The Kodiak Island Borough, with a population of 13,900 persons includes The City of Kodiak, seven rural villages (six of which can only be reached by water and/or air), the U.S. Coast Guard Base, in addition to several remote camps and lodges. Due to its magnificent green summers, (due to an abundant amount of rainfall), Kodiak is called Alaska's Emerald Isle. The entire island is also the native habitat of the amazing Kodiak brown bear. Technically, the borough covers a small portion of the Alaskan Peninsula too.
Because it is situated on an island, Kodiak is accessible only by air and sea. Alaska Airlines and Era Aviation have daily flights available to and from the island. If flying isn't your thing, Alaska Marine Highway System offers ferry service to Kodiak via the M/V Tustemena, or what the Kodiak locals fondly call the "Rusty Tusty".
Kodiak has less than 100 miles of public roads and about half of that is asphalt. Best way to get around Kodiak's short road system is to rent a car. For the more adventurous you can charter a float plane to take you to a remote destination or charter a boat to take you along the long coastline of the second largest island in the USA. Bicycles can also be rented daily for riding around the city of Kodiak and local parks. Rental car prices, hotel, and food are very expensive.
Java Flats -The best coffee specialty drinks, especially their fabulous mocha, can be found at Java Flats, 11206 Rezanof Drive just 12 miles south of town. Highly recommended, It is also a great spot for soups and salads and the sandwich menu is excellent too!