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10 Facts You Need To Know About Sloths Before You Visit Costa Rica

Sloths are some of the most fascinating animals on the planet, and here in Manuel Antonio we have no shortage of them! You can see 2 different species of sloth, the 2-toed and 3-toed variety, in any given tree all around the area. In fact, here at Pacifico Colonial we have what we like to call our “resident sloth”, who spends tons of time in his favorite tree located right outside of our balconies. You can often see him hanging from a branch or munching on leaves while you’re swimming in our luxurious infinity pool. Here are a few fun facts about sloths I bet you didn’t know:

  1. Sloths can live up to 40 years old.
  2. 3-toed sloths have an extra neck vertebra that allows them to turn their heads almost all the way around (about 270 degrees).
  3. Sloths are among the most common rainforest mammals and are extremely successful in their environment. If you keep your eyes open and look up, you are very likely to spot one during your vacation in Costa Rica!
  4. Costa Rica has the world’s only sloth orphanage, with a sick bay named “the slothspital”.
  5. When a female sloth is ready to mate, she will scream out loud. Once she finds a partner (or the partner finds her), it only takes about 5 seconds to do the deed.
  6. The common ancestor of both the three and two-toed sloths was a gigantic ground sloth about the size of a modern-day elephant.
  7. Baby sloths learn what to eat by licking the lips of their mother.
  8. Sloths have extremely slow metabolisms—the slowest of any mammal—and digestion can take over a month. This is why they only defecate once a week. They can also slow down their metabolism even more when swimming, which allows them to hold their breath for up to 40 minutes.
  9. Many people wish for a sloth as a pet. Sloths are not as cuddly as they look, however: their fur hosts multiple species of algae, beetles, moths and other insects. They thrive on this symbiotic relationship and would be quite unhappy receiving baths or living in a sanitized environment (rather than a rainforest tree). Additionally, sloths have trouble staying warm anywhere outside of their tropical homes. They cannot shiver, and depend heavily on the equatorial sun and year-round warmth to stay alive. A pet sloth sounds like a lovely idea but in reality, it is not very practical.
  10. Sloths are related to anteaters and, like their cousins, also have very long tongues. Their tongues can measure 12-15 inches!

Melissa Real Estate Specialist Interview

Meet Melissa, Tropical Sun Villas’ Vacation and Real Estate Specialist! She knows all there is to know about this gorgeous area. We sat down with her to ask her a few questions on what she loves about living and working here in the rainforest.

  • What made you move to Costa Rica?
    • My husband and I had been looking for a place we felt we could live for several years. We looked in Mexico, Belize, Panama and even Spain. When we came to Costa Rica for the first time for a visit in 2001 and saw Manuel Antonio, we knew we had found our place by the end of our 2 weeks here.
  • What is your favorite place in Costa Rica?
    • My favorite place is Manuel Antonio, because there is so much to do. A short distance from anywhere in MA, and you can find every kind of water and land adventure and so much beauty. Not to mention all the wildlife that abounds in the national park and the jungle. You can also get to a lot of places easily by walking, bus or taxi. I always say it’s got a boutiquey and cosmopolitan feel to it, since so many diverse people live here. It also has a warm and cultural Costa Rican feel at the same time.
  • What do you think is special about Manuel Antonio?
    • It’s so green and lush here all year long, and the mono titis—aka squirrel monkeys—are only here in Manuel Antonio. The park has one of the most beautiful beaches in Central America and you can see why when you are there. It’s truly breathtaking.
  • How long ago did you move here?
    • It’s been over 10 years now. Our first visit was in 2001.
  • What is your favorite activity or tour to recommend to visitors and why?
    • That’s tough to say—but I think for me, I love to recommend that guests visit the national park with one of our top recommended guides. There is so much to learn; kids and adults alike discover how much life is hidden but discoverable. After visiting the park, guests have the best pictures of the bugs, frogs, monkeys, sloths, birds etc. The guides use special telescopes that allow guests to take close-ups of faraway animals in excellent detail. It’s a truly memorable experience. Afterwards, guests can visit and enjoy one of the most gorgeous beaches on the planet, where the jungle meets the ocean.
  • What is your favorite thing about working with vacationers and why?
    • Really my favorite thing is learning about them—where they are from and what they are hoping to enjoy while they’re here. For so many families it’s precious time together as they come from all over North America and many other parts of the world. I want to be sure we are helping them experience this place in the most special way possible, and that each guest makes memories that last them a lifetime. What we hear time and time again is that this was the best vacation of their lives. That is a great feeling, knowing that we were a small part in making that happen.