Burnham Guides: Florida Kayak Trips

Paddle with the Authors: 3-12 day fully-outfitted kayak camping trips November-April.

Bill and Mary Burnham are the only guides offering the full Key Largo to Key West (KL2KW) experience, plus a shorter, unique backcountry experience in the Lower Keys. The Burnhams have spent a decade learning the intricacies of this 100-mile coral island chain, from local tides to Keys character. Everglades, Calusa Blueway and Ten Thousand Island trips also available. Call 305-240-0650 or E-mail to reserve your seat paddling in paradise!

Florida Keys: 3-5 day Backcountry ~ Key Largo to Key West ~ 7 Mile Bridge
More Florida Trips: 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.

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. Scroll down for additional discounts.

Transportation: Airfare is not included. Closest airport is Key West: rent a car or take Keys Transit to the launch. Pre- and post- night's lodging is not included. Contact us for recommendations.

YouTube slideshow Offered December-April ~ TRIP CALENDAR
Call 305-240-0650 or E-mail to reserve

KL2KW: 120 miles Key Largo to Key West

12-days ~ 60-mile 6-day option available. CLICK IMAGE to watch slide show.


Nov. 21-26, 2014. $1200 fully outfitted. Marathon to Key West

Our annual signature KL2KW is the bucket-list trip of a lifetime, paddling the 100-mile coral island chain to the southernmost point in the US! Half Marathoners can join us at the halfway point, where we have a rest day, optional massages or a snorkel trip out to the reef.

We paddle alongside and under Henry Flagler's beautiful railroad bridges, stopping on islands to lunch, rest and swim. Each night we'll set up camp in time for a delicious dinner, often with some fresh Florida seafood, and watch the sunset. Camping is mix of primitive islands and state parks with hot showers!

Difficulty: This is a strenuous trip, for experienced paddlers able to kayak 12-17 miles per day, in potentially rough seas, and able to do a wet-exit and assisted re-entry. If you need a refresher on this, consider coming a day early for instruction.
Camping: Ranges from primitive to state parks, to one night in a cool little motel. We'll get hot showers every few days and sometimes a pool and a tiki bar!

Pre and post-trip Lodging: Camping and dinner in Key Largo on arrival day in included. You are responsible for making a hotel reservation at the end in Key West. There are hundreds of options, but we like to stay at either the Southernmost Point Guesthouse or Ocean Breeze Inn, both close to our landing. 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 or Ft. Lauderdale, and take the keysshuttle.com to Key Largo. At the end, fly out of Key West. If you are driving, we can help arrange shuttle and parking of your vehicle in Key West for an additional charge.

Cost: $2,400 per person includes sea kayaks, camping gear, meals, & camping fees. See below for discounts for bringing your own gear and/or sea kayak, and for groups.
6-day, 60-mile "Half Marathon" option: $1,200 per person

Call 305-240-0650 or E-mail for reservations.

Seven Mile Bridge Crossing

Full day or 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 overnight camping trip, 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.

Difficulty: Depending on wind and weather, this can be a rough, open water crossing or smooth as glass. If conditions are too rough for the skill level of the group, we have an alternate and lovely trip through the Whisky Creek mangroves with lunch on a beach.

Cost: $135 full-day includes lunch and admission to Pigeon Key ~ $395 for overnight camping option. ~ 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.) A Single Supplement may be added if you do not want to share lodging. Optional restaurant dining, hotel stays, optional excursions and massages are at customer's expense.

Discounts cannot be combined
10% Early Booking Discount on Florida trips made by Sept. 1.
10% off for bringing own sea kayak (must be approved by Burnham Guides as appropriate for open water expeditions and carrying communical gear, food and water. Burnham Guides is not responsible for damange to personal gear or boats.).
20% for bringing your own camping gear and sea kayak (kayak and gear must be approved by Burnham Guides as suitable for overnight expeditions).
Group Discounts available for 6 or more.
20% for children under 15 in a tandem with parent

20% deposit required at time of booking. Balance due one week prior to launch.
30-day notice is required for cancellation or deposit will not be returned. Deposit refund 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 to cover the cost of your entire trip: flight plus Burnham Guides trip.

Arrive the day 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 Airport for Lower Keys trips is Key West, where you can get a bus to the launch or rent a car: Keys Transit: select either Lower Keys Pink or Lower Keys Lime routes. If you fly into Miami or Ft. Lauderdale, you can take the shuttle, Greyhound bus, or rent a car for the 2-3 hour trip. For the KL2KW trip we recommend flying into Miami or Ft. Lauderdale and flying out of Key West. The Keys Shuttle 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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