Burnham Guides



Chesapeake Bay, Barrier Islands, Chincoteague, Assateague, Holly Bluff

Spring through Fall finds us at our "base camp" in Onancock on Virginia's Eastern Shore. The paddling shop located in the historic SteamBoat Ticket Office at Onancock Wharf is the perfect launch for hourly kayak, SUP or bike rentals. Day trips range from 2-hours on Onancock Creek to full day trips to see the barrier islands or the Chincoteague ponies. Or book a multi-day trip on the Chesapeake Bay, the Seaside Water Trail, or Assateague Island National Seashore.


Florida Keys, Everglades and Ten Thousand Islands, Calusa Blueway

Toast the sunset from an island campsite on a fully outfitted kayak camping trip of of 2 to 12 days days, ranging from easy overnights to challenging expeditions. Burnham Guides is the ONLY outfitter guiding the full 120-mile Key Largo to Key West, plus the 100-mile Wilderness Waterway through the Everglades, as well as trips on the Great Calusa Blueway on Florida’s Gulf Coast.


Corcovado, Golfo Dulce

Two unique adventures created by Burnham Guides are centered around the virtually undiscovered Golfo Dulce and Osa Peninsula on the South Pacific Coast, one of the most biologically diverse places on Earth. Spend a week or more with us kayaking around the Golfo Dulce, hiking Corcovado National Park, practicing yoga, bird, dolphin and wildlife watching. Optional: ziplining. Lodging is in comfortable eco-lodges with all meals provided.



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About Us

We've always thought work should be fun, so early on we combined the things we love doing together--writing and the outdoors. Twenty-five years later, we have eight books, and our own outfitting business to take people to our favorite places. Visit us at our paddling shop on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, May through October. Come winter we guide kayak expeditions in the Florida Keys and Everglades from the pages of our Florida Keys Paddling Atlas, and in Costa Rica. Browse our site for details and sign up for trip updates and special offers.