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South of the Border's Pedro mascot is considered kitsch by some and an ethnic stereotype by others. South of the Border covers some acres in Dillon County off I Tourists line up to get to the top of a foot tower at South of the Border. The hat has been the site for weddings. South of the Border's kitschy gift shop is a considered a must-stop for many travelers along I South of the Border puts its name on most any gifts, including nail files. South of the Border's main gift shop off I in Dillon County.
I stopped there countless times driving from Atlanta to Wilmington as well as to Myrtle Beach. South of the Border is just about the only thing in the small town of Dillon, not to mention one of the only places to stop for miles on the trek from Florida to New York. South of the Border originally started in as a beer stand in an otherwise dry county. From there, the site expanded its space in , adding a gas station, souvenir shop, cocktail lounge, and motel. They started selling fireworks when North Carolina had a ban on them. In , I was constructed nearby, only adding to the visitors. South of the Border then added a post office, barbershop, go-kart track, mini-golf course, an arcade, a restaurant, and a tower. The rest stop is, in its entirety, around acres. You can browse the multiple gift shops selling sombreros and t-shirts, admire the view from the Sombrero observation tower, or take a ride on one of the attractions at Pedroland Park.
Welcome to South of the Border. Like many such establishments, South of the Border started small. Within five years Mr. Schafer had expanded to include a seat restaurant and bedroom motel. The modest beer vendor eventually grew into a world unto itself, broadening to include a small amusement park and mini-golf course, an RV campground and around motel rooms, a convention center, post office, wedding chapel, and a tiny volunteer fire department in addition to its many shops and restaurants.