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Viva Tropical

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Viva Tropical is a lifestyle 20 years in the making. It all started on a surf trip to Costa Rica in the mid 90's, where your host Josh Linnes fell in love with the tropical region. Since then he founded several companies including www. vivatropical.com, created real estate projects in Costa Rica and Panama, eventually buying his own island in Panama with his business partner Park Wilson. As comfortable in a dug out canoe as as a yacht, his adventures take him and his business partner into uncharted regions.Josh is a proponent of living simply while focusing on getting the most out of life. His love of exploring and experiencing everything the diverse region has to offer is obvious. On its surface the show is about the Latin Tropics, but the hosts multitude of interests take the show much deeper. From strange local myths and unique plants, to how to retire to the region. From offshore investment strategy to how to build a sailboat. You are welcome to enjoy an eclectic mix of interviews, how to's, local hacks, investment strategy, surfing stories, environmental coverage, off-grid information, coffee talk, and much more. Having a radio show is an excuse for Josh to draw in interesting people that hopefully teach listeners something new.Get to know a region better while discovering about all types of different subjects designed to help you break free and thrive.

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Viva Tropical is a lifestyle 20 years in the making. It all started on a surf trip to Costa Rica in the mid 90's, where your host Josh Linnes fell in love with the tropical region. Since then he founded several companies including www. vivatropical.com, created real estate projects in Costa Rica and Panama, eventually buying his own island in Panama with his business partner Park Wilson. As comfortable in a dug out canoe as as a yacht, his adventures take him and his business partner into uncharted regions.Josh is a proponent of living simply while focusing on getting the most out of life. His love of exploring and experiencing everything the diverse region has to offer is obvious. On its surface the show is about the Latin Tropics, but the hosts multitude of interests take the show much deeper. From strange local myths and unique plants, to how to retire to the region. From offshore investment strategy to how to build a sailboat. You are welcome to enjoy an eclectic mix of interviews, how to's, local hacks, investment strategy, surfing stories, environmental coverage, off-grid information, coffee talk, and much more. Having a radio show is an excuse for Josh to draw in interesting people that hopefully teach listeners something new.Get to know a region better while discovering about all types of different subjects designed to help you break free and thrive.

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One of the best podcasts out there!

By Magentawave - Mar 21 2016
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I subscribe to probably 50 podcasts and this is one of my favorites. His in-depth look at certain subjects are amazing and makes me feel like I’m there.

Excellent show.

By ValiantV - Aug 22 2015
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I was surfing ex-pat podcasts and was sad I couldn’t find this one again until now. Phew! This show doesn’t waste one’s time. The two hosts are easy to listen to, and quite knowledgable. If you’re thinking about investing in real-estate this show is excellent. Plus other varied and interesting content too.

iTunes Ratings

7 Ratings
Average Ratings
6
1
0
0
0

One of the best podcasts out there!

By Magentawave - Mar 21 2016
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I subscribe to probably 50 podcasts and this is one of my favorites. His in-depth look at certain subjects are amazing and makes me feel like I’m there.

Excellent show.

By ValiantV - Aug 22 2015
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I was surfing ex-pat podcasts and was sad I couldn’t find this one again until now. Phew! This show doesn’t waste one’s time. The two hosts are easy to listen to, and quite knowledgable. If you’re thinking about investing in real-estate this show is excellent. Plus other varied and interesting content too.

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Viva Tropical

Latest release on Sep 29, 2016

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The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: Go Inside the Scouting Mission. We look for a 100 acre property in Costa Rica and invite you come along

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Park and Josh look for a large tract of land for their next project. After combing through hundreds of options and locations they have narrowed it down the Southern Zone of Costa Rica or Nosara, Costa Rica. Join them as they discuss the pros and cons of each site while walking around on the property. Listen in as they discuss the process of deciding what direction to take or not take on a particular property. The initial stage of deciding what property is the best for them is only the beginning, the next steps of figuring out a plan and how it will work is where the rubber meets road in this special episode from the road.

Jul 06 2015

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Rank #2: The Maya, Were They The New World's Greatest Civilization?

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Christopher Minster, Latin American History expert, discusses the Maya. The ancient culture that developed reading writing and a complex society in around Mexico, Guatemala, and Honduras. He talks about their beliefs, their fascination with all things celestial and if they also sacrificed humans like the Aztecs. Christopher and Josh also talk about their favorite Mayan ruins why you should visit these sites today. Tune in and learn something new.

