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In Santa Cruz has a small Hospital. Specialists como regularly from Horta and São Miguel. A doctor or a nurse visit the diferent villages during the week. In case of a medical emergency the transport through a military machine to another island is required. Normal health cases travel through a regular SATA machine to Horta or São Miguel. There are two pharmacies, one in Lajes, the other in Santa Cruz.
The airport of Flores is in Santa Cruz. A industrial harbour in Lajes as well as smaller harbours in Ponta Delgada, Santa Cruz and Fajã Grande. The supply ship comes every 2 weeks.

Buss conections exist to all villages, but not on all days. Most of the time a Taxi is more reliable.

Supermarkets are located in Santa Cruz, Fazenda das Lajes, and in Lajes, regular markets for dailys use products can be found in almost all villages, building supply markets can be found in Santa Cruz and Lajes. It is possible to order almost everything in those. The agriculture association has markets in both Santa Cruz and Lajes.
There are 2 butchers in Santa Cruz, the Fishmonger has shops in both Lajes and Santa Cruz but each on diferent days. There are quite a few backers, most of them distribute their product daily. Also there is a optician and a dental clinic in Santa Cruz. In both Santa Cruz and Lajes there are 2 banks (Caixa Geral de Depósito and BANIF), as well as notaries, the Police, the Marine Police and Firefighters. The Court is in Santa Cruz. There is one Post Office in both Santa Cruz and Lajes. Fast internet through optical fibre exists in both Lajes and Santa Cruz, the rest of the villages has satelite internet.

Restaurants and Bars can be found in all villages, even though a lot of the restaurants only open in the summer. Some of them are closed in the winter and in some a reservation is nessesary.
The school in Santa Cruz goes until the 12th grade. In Lajes only untill the 6th, after that all students go to Santa Cruz. Kindergardens exist in Ponta Delgada, Santa Cruz and Lajes, Santa Cruz has 2 sport halls. Lajes only has one. Very active are the football and volleyball teams on the island, also table tennis is popular. Gymnastic groups meet regularly. The cultural association organizes the yearly "Festa do Emigrante" in July. Traditional dancing groups exist in both Ponta Delgada and Lajes. The theater group "Jangada" presents pieces regularly.
Each village has its own museum, Santa Cruz has 3 and Lajes 4. Catolic Churches exist in every village and an evangelic one can be found in Santa Cruz.

The water supply is made through public conection. The cost is 3,12€ every 4 months in Lajes and 5€ in Santa Cruz. The waste water is, except in Santa Cruz, disposed into private holes. The electricity supply is assured through a Hydroelectric power station, 2 wind generators and a diesel powerplant in Lajes.

In Lajes the organic waste is picked up every Monday and Friday from the houses. The papper is collected every Tuesday, Wednesday the glass and Thursday the plastic/metal. The larger waste is picked up every first Wednesday of the month. On the island the waste disposal is free. In Lajes there is a waste separation station. On the island only remains Organic waste and building waste. everything else is transported to the continent.

Almost all streets were renovated during the last years. Gás stations can be found in Santa Cruz, Fazenda das Lajes and Lajes.

Natural swimming places can be found in Santa Cruz and Fajã Grande. Small beaches exist in Lajes and Fajã Grande. Viewpoints and Fireplaces are located in lots of different places, and most of the times the camping areas also have a fireplace. Official toilets exist in all vilages.

In both Santa Cruz and Lajes there is a County government.

In Lajes there is a veterinary. Fazenda de Santa Cruz has a small animal Park.

In Lajes there is a forster (Florestal). Here, during the winter mounths, are offered trees and decorative plants (example Hibiscus,etc) for free.


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