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South of the Border On Instagram

Friday, December 20th, 2013

sotb_photos_pageSouth of the Border Tourist Attraction in Hamer, SC is now on Instagram. Instagram is the world’s top mobile photo-sharing app. Thousands of pictures are uploaded every day with Instagram to sites like Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr.

Visit the new South of the Border Photo Gallery

We have added some fantastic new photos to our website. Check out all the new pictures and leave us a comment about which one is your favorite. Then check out all the new updates to our website and let us know what you think. We love hearing suggestions about what you would like to see Pedro add to his website. If you have any ideas, just leave Pedro a comment and we will think about it for future updates.

South of the Border is one of the most visited tourist destinations on the East Coast. Our massive complex is filled with all manner of interesting and unique photo opportunities. Whether it’s the statues of animals around the grounds or the live animals in our Reptile Lagoon, visitors have a wide variety of choices.

One of the coolest features of South of the Border is our 20-story tall Sombrero Observation Tower. Being 200 feet up in the air gives picture takers an amazing view of the entire grounds and much of the surrounding countryside.

Pedro is the official South of the Border mascot. The legend of Pedro dates back many decades and has become a beloved tradition at The Border. There are several statues of Pedro on the grounds of all sizes. However, one the most picturesque statues of Pedro is our glowing neon 100 foot tall Pedro that looms over our grounds.

So the next time you see the South of the Border billboards on Interstate 95, be sure to stop by and take a few photos of the family alongside one of our many attractions. Tag your Instagram photos with the hashtag #sobpedro and maybe you will see your pictures on our site in the future. Be sure to follow us on Twitter @sotbpedro, join our Facebook Group and check in on Foursquare. You can also visit our sister sites for our Motocross Training Facility and Blenheim Ginger Ale.

Loretta Lynn Southeast Area Qualifier March 15-17 at SOBMX

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

South of the Border Motocross Training Facility will be hosting the 2013 Loretta Lynn Southeast Area Qualifier on March 15-17. For more information about classes, scheduling and pricing, you can check out the Loretta Lynn Area Qualifier section of Victory Sports.

SOBMX is located on the grounds of South of the Border Tourist Attraction and offers 300 hotel rooms and 100 campsites with full hook-ups for race attendees. There are 24-hour restaurants on site, as well as shopping, arcades and the new Reptile Lagoon learning center. All these great features makes the Loretta Lynn Southeast Qualifier at SOBMX a great outing for the entire family.

If you need accommodations at South of the Border for the race, you can call 800-845-6011.

South of the Border MX Training Facility is Pedro’s Newest Attraction!

Monday, April 16th, 2012

South of the Border MXSouth of the Border MX Training Facility is the newest attraction to join the South of the Border family of companies in Hamer, SC. These tracks are located on the north side of South of the Border complex behind Camp Pedro in our spacious wide-open fields. No expense was spared to make this attraction a world-class motocross training facility for everyone from beginner to pro.

South of the Border MX offers 3 different specially designed and carefully constructed motocross tracks that rival any facility in the nation and a smaller training track that is perfect for those just learning to ride motocross bikes.

The 1.4 mile outdoor MX track features all of the conditions and obstacles a rider will see at the amateur national Motocross tracks. The clay-based soil, with sand and topsoil mixed in, forms the deep ruts and bumps motocross riders need to train on to prepare for the conditions they will face at tracks like Loretta Lynn’s, The Mini Olympics and the AMA Outdoor Nationals.

The next track is a full-on Supercross track that replicates the conditions and obstacles found in the stadiums where AMA Supercross races are held. This track is for riders holding an AMA Professional license, and those pros  can train on our pro-level Supercross track.

The SOBMX Arenacross track was designed to be an exact replica of the tracks in arenas holding AMA Arenacross races. This packed red clay track will have you ready for the stadiums in no time sharing the podium with Chad Cook and all the other big names.

In addition to the outdoor MX, SX and AX tracks the 1.1-mile Skills Development Track features rutted turns, bermed turns, flat turns, a roller section, jumps, and a set of whoops. It is perfect for developing the skills needed to become a motocross champion.

 South of the Border MX

South of the Border MX is much more than a collection of places to ride. It’s also a training facility with some of the best instructors around to help you learn how to be a motocross rider, or how to take your skills to the top level in the sport. Our Training Packages are set up with the goal of advancing our riders to the next class and making you a championship rider. We believe that SOBMX offers a much better package of amenities than any other motocross training facility in America. Things like a gym, pool, restaurants, bike shop, arcades and shops allow for a much more pleasant and convenient training experience. You aren’t stuck in a ratty cabin out in the backwoods; you are right beside one of America’s top tourist destinations and this allows your down time be productive and fun.

 south of the border mx

We hope you will check out our newest feature here at South of the Border when you stop by to check out our facilities, shopping and restaurants.