Oct 07 2014

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Rank #3: How the Aztecs were conquered the true and amazing story

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Author Buddy Levy joins the show to discuss his book Conquistador: Hernan Cortes, King Montezuma, and the Last Stand of the Aztecs

We discuss the story of a driven conquistador and what lead to the defeat of an Aztec king. We are sure you will be entertained by the true story that ultimately became one of histories most intriguing meetings between two very different cultures. Listen to this can’t miss episode and learn what it felt like to be in Mexico 500 years ago.

Jul 28 2014

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Rank #4: Central America Real Estate Show Vol.3 All About Nicaragua

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On this episode we discuss Nicaragua and all its awesome potential. Barry Oliver real estate professional has over 10 years of experience in the country and it will make a difference if you are considering buying or investing there.One of the safest countries in Central America, Nicaragua is often overlooked because of its turbulent history and lack of organization. Today's situation is much different and many have already discovered why this is one of the best options for living in Central America.Tune in now and hear where the investment opportunities are located, how much it costs to build, how much beachfront property costs, and who buys in the biggest country in Central America.

Nov 17 2014

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Rank #5: Central America Real Estate Report Vol. 2

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3 new people, 3 new places. We talk to Mike Cobb, long time developer in Nicaragua about the real estate climate in the beautiful country. His project Gran Pacifica is located there and he also explains why the lifestyle is so attractive to expats.Panama! Lucy Haines, founder of Panama Realtor the largest broker in Panama joins the show to give her unique perspective on where to look in Panama and why. And last but certainly not least, we head to one of the hottest real estate markets in Costa Rica, Nosara. Josh discusses why this place is so popular with local Jeff Grosshandler of First Choice Remax, Usually low prices drive the market, but this place isn't cheap, so we do the deep dive into the market to find out why it is what it is.

Sep 22 2014

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Rank #6: Vol. 2 Anatomy of a MONSTER Drug Deal (Stories from the Inner Sanctum)

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Brian O'Dea comes back on to finish his story of what it was like to be a professional smuggler.  This time around we get to discuss some of the nitty gritty details about chance encounters, strategy, and the steps that led to smuggling and, then, selling $300,000,000 of marijuana.

Tune in now and hear what led to the biggest drug deal in U.S. history at the time it went down.  There is no doubt why his story is beign fast-tracked to a major motion picture and will probably be a big hit.

Nov 03 2014

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Rank #7: How to Disappear or Achieve Maximum Privacy, something all expats can take advantage of

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Frank Ahearn, disappearing expert and "Digital Hitman" joins the show to talk about privacy and how to disappear in a digital world that tracks everything. A former Skip Tracer, his old job used to be to find people and now he uses that experience to keep things hidden. Tune and hear a fascinating perspective while learning to use the information to protect yourself. Also learn why you have a chance when you move overseas to create a buffer that gives you a chance to distance your self from your current internet habits.

Aug 18 2014

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Rank #8: Offshore 101 with Andrew Henderson. How to protect your assets

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Founder of Nomad Capitalist Andrew Henderson joins us for a candid conversation about protecting your assets, where to get a second passport and why you need to protect yourself. You may think you are well protected, but Andrew explains that if all your eggs are in one basket you really aren’t safe.

Jul 21 2014

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Rank #9: Hunting The Most Notorious Criminal in the World Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman

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After escaping Prison in 2001 Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman became the most wanted criminal in the world. The DEA, FBI, and Mexican Authorities were hunting him, but for some reason they couldn't find El Chapo. Film Maker Angus Macqueen doubted that these authorities with virtually limitless resources couldn't find El Chapo, so he set out with a camera to find him and make a movie about it. This episode details what he did it and how he survived the process.

Jun 22 2015

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Rank #10: Biodynamic Farming an Introductory Guide

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Esteban Pereira joins the show to discuss Biodynamic Farming. He explains what in the world Biodynamic farming means and how anyone can get started today. The practice originated from talks by Ruldolf Steiner who was also the creator of Waldorf Schools. Biodynamics was also the system that eventually lead to our current Organic Standards you will see it is an all encompassing system that is as incredible as it is diverse. If you ever think about growing your own food and living off the land then this show is a great one for you.

Aug 25 2014

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Rank #11: How to Create Your Own Off-grid Escape

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Eric Youngren, Off-Grid Expert, returns to expand our knowledge and this time we focus on creating an off-grid escape. Last time Eric joined the show we discussed what you need to know before even thinking about living off the grid.

This time we discuss how to evaluate locations based on their ability to produce energy. We also talk about how each of the big three technologies, solar, wind, and hydro, could help you create your own off-grid retreat.

Some of the most incredible locations in Central America are off the grid, so what are you waiting for – listen to this and then go find your perfect getaway.

