Combining the stunning landscape and abundant wildlife of Kachemak Bay with the outstanding food scene, culture, and people of Homer, makes this corner of the world an ideal Happier Place destination.
The quaint town of Homer is one of those unique and highly beloved places that people visit from all over the world and then never forget. Quite a few people simply just stay for good.
About a 4-hour drive (220 miles / 355 km) south of Anchorage, Homer sits on the furthest tip of the Kenai Peninsula. If that wasn’t far enough, there is the skinny landmass called Homer Spit that stretches another 4.5 miles (7.2 km) into the sea.
During the extra-long days of the northern summer, Homer Spit is where people camp along the rocky beach, fish for salmon at an artificial “fishing hole”, eat at restaurants where only the views beat the food, and to take a boat out into Kachemak Bay.
While Homer is known as the “Halibut Fishing Capital of the World” with lots of commercial fishing boats calling Homer Harbor home, we like to think of it as the “Gateway to Kachemak Bay”.
Kachemak Bay is a 40-mile long arm of the Cook Inlet that is fed both by the sea and by numerous rivers coming down from the surrounding mountains. It’s home of Alaska’s first state park: Kachemak Bay State Park – which can only be reached by boat or plane. Along the bay are lots of smaller and larger coves and inlets, like Halibut Cove and China Poot Bay. Other worthy sights include Grewingk Glacier and Gull Island.
The Kachemak Bay wildlife is abundant year-round: whales, porpoises, otters, seals, eagles, gulls, puffins, cormorants, murres and on and on and on.
Here are a few of the views we collected around Kachemak Bay…
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