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

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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: $650 per person; 4-day: $795; 5-day: $995. All-inclusive, kayaks, camping gear, meals, & camping fees. See below discounts for bringing own sea kayak or camping gear.

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

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

KL2KW: 120 miles Key Largo to Key West

12-days ~ CLICK IMAGE to watch slide show.
*ADD a pre-trip through the Everglades for a truly Epic Adventure. E-mail for details.

Burnham Guides are the ONLY ones guiding this trip in its entirety! Our signature KL2KW is the bucket-list trip of a lifetime, paddling the 120-mile coral island chain to the southernmost point in the Continental U.S.! We have a rest day at the halfway point for laundry, hiking or a snorkel trip out to the reef.

We paddle along 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: Ranges from primitive to commercial campgrounds with tiki bars and pools.

Difficulty: This is a strenuous trip, for experienced paddlers able to kayak 12-18 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.

Pre and post-trip Lodging: Camping and dinner in Key Largo on arrival day is included. You are responsible for making a hotel reservation at the end in Key West.

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: $2,500 per person includes sea kayak, camping gear, meals, & camping fees. See below for discounts for bringing your own sea kayak or gear, and for groups.
Please note if you bring your own kayak, plan on arriving a day early to get your car to Key West. Burnham Guides shuttle fee is $100; parking at the Key West Airport for the 12-days is approximately $100.

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


Includes sea kayaks, all camping gear, camping fees, guides services, instruction, all meals & snacks. Optional restaurant dining, hotel stays, or excursions are at customer's expense.
Traveling alone? No problem! If you are the first person to sign on for a trip, we add a single supplement of $50 per day to the regular price (sorry, no discounts apply), and then we start advertising the trip. If even one other person signs on, you will go back to the regular price. If no one signs on, you'll get a personalized tour!

Discounts cannot be combined.
-10% off for bringing own sea kayak at least 16 feet long with double bulkheads, paddle, PFD, and sprayskirt. Kayak must be approved by Burnham Guides as appropriate for open water expeditions and carrying communal gear, food and water. Burnham Guides is not responsible for loss or damage to personal boats or gear.
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-10% for bringing your own camping gear: small tent, packable sleeping bag and pad and associated drybags. Gear must be approved by Burnham Guides, backpacking-style and able to fit into the hatches of the kayak, leaving enough room for communal gear, food and water.
-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 30 days prior to launch and in non-refundable.
60-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.

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."

We are members of the Florida Paddling Trails Association (FPTA). Please consider joining to support paddling and Florida's community of paddlesport enthusiasts.

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