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In the somewhat less crowded North Myrtle Beach, with fewer touristy attractions than Downtown, but still plenty for visitors to do
Although there's no such thing as a peaceful slice of the Myrtle Beach pie, North Myrtle Beach at least isn't as chaotic as Downtown Myrtle Beach. Just a few blocks southwest of the hotel are a bundle of restaurants and bars. Although there's plenty that's close enough to walk to from the hotel, the roads aren't particularly pedestrian-friendly, so many guests will prefer to drive.
Resting a good 15 miles north of Downtown, North Myrtle Beach has less nightlife (though there are some fun bars at Barefoot Landing), and a bit of a slower pace. Plenty of family-friendly attractions are located here, including an aquarium and the O.D. Pavilion & Amusement Park. The area is known for being less high-end than Downtown, and offers visitors more budget-friendly hotels.
The 378-room Avista Resort offers guests lots of options on the activities front, like convenient beach access, multiple indoor and outdoor pools and lazy rivers, and a large fitness center with various cardio machines. Oceanside, higher-level rooms have killer views, but all rooms have tacky decor, like uncomfortable, bright bedspreads and an overabundance of ruffled towels. Its location in North Myrtle Beach is a bit farther away from Downtown's touristy attractions, but it gives guests a bit of a break from the crowds and hustle.