is owned by fourth generation Floridians and has been refurbished and restored to its original two-story pine and cypress interior. It is the perfect, little getaway.


For the residents of GlenLakes, the Chassahowitzka River along with many other outdoor activities that Mother Nature provides are right in their backyards.  Residents live a life that borders on the wild on a day-to-day basis.  Located in Weeki Wachee, Florida, it is easy to enjoy the pristine outdoor lifestyle that living on Florida’s Nature Coast provides.  GlenLakes is in the action, yet surrounded by tranquility – the best of both worlds.  Click Here to get a taste of what this lifestyle is all about.