An Alaskan city with a little over 5,000 residents, in the southwest end of the Kenai Peninsula. In Alaskan terms this is a fairly large town (in other words, there’s a supermarket), and its tourist center is on a long tongue of land that intrudes into the bay and is graphically named Homer Spit.
Besides the local harbor there are also a few hotels, galleries, gift shops, restaurants and travel companies.
Important information about Homer
On the other side of the bay there are two cute visit-worthy towns (if you have time and money) – Halibut Cove and Seldovia, but more importantly is the fact that Homer’s location makes it the ideal basis from which to visit two magnificent nature preserves.
One is Kachemak Bay State Park, a beach-side park on the other side of the bay from Homer, about 30 minutes on a small speedboat. Kachemak Bay is a relatively diverse Park, with fascinating beaches (many lagoons with starfish and all kinds of creatures that only live in shallow waters), well-preserved rain forests and an impressive mountain range. The views from Homer are especially pretty, as you can see the Park’s glaciers and summits.
The other is Katmai National Park, which is a little farther away – west of Homer, beyond Cook Inlet. We’re talking about an hour (maybe a little more) in a light plane, and the main goal is usually bear watching.
- Salty Dawg
- Fat Olive's
- Two Sisters Bakery
- The Saltry
All you pub lovers, best check out the building at the edge of Homer Spit that looks like a gray lighthouse. This is the Salty Dawg Saloon, one of Alaska’s most famous pubs and undoubtedly the largest local sweatshirt manufacturer.
Besides the expected loudness and crowds, the Salty Dawg prides itself on its walls that are covered with signed banknotes, left there by visitors. If you’ve been there and had fun, you’re welcome to leave a note of your own.