Homer is located on the Kenai Peninsula on the north shore of Kachemak Bay, 232 miles by highway or 40 minutes by jet aircraft from Anchorage.
Visitor information: Homer Chamber of Commerce, 201 Sterling Highway, Homer 99603; phone 907-235-7740.
Homer, named for local prospector Homer Pennock, was established on the north shore of Kachemak Bay at Homer Spit in 1895. A long, narrow gravel bar jutting out more than 4 miles from shore, Homer Spit is the site of a major dock facility, Homer’s state ferry terminal and small-boat harbor. The Harbor Master’s office, canneries, parking/camping areas, charter services , small shops, live theatre, galleries, dining, motels, lodges and resorts, and bed and breakfasts are also located on the Spit. The main road on the Spit is the Sterling Highway, which is also the main road through Homer.
Named by Budget Travel, 2006, as one of the “top 10 coolest small towns” in the country, and in 2015 by USA Today Travel as “the most picturesque small town in Alaska” Homer’s beautiful setting, mild climate and great fishing (especially for halibut) attract thousands of visitors each year. The “Halibut Fishing Capital of the World,” Homer’s commercial fishing industry is an important part of its economy. Homer is also home to a large community of artists. Potters, sculptors, painters and jewelers practice their crafts and sell their goods in local shops, weekend markets and galleries.
Homer offers a wide variety of goods and services. There are many hotels which include the Best Western Bidarka Inn, Beluga Lake Lodge, Driftwood Inn & RV Park, and at Sterling Highway’s end, the Land’s End Resort. Campgrounds with RV services here are: Bay Crest RV Park, Driftwood Inn & RV Park, Heritage RV Park, Oceanview RV Park, Homer Spit Campground phone 907-235-8206 and Sportsman’s Supply & RV Park phone 907-235-2617. It also has shops like NOMAR (Northern Marine Canvas Products) and Sportsman’s Supply & RV Park phone 907-235-2617; fishing charters with Bob’s Trophy Charters, Central Charters & Tours and Driftwood Inn Fishing Charters; sightseeing tours; and dozens of restaurants, from fast food to fine dining.
Homer has an Essential One gas/diesel/propane station with convenience store and RV items, phone 907-235-3295; post office, library, laundromats, supermarkets, banks, churches, schools, a hospital and an airport terminal. Boat repair, marine fuel, fish processing, bait and tackle available locally.
- Pratt Museum’s visual, audio and interactive exhibits, web cam broadcasts, films and lectures introduce visitors to the region’s natural and cultural history.
- Alaska Islands & Ocean Visitor Center exhibits and films take you on a virtual tour of the 4.9-million-acre Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge.
- You can’t miss the Salty Dawg Saloon on Homer Spit: It’s a favorite photo-op.
- Visit Homer Spit. Fishing charter services and a variety of shops and restaurants are housed in the Spit’s unique boardwalk structures. Photograph Spit landmarks, like the Seafarer’s Memorial and Salty Dawg Saloon.
- Go for a Homer Trolley Tour–all day pass $15.
- Look for the Farmer’s Market in summer, Wednesday afternoons and Saturdays, between Beluga Lake and the Homer Spit.
- The Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival celebrates the arrival of 100,000 migrating shorebirds to the tidal flats of Kachemak Bay. The annual festival takes place in May.
- Join a fishing charter to fish Kachemak Bay and Cook Inlet for halibut and king salmon. Or fish from the shore of Homer Spit for king and silver salmon. Halibut Jackpot