About the Authors

About the Authors


2002 through 2006 were good times for real estate investors. And during those years the Viva Tropical founders, Park Wilson & Josh Linnes, were able to amass a portfolio of over 200 real estate transactions in both commercial & residential sectors, with valuations well into 8 figures.

But in 2006, they began to notice that investment fundamentals no longer made sense. The market was awash in capital and prices had been pushed through the ceiling. This signaled the time to exit.

Josh had been investing in Costa Rica for 10 years, so at his suggestion they decided to broaden their scope for investments and investigate opportunities abroad. After 9 months of due diligence, they began to grip on the inefficient markets of the Latin Tropics

After several scouting trips, the founders packed up their families, moved to the region, and founded Viva Tropical, the fastest growing online magazine for living and investing abroad.  Since that time, they’ve completed several successful real estate projects in Panama, including a 400-acre private island.  And next they’ve got their sights set on Costa Rica.

During their time in the tropics, Park and Josh have learned a lot about the real estate market.  Not by attending seminars, talking to realtors, or looking at market comps. Instead they’ve gained experience by scouting more than 3 million acres of property, driving the Pacific Coast all the way from Mexico to Ecuador, exploring remote areas they could only reach on foot or by boat, talking to locals, and–most importantly–purchasing and developing property for themselves.

This boots-on-the-ground approach has made them able to better evaluate individual properties, as well as entire markets, and make sound decisions about what to purchase.  They currently have a large, satisfied investor pool of individuals with a net-worth of $3M+ who enjoy the benefit of owning land in Latin America without the hassle of managing it on a daily basis.

Park and Josh have been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, and numerous other publications.

Learn more about Park & Josh at www.vivatropical.com or email them directly.