Music, Movies & Books to Inspire

We all know my Tulum obsession runs deep. I can’t get enough so I tend to surround myself with everything I can that reminds me of this fabulous place. I guess it just fuels the obsession.


Here’s a list of my favorites and links to make it easy for ya.




A Salty Piece of Land by Jimmy Buffett

A cowboy moves to Sian Ka’an to become a fishing guide. He sneaks in lots of references to his songs and to the Riviera Maya.


Incidents of Travel in Yucatan by John Lloyd Stephens and Frederick Catherwood

Takes you back in time through the author’s expeditions through the region in the 1800’s. Amazing history and perspective as he explored the ancient lost cities of the Yucatan Peninsula.  


Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

The story of a woman traveling the world to re-discover what is important to her and find her own inner peace.


The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

When a book’s key theme is “when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it”... I’m pretty sure it will make it onto my list of favorites. Trust the universe my dear friends and amazing things happen.


Fluent in 3 Months by Benny Lewis

My Spanish (while still a work in progress), has improved exponentially over the time that I have implemented the tips and strategies in this book. I have tried a million different things to improve my Spanish throughout my life and especially over the past few years but this book has done more to help me than all of that combined. Huge fan. 


Eat, Pray, Love

Movie version of the book noted above. The movie stars Julia Roberts and Javier Bardem. A good “chick flick” but I’d say the book is better. I liked the process and “me time” associated with reading the book of this topic.


The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Also inspired by a book, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is the story of a totally average guy that goes on the adventure of a lifetime to track down a photo considered to capture the ultimate essence of life. (Who wouldn’t go to the ends of the world to try and track down a photo like that, really?)



Alamar is a documentary-ish style film about a young man with Mayan roots that spends time with his son off the coral reef here in the Caribbean. It is in Spanish, so a great chance to "study" the language and even enjoy it! 

The Bucket List

If you haven’t seen this one yet - stop everything and go watch it. It is a great feel-good movie about two men diagnosed with cancer and how they chose to spend their final weeks. It is about friendships and loved ones and experiences. Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson do a great job bringing humor and fun to such a heavy topic. It’s a must-see.



Known as the U2 of Spanish Rock. Mana is classic, awesome, spanish music.


Jimmy Buffett

Jimmy (we’re on a first name basis) has referred to his music as drunken caribbean rock 'n' roll. It’s a laid back, beach bum, drink a cocktail on a beach type music. My parents introduced me to this classic music as a kid and I’ve loved it my entire life. Guess it should be no surprise I ended up where I am. 🙂


Zac Brown Band

Zac Brown Band’s Knee Deep is, in my mind, perhaps the greatest song ever! It is a true Tulum anthem if I’ve ever heard one. The lyrics “Never Been So Happy, Never Felt So High” provided me with a positive mantra while I was racing the Ironman triathlon a few years ago.



Positive, sassy music with a latin flavor.



With classics like International Love and Sexy Beaches, this guy’s a shoe-in for this list.


Manu Chao

Manu Chao is quite well known in Europe and Latin America but hasn’t achieved the same status in the United States. He sings in an incredible eight + languages (French, Spanish, English, Italian, Arabic, Catalan, Galician & Portuguese) and sometimes mixes multiple languages into the same song.


Enrique Iglesias

Some might consider this one a little cliche but, what can I say, I’m being honest about my faves here and he is definitely a fave. Even though I’m still working on my spanish, I think I might like the spanish versions of his songs over the english.


Ziggy Marley

Son of world famous Bob Marley, he brings a little more contemporary spin on the music his father made so famous.


Michael Franti & Spearhead

Franti is an advocate for peace and his music comes with incredibly positive messages of peace and love. Great music to listen to on the beach!