I would do either depending on the timing of the trip. As Mike points out, winter trades tend to be NE, summer more SE.
So if I was leaving in the late summer/early fall (yes I know, that's hurricane
season) and had SE winds I might head
to the Abacos first and do a clockwise. If departure time gave more NE winds I would think about Exumas
and the counter-clockwise route
Just remember that the seasonal wind
directions of NE or SE are tendencies and not a guarantee. In particular during winter weather
patterns you can get fronts from the north that will give you winds from the north or west. Timed correctly this can give you a great boost to the eastern side of the Bahamas
, but be careful trying this. Timed incorrectly you can get your butt kicked in the Gulf Stream
. I timed it wrong once leaving from Lake Worth
and a day later limped into Ft Pierce somewhat worse for wear.