Burnham Guides
Great Calusa Blueway
Southwest Florida

Guided kayaking expeditions along the
Beaches of Ft. Myers, Sanibel and Captiva

Other Florida Trips:
Florida Keys ~ Ten Thousand Islands ~ Everglades


Call 305-240-0650 or E-mail to reserve

Great Calusa Blueway

November-April. 4 and 7 day options available

Paddle with dolphins, manatee and wading birds on Florida's southwest coast. Pass the famed beaches of Sanibel and Captiva, enjoy hiking, biking and swimming on Cayo Costa, Florida's least-visited state park accessible only by boat, and delve into Sanibel Island's Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge.

Lodging ranges from island camping watching the sun set over the Gulf of Mexico, a Sanibel beach cottage, and a night aboard a cool mothership!

4-day trip: We have received special permission to camp one night at an interpretive site of the Calusa Indians, namesake of the water trail. We will be able to walk the trails up the shell mounds and camp on the very spot where this sophisticated people, now extinct, had a large settlement. Next, we'll paddle to Cayo Costa State Park, Florida's least-visited, accessible only by boat. Spending two nights here gives us time to enjoy the hiking and biking trails, a day paddle through Lover's Tunnel mangroves, and swimming on the beautiful beach. We'll camp just steps from the wild beach on the Gulf of Mexico.

Cost: $865, includes kayaks, camping gear, meals, camping fees, and pre-launch dinner and lodging. Not included: airfare, alcohol, and post-trip lodging.*

7-day trip: For more experienced paddlers, confident in potentially rough, open water, and able to do a wet exit and assisted re-entry. We average 10 to 14 miles daily, 60 miles in all. We start in Bokeelia at the top of Pine Island, traverse the outer islands of Cayo Costa, camping two nights there for hiking, biking and swimming on the Gulf of Mexico wild beach. From here we'll follow the barrier islands of the Captivas and Sanibel, with stays in a beach cottage and on a primitive island, then loop back up around to Matlacha, a funky, colorful fishing village.
Cost: $1,695 per person, all-inclusive of kayaks, camping equipment, all meals, cottage and camping fees, including lodging and dinner the night before launch. Based on double occupancy. If you do not want to share a room, a single supplement may be added. Not included: airfare, alcohol, and post-trip lodging.* See below discounts for bringing your own kayak and/or camping gear.

Call 305-240-0650 or E-mail for more information or to reserve your spot!

Trip Details

Include sea kayaks, all camping gear (tent, sleeping bag, pad, etc.), camping fees, lodging, guides services, instruction, all meals & snacks. (Sales tax is included.) Our groups are small, allowing us to provide personalized service.
Optional restaurant dining or hotel stays are at customer's expense.

Discounts cannot be combined
10% Early Booking Discount on Florida trips booked (deposit made) by Sept. 1.
10% off for bringing own sea kayak (must be deemed capable of overnight, open water expeditions by Burnham Guides).
10% for bringing own camping gear: tent, sleeping bag and pad.
20% for bringing your own camping gear and sea kayak.
20% for groups of 6 or more
20% for children under 15 in a tandem with parent

20% deposit required at time of booking. Balance due one week before trip.
30-day notice is required for cancellation or deposit will not be returned. Return of deposit may be subject to a processing fee to cover credit card charges and any nonrefundable deposits we have made on your behalf. Trip Insurance is highly recommended for longer trips.

Dinner and lodging the night be launch is included at Bokeelia Cottages, on Pine Island, FL. This is a convenient motel right at our launch. If you would like to also stay there the night of landing, contact them at (239) 283-0015. Matlacha also has several places to stay.
Closest Airport: Southwest Florida International (Ft. Myers).com. Taxi service is available from the airport to the launch. Call Pine Island Taxi

What to bring?
We supply sea kayaks, life jackets, paddles, sprayskirt, and all camping and cooking gear. Let us know if you'd like to bring any of your own gear. Click here for the personal gear and clothing list of things you should bring.

Food & Alcohol
All meals & snacks are included. We strive to provide healthy, fresh, and nutritious meals, and to accommodate your dietary preferences and restrictions, be they allergies, vegetarian or gluten-free diets. But we do need to know about these well in advance for provisioning. As soon as trip is booked, you'll receive a detailed questionnaire to list dieterary restrictions and medical issues. Our insurance does not allow us to serve alcohol, but you are more than welcome to bring your own to enjoy at the end of the paddling day.

We're Green
We practice Leave no Trace camping and along the way you can participate in a beach clean-up, logging hours as a volunteer on the Florida Keys Overseas Paddling Trail.

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About us: Bill & Mary Burnham

Bill & Mary Burnham

Burnham Guides LLC combines our work as guidebook authors and kayak guides. Over the last 15 years, we've written eight books, and hundreds of magazine articles.

In winter, join us for multi-day trips in the Florida Keys, paddling from the pages of our award-winning Florida Keys Paddling Atlas. The rest of the year, we guide trips on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.

We are American Canoe Association (ACA) instructors and co-authors of Knack Kayaking for Everyone.

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