KEEPING THE LEGACY ALIVE

Our Story

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Banana River Resort’s captivating story begins in 1991 when it was established by Gregory and Beth Winkler. Beth, an alternate on the windsurfing Olympic team, had a vision for a unique resort designed for student and instructor training. Her love for windsurfing and the beauty of the Banana River would set the stage for something truly extraordinary. Word quickly spread about Banana River’s exceptional winds, convenient access, and industrial lines for windsurfing obstacle courses.

 The resort became a global destination for windsurfers, offering a paradise of wind and water. But Banana River Resort wasn’t just about windsurfing; it was a canvas for passion and hobbies. The Winklers shared a love for pottery, gardening, and even caring for feral bunnies on the property. The resort, located on the Banana River, offering access to the Intracoastal Waterway, and just a stone’s throw from Orlando Beach on the Atlantic Ocean, was a haven for water sports enthusiasts of all kinds. Tragically, Greg and Beth passed away one week apart in November 2019, leaving behind a cherished legacy. 

 
In March 2020, a new chapter began when the property was purchased and their vision was preserved. The new owners, Kristen, Dan and their dedicated team, embarked on a year-long journey of renovation, design, and enhancements to continue the Banana River Resort legacy. Today, BRR is a 100% private vacation rental property, nestled on the picturesque Banana River, offering an intimate setting for your events and getaways. Catering to all ages and inviting families, reunions, corporate gatherings, wellness retreats, and weddings.
 
Guests revel in the exclusivity of our outdoor waterfront patio, where you can comfortably host gatherings of 10-120 guests. For accommodations, choose from our  10-individual villas (fully equipped with kitchenettes, dining and living spaces ranging from studio sized up to 2-bedrooms) providing a cozy retreat for up to 52 guests. In addition, our property hosts an array of amenities designed for relaxation and recreation. 
 
Gather around the fire pit under the starlit sky, sizzle up a feast on the gas grill, or rejuvenate in the outdoor shower. Find your perfect spot on the waterside seating, fishing dock, or sunbathing deck. Enjoy river access from our private beach area or engage in friendly competitions with yard games like corn hole, ring toss, giant Jenga, and Connect4. Our BRR Boathouse is stocked with complimentary kayaks, paddle boards, and beach toys for endless enjoyment.
 
At Banana River Resort, we offer more than just a place to stay; we provide an experience of a lifetime. Discover the epitome of luxury, seclusion, and natural beauty. Your dream celebration starts here. Book your escape and create memories that will last a lifetime. Welcome to your private paradise!
 

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