White-Faced Capuchin Monkeys in Manuel Antonio Park

It's my last night in Costa Rica, and thankfully I have wireless internet access again as I'm now at the Poseidon Hotel in Jaco. (How come the cheaper hotels always seem to have the best — and free — internet access, while the more luxurious ones either charge you extra for it or it doesn't really work?) I have literally hundreds of photos to share, but I wanted to post the ones of the White-Faced Capuchin monkeys first.

I saw three other types of monkeys in Costa Rica — Howler, Spider and Squirrel — but the Capuchins were by far my favorite. On both of the days (this past Saturday and Sunday) that I was visiting Manuel Antonio National Park, groups of Capuchins visited the entrance of "Beach Three" (aka Playa Tres or Playa Blanca). This beach was paradise to begin with — it's a calm cove of very warm turquoise water and white sand. But the monkeys just made it an incredible experience. They were so fun and playful, climbing all over the trees. They are very used to people and let you get very close to them. I saw some people feeding them, which you're not supposed to do. I also saw them about to steal a girl's bag that was hanging on a tree branch, which you're also not supposed to do. Enjoy these pictures — and don't worry, what looks like a two-headed monkey is actually a monkey giving a baby monkey a piggy-back ride.

3 Responses to White-Faced Capuchin Monkeys in Manuel Antonio Park

  1. Michael April 1, 2009 at 9:08 pm #

    can,t wait for more great pictures Michael

  2. Brian from April 6, 2009 at 12:47 am #

    I didn’t get to Manuel Antonio while I was in Jaco…we had the first tropical storm of the season (Alma) when I was there so there were road closures.
    Jaco was interesting to say the least. Not much to do that I after nightfall.

  3. EcoInteractive December 15, 2010 at 1:23 pm #

    They are delightful creatures. We are partial to the Mono Titi squirrel monkeys.

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