Oct 27 2014

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Rank #12: Central America Real Estate Report Vol. 1

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The Central America Real Estate report is part of series that hops around Central America to hear on the ground intel, reports, and data you can use in your hunt for Real Estate. In this episode we interview 3 brokers from 3 different countries, starting in Costa Rica, then on to Roatan, Honduras, and finally Lake Atitlan Guatemala. Topics of discussion include what is happening in these real estate markets. Where are the opportunities? How much does it cost to build? We also try and develop some historical context to give you insight on what is happening now in terms of prices and momentum. Download to start learning how things work in each of these unique places. and if they are the right options for you.

Aug 04 2014

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Rank #13: The Mythical Jaguar, Your Guide to World's 3rd Largest Cat

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Josh talks to Eduardo Carillo, Jaguar expert and professor at University of Costa Rica.The Jaguars name comes from the Native American word meaning, “he who kills with one blow.”Eduardo has been studying their behavior for over 25 years and shares his knowledge from the field. Tune in and listen as he shares what he has learned and how his career began with a chance encounter with a Jaguar on a beach. Also what is being done to protect this species from extinction and what you can do help. We think you will agree this cat is one of the most fascinating and elusive inhabitants of the rain forest.

Oct 20 2014

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Rank #14: Creating an income the old school way with Karl Spaeth of Temple of White Dog Ginger Beer (Expat Start-up)

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Entrepreneur Karl Spaeth joins the show. Learn how he built a business with one product that supports his lifestyle and even got him discovered by the head of a company that just sold to Starbucks. His future is bright and it is all because of his product Temple of the White Dog ginger beer and hard work. Find out how he grew his business and get inspired to create your own expat business when you move down to the Latin Tropics. 

Jul 07 2014

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Rank #15: Panama Residency and Beyond. Find out everything you need to know.

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Everything you need to know about Panama residency, visas, and beyond. Ricardo Faraudo an attorney from the DENFAB firm joins todays show. He specializes in expat immigration and details all the options you have when moving to Panama. There is even one option that comes with a Panamanian passport, so find out what option is best for you or if you even need to apply for residency.

Aug 11 2014

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Rank #16: One of the Most Dangerous Places in the world. 18 months in Darien Gap

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Author Martin Mitchinson tells us what it was like spending 18 months in the Darien Gap of Panama. The Darien is a roadless jungle covered gap of land that stretches from the Caribbean to the Pacific ocean covering the edge of the Panama Columbia border. It is not the biggest undeveloped jungle area but it is probably the most dangerous. People who know where it is stay away based on a history of FARC kidnappings and the fact it is home to those who don't want to be found. Martin tells how he ended up in the Darien and why it wasn't as dangerous as people say. Tune in and listen to the experiences that lead to a book called The Darien Gap, Travels in the rainforest in Panama.

Jul 14 2014

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Rank #17: How to Train your Surf Skills on Land

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Surfing is a perplexing sport when it comes to training, on the one had if you are near the waves you can just surf. On the other hand how do you train for surfing waves on land? The sport is unique in that you ride something that is moving, but how do you replicate thosese conditions on land? What type of training can you do that will improve your skills in the water? Learn how when we are talk to Anthony Sasso creator of the program Fit2shred, he has created a program to that will help any surfer get stronger and better in the water.

Sep 08 2014

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Rank #18: Get paid to Travel. Create an expedition company.

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We talk to fellow travel lover Matthew Brumley and find out how he got started in the expedition business. Founder of Earthbound Expeditions, Matthew talks candidly about what has worked for him and how he comes up with creative ideas that provide unique travel experiences. He gives insight into why Costa Rica is one of his chosen destinations and how visiting Cuba is like Time Travel. If you ever thought about creating a travel based business or were just interested in traveling with small group of people this discussion will inspire you.

Nov 10 2014

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Rank #19: Scouting Mission: El Salvador and Colombia, find out what we learned

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Park joins the show to discuss his recent trip to Medellin, Colombia with his boys. Park examines the good and bad from the trip and compares his experience there to the rest of Central America. Not to be outdone, Josh recounts his recent trip to El Salvador and breaks down how the country fits into the scope of Central America real estate investment. The business partners also catch up on the recent elections in Panama and what has been happening on Boca Chica Island.

Sep 15 2014

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Rank #20: How to Drive Around the World for $50 a day, the Supreme Travel Hack

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We talk to Phil Flanagan, world traveler and overland expert. Phil sourced and converted a european van to travel world for less than $18,000 USD. He then proceeded to drive across Europe, Asia, North America then South America for the ensuing 5-6 years. In this episode Phil teaches you how to do it too, where to find a car and his minimalistic approach to maximum travel experience. The travel legends were able to to travel this way for $50 a day, this includes food for both of them, maintenance, gas, everything else. Tune and hear their inspiring story.

Oct 14 2014

1hr 22mins

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