The Tulemar Gardens property is a 33-acre preserve of rainforest that borders Tulemar Beach. It is an ecological preserve that extends the habitat of the natural flora and fauna within Manuel Antonio National Park.
Tulemar Resort Hotel is a main stop on the monkey highway through the jungle. The maritime zone around Tulemar Gardens offers the perfect environment for wildlife, with ample food and dense vegetation for protection.
We are proud to host a diversity of plants and animals, including our wild residents: three-and two-toed sloths, White Face and Titi’s monkeys, green and helmeted iguanas, Jesus Christ lizards, Halloween crabs, Yellow-throated Toucans, and Brown Pelicans, and white-tailed deer, to name a few.
Tulemar Gardens proudly serves as the headquarters for The Sloth Institute, a charity dedicated to enhancing the welfare and conservation of sloths set directly within our grounds. Our partnership highlights our unwavering commitment to preserving the thriving ecosystem and solidifying our status as a leader in sustainable wildlife preservation efforts.
Learn more about The Sloth Institute and book your Sloth tour here:
1. “Titi” Squirrel Monkeys reach a size of only 15 inches, or about the size of a bowling pin. From February to March, itty-bitty titi babies can be seen carried on their mothers’ backs. Despite their miniature statures, squirrel monkeys have one of the largest brain-to-body sizes of any monkey.
2. Scarlett Macaws are the largest parrots found in Costa Rica, known for their vibrant and colorful plumage. Many species of macaws can mimic human speech and blush to communicate a range of emotions.
3. Toucans are the endearing klutzes of the rainforest, with bulky beaks that serve many purposes, including eating fruit, catching insects, and regulating body temperature. Due to their large beaks and short wingspan, they can’t gracefully fly long distances, so instead, they navigate by hopping along tree canopies and the ground.
4. Halloween Crabs are terrestrial, not terrifying. These herbivorous crabby-crawlers possess a natural climbing ability and have recently become sought after as pets due to their low maintenance needs and attractive purple, red, and black coloring.