Everglades and Ten Thousand Islands

Burnham Guides fully outfitted kayak camping trips of 3 to 8 days
Offered January through March GO TO TRIP CALENDAR
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Everglades Adventures

January through March

There is truly no other place like it on Earth. The diverse environment of Everglades National Park ranges from coastal beaches to brackish mangrove swamp to freshwater sawgrass prairie. The birdlife is unparalleled, with literally hundreds of species. Our experienced guide, Joel Beckwith, can identify them all as he leads paddlers through mangrove mazes to fascinating interior routes, where camping is on chickees and ground sites, and out into the Gulf of Mexico to camp on gorgeous palm tree beaches.

Choose from these fully-outfitted adventures in Everglades National Park:
3 days out of Flamingo or Everglades City: $595 per person. Trip Calendar
5 days out of Everglades City: $995 per person. Trip Calendar
8-day Wilderness Waterway: Traverses the largest roadless area in the Lower 48 between Flamingo and Everglades City. If you require your car waiting at the end, we can arrange a shuttle. Cost $1750.
Offered Dec. 27 - Jan. 4, 2015. Additional dates may be added.
Day trips are available on request, schedule permitting, to places like Coot Bay Pond, West Lake, Hell's Bay and Alligator Creek. $125 per person, includes lunch.

All trips include sea kayaks, camping gear, meals, snacks and camping fees. 20% discount for bringing own boat and gear.
Closest airports: Miami and Ft. Myers.
Click for Joel's SPOT Report and photos from last year's trip

Call 305-240-0650 or E-mail for info

Ten Thousand Islands

3-5 days, 10-14 miles per day

On the northwest edge of the Everglades lies the Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge, a maze of mangrove islands and creeks teeming with birdlife. Bill and Mary will take you island-hopping along the Gulf of Mexico with pristine, white sand beaches to camp on. A variety of options allow us to customize an unforgettable itinerary.

Getting there: We launch from Goodland or Everglades City (closest large city is Marco Island). Closest airport is SouthWest Florida International, Ft. Myers.

Cost: 3-day: $595 per person; 4-day: $795; 5-day: $995. All-inclusive, kayaks, camping gear, meals, & camping fees. 20% discount for bringing own kayak & camping gear. ~ TRIP CALENDAR Call 305-240-0650 or E-mail to reserve

Trip Details

Prices include sea kayaks, all camping gear (tent, sleeping bag, pad, etc.), camping fees, 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. A single supplement may be added.

Discounts (cannot be combined)
10% Early Booking Discount on Florida trips booked by Sept. 1.
10% off for bringing own sea kayak (must be deemed capable of overnight, open water expeditions by Burnham Guides).
20% for bringing your own camping gear and sea kayak (kayak and gear must be approved by Burnham Guides as suitable for overnight expeditions).
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 charged on arrival.
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 recommended for longer trips.

You should plan on arriving the night before launch as all trips leave in the morning. We can recommend lodging and camping options near your launch, but it's up to you to make reservations. Exceptions: Pre-launch camping and dinner is included in the 8-day Wilderness Waterway, Flamingo trips, and 10-day KL2KW.
Closest Airports: Miami International for Flamingo and Wilderness Waterway trips. Southwest Florida International Airport (Ft. Myers) for Everglades City and Ten Thousand Islands trips.

What to bring?
We supply sea kayaks, life jackets, paddles, sprayskirts, 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 (freshly-prepared, never freeze-dried!), snacks and water 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 ethics of backcountry travel.


About Burnham Guides

Mary and Bill Burnham (right) have combined their work as guidebook authors and kayak guides, leading multi-day trips from the pages of their award-winning Florida Keys Paddling Atlas. Their Everglades adventures incorporate the experience of co-guide Joel Beckwith:

Joel Beckwith has paddled and guided in the Everglades for more than 20 years and led trips all over the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Joel teaches kayaking in Maryland in the summer, is a Registered Maine guide and taught kayaking for LL Bean. He has taken many thousands of people kayaking and loves sharing nature from the seat of a kayak. Joel is a fabulous backcountry cook and musician. He's been known to bring along a mandolin, guitar or banjo for evening entertainment!

Click to watch Joel's Everglades video set to his own music!

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