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A question that always comes up during tours is “how can I watch_____ TV shows in English in Panama?” ( fill in the blank with your favorite shows)
There are several ways you can watch your favorite shows:
- Cable TV – Cable Onda has good internet and cable tv which you can program for English language. I have SKY TV which has about 250 channels including a movie package. Some channels are in English and some are in other languages like Spanish, German, Italian, French. News shows like Fox, CNN, and BBC are available. Many of the movies are in English. And the weekly shows like Animal Planet, History Channel, A & E, TLC, FX, Warner, ESPN, Fox Sports, NFL Network, Golf Channel National Geographic, etc etc… It’s about $50 a month
- USTVNOWcom – has all most of the US TV channels including network news like ABC, NBC and CBS plus Fox and CNN. This was originally created for military people stationed overseas but can be used by expats too. Some of the channels are free or they have two subscription options. One includes a DVR to record your favorite shows so you can watch them later.
- ROKU is a great way to get access to your favorite shows too. Some of the programs are subscription based. You’ll need a TV with an HDMI cable port then just hook up the Roku to your TV for easy access to a variety of English shows. I use Roku to get access to Netflix and Youtube on my television.
To get access to Amazon Prime or use an Amazon Fire Stick you will need to use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to hide your Panama IP address before you log in. I use www.HideMyAss.com
Some people have a special box, called a IPTV box which gives them access to all US television channels including sports in English. I have heard that it is about $300 to buy the box and get it installed then only $25 a month.
Bottom line, there are a lot of different way to get access to English TV shows, movies, sports and news when you live in Panama. You won’t have to give up watching TV or movies when you move to Panama!
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Panama, at just 9 degrees latitude, is too far south for hurricanes. Panama is blessed by nature, unlike the rest of her Central American neighbors, with no hurricanes – amazingly it’s in a special climate area that is hurricane-free. Panama also has no major earthquakes and no active volcanoes. Panama is the ideal place to live!
After several hurricanes in the United States, insurance rates went through the roof. But because Panama has no hurricanes, real estate insurance rates are super low. I just got my annual house insurance renewal bill for $161.70 PER YEAR!
Hurricanes are essentially a tropical phenomenon, that are driven by the evaporation of a large pool of very warm water somewhere not too far from a shoreline. Local geographic conditions may cause them to strike in non-tropical locations, e.g. Florida, Louisiana, Atlantic coast, as well as Japan or Taiwan (where they are called typhoons). Hurricanes can strike the Pacific coast, but less commonly than the Caribbean, typically between about Acapulco and Panama.
Wikipedia’s entry on hurricanes has a graphic which depicts the tracks of all hurricanes between 1985-2005, shows that, in the Western hemisphere, hurricanes never form below about 8 degrees north and always move west or northwest.
Your home or property investments will be safer in Panama because you don’t have to worry about them being damaged or destroyed by a hurricane.
You can enjoy year-round SAFE weather with no worry of hurricanes in Panama. Panama does have tropical storms which can produce a lot of rain but no property damage like a hurricane.
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To see a general doctor in Panama you can just walk in to the office, no appointment is necessary. You may have to wait 5 minutes to see the doctor. The cost will be about $10 in Boquete or $20 if you live in Coronado or Panama City.
For a specialist, you need an appointment but they can usually see you within 48 hours. You could call their office to get an appointment but the receptionist will usually only speak Spanish. If you don’t know Spanish, you’ll need to get a friend to make the appointment for you.
You can send a WHATSAPP message to the doctor’s cell phone to make the appointment. Most doctors publish their cell phone numbers in Panama.
During the September tour I got an eye infection the day before the tour started. It got progressively worse during the tour but there was not much I could do about it because I was busy with the tour group.
I sent a WHATSAPP message to my ophthalmologist in Panama City telling him about the problem and asked what I could do. He asked me to send him a photo of my eye which I did via WHATSAPP. Then he prescribed some eye drops to take. I picked up the drops at a pharmacy during a tour stop.
Many doctors in Panama speak fluent English.
But after 2 days of taking the medication, my eye was getting worse and I was in a lot of pain. Once again I sent a photo to my eye doctor in Panama City. He recommended that I either come to see him right away or see an ophthalmologist in David Panama. He sent two recommendations for doctors in David including their cell phone number.
During the tour I sent a message via WHATSAPP to one of the doctors asking if he could see me the next day. I explained the problem. He replied back within 5 minutes and asked me to send him a photo of my eye, which I did. He checked with his receptionist then scheduled me for 4pm the next day. I arrived at his office in Hospital Chiriqui about 3 and was seen in a few minutes. He did a thorough eye exam then prescribed different eye drops. I was in and out in less than 30 minutes. The cost was $32 which I paid out of pocket even though I have insurance.
Since then, the ophthalmologist in David has followed up with me two times via WHATSAPP to see how I was doing. And my ophthalmologist in Panama City has also followed up via WHATSAPP.
Doctors put the CARE back in to healthcare in Panama!
WHATSAPP is widely used by everyone in Panama. It’s a free app that allows you to make calls, send text, send audio messages and share photos.. all for free. You can even call or text friends and family in other countries if they have WHATSAPP downloaded too. You will need wifi to use WHATSAPP
Before coming to Panama make sure you download WHATSAPP to your phone. It will be very useful even if you don’t need to make a doctor appointment. Learn more here https://www.whatsapp.com/features/