Everglades & Keys Kayaking

Miami, FL
HEADS UP: Our 2023 dates for this trip haven't been posted yet. Stay tuned!

I’m beyond excited to share this trip into a unique wilderness and a subtropical escape. The Everglades and the Florida Keys are two of the most amazing paddling destinations in the world. As we explore, we encounter curious dolphins and dozens of bird species. Along the way, we beach camp before glowing sunsets, weave our way through island mazes, and visit a coral reef.

Ticking items off bucket lists, we experience tidal paddling and backcountry self-supported kayak camping. However, we keep the intensity mild, to make the trip accessible to adventurers of lots of skill levels.

So, let's do this! Join us for a kayaking adventure of a lifetime!

Matt Stan
Matt Stan, Bad Adventures founder

P.S. - Be sure to also check out our Ten Thousand Islands Kayaking itinerary.

Is this for me?

Small Group

We keep it to no more than 8 amazing travelers plus a guide or two.


The first two nights of the trip are at our comfy base camp at Long Pine Key. The final two nights of the adventure we spend in the Everglades National Park backcountry on a self-supported kayak camping trip. Dome-style tents and self-inflating camping mattresses are provided. You won’t share a tent unless you specifically request to.


Most of our meals are cooked together at camp. Your guides have prepared scrumptious recipes, will provision the trip, and lead meal preparations. This is gonna be yummy!


We paddle single-person sit-on-top touring kayaks. The physical activity is mild, but the paddling is sustained for a few hours each day. All kayaking gear is provided!

Traveling Solo?

This trip works well for couples, friends, and solo travelers. The adventures we plan seem to attract like-minded people. Odds are, you'll enjoy the company of your fellow travelers.

There’s no singles supplement fee!

Here's the plan...


Everglades Ho!

Meet your guides, at either your hotel lobby near Miami International Airport or - if you flew into Fort Lauderdale and take the easy 50-minute regional train - the Miami Airport Tri-Rail station.

Let's hit the road! We load the van and drive south, watching the Miami skyline give way to the wetlands of the Everglades. Our first stop? Flamingo Visitor Center to get the lay of the land, look for manatees, and enjoy a yummy lunch together.

We're here to go kayaking though, right? We put-in for a 5 mile paddle through grassy marshes and mangrove islands. Welcome to the Everglades!

In the late afternoon, we pitch our comfy basecamp at Long Pine Key and chow-down a signature Bad Adventures frontcountry camp dinner.

Meals Included: Lunch and Dinner

To the Keys, Please!

Your guides whip up a hearty breakfast to start the day. We leave our tents pitched, load the van, and point the wheels past the southern tip of the Florida Peninsula. We leave wetlands behind, in favor of blue water and bluer skies.

More aquatic adventures await at John Pennekcamp Coral Reef State Park in Key Largo. We devour a beach-side picnic lunch, then take on your choice of either snorkeling the coral reef or kayaking through mangrove mazes.

We finish the day with a stop at an authentic Florida Keys Tiki Bar for dinner (not included), then return to camp.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

To the Gulf Coast

We organize our gear into dry bags (provided) as we strike camp. This morning we travel to Everglades City, the gateway to the next phase of our adventure in the National Park's Gulf Coast.

After a final gear-check, we put-in for three-days of self-supported backcountry kayak camping. We paddle 6 to 10 miles to a gorgeous beach campsite. The day closes by watching the sunset over the Gulf of Mexico.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

And Wait, There’s More

Nothing beats waking up to a new day in the backcountry. We enjoy a hot breakfast, leave camp setup, then set out on a day-paddle to explore the area. We keep eyes peeled for wood storks and ibises. We return to our beach campsite for a final night in paradise.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Just Like That, It’s Over

We struggle to keep the “trip’s almost over” sad sniffles at bay, pack up camp one final time, then explore part of the Wilderness Waterway as we paddle back to Everglades City.

We load up our kayaking gear for the return to Miami. There will be an optional ice cream stop on the way. Your guides can drop you off at any of the six designated gateway hotels near Miami International Airport, or the Tri Rail station for a return train ride to the Fort Lauderdale Airport area. The trip will end by 5:00 PM.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

What's Included?

5 Days of Incredible Guided Kayaking

Explore Flamingo, the Keys, and the Ten Thousand Islands.

3-Day, 2-Night Kayak Expedition

The trip culminates with a backcountry adventure off the beaten path!

4 Nights of Spectacular Tent Camping

We stay at beautiful sites! Tents and camping mattresses are included.

Kayak & Paddling Gear

We'll bring a single-person 16-foot sit-on-top touring kayak, paddle, lifejacket, dry bags, and more for you to use!

Services of a Guide or Two

Friendly, accommodating, fully credentialed, and always professional.

4 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, and 3 Dinners

We’re talking about meticulously planned yummy provisions.

National Park Admission and All Permits

Sit back and relax! We've got the red tape covered.

Transportation in Florida

Ride in style in a comfortable Ford Transit passenger van.

Group Gear

Medical kit, satellite phone, navigation supplies, and more.

Not Included:

Your flights or other transportation to and from the trip, your accommodations the night before and the night after the trip, dinner and tiki bar libations on day 2, optional ice cream on day 5, your personal clothing and gear on the packing list, travel insurance, and guide gratuity.

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