Everyone needs some tackiness in their life every now and then. I was on a quest to find a tourist trap and find it I did!!! On a trip to Charleston, SC I encountered the best example of tourist “trapiness” that I think I have ever experienced . Right on the way on I 95 at the North Carolina/South Carolina line sits South of the Border.
I was driving at that point so I took my husband hostage and pulled off to explore all that Pedro had to offer weary travelers on their way to the beach, to Florida, or wherever their travels were taking them. We were definitely not disappointed.
South of the Border boasts a motor hotel, 5 restaurants, an east and west Mexico shop , a service center and truck stop, a drug store, a leather shop, a campground, a firework store, an ice cream store, a tee shirt shop, a 22 story steel observation tower and arcade, a pantry, Myrtle Beach shop, Around the World shop, Reptile Lagoon, an antique and Christmas shop and Blenheim Ginger Ale’s home. Yes, you could practically live at South of the Border and I suspect that some people do considering there is a campground.
I could not pick a favorite spot at this mecca of tacky but I suspect it was all of the wonderful animals that were perfect photo opportunities. I am afraid that Chris grew a bit weary (he was hungry after all and not in the mood for any of the many options that Pedro had to offer) so our time there was probably not as long as “I” would have liked it to be but it was fun and a great way to break up the trip from Raleigh to Charleston. After all –it did net me a teapot for my collection as I posted here.
Enjoy the pictures and let me know—have you ever been here????