I have been fortunate to visit the sunny, warm island of the Bahamas twice, both times during the chilly months of our Canadian winters. My first visit, 20 plus years ago was to the Abacos Islands, which were a quaint hideaway, off the beaten path for many tourists. My second, more recent visit was to Nassau and the Club Med Resort, which up until recently was on Paradise Island.
The Bahamas has the advantage of being close. A three hour flight, or a short layover through Miami will whisk you from the frigidity of our winters to the warmth of the tropics. The island is also very safe, friendly and hospitable. A popular destination for cruising offers the benefits of visiting, rather than experiencing, but to fully immerse yourself in the local culture you have to stay a few days.