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Tulum a mix of beach, nature and ruins

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A woman walks along the beach in Tulum, Mexico. Despite its proximity to Cancun and its fellow party neighbor Playa del Carmen, Tulum attracts a different spring break crowd to its turquoise waters and white sandy beaches.

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A man drags a kayak past a sand castle in Tulum, Mexico.

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A couple takes a picture while swimming in the Gran Cenote, a water cave near Tulum.

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Tulum may be best-known for its ancient Mayan ruins, which attract a steady stream of day-trippers, cruise passengers and tour buses.

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A line of people leave the swimming beach next to the Mayan ruins in Tulum.

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The Castle of the Mayan ruins in Tulum is lit by late afternoon sun. The complex of crumbling structures here is smaller and less impressive than some other Mayan sites like Chichen Itza, but its location atop seaside cliffs is one of the most scenic ruin sites on the Yucatán.

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The all-inclusive Cancun resorts are not known for topless women on the beach or Argentines with scraggly beards playing Gypsy music. But that's the norm in Tulum, a Mexican seaside spot south of Cancun that attracts a mix of bohemians, well-pocketed New Age types and sun-seekers to its turquoise waters and white sandy beaches. Despite its proximity to Cancun and its fellow party neighbor Playa del Carmen, Tulum is not for the same spring break crowd.
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    • A woman walks along the beach in Tulum, Mexico. Despite its proximity to Cancun and its fellow party neighbor Playa del Carmen, Tulum attracts a different spring break crowd to its turquoise waters and white sandy beaches.
    •  A man drags a kayak past a sand castle in Tulum, Mexico.
    •  A couple takes a picture while swimming in the Gran Cenote, a water cave near Tulum.
    •  Tulum may be best-known for its ancient Mayan ruins, which attract a steady stream of day-trippers, cruise passengers and tour buses.
    •  A line of people leave the swimming beach next to the Mayan ruins in Tulum.
    •  The Castle of the Mayan ruins in Tulum is lit by late afternoon sun. The complex of crumbling structures here is smaller and less impressive than some other Mayan sites like Chichen Itza, but its location atop seaside cliffs is one of the most scenic ruin sites on the Yucatán.
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