Christmas Is Coming: Have I Got the Most Beautiful Ambergris Caye Gift for You!

I may have turned you off with the title.  Christmas seems one zillion miles away, but I assure you, it is coming.  And the display at the Macy’s of Belize, Mirab’s in Belize City, can prove it.    Look at this photo taken last week.  By the time it is all set up…it is QUITE the display.


The idea all started before our trip to Beaver Island, Michigan this August.  BEAUTIFUL Beaver Island for a 50th anniversary party – 1900 miles almost directly north of Ambergris Caye, Belize.

We found a very VERY cool print of the island on as a gift.  Artist:  Bill Specht.  And his shop is called Departure Islands.

He’s from Brooklyn, NY.  Here is his print of Beaver Island.  It arrived in MIchigan packaged and absolutely beautiful in its simplicity.

beaver island

The place and it’s coordinates.  I LOVE IT!

And a very cool story behind it.  “It All Started as a Boring Wall”:  I live with my wife and 2 kids in a converted warehouse in Brooklyn. We had this large bland area of our apartment that needed some love – big gray wall, large black and white photo, gray couch below – Blah. We searched online for things that would brighten the area up but nothing really popped. I decided to create the artwork myself and made a series of islands that we have visited together – our honeymoon to Santorini, summer trips to Block Island, one last pre-child trip to Grand Cayman, and a few others. After receiving some encouraging words from friends and family, I decided to expand my library of islands and open up shop on Etsy. There are now 54 islands – places we have been and many more places we would love to go.

I asked him a few questions.  1.  Can you send me a photo of that wall?  And look at this.  Sigh…so beautiful.


And 2.  What are your most popular?  The answer:  New Jersey’s Long Beach Island (or LBI as us Jerseyites call it)…


St. Barts and Kiawah in Florida.

So we asked…can you make us one for Ambergris Caye, Belize?  And…with a bit of discussion….here it is!  And available at the shop.  LOVE!

Best.  Christmas. Gift. Ever.  for the Ambergris lover.  And I know how many of you are out there…

Here is the print.

just the print

So…there you go.  The artist is absolutely lovely and fairly new to the Etsy game.  He opened his store on May 2015.  I have no part of all…other than admiration.  The Ireland one is particularly stunning.

Just thought you might like to see it.

Here is Bill’s store on Etsy.  It really makes me want to visit more islands so that I too can have a beautiful wall of six.




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