The 4 Best Online Dating Sites in the Dominican Republic

Online dating in the Dominican Republic has experienced rapid growth, gaining quick acceptance in very much the same way online dating in Colombia has exploded.

Just like in many Latin American countries, the majority of Dominicans still meet their romantic partners via the tride and true methods, including mutual friends, organizations, work, school, or church, etc; however, this scene is rapidly changing, and online dating is becoming increasingly more mainstream. This is particularly true in the major cities like Santo Domingo and Santiago and around the tourist zones of Punta Cana, Puerto Plata, and Sosua.

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Dominican Model – Nathali Montes de Oca (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Dominicans are beautiful. I would put them in the same category as Brazilians or Colombians. You will definitely find stunningly attractive women and men. 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 is in an overly suggestive pose and only has one picture posted (e.g. just her profile picture and no other pictures) is usually a huge red flag in my book.

Without further ado, here is the quick list of the top 4 dating sites in the Dominican Republic. I’ll go into more detail in my reviews below.

  1. Dominican Cupid
  2. Latin American Cupid
  3. Badoo
  4. Tagged
Dominican Actress - Vanessa Apolito

Dominican Actress – Vanessa Apolito (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

1. Dominican Cupid

This is the best website for finding love in the Dominican Republic. Dominican Cupid is part of the Cupid Media family that owns sites such as Colombian Cupid, Brazil Cupid and Afrointroductions (sites that I’ve used in the past).

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Dominican Cupid

DominicanCupid was started in October 2006 and has a user base numbering in the thousands – fairly small compared to many other dating sites, but reasonable size considering the small population of the Dominican Republic. DominicanCupid is primarily geared towards helping North American men meet Dominican women.

DominicanCupid’s clean website and strong features will be pleasantly familiar to those who have used other Cupid Media sites. All-around, though this is a small site, with a targeted niche, it does its job well. If you’re looking to meet singles from the Dominican Republic, this is where you want to be.

Sign up Process

DominicanCupid has one of the fastest signups I’ve come across. To start, just provide your name, gender, email and a password. You can also signup with your Facebook account which is considered more trustworthy by the website and will help ensure your profile is not suspended for a verification check.

After that, briefly describe yourself and your ideal match, and that’s it. At this point, you can either finish your profile, or just start browsing the site. If you elect to leave your profile unfinished for now, it’s worth mentioning that at times you will be prompted to answer a couple more questions about yourself before being able to continue.

How to Locate Potential Matches

Looking for matches is flexible to your tastes, with four display options (Photo View, Basic View, Detail View and Profile) and four order options (Newest Members, Photos First, Last Active, and Relevance). You can also customize your searches, searching by age, location, and education, body type, ethnicity, lifestyle choices (smoking, drinking, etc.), marital status, whether they have kids, religious views, even their star sign.

How to Communicate with Other Members

Messaging options as a Standard member are nothing to write home about. You can “send interest” and add to favorites, which is useful in opening the potential communication and getting your profile noticed. However, in order to move the dynamic to actual conversation, you’ll need to upgrade to a Gold or Platinum membership. Once you do, you’ll have Instant Messaging, audio and video chat at your disposal, and you can message whomever you like.

So while the lack of useful features as a Standard member is irritating, at least if/when you do upgrade, you are adequately rewarded. Video chat alone has saved me from many disastrous dates.

Unique Site Features

One of the strongest features of DominicanCupid is the detailed profile. Beyond your basic information, you have the option to share hobbies/interests, answer questions about your personality, and add CupidTags, which are personalized keywords to describe yourself, make your profile more easily searchable, and better match with other profiles.

Finally, you can also verify your profile by uploading a copy of an official document such as your passport, driver’s license, or national ID card. Doing so enables DominicanCupid to verify details like your name, age, gender, etc., which sets you apart as a serious and trustworthy profile.

What is Included in Each Membership Level

  • Standard – Create profile, upload multiple photos, browse, search, and send interest to profiles, communicate with paying members
  • Gold – All of the above, plus: Unlimited communication with all members (including audio/video/IM chat), no ads, hide your profile for incognito browsing
  • Platinum – All of the above, plus: Better search rank for your profile, double the profile space, access to advanced matching algorithms, message translation, VIP profile highlighting, extra search features

 

2. Latin American Cupid

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Latin American Cupid

Latin American Cupid has been up and running since 2003. It is a solid option for the Dominican Republic, but, like any site, you will have to weed through some scammy profiles asking for help and money. I find that those profiles are easy to spot, and Latin American Cupid does a pretty good job of keeping the riff-raff out.

Sign up Process

Unlike other dating sites that make you jump through a lot of hoops just to view profiles, this site is easy and takes about 5 minutes, if that. Enter valid information like your name, email address and a short description about yourself and who you are looking for, and you’re set.

Your profile isn’t going to be complete, but at least you can start browsing. With Latin American Cupid, you will find there is a lot of information they ask from you, but you don’t need to fill it all out in one setting.

How to Locate Potential Matches

Now that you are set up, start browsing the profiles. You can browse by age, photos, relevance, and so many other options on this site. Don’t get overwhelmed by the amount of people on the site. Browse through a few a day, and remember that you don’t want to settle for just anyone. Patience and persistence is key.

How to Communicate with Other Members

Unfortunately, like many other dating sites, the only way to get into the dating scene and meet people is to upgrade to a premium membership. Without one, you can’t really send any messages or save profiles of potential matches. However, if you do choose to stay a free basic member, you can still sort through profiles and show interest in someone, but that is as far as it will go.

A premium membership is the way to really get to know someone, chat with them, and possibly meet for coffee.

Unique Site Features

The one unique aspect of this site is its ability to incorporate language translation. Although it isn’t exactly up to par, it works well enough to understand what the other person is saying without having to leave the site to translate the text.

