Burnham Guides
Paddle with the Authors
in the Florida Keys

November through April
Fully outfitted kayak camping trips of 3 to 10 days
Call 305-240-0650 or E-mail to reserve

Lower Keys Backcountry ~ Key Largo to Key West ~ 7 Mile Bridge ~
Calusa Blueway ~ Ten Thousand Islands ~ Everglades ~


Lower Keys Backcountry

3-5 days, 9-12 miles each day

In the Lower Florida Keys, a mass of mangrove islands unreachable by road, spreads out into the Gulf of Mexico. From the pages of our Florida Keys Paddling Atlas, we leave the highway sounds of US 1 behind and delve into a world where fish school through shallow flats and stingrays lay silent at the bottom of turquoise blue channels. Our small group primitive camping trips range from 3 to 5 days, with time to explore winding creeks and shallow coves, snorkel or fish. The 5-day trip traverses the entire Backcountry.

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.

YouTube slideshow Offered December-April ~ TRIP CALENDAR
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KL2KW: 100 miles Key Largo to Key West

10-days, 10-nights ~ March 23-April 2, 2014 ~ CLICK IMAGE to watch slide show.

Our annual signature KL2KW (scheduled for March 23-April 2, 2014) is the bucket-list trip of a lifetime, paddling the 100-mile coral island chain to the southernmost point in the US! A nice mix of primitive, commercial and state park campgrounds mean we'll have both offshore wilderness and hot showers every few days!

Along the way, we paddle alongside Henry Flagler's beautiful railroad bridges, and stop on islands to lunch, rest and swim. Each night we'll set up camp in time for a delicious dinner, often featuring fresh Florida seafood, and watch the famous Keys sunsets.

Difficulty: This is a strenuous trip, for experienced paddlers able to kayak 10-17 miles per day, and set up camp each night. There's a rest day at the half-way point for sightseeing, relaxing poolside and massages.
Camping: A mix of primitive islands, state parks and commercial campgrounds.

Pre and post-trip Lodging: The cost includes the pre-launch camping and dinner in Key Largo on Sunday, March 23, 2014. Upon landing in Key West on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, we recommend making a reservation at a hotel. There are literally hundreds of options, but we stay at either the Southernmost Point Guesthouse or Ocean Breeze Inn, both right across the street from our landing in Key West and last time we checked do not have a minimum-night stay. After a Champagne toast and hot showers, we all usually walk Duval Street and go out to dinner near Mallory Square to celebrate the achievement!

Transportation: Ideally, fly into Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, and take the keysshuttle.com to Key Largo. At the end, fly out of Key West, or take the Keys Shuttle to Miami or Ft. Lauderdale airport. If you are driving and bringing your own kayak, we can help with the logistics of parking and shuttling your car to Key West the day before launch for an additional charge.

Cost: $1995 per person includes sea kayaks, camping gear, meals, & camping fees. See below for discount for bringing own gear.
5-day, 50-mile "Half Marathon" option available: $995 per person

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Seven Mile Bridge Crossing

Full day or easy overnight

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The Seven Mile Bridge spans Caribbean-blue open water, originally built to carry Henry Flagler's Railroad. Paddle between the old and new on a full-day or easy overnight, with a stop on Historic Pigeon Key. Never far from civilization, this is a great intro to kayak camping. **Ask about our special Pigeon Key trips, where we stay overnight on the island inside an historic building!

Evening finds us watching egrets and ibis fish in the flats off our island campsite. As the sun sets, we'll see the distant lights of cars crossing the bridge.

Cost: $135 full-day includes lunch and admission to Pigeon Key ~ $395 overnight. ~ TRIP CALENDAR ~ Call 305-240-0650 or E-mail to reserve


Includes 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.

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).
20% for bringing your own camping gear and sea kayak (kayak and gear must be approved by Burnham Guides as suitable for overnight expeditions).
50% for children under 12 in a tandem with parent

20% deposit required at time of booking. Balance charged on arrival.
With the exception of weather cancellations by Burnham Guides, a 21-day notice is required for cancellation or deposit will not be returned. Trip Insurance is recommended for longer trips.

For all 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.
Closest Airports: Key West. For the KL2KW trip we recommend flying into Miami or Ft. Lauderdale and flying out of Key West. The keysshuttle.com provides door-to-door transportation from the Miami and Ft Lauderdale airports.

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.

Paddle with the Authors of the award-winning "Florida Keys Paddling Atlas."

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