Costa Rican Pluming is often poor and has very low pressure in all but the best hotels and buildings. Often, putting toilet paper into the bowl clogs up the system, so a waste receptacle is provided for the used paper.
This may not seem particularly sanitary, but it's much better than clogged bowls and toilet water overflowing onto the floor. A well-run hotel, even if it's cheap, will ensure that the receptacle is emptied and the toilet cleaned every day. The same applies to restaurants and other public toilets. the better hotels have adequate flushing capabilities. In places where toilet paper baskets are provided, travelers are urged to use them.
Public toilets are limited mainly to bus terminals, airports and restaurants. Lavatories are called servicios or baños. To be on the save side, always carry a personal supply of toilet paper.
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Text by Lonely Planet.
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