Punta del Este, a narrow 40-mile Uruguayan peninsula, is at its heart a sleepy fishing village. But now it's torn between horrid high-rise architecture and secluded beachside communities that awake every November for a winter season of fashion-themed parties and afternoon beach soirées.Punta's beaches are lined with hotels, condominiums, nightclubs and restaurants attracting moneyed Argentines and Prada-packing Westerners. If properly planned, it's a glamorous beach getaway with gourmet eateries and nightlife debauchery; for others it's a return to Ft. Lauderdale's heyday, with the dubious additions of high-rise casinos and rampant petty theft. Here's how to do Punta del Este like a true jet-setter.
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