South of the Border

Theme Park, Miscellaneous Shop, and Rest Area
  • Bryan M.
    "Pedro supper dog loaded is a must to get the full experience"(13 Tips)
    Ben M.
    "two states from the top of the worlds tallest sombrero!!!!"(6 Tips)
    "kitschy architecture"(7 Tips)
    Joseph D.
    "Look for the gum I placed in the gorilla butt when I was 10."(6 Tips)
183 Tips and reviews
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  • reptile lagoon
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  • J M.
    J MAugust 23
    Bathrooms were clean. Nothing fancy (but not bad as others have said) - clean, and plenty of soap, TP and good lighting.
  • Dan
    DanJuly 28
    I like this place. It's kind of gross but if you like unique places with interesting and kitschy architecture this is a must stop. A great place for photos.
  • Bill B.
    Cheeky touristy stuff.
  • K C.
    K CDecember 30, 2016
    The Mexican restaurant here is lame!!! The shopping is touristy and cheap.
  • Taylor J.
    Taylor JessupNovember 8, 2016
    Hilariously terrible. But a kind of terrible you have to see for yourself.
  • Elizabeth M.
    Elizabeth MironJuly 2, 2016
    It is what it is. It's dirty, old, creepy, but fun. Great for Instagram and cheap crap from China.
  • Kelly A.
    Kelly AMay 30, 2016
    Interesting place to stop when driving from NY to SC. Hats around the world. Ayayayayay!
  • Kimberley W.
    Kimberley WhitneyFebruary 17, 2016
    Half the stuff we bought here broke before we got home. Uggg
  • Walt F.
    Walt FrancisJanuary 6, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Pick up a 5cent bumper sticker
  • Ellen S.
    Ellen S. P.December 24, 2015
    This place is a bastion of kitch and old timey racism.
  • Tim C.
    Tim ChildersDecember 23, 2015
    A little bit of everything
  • Keith L.
    Keith LaddNovember 13, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    I always enjoy stopping at SOB. Browse the shops, grab a bite to eat, take a photo with the many statues!
  • Keith L.
    Keith LaddNovember 13, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Private stalls for a urinal?
  • Jason B.
    Jason BurtOctober 2, 2015
    Too much hype....
  • Jen I.
    Jen ImbimboOctober 1, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Whacky place
  • Nicholas W.
    Nicholas WebbAugust 18, 2015
    Wonderful pit stop for the family to get out walk around and see a fun piece of history. Lots of great photo opportunities and FIREWORKS! #fun #family #roadtrip
  • Gary B.
    Gary BarrettAugust 16, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Interesting but a bit depressing reminder of days long gone.
  • Vette
    VetteAugust 13, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    A good place to stop for a bathroom break. If you need other stuff in the meanwhile, you can find it there too.
  • Todd R.
    Todd RademacherJuly 27, 2015
    An old time favorite. Filled with junk.
  • Jon T.
    Jon ThompsonJuly 18, 2015
    Go to Bucee's in Texas for a clean bathroom, good road trip snacks, and good impulse shopping. South of the Border was a SOB.
  • Virginia H.
    Virginia HammJuly 16, 2015
    The food is tasty and comes out steamy hot
  • Brett G.
    Brett GordonJuly 15, 2015
    Bathrooms smelled like I was "south of the border."
  • Lord J.
    Lord JiineJuly 15, 2015
    "You never sausage a place."
  • Ted T.
    Ted TrentlerJuly 6, 2015
    Everyone has to make a stop here at least once in their life. You probably don't never stop again but you have to do it once.
  • Denise F.
    Denise FerraraJuly 4, 2015
    It's the de facto standard for cheap dirty tacky tourist traps- but we just have to stop and look around... it's tradition!!
  • Brandi B.
    Brandi BruceJune 25, 2015
    Been here 50+ times
    Check out the reptile house! You won't be disappointed
  • Corey
    CoreyJune 23, 2015
    Looked kinda dumpy
  • Demarco P.
    Demarco PooleJune 19, 2015
    Nice scenery!
  • drew t.
    drew tarvinJune 3, 2015
    If you look past the offensive stereotypes you do get some fun / funny / weird sites.
  • Renee G.
    Renee GFebruary 21, 2015
    Keep entertained by watching the signs and miles tick by!
  • Danielle S.
    Danielle StantonJanuary 28, 2015
    Cheesy yes but worth it to stop and look around
  • paul m.
    paul mDecember 2, 2014
    Nothing here
  • Danielle
    DanielleOctober 21, 2014
    The tourist traps of tourist traps! ...all the billboard build up makes it hilarious.
