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January 30, 2024

Wildlife Tales From the Costa Rica Rainforest

Tulu Azul Sloth relaxing

If you consult the endless travel websites on “where to see wildlife in Costa Rica,” you’ll most likely read about Corcovado, Manuel Antonio and the Osa Peninsula, in general. But did you know that you’re very likely to spot monkeys, toucans, macaws, pizotes and even a sloth at one of our luxury vacation villas in southern Costa Rica!? 

We often have guests tell us they saw more wildlife at their villa than on a tour at a national park. From massive whale sightings from the pool deck to spotting the teeny-tiny blue-jeans frog out on a hike, there’s no limit to what you might see while vacationing at one of our many spectacular villas.

Here are some wildlife sightings straight from our guests’ reviews:

Ballena Royale

We had a sloth visiting the property, tons of birds, butterflies and heard the monkeys every morning.


Meridian House

We got to see toucans, macaws, sloths, blue butterflies, coati (just don’t feed it or any other animals!), and monkeys without leaving the property.

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Casa San Martin Mirador

“We enjoyed watching nature on the veranda, with monkeys visiting daily and a wide variety of colorful birds flying by.”

Tulu Azul Capuchin monkey resting in garden tree

The Jade House

“We heard howler monkeys every morning, found the sloth every day, got to watch white-faced monkeys jump from tree to tree, were visited by an armadillo, maybe spotted a whale, and saw all kinds of birds and butterflies.”


Villa Koora Costa Rica

“We spent every morning on the deck enjoying the sunrise and all the beautiful birds and wildlife. We had a flock of 5 toucans stop by for a few days!”

Ocean View Rentals-Dominical-Costa Rica-Casa Tangaroa

Caballitos del Mar Sur

“The beach is a dream. We love the close access and my kids loved seeing the iguanas hang around the pool all week.”

Green Iguana in Costa Rica at Casa Pura Vida Vacation Rental.

Brisa Hermosa

“We could hear howler monkeys in the distance, saw toucans on the property’s many trees, the kids loved looking for geckos, and were delighted to see giant iguana, and we even saw an agouti and a white-nosed coati while sitting on the outdoor couch after nightfall.”

Pizote Close up of a white-faced coati known as Pizote in Costa Rica.

Villa Dalu

“We sat in the pool every afternoon and watched toucans, hummingbirds and other beautiful birds fly around in the backyard.”

Hummingbirds Costa Rica

Villa Oro Verde

“We loved everything about this property (especially seeing monkeys and toucans from our pool!), definitely worth a stay!”

Tulu Azul Capuchin Monkey walking on branch

Casa Pura Vida Wildlife

“Toucans, coaties, butterflies, monkeys as well as other birds and animals were all sited on the property.”

Blue Morpho Butterfly Costa Rica

Vista Encanto

“The resident geckos were a constant source of amusement and all of the different kinds of birds that appeared each day were amazing. There were iguana visits and even a toucan one day. The Capybara made an appearance almost every day in the driveway.”

Lounging Lizard at Vista Encanto

Casa Alta Vista Wildlife Costa Rica

“As I sit in my office this morning I am thinking of the howler monkeys, toucans, and our friendly sloth who appeared daily. It was an incredible experience that we hope we can enjoy again in the future.”

Costa-Rica-Beach-House-Rentals-Casa-Pura-Vida-Uvita Howler Monkey

All true stories about wildlife in Costa Rica. Now are you ready to experience your own wildlife sightings? If so, contact our team today at and we’ll help you discover the vacation villa of your dreams.

Category: Blog, CR Wildlife

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