Sea Kayak the Florida Keys from Key Largo in the North to Key West in the South

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Sea kayaking in the Florida Keys. Photo by Burnham Guides

Bill and Mary Burnham are the authors of eight guidebooks including Florida Keys Paddling Atlas, Complete Florida Beach Guide and Kayaking for Everyone. They have spent over 10 years exploring and writing about the best kayak routes through over a thousand islands that make up the Florida Keys from Key Largo in the north to Key West in the south. Burnham Guides packages that experience and kayaking expertise into a series of Florida Keys kayaking trips for individuals who want to experience the Florida Keys in a way that is not possible except from the seat of a sea kayak. The trips are structured to appeal to a wide range of paddlers from beginners to experienced kayakers.

In the summer months, the Burnhams switch their sea kayaking venue to the coast of Virginia and Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay. See below for those kayaking trips.

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Florida Keys Kayaking – Lower Keys Backcountry

Explore mangrove islands unreachable by road. See schools of fish on shallow flats and stingrays swimming by. Primitive camp in small groups on sand beaches. This Florida Keys kayaking trip last from 3 to 5 days. Kayaks, camping gear, meals and any camping fees are included.

120 Miles Florida Keys Kayaking Key Largo to Key West

Paddle the complete chain of Florida Keys coral islands from Key Largo to Key West. Paddle beside Henry Flagler’s railroad bridges. Lunch on islands you have all to yourself. Camp on primitive islands or at state parks where showers are available. Spend one night in a small hotel Dine on Florida seafood. Watch the sunsets from a perspective that few others ever have. Bond with fellow paddlers. This is a multi-day 12-18 miles of paddling per day.

Seven Mile Bridge Crossing

Paddle a full day or paddle and camp overnight on Pigeon Key. This trip is a good introduction to Florida Keys kayaking and camping.

Florida Keys Paddling Atlas

The Burnhams wrote this book for paddlers, fly fishers, snorkelers and others who want to explore the Florida Keys. Annotated color charts show put-in and take-out points, and marinas where paddlers are welcome. Read more about the Florida Keys Paddling Atlas

Seaside Water Trail Along Virginia’s Eastern Shore

Trips may vary from a day to a weekend to a week. Paddle 70 miles from Chincoteague to Kiptopeke, the east coast’s longest undeveloped shoreline. Paddle around Mockhorn Island, Fisherman Island and the Cape Charles Lighthouse. Dine on oysters, clams, and crabs that you pull from the ocean yourself. Good bird watching. Good views of sunrises and sunsets.

Paddle Maryland’s Assateague Island National Seashore

Experience a 37-mile-long wild barrier island. See wild horses. Walk on white sand beaches. Paddle marshes. Hike in maritime forests. Camp in remote backcountry locations.

Kayak and Camp on the Chesapeake Bay

Kayak through the salt marshes of Virginia’s Eastern Shore. Explore Parker’s Marsh Natural Area Preserve including its tidal creeks and small beaches. Primitive camp on Chesapeake Bay Islands. Perfect you kayaking strokes with instruction from Bill and Mary Burnham.

Kayak and Stay in a Bed and Breakfast Inn

Paddle Chesapeake Bay islands and marshes and spend the night in a comfortable bed and breakfast inn.

Other Books by Bill and Mary Burnham

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