Homer Travel Guide

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Homer Things to Do

  • Custom Boat Trip: Bay Roamers Water Taxi

    We wanted to get on the water, one way or another, but could not find a boat excursion that suited our available time. Bay Roamers was recommended to us by one of the other charter companies. They took us on a great hour and a half trip out to Gull Island in Kachemak Bay where we saw loads of gulls (as you might expect), kittiwakes, murres,...

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  • Seafarer's Memorial for those who...

    Homer Spit is a long needle-like piece of land which my sister wanted to visit because it is one of the most southern points of Alaska. We drove along the road which led to the end of the Spit, and we did pass by a memorial dedicated to those who have lost their lives to the sea.Seafarer’s Memorial – located at the end of the Spit. On a good day,...

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  • Fishing from Shore

    Sure, Homer is considered Halibut Heaven for most fishermen and there are a lot of charter boats for rent there that will take you out into deeper water. But the great thing about Homer is you can cast a line right from the rocky beach at the end of the Spit and come up with fishes! Of course, you need a lot of patience, sunblock and a comfortable...

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  • Halibut Capital of the World

    The guy beside me on the plane was an avid fisherman and he did say that he has also been to fish in Homer, and little did I know that I would be in Homer in just 5 hours from that conversation. When my sister picked me up at Anchorage airport, she brought me immediately to Homer which is an easy 4 hours drive away - during springtime (good road...

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  • Kachemak Bay State Park

    Across the bay from Homer is Kachemak Bay state park. A great place for wildlife viewing. Boat and Kayak tours are also available.

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  • Homer Spit

    This narrow spit of land is the main tourist area of Homer and can get quite congested with traffic. It consists of campgrounds, marinas and rows of restaurants and souvenir shops.

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Homer Hotels

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  • Lands End Resort

    Awesome views. You can cast a line right from the beach.

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  • The Ocean Shores

    3500 Crittenden Drive, 451 Sterling Highway at the entrance to Homer, Homer, AK 99603

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Families

  • Arctic Sun Lodging

    61995 Mission Rd, P O Box 1324, Homer, AK 99603

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

Homer Restaurants

  • Great view from Land's End on Homer's...

    This is located right by Land's End and they've come up with their Alaskan version of sophisticated dining. This is NOT rough dining at all but tablecloths & napkins are de rigeur. Due to the recent volcanic activity from Mt Redoubt, a sign was posted on the door of the restaurant asking that patrons make sure the door was closed to prevent...

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  • Out of this World

    Cosmic Kitchen is an eclectic mix of food. Serving traditional breakfasts and lunches, they add a heavy dose of Mexican food and a touch of other international flavors (chicken tikka sandwich anyone?) to create a unique dining experience. It is fast, fresh, and fairly easy. No reason not to use Cosmic Kitchen to grab a bite as you wander through...

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  • Awesome Thin Crust

    Located on the Spit, Finn's Pizza is a must-stop. They whip up fresh, hot thin-crust pizzas using natural ingredients, and the pizzas are made fresh multiple times a day. They use a wood-fired oven to make sure the pizza is crisp and hot. You can just grab a slice, or order one of their pies to be made on the spot (takes about 20 minutes). There...

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Homer Nightlife

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  • WTF is this?

    Here is how commercial fishing out of Homer works:Step 1: become impressed onto a fishing boatStep 2: realize you are going to be gone for 3 months on a boatStep 3: Go to the Dawg and get drunk enough to where standing becomes an issueStep 4: Hit on anything that movesStep 5: Go to more Homer BarsStep 6: Pass out on your boatStep 7: Wake up...

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  • Nightlife, Day-life, Wild-life!

    A must-do when in Homer. And make sure to get the T-shirt. It's the typical bra- panties-dollar bill covered bar with plenty of characters available to make up some interesting conversation. You'll find tourists, locals and seasonal workers bellied up to the bar knocking back some Amber or Hefe's. Dress code? You're lucky if the guy (or gal) next...

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  • Tired of Fishing - Watch a Play

    The Pier One Theatre has been around for 35 years. In the 1970s high tides used to flood the building. The theatre’s productions are diverse and sometimes eclectic. They range from traditional plays/musicals to marionette productions and unique locally written plays. The Pier One Theatre also provides educational theater starting for 5 and 6 year...

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Homer Transportation

  • M/V Discovery to Seldovia

    Central Charters has been around for more than 25 years. They are located on their own boardwalk about halfway between the Fishing Hole and the end of the Homer Spit. Central Charters is known more for their halibut and salmon fishing trips but they also do tours to Halibut Cove and Seldovia. They can also take you kayaking or bear viewing, and...

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  • Rainbow Tours

    Rainbow Tours is on the Cannery Row Boardwalk, the last boardwalk before you get to the Seafarer's Memorial. Their shuttle is the cheapest way to get to and from Seldovia. It departs daily from Homer at 9 AM, arriving in Seldovia at 10 AM. It departs Seldovia at 5 PM. A roundtrip is $35 and one-way is $20. I ended up reserving the Central Charters...

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  • Smokey Bay Air

    Smokey Bay Air had been recommended to me as a good way to get to Seldovia or flightsee. From their website I noticed that they are owned by Claire McCann and have several woman pilots. My mom would have loved that, since she was a pilot (my dad too). When I made my online reservation, I attached a picture and a note that I have about my mom ( it...

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Homer Shopping

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  • Homer's Non-Membership Costco

    The Save-U-More in Homer is a good place to know about. It has groceries, a deli, camping supplies, hardware, and most of the other things one typically finds in a discount store. It even has three computers and free internet access upstairs. Many of the items are Costco size; however, some things come in standard sizes. The prices are reasonable...

