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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. Restaurants and bars can be found just a short 5-minute drive away. A car is recommended if you're staying in this area.
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.
Bay Watch Resort & Conference Center's 356 large rooms are basic and functional, but could use a fresh coat paint and multiple updates, especially to the dressers and bedspreads. While the on-site amenities, like the gym and numerous large pools, are convenient, they also need some TLC (particularly the mildew on the ceiling in the gym). There isn't a resort on the south side of the hotel, which helps keep the beach (relatively speaking) rather quiet. All in all all, it's a so-so family-friendly option in less-crowded North Myrtle Beach.