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Are You Beautiful Enough for Punta del Este

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A January 2000 trip to Uruguay by cheryl morris

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Quote: The jewel of the Uruguayan Riviera, Punta del Este is the favourite summer spot of models, moguls and the moneyed.

Are You Beautiful Enough for Punta del Este

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Overview

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Beaches, nightclubs, surfing and people watching are the main activities here.

Quick Tips:

Don't bother with a bikini top if you are a girl; most women are flawlessly topless. Also, don't expect to sleep much--this is a party town, and even if you are not raving into the sunrise, dinner never starts before 10pm. This is not a budget holiday destination, so don't even think about spending less than 30 dollars a day!

Best Way To Get Around:

Everyone has a car or a motorcycle, but it is a pleasant town to get around by foot or bicycle.

Americana Village

Hotel | "Peninusla Hotel"

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This is one of the cheaper hotels in Punta, but it is close to the centre of town, is clean, and provides breakfast in with the price.

All rooms have a TV, phone, and en suite facilities, and there is also an outdoor pool and gym for guests.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 19, 2000

Americana Village
3845 PIONEER TRAIL
South Lake Tahoe, California 96150
530-541-8022

Hotel Iberia

Hotel

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This is a three star hotel situated only one block from del Este's main avenue, and right beside the attractive Feria Artesanal (Arts & Crafts Fair). The hotel has clean and comfortable rooms, including a number of apartments and suites. Prices range between U$S 65 and $70 for a double room .

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 19, 2000

Pizza Banana

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Attraction

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This is one of Punta's most popular spots, serving pizza for dinner, then everyone gets up and sings and dances to rather cheesy South American pop. It's no London club or New York hotspot, but it is one of the most popular that Punta has to offer.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 19, 2000

What You'll do At Night

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Story/Tip

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In the summer, the best thing that could happen is that you'll be invited to sail on some mogul's yacht, or perhaps to dine with a group of TV stars at someone's posh apartment. People on the beaches are quite friendly and will frequently invite you to go out with them after a small chat. If you don't get lucky, you can always hit any of the restaurants (after 10, of course!). These usually turn into nightclubby situations, with people staying until 1 or 2 in the morning, drinking wine or sipping coffee and sometimes dancing, if there is a small dancefloor. I don't have addresses, but some of the most popular nightspots are Pacha, Tequila, La Moracha and Pizza Banana. Make sure you're ...Read More
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If you are made squeamish by machismo, are burdened by a beer gut or cellulite or hold any strong Marxist beliefs, you may want to reconsider traveling here! This posh South American resort is the playground for Latin America's rich and famous, with a few Italian playboys thrown in. Women are gorgeous and barely dressed, and the men are rich and, er..., appreciative of feminine pulchritude. You can almost smell the money burning and the pherenomes wafting through the Atlantic breeze! The north of Punta is filled with some of the finest residential areas in South America. With their distinctive 'mound landscapes' this area of the Maldonando Region is a 'must see' for tourists and vi...Read More