You can find us on Facebook, follow Pedro on Twitter and head over to the website of South of the Border MX and give them a look.

Pedro’s Top Nueve reasons to visit in the Nuevo Year

Monday, January 24th, 2011

It’s a new year here at South of the Border in lovely Dillon, South Carolina. 2010 was a busy year here at The Border, with lots of fun new additions to make your visits even more exciting. It has also been a year of hard work making all your favorite attractions look new again. Although, if you have never visited us they are all new to you sez Pedro.

9) Tamales, Tamales, Tamales

8) You can crash in our guest room, and you don’t even have to make the bed when you leave.

7) You like that BOOM BOOM POW.

6) You think getting high is pretty cool.

5) Your need to stock up on Good Ole Blenheim Ginger Ale.

4) To fill up those hungry kids and get back on the road

3) Educate the kids about all the creepy-crawly things from around the world.

2) With hundreds of miles of  signs, resistance is futile.

1) Pedro loves you and he likes your pesos too!

Hope you have enjoyed our silly little list for the new year. But to be serious, we really do love all the people who stop by and visit with us. Thanks for making 2010 a great year. It was a year of change and renewal around South of the Border. In 2011, we plan to continue this effort to refurbish the grounds and provide new exciting attractions to go with all the ones you have grow to love here.

Thanks again for making South of the Border America’s Favorite Roadside Attraction. Follow us on Twitter and join the Official Facebook page for South of the Border here.

Spring Brings New Things To South Of The Border!

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

spring_pool_postThe days are heating up here in Dillon, SC at South of the Border, and we have a lot of hot new things going on around the 300 acres that make up America’s Favorite Roadside Attraction. Everything from renovations and updating of all of Pedro’s classic attractions to construction of a brand new feature is coming together as the summer travel season gets closer. We invite you to stop by and see all the exciting new changes on your way to your favorite summer vacation fun spot!

South of the Border features 3 different ways to spend an evening with us on the way to your vacation destination. Our Motor Inn has 300 newly refurbished rooms to get you relaxed, rested and ready to hit the dusty trail the next morning. Our Pleasure Dome features an indoor heated pool, sauna and locker rooms with showers to help motel and campground guests with their relaxation. Also, the Pleasure Dome and surrounding area has just been outfitted with free WI-FI wireless internet for our guest’s convenience. Our campground has full hookups and power for motor homes and campers, and barbecue grills and showers for those who rough it in a tent. You can see our newly published rate schedules for Camp Pedro and the Motor Inn on our Accommodations page.

Construction of a new attraction for South of the Border is progressing extremely well. We will be transforming our Pedroland Park page into an Attractions page in the very near future to reflect the park’s new direction and focus. Our new environmentally themed attraction will feature a “Reptile Lagoon” ~ complete with live alligators and crocodiles run by Pedro’s cousin Zurdo. It will also have a Learning Center to educate our guests, school groups and locals about the vital need to preserve our natural resources and respect Mother Nature. We will have more details in a future blog, which you can receive through an RSS feed.  Or you can follow @SOTBPedro on Twitter and join our official Facebook group for regular updates and happenings at South of the Border.

South Of The Border’s 60 Year Anniversary

Friday, January 1st, 2010

history_donkeyThis year South of the Border, America’s favorite roadside attraction located near Dillon South Carolina along Interstate 95 at the North Carolina and South Carolina border, marks its 60th year of operation and our plans are to get bigger and better than ever before. Pedro has seen a lot of changes in the world and a lot of changes here at South of the Border over the years, and Pedro has many new projects and renovations in the works.

South of the Border began as a 600 square foot stand selling beer to thirsty patrons from dry counties north of the border in North Carolina and has developed into a 300 acre complex with such diverse features as a motel and campground, six restaurants, a theme park, mini-golf, fireworks store, gas stations and more than a dozen gift shops with everything from Mexican jumping beans to antiques. In the beginning Mr. Alan Schafer worked the stand by himself and now SOTB is run by the third generation of the Schafer family and hundreds of employees, making it the biggest employer in Dillon County, S.C.

The people used to come to in a few at a time in American made Chevys and Fords traveling along Highway 301. Now Pedro greets millions of cars, made all over the world, traveling from New York to Florida on Interstate 95, and now some of those cars even run off of electricity. And now, people can travel on jet planes from one side of the U.S. in only a few hours instead of having to drive for days. Speaking of traveling, Pedro has even seen people take voyages in rocket ships from the Earth to the Moon and live in space stations circling high above our planet.

