Fin nor
Toss the tie for the tackle box…
From lures, rods, reels, equipment and apparel, Big Time Bait and Tackle is the go-to spot for the Dad who loves to spend his spare time in search of slammers (or schoolies). Capt. Biff, Capt. Jack and their team recommend snagging a pair of P-Line Pliers to try out on Dad’s next trip on the water. They can barely keep the latest J Camm lures in stock as reports of their success keep rolling in, and what better way to make sure Dad lands (and boats) the big one than by outfitting him with a Fin Nor Marquesa reel!

Open seven days a week, Big Time Bait and Tackle is located at 11499 Oversea Hwy. (305) 289-0199


Have dad catch some air…
Has Dad been out to the beach lately and stared longingly at the kiteboarders zipping back and forth across the surf? There’s not better way to satisfy his craving for an athletic adventure than to pick up some kiteboarding lessons for Dad this Father’s Day at Marathon Florida Keys Kiteboarding LLC at Hawk’s Cay on Duck Key. PASA certified instructor Aaron Osters offers a three hour beginner course that covers everything from wind theory, set up, launching, landing, kite control, body dragging, self rescue, board skills, and of course, safety. Ask about discounts for locals.

For more information or to reserve a spot, call Aaron at (305) 942-9635 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).



Doting dads deserve deep dives…
If you’re Dad loves the water, but gets his kicks exploring the wondrous world beneath the surface, check out available trips and packages at A Deep Blue Dive. From dive-in-one-day instruction and full certification and specialty courses, their instructors and guides gladly provide personalized trips that focus on reef watching, wreck diving, lobstering, spear fishing and everything in between. A Deep Blue Dive even offers sunset cruises, sightseeing tours, snorkel equipment sales and rentals as well as kayak tours and rentals.

Open 8 am to 5 pm seven days a week, A Deep Blue Dive is located at 400 Sadowski Causeway on Key Colony Beach. (800) 978-DIVE



For the freewheeling father…
Don’t let Dad be trapped inside this Father’s Day…check out Trek’s latest line of fashionably functional fun machines, the Cruiseliner. Overseas Outfitters owner Jeremy Peterson is carrying the latest in two-wheeled cruisers that make for a most comfortable ride around town for Dad. With pedals out front and smooth-rolling tires, this is the ultimate in cruisers. Dad will be proud you chose this top of the line bike perfect for island life because it’s made with rust-resistant materials. Bikes at Overseas Outfitters begin as low as $319, and they offer rentals and a full service certified bike technician.

Open Monday through Friday from 9 to 6 and 9-3 on Saturday, Overseas Outfitters is located at 1700 Overseas Hwy., MM 48. (305) 289-1670



Designate some down time…
Pick Pops up some stogies at Tropical Island Outlet, where behind the kitschy Keysy tchotchkes, John and Marlene have stocked the walk-in humidor with popular and unique brands of cigars. From Montecristo and Chohiba to La Gloria Cubana and Punch, they’ll gladly customize a gift box. If he’s a true cigar aficionado, Tropical Island Outlet can also outfit your dad with cutters, lighters, humidors and a variety of smoking accessories.

Open 10 am to 5 pm Monday through Saturday and 12-4 on Sunday, Tropical Island Outlet is located at 11528 Overseas Hwy., MM 53. (305) 289-0250




Give the gift of golf…
If Dad’s golf clubs are beginning to collect dust from lack of use, get him back out on the green with a Birdie Book from Sombrero Country Club. Good through November 15, 2010, the 10-pack Birdie Book is good for Monroe County residents and available for $600 plus tax. That includes cart and greens fees. If he’s more on course to get out and spend an afternoon with his kids, send Dad over to Key Colony Beach’s Municipal Course, a comfortable Par 3 that can fill a couple of relaxing hours for under $20! Make a day of it and head down to Boondocks on Ramrod Key for a round of putt putt golf, snacks and a few cold ones.



Keys Truck Accessories
Dads love trucks…
Dads love to accessorize…their vehicles. And Key Truck Accessories has everything the old guy could ever need or not need, but want! That is the beauty of Father’s Day – making dad happy with something cool, so if his radio embarrasses you, then replace it for him with a new Alpine CD player. If your bike has destroyed the bed of his truck, then hook him up with a spray-on bed liner. The guys at KTA have a complete line of colors to choose from to match his truck. They also carry truck caps, auto covers, trailer hitches, GPS devices, wheels and tires. KTA can also install all the items they sell.

For more info, call (305) 289-8806 or stop by their showroom located Gulfside across from the airport.



Bi-Plane Ride
Plane ride for your papa…
Take your dad to new heights with memorable bi-plane ride over the Florida Keys. He will appreciate the nostalgic, open air views of the islands and while catching glimpses of his favorite spots like Pigeon Key, Sombrero Reef, and Boot Key Harbor. With Conch Air in Marathon, kids can treat their dads with a scenic bi-plane ride for less than $100.

For more info, call (305) 395-1177.



Fishing Trip with Long
Take him fishing…
Fishing is one of the most time-honored traditions a father will share with his kids. This Father’s Day, give your pa break and get someone else to steer the boat, bait the hooks, and find the big fish. Experienced captains, like Captain Jason Long (395-1376/, know how to keep the reels spinning and can target anything from dolphin and wahoo to snapper, grouper and tarpon. 



Boat Rental from Harbour Pointe
Boat rentals are best…
If your dad loves to boat, but prefers sinking his money into your college fund instead of West Marine, then just rent him a boat for the day, weekend, or even week! Marathon’s Harbour Pointe Marine has a complete line of fully equipped vessels perfect for the sandbar fun, family sunset cruises, or any kind of fishing adventure. Their boat rentals start at only $150 for a day. Half-day chartered trip is only $350.

Call (305) 289-0505 for details or book



Father’s Day is a great time to show your Dad that you appreciate him. A group of local volunteers is hosting a car wash to benefit KAIR. Keys Area Interdenominational Resources, better known as KAIR, is a local non-profit organization helping local residents with food, rent, medicine, and other emergency services when they have experienced illness, job loss, or family separation. KAIR is experiencing a continued increase in requests for help and an average of thirty people a day have been seeking help from KAIR. The car wash will be held on Sunday, June 20, Father’s Day, from 10am-2pm at Iberia Bank, 5601 Overseas Highway, Marathon. Come get the construction mud washed away. Your car will thank you and so will Dad!



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