Great Calusa Blueway
Spend six glorious days paddling with dolphins, manatee and wading birds on Florida's southwest Gulf coast. We'll pass the famed beaches of Sanibel and Captiva, have two days for hiking and swimming on Cayo Costa, Florida's least-visited state park (accessible only by boat), and explore the watery mangroves tunnels of Sanibel Island's Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge.
The trip includes three nights of island camping watching the sun set over the Gulf of Mexico, a night in a beach cottage on Sanibel, and a stay in the Old Florida village of Matlacha, home of the "fishingest bridge in the world." We'll average 8 to 14 miles daily, 55 miles in all.
Cost: $1350 per person, all-inclusive of kayaks, camping equipment, lodging and food. Discount for bringing your own kayak and/or camping gear.Call 305-240-0650 or E-mail for more information or to reserve your spot!
There is truly no other place like it on Earth. We offer three options for exploring the diverse environment of Everglades National Park, from coastal beaches to brackish mangrove swamp to freshwater sawgrass prairie. Our experienced guide will take you on 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.
-3 days out of Flamingo or Everglades City: $595 per person
-5 days out of Flamingo or Everglades City: $995 per person
-8-day 100-mile Wilderness Waterway: Cost $1750 (Includes car shuttle between start at Flamingo and end at Everglades City, camping and dinner the night before the launch).
Closest airports: Miami and Ft. Myers. All trips include sea kayaks, camping gear, meals, and camping fees. 20% discount for bringing own boat and gear. Click for 2012 Trip ReportCall 305-240-0650 or E-mail for information or to book this trip.
Florida 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
Ten Thousand Islands
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. We'll island-hop along the Gulf of Mexico with pristine, white sand beaches to camp on.
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.
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Call 305-240-0650 or E-mail to reserve
KL2KW: 100 miles Key Largo 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! 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. At trip's end, we recommend making a reservation for the night in Key West. There are literally hundreds of options, but we can recommend Southernmost Point Guesthouse and 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.
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, we can help you with the logistics of parking and shuttling your dar 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.
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. Exceptions: Pre-launch camping and dinner is included in the 8-day Wilderness Waterway, Flamingo trips, and 10-day KL2KW.
Closest Airports: Key West, Miami or Ft. Lauderdale for Keys trips; Miami for Everglades; Ft. Myers for Great Calusa Blueway and Ten Thousand Islands. For the KL2KW trip we recommend flying into Miami or Ft. Lauderdale and flying out of Key West and using the keysshuttle.com.