Nightowl and FSMike have it right...
I have done the trip three times from South Florida and plan a 4th in April. The Thorny Path, done twice in delivery mode, was brutal, especially going along the north shore of Hispaniola. This route requires following Van Sant's advice and a couple of months to be a civilized trip.
The offshore route was benign and we picked up the trades and turned south at 67W. This route requires lots of fuel (I carry enough for half the distance) and the willingness to sail 'best course to windward' to get the easting even if that means aiming for Bermuda. A serious problem with this route is that if the weather turns bad it is hard to bail out back to the Bahamas as the Bahamas become a very dangerous lee shore in north easterly gales...some of the entries like the ones into the Abacos become lethal. You need a strong boat and crew and the willingness to spend a few days hove to in an Atlantic gale!