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Battered by tourists, the Thai beach from ‘The Beach’ to close temporarily

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Thailand’s natural wonders are feeling the force of tourism, forcing one to close temporarily.

Maya Bay, a great beach on Phi Phi Leh island made famous by Leonardo DiCaprio in the not-so-great movie The Beach, will be temporarily closed for four months a year from June, as reported by the Associated Press.

Thailand’s National Parks and Wildlife Department made the decision on Wednesday to allow the island’s coral reefs and sea life to recover. The beach is open all-year round, in contrast to the many Thai marine parks closed between mid-May to mid-October. Read more…

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1940s: Classic New England summers at Cape Cod's Provincetown

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Nestled on the far northern tip of Cape Cod, Provincetown, Massachusetts is a tiny resort town which swells from 3,000 to 60,000 residents during the summer months.

Its deep harbor provided shelter for the Mayflower in 1620 and was the site of the Mayflower Compact’s signing.

After the American Revolution, the town grew with the whaling and fishing industries and became home to a sizable community of Portuguese seamen and their families.

By the turn of the 20th century, Provincetown had become a popular summer destination, with thousands of tourists taking day trips from Boston by car and boat. Read more…

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