  • Greg C.
    Greg CrawfordOctober 17, 2014
    A staple in the state .... a place you should at least visit once just to say you have been there.
  • Merf F.
    Merf FelicianoSeptember 21, 2014
    Getting too old
  • Bill B.
    Bill BeesleySeptember 8, 2014
    Disappointingly small sombrero on a tower. Cheerful staff seem to be really enjoying their job. Comprehensive range of novelty hats and year 2000 celebration merchandise.
  • Todd V.
    Todd VaccaroAugust 26, 2014
    The reptile lagoon was cool.
    ANGELAugust 13, 2014
    Reptile zoo was a bit expensive.
  • Melissa V.
    Melissa VeraJuly 28, 2014
    you can walk around and browse without buying anything. Get photo opps
  • Michael P.
    Michael PeartJuly 28, 2014
    Nice rest stop
  • Bob D.
    Bob DuganJuly 23, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Enjoy the ageless sight when traveling south on I95....
  • Cesar P.
    Cesar PerezJuly 6, 2014
    Racist as fuck. Cultural appropriation at its finest.
  • James P.
    James PFebruary 20, 2014
    If Disney is like Vegas to a child, this place would be Atlantic City. Fun but dirtier.
  • Glenn N.
    Glenn NiemiecJanuary 6, 2014
    Extremely tacky but worth stopping at least once.
  • Nicole
    NicoleDecember 29, 2013
    If your looking for a quirky place to stop with traveling north or south this is the place!
  • McKinney B.
    McKinney BrownDecember 27, 2013
    Ride to the top if the sombrero for $1.
  • Laura L.
    Laura LycansNovember 23, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    What can you say about SOB it is what it is and what it is is a piece of history in our family...Mom went there for her Honeymoon "back in the day" when it was just new...
  • Dave S.
    Dave St DennisNovember 13, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    They're closed even when they're open.
  • Erica B.
    Erica BestOctober 25, 2013
    Vote for Pedro!
  • Ben B.
    Ben BrodskyOctober 13, 2013
    Glad to have stopped. Odd for sure. The history of this place is pretty awesome. Wiki it. Random fact: Ben Bernanke once worked here.
  • Julie C.
    Julie ChetneyOctober 5, 2013
    Not like I remember from years past :-(
  • Tom M.
    Tom MSeptember 21, 2013
    I love love love my wife.
  • Courtney T.
    Courtney ThompsonSeptember 4, 2013
    Just keep driving, just keep driving...
  • Dana W.
    Dana WilliamsSeptember 2, 2013
    This place is dead, run down and half the businesses are closed or gone. The million billboards make you think it's nice. Gross place!!
  • Ryan O.
    Ryan OAugust 15, 2013
    Elevator is NEVER open.
  • Roxy &.
  • Quenepita67 S.
    Come and relax
  • Shittersfull RV T.
    bring bug spray .... even in the rain
  • Charity C.
    Charity CoxJune 30, 2013
    If you plan to ride up in the sombrero, call before coming because they always make excuses for not going up. Ugh.
  • Melissa C.
    Melissa ChampionJune 30, 2013
    Not a great place to go anymore very run down paint chipping and expensive. Bathrooms dirty!
  • zac j.
    zac jacksonJune 29, 2013
    Greatest place on earth. Plan on spending at least a week here to see everything.
  • Kishonna K.
    Kishonna KennedyJune 22, 2013
    Something to do when your driving down 95 south . Look at all that tumbleweed .
  • Jess R.
    Jess RoseJune 21, 2013
    If they say their rooms are full, they'll try to sell you a $200 room. Decline & ask if the rooms across the street are full too. These rooms have older TVs and fridges but are clean and comfortable.
  • Christopher O.
    Best rest stop in USA!
  • Go Girl Taxicab
    Go Girl TaxicabJune 16, 2013
    I love this place
  • Ty W.
    Ty WashingtonJune 9, 2013
    Tourist trap, fun to look at!
  • Domyngo R.
    Domyngo RuixMay 26, 2013
    Just stop and take a walk around.
  • Jason F.
    Jason FerchalkMay 25, 2013
    Pedro, possibly the tallest Mexican man above 5'5" tall lol. Ever notice most of the women are taller than the Mexican men, or is it just me? Just saying...
  • Becky B.
    Becky BottrillMay 23, 2013
    The first thing you see in the gift store is sea of shot glasses!!! Gotta love it!
