For anyone interested in monkeys, Manuel Antonio and its National Park, home to three of Costa Rica’s four species of monkey, is the place to visit. You can expect to see most of these monkeys at any of the vacation rentals we manage.
The mantled howler can be recognized by its primarily black fur, with longer light-brown hairs on its sides. The howler eats leaves and fruit, with a preference for young leaves. To get from tree to tree, mantled howlers will crawl on branches and jump from tree to tree, although they spend most of their day resting. You will often hear their famous “howl” early in the morning and late in the afternoon.
The capuchin (AKA white faced monkey) is easily recognized, with white fur on its face and chest, while the rest of its fur is black. As omnivores, capuchins will eat anything, from leaves to small birds. The exception to this rule is the harpy eagle, a rare predator. When traveling, the capuchins mostly crawl through the trees, although they also come down to the ground on occasion.
The third type of monkey is the squirrel monkey, whose reddish fur and grey heads make them easy to recognize. They are also the smallest of all the monkeys. They eat an omnivorous diet, much like the capuchin, and travel in much the same way, but prefer to stay in the trees. Squirrel monkeys have the most predators of the three species, including snakes, birds of prey, and even the capuchin monkey. Deforestation has made them an endangered species, but with recent reforestation efforts, squirrel monkey populations are already showing marked improvement. At Manuel Antonio Rentals, we work with a local organization, Titi Conservation Alliance, to help protect and preserve this endangered species.
Featuring some of the most impressive landscapes of the world, including several coves with many white sand beaches, Manuel Antonio attracts surfers, swimmers, birders, and ecotourists.