Online dating in Costa Rica has become quite popular in very much the same way as it has in Panama. I went to Costa Rica in college on a trip to explore the ecotourism side of the country and was fortunate enough to interact with many Costa Ricans. I found the people of the country warm, friendly, and very hospitable.
Should you be a lonely expatriate or traveler considering moving to or going to Costa Rica for a stint, I highly recommend you give online dating a try due to the large pool of singles you will find on the top online dating sites that service the country. Costa Rica, like Panama, is also a popular place to retire. So if you are a single retiree tired of the life in wherever country you are, consider giving Costa Rica a chance.
Most Costa Ricans still meet their romantic partners via the traditional methods of mutual friends, organizations, work, school, or church, etc; however, the 21st century rise of online dating and the decline in the stigma associated with it have led to thousands of people joining dating sites in search of love. In order to put yourself in a position for the best success, try to live close to San José, which is the most modern of all cities in Costa Rica and has the most online dating users.
Should you decide to sign up for the online dating sites I recommend below, be sure to read member profiles carefully as you might come across a lot of fake profiles. Usually, I can spot these profiles easily. A woman who has only one picture posted, is wearing a tight bikini and making an overly suggestive pose are usually clear signals to steer clear. Also look out for women who have next to nothing written on their profiles.
Without further ado, below are my thoughts and reviews on the best online dating sites in Costa Rica so that you can get started on searching for a potential significant other in this country.
Latin American Cupid: Latin American Cupid would be the site that I would focus 90% of my attention on. It is the best site for online dating in Costa Rica in my book. If you run a simple search of women 21-35 who live in Costa Rica, you will be able to browse through more than 1000 profiles. The selection of women and men on this site is not near what you will find at the site I mention below, but for what you lack in numbers, you more than make up for in terms of quality. I’m also a big fan of the site’s interface and identity verification tool.
Latin American Cupid seems to have a lot of men and women on the site living in San José, so, if you are planning to use this site, living in San José seems like your best bet for attaining success.
To have the full messaging functionality and to appear higher in the search results, you will have to buy a Gold or Platinum subscription. I normally always do Platinum with these sites. The few extra dollars you pay per month is usually worth the results you get. Remember, your love life, like your career and education, is one big investment that, when successful, will pay off in the end.
As I mention in my online dating e-book, just like the real world, there will be men or women who you will not click with or who don’t respond to your messages (or just disappear). There are women or men who might only be interested in helping you to part with your money. That is life. Just keep sending out messages and reach out until you find the person you are looking for and get success. As is typical with online dating, expect a response rate of around 1-10% depending on how good your profile is. (response rate = people who will respond back to you to whom you sent an introduction message).
To sign up for Latin American Cupid, click on the image below:
Badoo.com: A massive worldwide online dating site launched in 2006, Badoo is an OK option for Costa Rica. On face value, if you do a search of let’s say, women between 25 and 35 years old, you will turn up a lot of women in your search results. The problem with Badoo though is that you will have to weed through a lot of low quality profiles in order to locate real people. The quality is just not as good as you will find on Latin American Cupid although the selection is a lot larger. Because of my issues with the quality of profiles on Badoo, I would not focus on it as a starting point for my dating search.
Badoo works on the “freemium” model, which means that it is free to sign up, but you have to pay for upgraded features. The site operates in over 180 countries, and is popular in Latin America and Europe.
Get More Detailed Information on Costa Rican Dating Sites:
- I’ve gone into a lot more detail on each of the dating sites above in my e-book, Online Dating Success: How to Find Love Anywhere in the World, including the sign up process, how to set up a profile, pricing, unique site features, and the most effective strategy to use with each site.
Useful Phrases in Spanish:
- Hola, ¿Cómo estás? – Hi, how are you?
- Me llamo… – My name is…
- ¿Cuál es su nombre? – What is your name?
- ¿De dónde eres? – Where are you from?
- Yo soy de los Estados Unidos. – I am from the United States.
- ¿Hablas Inglés? – Do you speak English?
- ¿Qué te gusta hacer para divertirte? – What do you like to do for fun?
- ¿De verdad? – Oh really!?
- ¿Tienes hermanos o hermanas? – Do you have any brothers or sisters?
- Tu eres bonita. – You are really stunning.
- Me gustas mucho. – I like you a lot.
- Vamos a salir este fin de semana. – Let’s go out this weekend.
- ¿Estás libre a las 7 de la tarde? – Are you free at 7 o’clock?
- Qué bueno!! Gracias. – Cool! Thank you.
- ¡Qué genial! Hasta Luego. – Great! See you later.
- Adiós – Bye.
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