Travelers to the Myrtle Beach area should be aware that the Grand Strand on Myrtle Beach will be undergoing major rebuilding of the beach itself under the control of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

If you are  a hotel along the Beach itself - you should strongly consider this schedule and impact on your vacation plans.

At a minimum - call your hotel or rental and ask for their status on the beach outside their property for the time you plan to book.  Ask what their refund policy is if the construction falls behind and their beach area is unavailable at the time you rent.

If the Beach is still under construction by the property you are interested in staying at - when you plan to go due to delays - make sure you can arrange a refund from  hotel

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers beach re-nourishment will be along the Grand Strand, where three million cubic yards of sand will be placed

Garden City Beach/Surfside Beach : November 2007 to February 2008 - is essentially complete and will receive 750,000 cubic yards of sand over 7.7 miles.

Myrtle Beach: March 2008 to July 2008 -  running behind schedule - - will receive 1.5 million cubic yards of sand over 9 miles.

North Myrtle Beach:  August to October 2008 -  will receive 750,000 cubic yards over 8.6 miles.

The sand is being dredged from borrow  sites about three miles offshore.

Updates on progress can be viewed at: US Army Corp Engineer Website



Visitors from prior periods of Beach re-nourishment report that the overall beach and sand quality is very low right after a re-nourishment project.  The sand tends to be darker and have a slight odor to it.  There is of course no predicting what the sand and beach will be like this year -- but it is something to consider in your planning.