I think I may have told this story already but I'll tell it again (ugh, I'm now THAT uncle...):
We were seriously considering buying a place in the south of Spain... we absolutely LOVE the Mediterranean and the winters are mild. The real estate market was a train wreck all over the world (this was 2009) and property was cheap everywhere.
We ultimately decided that the logistics and time change of getting from to Toronto to Spain were too arduous and opted to look in North America at the usual haunts: Florida, Arizona and California. But... the weather was dodgy in Florida (hurricanes and not always warm), Arizona wasn't getting good reviews from friends and a colleague said about about Palm Springs, "...sometimes you still need a sweater at night..." Um, no.
So I Google'd "great weather no hurricanes" and the ABCs came up.
Immediately booked a trip to Aruba (we almost started with Curacao) and the rest is history. We knew the minute we stepped on the tarmac that this was it. No need to hit B & C.
Andrea: I can't even imagine trying to do all this without the Internet (i.e. in the 70s).