Two basic options for the trip, up the east edge of the Bahamas
or the Old Bahama Channel. I've done both and each has some pluses and minuses.
OBC is a little shorter, probably a little faster with a little boost from the current
. Down side, not many places to stop. PR, DR and Haiti
but north coast of Haiti
isn't the safest stop these days. Past Haiti the only options are Cuba
north coast and there's political issues with that. No places on the Bahamas
Running the east side of the Bahamas is just slightly longer but has a lot more options on places to stop if you want or need. Shortest route
from there to Ft Lauderdale cut through the NE to NW Providence Channels.