RE: I’m interested in buying a business in Costa Rica. What would be the first steps?
I think the most important thing is to spend some real quality time in CR. Not just a week or two each year. I would spend many months and at different times of the year before you go all in. Talk to lots of expat business owners, there are MANY. Lots of them learned the hard way.
Figure out where you want to live, where you want to your business to be. Think a lot about seasonality.
If you have not run/owned your own business before, be careful. Owning your own business is not a piece of cake even in the US or when things seem to be going well. Over the life of a business there will be fat and lean.
The more Spanish you know the better. Not an absolute necessity but it will make life better. Â Start lessons now! Not after you get there.
Â¡Buena suerte amigo!