Flying is the best way to get in during the winter, with multiple flights daily from Anchorage on Era Aviation. During the Summer months, a drive from Ancorage along the Seward Highway is well worth it. The scenery is breathtaking and it will give you a chance to visit some of the smaller towns on the Kenai peninsula that can't be visited by plane.
There isn't a public transportation system to speak of in Homer so your options come down to walking, riding a bike, hitching a lift or renting a car.
There are 3 car rentals in Homer. Hertz, Adventure Alaska, and Polar. Hertz and Adventure Alaska also have rentals in Anchorage so if you want to rent a car in Anchorage and drive to Homer you can drop your car off and fly back to Anchorage. Anchorage is the main city in Alaska where all flights from outside the state end up. From there you fly or rent a car and drive to the next town. Homer is a 40 minute flight from Anchorage or a 5 hour drive.
Distances,as with most places in America, are fairly long; but there are good footpaths all around Homer. If you are fit, walking can be a great way to see and get a feel for the town.
You can rent bicycles at Homer Saw and Cycle.
Homer Spit, Open all year, however shops at the end of the spit generally close around mid September and re-open in April). A massive spit built out into the middle of the bay that claims to be the farthest west that is accessible via road on the north American continent. Spectacular wildlife can be seen along the spit being well known for the flocks of bald eagles that nest and feed there. A walk from the start to the end of the spit will take around an hour. A walk along the beach is a beautiful way to see the spit but be careful of the tide as the beach isn't always accessible at high tide.
Skyline Drive, Open all year, is a beautiful way to see the spit from above (it's actually where most of the postcard photos come from). It is an easy 5 minute drive up a windy road to the lookout up the top, however walking up the road will take you about 45 minutes but provide you with lots of opportunities to stop and marvel at the surroundings (traffic is low and there are plenty of places to step out of the way of cars and trucks).
Across the Bay, Kachemak Bay State Park - The jewel of Alaska, Kachemak Bay State Park is the first and largest of the Parks in the state. Inhabited by wildlife on land, in the air, and in the ocean, there is so much to see and do here that one could spend a lifetime exploring around. Mountain goats grace the cliffs of remote and beautiful Sadie Cove from the entrance and up to the wilderness lodge of the same name on the South facing shore. Black bears live high in the mountains and can also be seen in the springtime on the shores of the Park searching for the first foods of the new season. Bald Eagles fly above and in the ocean there are seals, sea lions, humpback whales, orcas, sea otters, sea birds, and more.
The Park has a plethora of well maintained hiking trails for the novice as well as the experienced hiker. Many guides in Homer offer adventure trips and the wilderness lodges offer an experience second to none for adventure luxe.
To get to the Park a person can hire any one of many water taxis from Homer and enter a new world away from the chaos of civilization. We recommend Red Mountain Marine at 907-399-8230 because they have a vey nice classic wooden boat and very knowledgeable, pleasant, accommodating, and courteous skippers. Owned by Tom Hopkins of Homer, Alaska.
Public Library, has free internet access, with 19 public use computers that can be reserved up to one day in advance.
Take a water taxi across the bay to Kachemak Bay State Park for great hiking. Make sure to check out the lake with a glacier at the end.
Halibut Fishing: Cantral Charter offers a great trip for $200. The ship leaves at 4PM and arrives back the next day at 12PM. This charter usually has 30 people onboard but never feels overwhelming. Alaskan law only allows you to keep 2 Halibut a day so this overnight trip will let you bring home 4. The boat has bunks for you to catch a quick wink if you need it.
Homer Hostel, 304 West Pioneer Ave., 907-235-1463, . A small (sometimes cramped) but friendly hostel on the outskirts of town around a 30 minute walk away from the Homer Spit. The hostel is in a historic house with bunks that are a bit wobbly but perfectly fine, however upstairs has a large glass window that lets lots of light in during sunrise (in late spring, summer, early autumn) so if you aren't an early riser get a bunk downstairs. USD $23-$70 (including tax). Bunks in a shared room ($23), Private Rooms for 1-5 people ($50-$70). ***No longer in business***
Seaside Farm Hostel. Nice little hostel maybe 5-10 minutes outside of town. It is a working farm and contains a hostel plus rooms and cabins that you can sleep in. A room for 3 is about $80, while the hostel price for the dorm is around 20-30. Great people who run it. You need a car for this.
Alaskan Suites, 3255 Sterling Hwy., 907-235-1972, . Located just before the well-known scenic pull off on the hill above Homer. The view looks into Kachemak Bay and Cook Inlet and includes the volcanoes of Mt. Redoubt, Mt. Illiamna, Mt. Augustine and Mt. Douglas.
Kenai Peninsula Suites, 3685 Sterling Highway, 907-235-1866, . Located a couple of miles from the heart of town. Cottages, subterranean units, and yurts, all equipped with modern amenities.
Alaska's Ridgewood Wilderness Lodge, LLC, Halibut Cove (Across Kachemak Bay from Homer), ☎ (907) 296-2217 (email@example.com), . checkin: 3PM; checkout: 10AM. A Kachemak Bay wilderness lodge capable of housing up to ten people in Halibut Cove with an on-site oyster farm. Rooms have private baths, WiFi, housekeeping, and free laundry services. Hosts can arrange activities such as brown bear photography, trophy salmon and halibut charters, fly-fishing for rainbow trout, hiking, and bird-watching.$500 pp/pn. (59.5991,-151.2185)edit
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