Where AKontheGO meets up with the good folks at Heritage RV Park along the Homer Spit.
There’s a lot to like about traveling by RV to the cosmic town of Homer, Alaska. A smallish town of 8,000 or so at the end of the Sterling Highway about five hours from Anchorage, Homer is a place people go when they want to get away, chill out, and go camping. Spit camping, to be precise.
We’ve learned a lot in the two-plus summers we’ve been traveling the state by RV, and while we’re not at all pros in the #RVLife hashtag, we’ve come to be pretty savvy about what makes a family-friendly camping experience for those who utilize the RV rental or sales market in Alaska. So here’s a “5 reasons why…” list that may entice you to give Heritage RV Park a try the next time you travel south to “The End Of the Road” in Homer.
- Location, location, location. Heritage RV Park is located midway down the 3-mile-long Homer Spit, and as such, is perfectly situated for biking, walking, and beachcombing in either direction. Bring bikes, scooters, roller blades or your running shoes and enjoy the pathway that leads all the way to the end.
- Beachside sites. Most people come to Homer because of its proximity to gorgeous Kachemak Bay and the surrounding wilderness. Imagine sitting at your campsite soaking in the ambience of towering mountains and rafts of otters floating around in the water. Yep. Note: Reserve early for those beachside sites, though – they go fast.
- Free-range kid time. While traffic on the Homer Spit road can be plentiful, there is ample space along the beach and within the campground boundaries to allow kids to roam where they want, without too much supervision (if they are of age, of course). Build a fort, collect rocks, or fly a kite. It’s all right there.
- Access to showers and laundry. And both are spotless, by the way. I am not a huge fan of public showers in general, but Heritage RV Park keeps an attendant on duty and requires guests show a pass for admittance to either the shower or laundry areas. After playing on the beach or fishing all day, showers are important before bedtime, and this was a winner.
- Cafe, espresso, and community. Camping is a communal activity, and what better way to bond with fellow overnighters than over a latte or locally-made cinnamon roll? Heritage RV Park also provides a free daily paper, games, and wifi for those who need to be connected. The small office/cafe is also home to indoor bathrooms, a gift shop, and small upstairs area for 360-degree viewing of the bay. It was a delightful surprise, and very welcome.
Rates for camping at Heritage RV Park are simple: $68/night, or $65/night for Alaskans (a nice touch). Full hookups are standard, and include water, sewer, electrical, and satellite TV (but we don’t talk about that part).
Things to think about:
- Guests are not usually able to request a specific site, so if you have your heart set on a particular spot, be ready for an alternative.
- Distance between sites is also very cozy. You will, in all likelihood, be staring into the windows of your neighboring campers, and that’s not for everyone.