Bill & Mary Burnham

UPCOMING TRIPS: Everglades Nov. 26-30 ~ Wilderness Waterway Dec. 6-13 ~ Costa Rica Hiking Dec. 8-13 ~ Costa Rica Paddling Dec. 14-20 ~ Everglades Dec. 17-22 & Dec. 26-30 ~ New Year's Paddle to Key West Dec. 26-Jan. 1 ~ View Trip Calendar for more!

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 the Eastern Shore of Virginia & Maryland

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 kayak camping or B&B-based adventures on the Chesapeake Bay, the Seaside Water Trail, or Assateague Island, Maryland paddling with the ponies.

Costa Rica Eco-Adventures

Dec 2015 ~ April/May 2016 TRIP CALENDAR

Three unique adventures created by Burnham Guides are centered around the virtually undiscovered Golfo Dulce and Osa Peninsula on the South Pacific Coast, one of the most biologically diverse places on Earth. Spend a week or more with us kayaking, rainforest hiking, practicing yoga, bird, dolphin and whale watching. Lodging is in comfortable eco-lodges with all meals provided. We've created three unique itineraries:
-Hiking in Corcovado National Park: Dec. 8-13, 2015
-"Rustic" kayak camping trip: Dec. 14-20, 2015
-Multi-adventure eco-lodge trip for all abilities: 2016 dates TBA
The itineraries are structured so that hiking in Corcovado can be added as a pre or post trip to either of the Golf Dulce paddling trips. Space is limited, so Read More or E-mail for details.

Rooftop of Virginia Hike and Bike

Hiking Virginia

Our annual Columbus Day weekend (Oct. 9-12, 2015) 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, yoga and frankly, some a pretty awesome meals as we toast each day's adventure! Additional dates can be arranged upon request, May through mid-October.

E-mail for details or call 305-240-0650.

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

BurnhamGuides Books

Bill and Mary Burnham are the authors of eight book including "Hiking Virginia," "Florida Keys Padddling Atlas," "Complete Florida Beach Guide," "Best Day Hikes Near Washington, DC," "Kayaking for Everyone," and "Car Camping."
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Virginia Green

Burnham Guides LLC is a certified Virginia Green business practicing Leave No Trace outdoor ethics.