Homer is located on the shores of Kachemak Bay near the southern tip of the Kenai Peninsula. The town has a population of over 4,000 residents with another 8,000 living beyond the city limits. One of Homer’s most unique landmarks is the “Spit”, a narrow body of land extending 4.5 miles out into Kachemak Bay. Although originally settled in the early 1800s by homesteaders and coal miners, today Homer’s economy is based primarily on commercial fishing and tourism. Homer is known to local Alaskans and visitors alike as an artisan’s community, with numerous galleries and shops featuring local works.
Homer offers over a hundred lodging choices from campgrounds, rv parks, hostels and bed and breakfasts to motels, hotels and lodges. We highly recommend the Ocean Shores Motel which offers beach front lodging in modern motel units with spectacular views.
Homer Tours and Attractions
There is lots to do in Homer, just check out this list from the Homer Chamber of Commerce: Halibut Fishing, Salmon Fishing, Bear Viewing, Flight Seeing, Bike Riding, Hiking, Beach Combing, Bay Tours, Horse Back Riding, Four-Wheeling, Museums, Visitor Centers, Shopping, Art Galleries, Dance Theatre Performances, Glacier Tours, Fine Dining, Scenic Drives, Clam Digging, Camping, Tide Pools, Volcanoes, Berry Picking, Bird Watching, Garden Tours, Kayaking, Street Fairs, Wildflowers, Historic Buildings and more. A number of annual events such as the Homer Halibut Jackpot Derby and the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival are popular. Just across the bay you will find the delightful communities of Seldovia and Halibut Cove.
Homer is 225 miles from Anchorage, a five hour drive by car. Jet service is available from Anchorage by a 40 minute flight. Homer is served by the Alaska State Ferry, and small water taxi service is also available to nearby Seldovia. In the summer months, cruise ships will occasionally visit Homer as a port of call.
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