Destination guide

Homer – a gateway to untamed Alaska

With a skyline of snow-capped mountains and sparkling glaciers, Homer is a breathtaking introduction to Alaska. It's set on shimmering Kachemak Bay and is a hotspot for eco-tours, with everything from bear watching to glacier hiking on offer. The town itself has a distinct bohemian vibe and lures an eclectic mix of artists, nature lovers and neo hippies. Want to join the cult? Why not stay local with a Homer vacation rental? From waterfront cottages to blufftop cabins, they promise the R&R you've been craving.

Things to do

Alpine panoramas in Homer

From indigenous artifacts to Alaskan art, the Pratt Museum does a fantastic job of introducing America's "Last Frontier". The Alaska Islands & Ocean Visitor Center is another great place to get your bearings, with exhibitions on sea birds, environmental research, tidal patterns and more. The outstanding Kachemak Bay State Park is home to the Grewingk Glacier Lake Trail, a 3-mile route that winds through Sitka spruce forests and towering cottonwood groves. Want to wake up to knockout views? Set right on the water, Homer vacation rentals offer front row seats to the town's alpine panoramas.


Grizzly encounters in Homer

You'll find most of the action on Homer Spit, a 4.5-mile long sandbar that juts out into Kachemak Bay. It's brimming with ice cream parlors, fish and chip restaurants and souvenir stalls. Not to mention the infamous Salty Dawg Saloon, one of Alaska's most well-known drinking holes. Are grizzlies on your wish list? Homer vacation rentals are a hub for flightseeing wilderness tours that offer some of Alaska's best bear-watching opportunities. You'll be whisked to sanctuaries such as Katmai National Park, where you can observe the bears in the wild.


Cast a line at the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby

Summer brings warm weather, clear skies and throngs of intrepid vacationers to Homer. The season kicks off with the annual Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby, which lures anglers from across the globe. It spans 4 months and sees a $200,000 cash prize bestowed to the person who reels in the biggest fish. Summer is also peak bear watching season. Winters are wet and windy, with much of the town shutting up shop for the season.

Natural features

Go wild in Homer's Katmai National Park

Homer is perched on Kachemak Bay, a natural harbor carved into Alaska's Kenai Peninsula. It's a gateway to the Alaskan wilderness, with daily flights departing for Katmai National Park. Thanks to an abundance of salmon and clams, it's one of the most densely populated grizzly bear habitats on the planet. Naturalists will jump at the chance to visit the Carl E Wynn Nature Center, a 140-acre reserve that teems with moose. Just across the inlet is Kachemak Bay State Wilderness Park, which entices outdoor lovers with scenic hikes and off-grid campsites.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Homer

Fly into Homer, AK (HOM), the closest airport, located 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from the city center.

Can I find a vacation rental around Homer?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 241 vacation rentals near Homer. From 98 Houses to 68 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Homer for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Homer?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Homer. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Homer Spit: 244 vacation rentals
  • Homer Harbor: 234 vacation rentals
  • Kachemak Bay State Park: 230 vacation rentals
  • Hallo Bay Lodge Bear Viewing: 244 vacation rentals
  • Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center: 247 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Homer listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Homer?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 98 Houses in Homer. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Homer include:

  • Cabins: 68 rentals available
  • Cottages: 68 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 68 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Condos/Apartments and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Homer?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 10 vacation rentals with pool available in Homer. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.