The town of Homer on the Kenai Peninsula is a town famous for fishing in the summer and in the winter where many artists live. There is a place where they make wines from fruits of the Forest, Bear Creek Winery and there are many shops selling arts and crafts made by local artists. In summer the population doubles and in winter 70% of the shops and restaurants are closed. It is one of my favorite places in Alaska.
The halibut is one of the best treats of Alaska and to fish it is one of the most difficult and fun things to do. If you like fishing, you'll love fishing these monsters of the sea. Hiring a charter boat is the best option. We departed from Homer Port, but you can also catch halibut from Whittier and Seward.
Homer Beach is one of the most fun places I know. It is always full of life with people in tents and people wandering all around. You can spend some time searching for original shells and stones. The views from this beach are Kachemak Bay. The beach is in Homer Spit (Homer spit of land) and there are many shops and restaurants.
The Coal Point Trading Company is a fish shop where you can buy fresh fish in Homer. Apart from the fish, there are also typical things made locally, and a restaurant. The building is one of the largest in the Homer Spit and is attached to the port. I really loved this place because I always find the perfect gifts or things just for me.
The Homer Spit is a spit of land that is in the Kachemak Bay in Homer Alaska. During the summer months, the place is swarming with people that come for fishing, boating, or just wandering around enjoying the shops, restaurants, and bars that are open only in the summer. The port is located on the Homer Spit and there you can find the best hotel in Homer, the Land's End. The beach is also on the Homer Spit. There is a street that runs along the Spit and both sides of the street feature lovely boats and old buildings.
All fishing villages have something dedicated to those who have lost their lives at sea. Homer has a statue representing those missing. It is a very original monument and surrounding slabs are the names of those people. There is also a bell dedicated to the souls of the dead.
The Salty Dawg Saloon is famous throughout Alaska. It is a very seedy bar, but is very original and rustic. It normally closes during the winter and reopens in March. The building itself was built in 1897 and was one of the first buildings in Homer. You have to go for a drink if only to say you've been in the Salty Dawg.
This shop, like some others in Homer, only opens in Summer. The Better Sweater is a store that, more than anything, has jerseys that have been made in Alaska and other parts of the world like Bolivia and Switzerland. They also have hats, gloves, bags and skirts. It's a bit hippy, but you can always find something original to buy.
The shop Salty Girls is great. You can buy T-shirts from the Salty Dawg Saloon. They have typical American "salt water taffy", a great candy that is made locally. They sell typical Homer and Alaska wares, and always have many books on Alaskan history.
The port of Homer is one of the largest in the Kenai Peninsula. You can catch ferries from this port to Kodiak, Cordova and other cities in Alaska. The port is located on the Homer Spit (Homer spit of land). Many boats leave from Homer to fish for salmon and halibut.