Lower Keys Backcountry
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.Offered December-April ~ TRIP CALENDAR
Call 305-240-0650 or E-mail to reserve
KL2KW: 100 miles Key Largo to Key West
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
Seven Mile Bridge Crossing
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.
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.