© Ellen Barone. Harborfront Buildings of Punda, Willemstad, Curacao, Netherlands Antilles, Caribbean

How can you not love a place that paints the town the colors of the rainbow? You just gotta smile. And, smile is just about all I did during a memorable girls getaway to Curaçao. Based in a rented villa, I joined five friends for a laid-back week on the island. Our mission: To hang where the locals hang, eat at the local hot spots, and, in general, do the things that any Curaçaoan might do.

Get the full scoop on where to stay + play in my destination guide “Back Stage Curaçao” published online at TripConnect.com.

To plot your own adventure visit http://www.curacao.com the official source for Curaçao tourism and vacation information.