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Looking much like the lures they undeniably are, identical twins Yvonne and Yvette Sylvander make waves at the tip of Baja California, where the Gold Coast's older hotels have been enlarged and refurbished and new ones sparkle. This season's glamorous swimsuits ore equally sleek and glittery, and shed water like fish. Here the twins glisten in metallic nylon bikinis ($30) made for Elon by Monika, the Austrian-born New York designer who started this trend. On the cover, Yvette and Yvonne wear rainbow suits by Anne Collins for Bobbie Brooks ($19, $18), suggesting the pot of gold awaiting tourists who come to the rocky cape where the Pacific and the Sea of Cortez meet.

Like the gleaming blue-green dolphin that abound off the Cabo San Lucas, Christie Brinkley shimmers in a bikini by Monika for Elon ($30) as she gets ready to push off in the Hacienda Hotel's free-form pool.

Sitting pretty by the Cabo San Lucas Hotel pool, Cheryl Tiegs sparkles in a silvery knit bikini ($32). Yvette mixes a silvery, mirrorlike top with black. Cheryl and Yvette are both suited up by Monika for Elon.

For a maximum tan, Christie strings along in a minimal bikini of nylon and Lycra and beads by Giorgio Di Sant' Angelo for Sinclair ($32). Yvonne (right) enhances an Elon suit that takes only seconds to dry ($30).

Goldbricking against a sandstone formation on a Cabo San Lucas beach, Cheryl is resplendent in a lustrous nylon bikini with a new twist by Monika for Elon ($35), which can be mixed with other bathing suits.

In the pink, Yvonne and Yvette stretch out in stretch suits from Anne Klein for Penfold ($32, $30). At right, the twins sport Eton's polyester-cotton-knit bikinis hand-painted with birds and clouds ($20, $22).

The antithesis of glittering space-age swimwear is Betsey Johnson's Kids' multicolored cotton tank suit ($23), made originally for toddlers. The twins wear the new grown-up sizes on the Hotel Solmar beach.