There are many churches and denominations in Dominican Republic. It is no problem to worship in the religion of your choice. Catholic is the recognized religion of the country and the church has much say on the way the country is run.
Churches/ Iglesias in the Colonial Zone area (Convents, Parishes, Temples)
Iglesia El Tabernáculo De las Asambleas de Dios / Assembly of God
Services are in Spanish and for the hearing impaired. All are welcome to attend they are very friendly and inviting. If you do not speak Spanish just let them know and they will try and find someone to interpreted the service for you.
Tuesday/ Martes 7:30PM, Thursday/ Jueves 7:30PM, Saturday/ Sábado (youth service) 7:30PM, Sunday/ Domingo (Sunday school) 9:30AM and church 11:00AM.
Pastors Francisco and Ana Rosa Morrobel email: firstname.lastname@example.org
church phone: 809-685-3058 home:809-685-9866 cellphones: 809-268-4376 and 829-386-3886
Padre Billini #366 and Santome, Colonial Zone, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Casa del Sacremento - Isabel La Católica #55
Vicaria Episcopal de Pastoral Educativa 809-685-3298
Plan Pastoral Arquidiósesis de Santo Domingo 809-685-7272
Electricity in Dominican Republic is not very reliable. In most parts of the island there are power outages everyday. Usually these outages only last a few hours but sometimes they have been known to go on for days. In areas where people pay for their electric there is less chance for the electric to go out. Many parts of the country get free electric or they steal the power. Most Hotels have back up generators and plants to supply power to their guests 24/ 7. Other hotels may have back up power but only to supply power to the most important things (lights and maybe a fan). Many homes and businesses have back up power in the form of a generator, batteries that charge while there is power or some other devise to supply them with the basic electric needs. Most are accustomed to these power outages and have accepted these temporary blackouts as part of everyday life.
When the power does go out and there is no back up power just go with the flow. You will hear "se fue la luz!" "There goes the lights!" and in most parts of the country the people will go out to the street to visit the neighbors and talk until the power is restored. Just remember when the power is out for long periods of time you cannot get a cold beer unless the business has a generator. so keep this in mind for when you want to go out when there is no power.
Electric Companies Some of these web sites give one an idea of when your electric will be turned off. They have a schedule so you can adjust your use of electrical things with their schedule. Only in Dominican Republic....jejej
Water / Auga in Dominican Republic has always been a problem. For the most part the potable water (drinking water) needs to be purchased in bottles as the water supply is not that clean, especially in the cities. You can purchase small bottles, by the gallon or the big blue water bottles called "bote llón de agua" (pronounced botayoun). For the large bottles you will have to either purchase the bottle or give a deposit. Then you trade the empty bottle for a full bottle and just pay the price for the water from then on. The local Colmados (corner stores) will deliver these bottles to your home as needed, just give them a call. (A few good Colmados that deliver in the Zona Colonial)
The water in many areas does run out. Many people have a tank or tinaco on the roof of the home or businesses that holds a back up water supply incase the water or power is out. You can see these big black round tanks on the rooftops all over the country. Remember outside of the hotel, most people place their toilet paper/ papel higiénico into the trash can and not in the toilet. Most septic systems cannot handle the paper.
When you go into a restaurant and ask for water they usually give you bottled water. Some will have the big blue bottle and pour you a glass from this. Just make sure that it is bottled water if they do this. Most businesses use bottled water to make ice. The bagged ice that used in most places is normally safe to use. Once you leave the city it is wise to inquire as to what the ice was made with (that is if there is electric to freeze the water), just to be safe. Be careful of the frio frio /snow cone and some other vendors in the street. Most do not use the ice that is purified. If you want to indulge in this refreshing treat please ask first about the ice.
*AES Distribuidora Del Este 809-596-1099 or 1-809-200-1099 (anywhere in DR without charge)
*CENTRO DE OPERACIONES 809-562-2343 or 809-563-2333
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Truck delivering 5 gallon bottled water (bote llón de agua)
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Local Hospitals and Clinics
*NOTE* Here in Dominican Republic a Clinic is privately owned and operated. If you are a tourist and need to go to the hospital a clinic would be the place to go. They are privately run, are more costly but the service is more like the hospitals at home (USA). The Hospitals are public and are run by the government and are free or very low cost but they will not perform all the services that you might need for an emergency.