Manuel Antonio National Park on the pacific coast of Costa Rica is home to primary and secondary rain forest, mangrove swamps, lagoons and beautiful white sand beaches. With over 100 mammal species and almost 200 bird species it was listed by Forbes as one of the world’s most beautiful national parks.
The park is home to three of Costa Rica’s four monkey species – the Mantled Howler Monkey, the Central American Squirrel Monkey and the White-headed Capuchin Monkey. In fact, the park was specifically created to protected the Squirrel Monkey, a species that had dropped to under 1,000 individual in the area. The park reclaimed pasture area and new forest was planted – hence the relatively large area of secondary forest observed inside. The Squirrel Monkey population rebounded and they are now a common site, not only inside the park, but also in the town and along the road to Quepos.