The reason I'm going back to the Bahamas
is that it has a lot to offer for all. The Abacos and the Exumas are very different from each other, surely pros and cons to both... depends what you're looking for and what you like or dislike. On our trips this year we will surely visit both.
We spent 6 months (winter 2010) in the Bahamas
and had lots of time to enjoy all of it. In general terms we found the Exumas offered quieter/secluded anchorages
. Certainly less consumables in the small villages (except Goergetown of course, not to mention volleyball beach!!!). The Abacos, on the other hand, are much more developed and populated, probably due to the demographics and historical settlement of the area, and certainly due to the proximity to the USA. Lots of good books
explain that... both are exceptionally beautifull cruising grounds.
You don't need the book to enjoy and take it all in.