As the recession focuses clients' preferences and agents' mindfulness tailors recommendation, proximity and access join ideal weather conditions among chief factors when eyeing a potential vacation candidates - which is not to say premier accommodations and setting aren't key.
In the Atlantic Ocean north of Cuba, off the Turks and Caicos Islands, near Florida, The Bahamas have enjoyed a long history as a prime vacation destination in the Caribbean. When we covered it in 1964, the region had hit its stride and showed no sign of subsiding. (Read the full story here.) Forty-four years later, our first impressions continue to ring true as The Bahamas have developed full-bloom into the paradise we know now.
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