Road tripping through South Carolina? Then, South of the Border is a must stop. Located just across the North Carolina/South Carolina border on Interstate 95 in Dillon, S.C., this self proclaimed “highway oasis & gateway to the southeast” is the perfect place to get out of the car and spend an hour or more wandering through Pedro’s land.
This quirky stop is hard to miss. If the giant sombrero tower doesn’t catch your eye, you’re almost sure to spot at least one of the 175 hilarious signs entertaining you as you drive along the I-95, unless you’ve been sleeping straight from the Virginia/North Carolina border to the South Carolina/Georgia state line.
What is now its own little Mexican village, South of the Border began as a single 18 x 36-foot beer stand created by Alan Schafer in 1949. Following its success, he soon added a 10-seat grill, ‘Border Drive-In’ to the lot. In 1954, he added 20 motel rooms.
Over the past 60 years, South of the Border has grown to house five restaurants (including the Sombrero Restaurant located in the spot of the original Border Drive-In), a Reptile Lagoon, a 300-foot observation tower, an arcade, amusement rides, pools, a fireworks shop, a campground and a Motor Inn.
There are also seven gift shops filled with Mexican ponchos and art, as well as the usual touristy souvenirs. The Myrtle Beach Shop even hosts a 27-foot Great White Shark that was caught off the coast of Barbados and has been preserved. It’s one of only three of this size ever captured!
Whether you’re looking for a bite, need to grab a few last-minute souvenirs, or just want a fun stop to stretch your legs, South of the Border is the place to be along I-95!
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