Cuba itself is the largest island in the West Indies and boasts offers more than 200 bays and over 300 natural beaches. Whilst the climate in Cuba can be considered tropical, there are little instances of extreme emperatures as it is cooled by the gentle breezes of the trade winds. It has two clearly defined seasons, the rainy season from May to October and the dry season from November to April. It is little wonder that when Christopher Columbus arrived in Cuba in 1492, he exclaimed "It is the most beautiful island". Cuba claims some of the richest flora in the world with the Royal palm trees, coconut palms, sugarcane, and tropical fruit trees growing naturally all around the Island.