Bill & Mary Burnham

Burnham Guides
Bill & Mary Burnham


Guidebook authors and kayak guides

Call us crazy, but we've always thought work should be fun! So early on we combined the things we love doing together--writing, hiking, paddling and photography. Nearly 20 years later, we have eight books, and have formed our own outfitting business to take people to our favorite places. SCROLL down to see current offerings.

Each winter Burnham Guides leads kayak expeditions in the Florida Keys and Everglades from the pages of our Florida Keys Paddling Atlas. In the summer we run a kayak shop on Virginia's Eastern Shore. In between we may be hiking in Virginia or paddling in Costa Rica , but you can always find us on Facebook!

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Paddling Virginia's Eastern Shore

Onancock Wharf
SouthEast Expeditions

Spring through Fall we manage SouthEast Expeditions' Onancock location, a 1680 Colonial port just off the Chesapeake Bay. We offer historic, winery, and seaside island trips, rentals of kayaks, stand-up paddleboards (SUPs), and bikes. Learn to paddle with the Authors of "Kayaking for Everyone." Call us at 757-354-4FUN!

Rooftop of Virginia Hike and Bike

Oct. 10-13, 2014 Columbus Day Weekend
Hiking Virginia

Our October 2013 hike and bike trip was such an awesome weekend, filled with fun, food and friends, that we're making "hike with the authors" an annual event!
Join us Columbus Day weekend, Oct. 10-13, 2014, at Grayson Highlands and Mount Rogers during peak foliage season. We'll hike up Virginia's tallest peak and coast by bike down the Virginia Creeper Trail. A cozy lodge in the woods is our basecamp for hot showers, soft beds and frankly, some a pretty awesome meals as we toast each day's adventure! Last year's filled up quickly, so E-mail if you are interested. Trip Details

Costa Rica Eco-Adventure

DECEMBER 12-19, 2014 and APRIL 2015 TRIP CALENDAR

Spend a week kayaking, rainforest hiking, snorkeling, fishing, practicing yoga, bird, dolphin and whale watching on the Golfo Dulce in Costa Rica's South Pacific coastal region. Launching from the Osa Peninsula, the "sweet gulf" is the centerpiece of our adventure, one of the world's deepest tropical fjords, a critical breeding ground for baleen and humpback whales, and large populations of Atlantic bottlenose and pantropical spotted dolphins. more remote Piedras Blancos, surround the gulf, a region rightfully labeled one of the most biologically intense places on earth. Lodging is in comfortable eco-lodges with all meals provided (no camping!) Space is limited, so E-mail or call 305-240-0650 to reserve. Click for Details

Florida Kayak Expeditions

NOVEMBER through APRIL TRIP CALENDAR

Toast the sunset from an island campsite in the Florida Keys, Everglades or Gulf Coast on a fully outfitted "Paddle with the Authors" of 3-10 days. Burnham Guides offers expeditions on three water trails:
Calusa Blueway (Sanibel area)
Wilderness Waterway (Everglades)
Florida Keys Overseas Paddling Trail
Please visit our TRIP CALENDAR or call 305-240-0650 for dates.

Kayak the Douro River, Spain and Portugal

June and September 2014 E-mail for details
Douro Kayak Expedition

The September 2013 paddle through Portugal exceeded all expectations. Our friend, Jack Atkinson of Douro Kayak Expeditions, has more trips in June and September 2014. Paddle through four World Heritage Sites on an expedition filled with mystery, beauty, history, nature, gastronomy and wine. READ MORE

BurnhamVirignia Travel Guide

Pack, Paddle, Play & Stay
Visit BurnhamVirginia.com

Virginia truly is for Lovers: of mountains and waterways, local wine and fresh food, small towns and scenic drives, and history spanning more than 400 years. We invite you down the trails and backroads, the blueways and byways of the Old Dominion. READ MORE

BurnhamGuides Books

This visual guide covers every aspect of recreational, sea kayaking and whitewater from selecting gear to planning expeditions. Step-by-step photos on transporting, launching and landing, basic and advanced strokes, techniques, navigation, rescues, weather, first aid and expedition planning.
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