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  • The place for fleece without getting...

    Nomar makes some of the softest, warmest fleece I've ever felt. They carry everything from hats, mittens, and scarves to sweaters, blankets, and coats. Everything is made on site and if you ask, they'll take you on a tour of the plant in the back where you can see everything being made.Their prices are incredibly reasonable. Cold weather clothing,...

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  • A nice alternative to Harry & David

    Homer is the location of the only Alaskan Wildberry Products store outside of Anchorage. (Anchorage has two.) This store carries everything from tacky souvenirs to kitchen items to delicious candies and jellies. We purchased some delicious blueberry and fireweed jellies, chocolates (including chocolates with fireweed jelly centers - mmmmm). When I...

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Homer Local Customs

  • Do not feed the Eagles

    Bald eagles abound in Alaska and some actually stay in Homer. But be warned. Do NOT feed them. There is a local ordinance that prohibits everyone except those approved by the council to feed any of the eagles. There was a local lady that would feed an eagle from her backyard but she passed away in Jan 2009. A friend of hers was to continue the...

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  • It's another world

    Homer is a great place for water activities in the summer - boating, clamming, kayaking, king salmon and halibut fishing. But what is really like to live in Homer? These classified ads actually appeared in the Homer Tribune (with my editorial comments duly noted):Wanted: Vehicle sound mechanically/don't care about looks, under $800 (Note: describes...

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  • Fishing

    Homer calls itself the Halibut Capital of the World. The fishing industry is a big part of the area's economy. As a result, there are numerous charter companies which provide summer fishing trips into the bay.

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Homer Warnings and Dangers

  • If you get sea sick!

    If you are going to be on a fishing boat and you get sea sick, make sure you take medicine or use some other preventative measure other wise it will ruin your whole trip. Trust me, I know from experience!

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  • Rain

    Being in the coastal region of Alaska, there will be lots of rain in Homer especially during the summer months. The weather in Alaska is generally unpredictable and changes very fast, so do come prepared.

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  • That Embarassing Fishing Tan

    If you do go out on a fishing charter, you will most likely wear a cap and sunglasses. BEWARE: If you shave your head, you might not want to take your cap off in public!!I took this picture in Duncan's, and the poor fellow didn't know I took it. I don't think there is enough evidence to identify him, so I am posting this picture. If your friends...

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Homer Tourist Traps

  • Spawning Hole Homer Alaska

    This is the Fishing Hole in Homer Alaska. They farm fed salmon in this spit, to see if they would return, and sure enough, they do. And anglers of all ages fish in this hole. They come in with the tide.

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  • I was trapped!

    I was trapped and didn't want to leave. I was trapped by Homer's beautiful beaches, colorful history and interesting locals. Be prepared. Many come and never leave. Although I finally left Homer, Homer never left me. It's still in my heart.

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    23 Hotels in Homer

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Homer Off The Beaten Path

  • Visit the Russian Church at Ninilchik!

    We met a nice lady at Homer Spit who was vacationing with her husband who was a Family Doctor. We told her we were on our way up to Kenai, and she told us that we should not miss passing by the Russian Orthodox Church at Ninilchik which is one of the most photographed places in Alaska.Ninilchik is small and you won't miss the sign that leads to the...

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  • Pratt House

    The historical Pratt House is just off the Sterling Highway (Homer Bypass) on Pioneer Avenue near the Pratt Museum. It is now the Homer Hostel. It was the home of Sam and Vega Pratt, who were married in 1936. Construction on the house started in 1939. Both worked in the commercial fishing industry but they were also both artists. They opened a...

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  • Lighthouse Village

    Just before you drive out onto the Homer Spit there is a commercial area called Lighthouse Village. There are cabins, which I think are pretty popular (I did not stay there). There is also a pizza place called "Starrvin Marvin's." One thing for sure, the view of Kachemak Bay is great from there. BTW, the road to Smokey Bay Air, Kachemak Drive, is...

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Homer Sports & Outdoors

  • Homer Spit "Fishing Hole"

    The "Fishing Hole" is a small saltwater pond (with a narrow opening to the bay) on the Homer Spit near the boat harbor. The first king salmon smolt were planted in 1984 and silver salmon have been planted also. It is a terminal fishery, i.e., the hatchery-raised smolt are planted and have no fresh water destination for spawning. The king run begins...

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  • Hailbut Fishing Capital of the World

    Halibut is a big flat fish that can grow pretty big, over 200 lbs! There are many fishing charters operating out of Homer. So if you like big fish. This is for you.Halibut are excellent eating fish with a very mild taste. We do prefer to eat the small ones (40 - 60 pounds). But if you hook a big one, you can impress your friends with a...

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Homer Favorites

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  • Homer Alaska The ACTUAL story -2009

    If you are one of the owners of the establishments listed, yes you will talk up the scenery and fishing and tourist type stuff. The real Homer is a lot different. I have a house, two kids and a wife. Our electric bill has doubled here recently, thanks to H.E.A., $400 a month. Gas is $2.76 a gallon, a gallon of milk is $3.99. Not to mention you will...

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  • Internet Options in Homer

    It was not even close to being my favorite thing to do in Homer, but I did want to check my e-mail and save pictures to my portable hard drive. The Homer Public Library has compiled a nice list places where you can get computer and internet access. It includes the hours and capabilities available. Some places are free.

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  • Typical street scene in Homer

    What Homer lacks in curb appeal, it certainly makes up for in originality. This is a typical street scene in downtown Homer. Don't expect neat condominium buildings on top of a 24 Hour Fitness. Or a cute little western gold rush town. Or even a main drag that could double as a set for "American Graffitti". Downtown Homer reminds me of the worst of...

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