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. ASK ABOUT OUR SPECIAL SUP CAMPING TRIPS!
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.Offered November-April ~ TRIP CALENDAR
Call 305-240-0650 or E-mail to reserve
KL2KW: 120 miles Key Largo to Key West
Jan. 15-26, 2017. 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 12-18 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.
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 is 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: $2,500 per person includes sea kayak, camping gear, meals, & camping fees. $1300 per person for 6-day 60-Mile option. 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.
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 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.
Includes sea kayaks, all camping gear, camping fees, guides services, instruction, all meals & snacks.
Optional restaurant dining, hotel stays, optional excursions and massages 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 two weeks prior to launch and in non-refundable.
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.