Homer, Kachemak Bay
Homer is on the shore of Kachemak Bay on the southwest side of the Kenai Peninsula. Its distinguishing feature is the Homer Spit, a narrow 4.5 mi (7.2 km)) long gravel bar that extends into the bay, on which is located the Homer Harbor.
Downtown Homer is strung along Pioneer Avenue on a sloping hill between high bluffs to the north and Kachemak Bay to the south. Scattered throughout the commercial district are a wide range of restaurants and numerous art galleries. Few small towns have the culinary variety of Homer, where there are coffee bars on nearly every corner next to gourmet sandwich shops and fine restaurants. The art galleries along with museums, a live theater and music venues lend credence to Homer’s reputation as the cultural capital of Southcentral Alaska.
Homer is one of the premier places on the planet where humans interact positively and with great pleasure with their environment on many levels. Whether it’s hiking the pristine and wildlife rich trails and beaches, sailing, kayaking, bear viewing, clamming, fishing her sparkling bay, photographing her eagles and other birds close up, you’ll find Homer to be the Ecological Tourism Capital of Alaska. And Homer lovers take great pride in keeping their beautiful land and waters pristine and healthy, with some organizations routinely scheduling trail and water cleanings.