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Welcome to Homer, Alaska

For a small community (population: about 5,000), Homer has built lots of big reputations. This quaint and quirky community on the shores of Kachemak Bay is known for its vibrant arts scene. As the halibut capital of the world, it’s known for its great fishing. It also has a big reputation for delicious food, including the tastiest oysters you’ll ever eat, and maybe, just maybe, more coffeehouses per capita than any other community its size.

Homer also is known for its entrepreneurial spirit. Some say it’s the area’s spectacular natural beauty that ignites and inspires that spirit. Others say it’s born out of necessity. If you want to live in Homer, you’ve got to get creative and make your own job here at the end of the road.

While Homer’s jaw-dropping scenery — snow-capped mountains, the glistening waters of Kachemak Bay, the icy blue hues of glaciers — might be the first thing visitors notice, it will be Homer’s charm that prompts them to return.

At least part of that charm is the can-do spirit that allows Homer residents to carve out lives as artists, authors, gallery owners, charter operators, commercial fishermen, lodge and bed-and-breakfast owners, restaurateurs, water-taxi operators and merchants of all kinds.

Want to know the heart of Homer? Just take a little extra time to visit with those who live and work here.

Whether you’re planning your first visit to the southern Kenai Peninsula or you come every summer, the 2015 Homer, Alaska, online visitors’ guide, produced by the Homer News, is designed to help you make the most of your visit and put you in touch with the people who will help you make memories that will last a lifetime. Let them know you read about them here … and get ready for a vacation you’ll never forget.