Bill & Mary Burnham

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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-five years later, we have eight books, and our own outfitting business to take people to our favorite places. Visit us at our paddling shop on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, May through October. Come winter we guide kayak expeditions in the Florida Keys and Everglades from the pages of our Florida Keys Paddling Atlas, and in Costa Rica. 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 other 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 paddling shop located in the historic SteamBoat Ticket Office at Onancock Wharf is the perfect launch for hourly kayak, SUP or bike rentals, or for the more adventurous, a kayak camping or B&B-based adventures on the Chesapeake Bay, the Seaside Water Trail, or Assateague Island, Maryland paddling with the ponies. Shop phone: 757-710-5137. 2 King St., Onancock, VA.

Costa Rica Eco-Adventures

April/May and December TRIP CALENDAR

Two 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 around the Golfo Dulce, hiking Corcovado National Park, practicing yoga, bird, dolphin and wildlife watching. Optional: ziplining. Lodging is in comfortable eco-lodges with all meals provided.
Space is limited, so Read More or E-mail for details.

Rooftop of Virginia Hike and Bike

Hiking Virginia

Our annual 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

Special Burnham Guides trip: Sept. 26-Oct. 5, 2017. Our friend, Jack Atkinson, runs Douro Kayak Expeditions. Paddle through four World Heritage Sites on an expedition filled with mystery, beauty, history, nature, gastronomy and wine. READ MORE

BurnhamGuides Books on Amazon

"Paddle with the Authors."
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"
Click to see all our books on Amazon
Or purchase signed copies directly through us via our Online Store.

Virginia Green

Burnham Guides is the 2015 Virginia Green Travel Attraction of the Year! We practice Leave No Trace outdoor ethics, recycling and the use of locally-sourced foods.