Against the background of Svetlogorsk, neighbouring Zelenogradsk looked less attractive. The advertising circular of 1974 stated that in Zelenogradsk "you are not going to be surprised by luxurious green attire or any particular exoticism of the town", "the streets are not so cozy", "the seashore is not that picturesque", but, according to advertisement, it would take tourist 30 minutes to get to the resort by diesel train (compared to one-hour road to Svetlogorsk) and that the beach was the widest and longest on the coast. During the 1980s two cafés were opened, a boarding house, a resort house building and a new bus station were put into operation.
The list of must-see tourist attractions on the coast was topped by the Curonian Spit. Tourists were attracted by the proximity to Lithuania and, of course, the unique landscape and ecosystem of the spit. Interesting, that till 1985 the names of the lagoon and the spit used to be written with "s", i.e. Kursky zaliv (Curonian Lagoon) and Kurskaya kosa (Curonian Spit). This was explained by the fact that combination "shsk" was not typical for Russian language and was harder to pronounce, and Kurskaya Kosa was not only more euphonious but also closer to Slavic roots. Two years later another transformation took place: the territory was given the status of a national park.