Bill & Mary Burnham


Bill & Mary Burnham

Guidebook authors and kayak guides

We've always thought work should be fun, so early on we combined the things we love doing together--writing and the outdoors. Twenty years later, we have eight books, and our own outfitting business to take people to our favorite places: Winter kayak expeditions in the Florida Keys and Everglades from the pages of our Florida Keys Paddling Atlas, paddling and hiking in Virginia Spring through Fall, Costa Rica and Portugal in the shoulder seasons. Scroll down for details and sign up for trip updates and special offers.

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Florida Kayak Expeditions


Toast the sunset from an island campsite in the Florida Keys, Everglades or Gulf Coast on a fully outfitted "Paddle with the Authors" of 3-10 days. Burnham Guides offers expeditions on three water trails:
Calusa Blueway (Sanibel area)
Wilderness Waterway (Everglades)
Florida Keys Overseas Paddling Trail
Please visit our TRIP CALENDAR or call 305-240-0650 for dates.

Kayak Virginia's Eastern Shore

mid-April through October TRIP CALENDAR

Spring through Fall finds us at our "basecamp" in Onancock on Virginia's Eastern Shore. The 1680 Colonial port is the perfect launch for Chesapeake Bay kayak camping trips, B&B adventures weekends and week-long expeditions along the 70-mile Seaside Water Trail, the longest undeveloped shoreline on the East Coast.

Costa Rica Eco-Adventure


Spend a week kayaking, rainforest hiking, snorkeling, fishing, practicing yoga, bird, dolphin and whale watching on the Golfo Dulce in Costa Rica's South Pacific coastal region. Launching from the Osa Peninsula, the "sweet gulf" is the centerpiece of our adventure, one of the world's deepest tropical fjords, a critical breeding ground for baleen and humpback whales, and large populations of Atlantic bottlenose and pantropical spotted dolphins. more remote Piedras Blancos, surround the gulf, a region rightfully labeled one of the most biologically intense places on earth. Lodging is in comfortable eco-lodges with all meals provided (no camping!) Space is limited, so E-mail or call 305-240-0650 to reserve. Click for Details

Rooftop of Virginia Hike and Bike

Spring and Fall
Hiking Virginia

Our annual Columbus Day weekend hike and bike trip is filled with fun, food and friends, during peak foliage season. Hike with the authors up Virginia's tallest peak and coast by bike down the Virginia Creeper Trail. A cozy lodge in the woods is our basecamp for hot showers, soft beds and frankly, some a pretty awesome meals as we toast each day's adventure! A spring 2015 (late May/early June) camping trip is in the works as well.

E-mail for info. 2014 trip Details

Kayak the Douro River, Spain and Portugal

June and September E-mail for details
Douro Kayak Expedition

The September 2013 paddle through Portugal exceeded all expectations. Our friend, Jack Atkinson of Douro Kayak Expeditions, has more trips in June and September. Paddle through four World Heritage Sites on an expedition filled with mystery, beauty, history, nature, gastronomy and wine. READ MORE

BurnhamVirignia Travel Guide

Pack, Paddle, Play & Stay

Virginia truly is for Lovers: of mountains and waterways, local wine and fresh food, small towns and scenic drives, and history spanning more than 400 years. We invite you down the trails and backroads, the blueways and byways of the Old Dominion. READ MORE

BurnhamGuides Books

This visual guide covers every aspect of recreational, sea kayaking and whitewater from selecting gear to planning expeditions. Step-by-step photos on transporting, launching and landing, basic and advanced strokes, techniques, navigation, rescues, weather, first aid and expedition planning.
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