  • Denise W.
    Denise WardMay 19, 2013
    Awesome statutes
  • Ben M.
    Ben MartinMay 16, 2013
    You can see two states from the top of the worlds tallest sombrero!!!!
  • Donnie W.
    Donnie WadeMay 16, 2013
    Was good in it's day, but rather a waste of time now.
  • Nona
    NonaMay 12, 2013
    Keep driving.
  • Kamal R.
    Kamal RamoutarApril 29, 2013
    The latte is in Pedro's Expresso Cafe by the ice cream cones.
  • Karen B.
    Karen ButenkoApril 27, 2013
    The gum may still be in the gorrilla's butt, but, I couldn't find a latte anywhere!
  • Ryan R.
    Ryan RobertsApril 7, 2013
    Pedro's Diner is a huge rip off. 16 oz sodas are $1.95 and NO Refills!! Keep on trucking past this crap spot.
  • Christina K.
    Christina KMarch 23, 2013
    Not a whole lot to look at but at least the bathrooms are decently clean. It's a good place to stretch your legs
  • Alexander P.
    Alexander PaganoMarch 16, 2013
    Classic roadside attraction. It was probably awesome in its heyday. Now it's mostly a relic. Pro: The reptile lagoon. Con: can't pay per ride at the amusement park.
  • Ben B.
    Ben BeldenMarch 3, 2013
    Very cramped stalls. The urinals are also in stalls with wooden doors. There is a lot of graffiti and it's just an overall very creepy place. Good if you really have to go, otherwise look elsewhere.
  • Daniel F.
    Daniel FerrerFebruary 25, 2013
    Too many road ads...their ad budget must be way to the top of the roof.
  • Marya U.
    Marya UnrathFebruary 24, 2013
    Clean bathroom surprisingly
  • Terry C.
    Terry CJanuary 28, 2013
    Pedro say's buy some of my crap!
  • Zeliha A.
    Zeliha Avsar SivriJanuary 26, 2013
    An interesting place :))
  • Rosario V.
    Rosario Vega de HuberJanuary 5, 2013
    Tijuana and Las Vegas love child in a very very very tacky kinda way
  • Sean M.
    Sean MurrayJanuary 5, 2013
    Love this place! Grew up here and my gum is still stuck on Pedros bare bottom! Hope nobody takes it! The food is great and I love the ice cream!
  • David B.
    David BurdenDecember 21, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    You don't even have to order extra cheese on your Mexican Pizza... it's everywhere. I can't drive by without stopping. Great way to break up the most boring 500 miles on I-95.
  • Wilson B.
    Wilson Bautista Jr.December 20, 2012
    What a relief!
  • James W.
    James WeilerNovember 20, 2012
    So awesome, and so awful all at the same time.
  • Cat S.
    Cat StennetteNovember 10, 2012
    Lady working at Mexico East was very friendly. Can't say the same for the staff at the Hot Tamale across the street. Plus the food was overpriced and disgusting
  • Little Ritzy J.
    Could use some reinvestment. Great property- 30 years ago.
  • Casey L.
    Casey LeonardOctober 5, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Kids been in the car for 8 hours? Let them play in the bounce house in the arcade. Only $1 per child!
  • Dr. Ive A. Roundcstuff
    Dr. Ive A. RoundcstuffOctober 5, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Yep...the gum is still there.
  • P G.
    P GAugust 31, 2012
    Pedro you sly dog you ;)
  • Annette I.
    Annette IAugust 19, 2012
    El tacky! Keep driving...
  • The News & Observer
    The News & ObserverJuly 23, 2012
    What began as a beer stand over 60 years ago, has grown into a 300-acre complex that includes a dozen gift shops, six restaurants, an amusement park, a motel and a campground. Read more
  • Bing
    BingJuly 21, 2012
    A fun stop on I-95 that’s home to the World’s Cheesiest Roadside attraction.
  • Bing M.
    Bing ManagerJuly 21, 2012
    A fun stop on I-95 that’s home to the World’s Cheesiest Roadside attraction.
  • db
    dbJuly 8, 2012
    Flith. Its a has been, the signs are the best thing about this place. Burn it down and build a CLEAN rest stop one where I dont feel like I need a BODY GLOVE. Glad we just passed by...
  • Mary Kathryn
    Mary KathrynJuly 7, 2012
    So trashy so amazing
  • Mare K.
    Mare KempJuly 5, 2012
    Cheap crap central.
  • Kelsey R.
    Kelsey RichardAugust 9, 2014
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