The Villages - Spanish Springs area
The Spanish Springs portion of The Villages is where Harold Schwartz began the development back in the early 1980's. Spanish Springs remains the main hub of The Villages with most of the shopping and dining options concentrated in this area. It is also where you will find most of the congestion of traffic during season which typically runs from November through April. The UF Health Villages Hospital is located in Spanish Springs along with many physician offices. The Spanish Springs Town Square is one of three entertainment centers in The Villages that features live entertainment every night of the year. The Sharon Theater and Box Office, a main entertainment venue, is one of many attractions in this part of The Villages. Spanish Springs contains much of the medical, shopping and dining options because of the proximity to Highway 27/441 which is a highly used north/south artery in this part of Florida.
Basic Border of the Area
The main borders around the Spanish Springs area. The northern border is El Camino Real Road with the eastern border being Highway 27/441 until it intersects with Rolling Acres Road which completes the eastern border where it connects to Highway 466 to the south. The southern border is Highway 466 and the western border is Buena Vista Blvd. One caveat to the borders of the Spanish Springs area is that the original mobile home park, Orange Blossom Hills, that started The Villages, lies just northeast of Highway27/441 and is part of the Spanish Springs area.
Recreation Center/Country Club Overview
Throughout the entire development of The Villages you will find Recreation Centers where social clubs and leisure activities are offered. In addition you will find The Country Clubs where you will find some of the best dining options offered in The Villages.
There are three different types of Recreation Centers:
Neighborhood Recreation Centers – These are found inside every Village and generally host the smaller social club events.
Village Recreation Centers – These centers are usually centrally located around a number of the neighborhoods or Villages and will host larger social clubs and offer league activities in various leisure and sport activities. You will also find the Family Pools at these centers which allow children and families that are visiting to use them.
Chula Vista Recreation Center
Tierra Del Sol Recreation Center
Silver Lake Recreation Center
Southside Recreation Center
Regional Recreation Centers – These are the largest of the centers and have the largest rooms to accommodate banquets and large gatherings. Most of them have fitness centers and the Adult Pools that children aren’t allowed to use.
La Hacienda Recreation Center
Paradise Recreation Center
Tierra Del Sol Country Club
Hacienda Hills Country Club
Orange Blossom Hills Country Club
This is merely an overview of the shopping and dining options found within the Spanish Springs area and may not necessarily contain all of those options that are currently available. As indicated in the description of this area, this is the main shopping hub of The Villages primarily due to its location to the main Florida thoroughfare of Highway 27/441 plus it is where The Villages borders Lady Lake Florida. There are four shopping plazas in Spanish Springs that are found one after another on Highway 27/441. The first of those plazas is Spanish Plaines. It is anchored by Publix with a Walgreens on one of it’s out-parcels. Dining includes Denny’s, First Watch and a Subway. The next plaza is La Plaza Grande which is anchored by Belks, City Furniture and Winn-Dixie. Dining options include Applebee’s, Perkins, Wendy’s, Burger King and a Taco Bell. The third plaza is Rolling Acres Plaza with Anchors of Bealls Outlet, Michaels, Payless Shoes, Petco, Staples, Target and T.J. Maxx. Dining options include Outback Steakhouse, Carrabba’s Italian Grill and Chick-fil-a. The fourth plaza is actually The Spanish Springs Town Square where you find a plethora of boutique shopping, the MVP fitness club and the Rialto Theatre which is a multi screen cinema. Dining options include Ruby Tuesday, Toojay’s Deli, World of Beer, Gator’s Dockside and a host of boutique dining.
You will notice two separate sections on the map below. The section on the left displays the border of the entire retirement community of The Villages. The section on the right displays the specific area within The Villages that is described above.