Communicating has changed immensely in the last 60 years. Back in 1950, telephones weighed a few pounds and their use was limited by how long the cord that was attached to it would reach. The sound traveled over wires stretched from coast to coast, and operators transferred calls by switching plugs to make the connection. Now the phones weigh only a few ounces and are wireless so that you can carry them with you on your trip to give Pedro a call if you need to reserve a room at the South of the Border Motor Inn. The cell phone signals now bounce off satellites orbiting the earth and can reach nearly any point on the planet. The satellites themselves are another creation that has happened in the last 60 years, with Russian putting the Sputnik 1 in orbit in 1957. Floating high above the earth and circling the globe, they now carry every type of communication one can image. Television, phone calls, global positioning signals (GPS), surveillance cameras and outer space research are all carried by satellites today. GPS has become a vital part of modern communication and travel. The satellites send signals to small devices, cars, and cell phones that are equipped to guide people to their destination with on-board maps that are displayed on the screen or by a voice that speaks to you.

The computer might be the biggest change in world since South of the Border opened all those many years ago, followed closely by the invention of the internet. In the 1960’s computers were so large that each one would take up space equivalent to the average living room just to do the simplest of calculations. Now smart cell phones that fit in the palm of your hand are able to pack the power of dozens of those computers, and they can connect to the internet so you can surf the web while away from home. The internet has become ingrained in everyday life, with people doing their shopping, paying bills, learning, playing games, watching movies and using social media sites to connect with their friends who might live far away.

Other notable inventions, events and milestones since South of the Border opened are:

  • Microwave oven- Pedro thinks microwave burritos should be on here too!
  • The Snuggie- Pedro has been wearing one for 60 years, we call it a serape in Mexico
  • The Polaroid camera and digital camera- Pedro looks very handsome right?
  • E-mail- Lets Pedro stay in touch with his many friends and visitors all over the world.
  • Remote control- If Pedro can ever find his, have you seen it?
  • Automatic Teller Machines- Made getting more money to spend with Pedro VERY easy
  • Salsa takes over as #1 condiment- Pedro thinks plain old ketchup never stood a chance!

We know there are so many more events, inventions and important happenings in the last 60 years and we invite you to share your memories of anything that was important to you and your family, or simply tell us your favorite memory of South of the Border and the changes you have seen to our complex here in Dillon, SC.

One Sweet Honeymoon Suite

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

70_style_honeymoonAmong the multitude of kitschy, crazy and colorful items you can find here at South of the Border in Dillon, South Carolina is a small world of glamor and glitz know as “The Honeymoon Suites.” In years gone by, the red shag carpeting, beds with mirrors and sombrero shaped canopies made these rooms a surreal slice of 70’s and 80’s society that brought pop culture lovers from all over the East Coast to stay here with Pedro. Our famous billboards that stretch the entire length of Interstate 95 featured ads for the suites with the very clever caption: “Heir-Conditioned.”

Countless tales and photos of happy honeymooner’s from near and far making the trek to South of the Border can be found online in blogs and photo journals. The infamous $99 Honeymoon Special  included the wedding ceremony,  a bottle of fine champagne, free breakfast from Pedro’s Diner and a water-bed equipped suite.

This package was so popular that over a dozen marriages would take place right here on the South of the Border grounds each weekend over the course of a summer.

Currently these rooms have been remodeled and upgraded as part of our multi-million dollar renovation project here in Pedroland. Pedro’s new suites have plush beds with exquisite linens, a posh décor, and big screen televisions. We know you will find the modern conveniences and amenities of our new suites more in line with the comfort that today’s discerning travelers demand.

In addition, all of our standard rooms are being renovated and upgraded as well, while maintaining a very economical price for the budget conscious family of vacationers. If you are passing through with your travel trailer or recreational vehicle, our 100 space campground is the ideal place to take a break from the long journey. We have 30 and 50 amp electrical hook-ups, hot showers, laundry facilities, grills and a play area for the children.

So even though you might miss the Honeymoon Suites with the wild and crazy 70′s vibe, you still have 300 acres of wacky fun, exciting games, delicious restaurants, fairground rides, gift shops filled with gadgets you never knew you needed, and lots more to explore with the entire family. To make your reservations, call Pedro toll-free at 1-800-845-6011 and we will save room for you and the family here at South of the Border in Dillon, SC.

Take a peek at some of our upgrades:

We’ve Got Things Going On Here!

Friday, September 18th, 2009

working_fun_borderWe’re knocking down walls and combining the Mexico Shop West, Hat Shop and Peso Little into one large shop with a central checkout area.  (That’s where you’ll soon find our new p.o.s. checkout system!)

We’re putting in state-of-the-art pumps at both the Exxon and Shell stations.

The Antique Shop has moved to the Silver Slipper and the old building has been torn down to make way for improvements at Porky’s Truck Stop.

The Silver Slipper Flea Market (indoors) offers rental space to vendors on Friday, Saturday and Sunday each week (hours are 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.)  We can all thumb our noses at inclement weather with this Flea Market!

Will keep you updated on happenings here!