There are a few members that can speak broken English, but it is best to utilize Google’s tool just in case you want to video chat. Plus, signing up for this site will help you learn a new language if you don’t already know Spanish, which is a big plus.

What is Included in Each Membership Level

  • Standard – Create profile, upload photos, create customized searches, send interest to anyone, communicate with Gold/Platinum members
  • Gold – All of the above, plus: Unlimited messaging and communication with other profiles (text, audio, video, Instant Messaging), ad-free browsing, invisible browsing
  • Platinum – All of the above, plus: Rank above other members in searches, doubled profile space, VIP profile highlighting, platinum-exclusive search features, advanced matching algorithms, message translation

 

3. Badoo

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Badoo in the Dominican Republic

A massive worldwide online dating site launched in 2006, Badoo will be an Ok option for the Dominican Republic if you really want to put in the time to send out a lot of messages (a good number of the profiles don’t appear to be real). The quality though is not as good here, and the most attractive people will get bombarded with messages. Your message message will most likely get lost in the mix.

Give it a try though if you run out of options on the sites above. 

Sign up Process

To sign up, fill in your basic information like name, date of birth, gender and location, or you can connect via your Facebook account or one of your email accounts. Badoo also asks you your reason for wanting to join Badoo, giving you 3 options: Make friends, chat with others, or find dates.

Next, Badoo asks if you want to link your Badoo account to your Twitter account, and if you want to import your list of friends from your email account. Once that’s all sorted out, you can start browsing profiles.

How to Locate Potential Matches

To find a match, you get two basic options: Encounters is one and the other is People Nearby. With Encounters you get just one profile to view at a time, to Like by a click on the heart, or dismiss with an “X” before you get to view the next profile. The site notifies you when a mutual match is found.

People Nearby is a typical browsing feature, letting you scroll multiple profiles, all located near you.

How to Communicate with Other Members

With either Encounters or People Nearby, all you do is click on a profile to view a member’s photos, have a text-only chat, add to your Favorites, or you can send a gift to them.

To see a member’s personal info, you must create a profile of your own. To see where they’re located, you must activate location services on your laptop or mobile device.

Badoo also lets you see who Likes you back, but not until you invite friends from an email account. I thought this was strange actually. Had I wanted to invite friends to join Badoo, it would have made more sense to invite them using my Twitter or Facebook accounts. 

Unique Site Features

Badoo looks elegant and polished as it should since it is certainly one of the most widely used websites in the entire world. Although you provide quite a lot of information on your profile, there really is no way for sharing updates like you can on Facebook and Twitter.

At times Badoo does seem like a social networking site because you are able to upload photos and videos to flush out your profile. However, in practice, it is much more of a dating site.

Badoo emphasizes popularity and the ranking of profiles as seen by how many members Liked a particular profile out of all visitors. I also found it interesting that members can pay if they want to be view by more people.

What is Included in Each Membership Level

  • Free – Sign up, create a profile, browse, favorite, and chat with other users
  • Platinum – You see the most popular members in Encounters, your profile is shown more often in People Nearby and in Encounters, includes all Super Power features
  • Super Powers – See who wants to meet you or who favorited you, undo previous votes in encounters, invisible browsing, chat with new users and most popular users
  • Paid Features – Rise up in People Nearby, be shown more in Encounters, be featured in local searches, send stickers in chat, send “gifts”

 

4. Tagged

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Tagged

Tagged is a social media site with 300 million members and growing. Started in 2004, it now is available in 200 different countries. The thing that separates Tagged from other social media sites like Facebook is that, instead of staying connected with people you already know, Tagged helps you meet new people.

Despite the site’s popularity, it actually has a low-quality look and feel, and is an overall plain looking site. That said, it does offer some great and useful features that make it not only useful for social media but also finding someone to date.

Sign Up Process

There isn’t much to the sign up process. Simply enter your basic information, upload a photo if you choose, invite your email contact list to join if you would like, and enter a confirmation code that is sent to you via email. Once this is complete, you are free to explore the site.

There are a lot of options for customizing your profile. You’ll see prompts for explaining your dreams for the feature, your favorite things, your interests in life, and more. You also have an option to create your own fields with their own themes, change the skin of your profile, create groups or join already existing ones, post photos or videos, comment on posts, add widgets to your profile, and buy “Pets” either for your own profile or to gift to your friends.

How to Locate Potential Matches

Aside from just browsing through the many profiles on the site, the site offers a unique feature called “Meet Me”. This feature allows the site’s members to browse through profile pictures, choose which ones they like, and then will be notified when there is a match between members.

This feature is popular and has been used by other dating sites as well, the most well-known would be the app Tinder.

The site also offers a list of games that you can play online, another great way to meet fellow members of the site.

How to Communicate with Other Members

One of the most basic ways to communicate with other members is to send a wink. This can be done once every 24 hours per person. There is also a text message option that includes features like emojis, stickers, and a few other fun things.

Messaging on this site does open a separate window, which did seem a bit odd. Other ways to communicate with members is to invite them to join a group, post a comment on other people’s profiles, send gifts, and tagging, which is basically a gif that includes a lot of different options but are all fairly low-quality visually speaking.

Unique Site Features

Tagged focuses on meeting new people, one of the things that makes it a great dating site. The most unique feature they offer is a game called Pets. It is a lot like a fantasy sports game.

Players use virtual money to purchase and own other profiles which are referred to as pets. These pets are then traded with other players or can be sold for virtual cash. The point is to own the most pets or make the most virtual cash in the game.

Personally, I’m not into social media games, so Pets wasn’t something that really caught my attention, but on Tagged it’s wildly popular and as far as I can tell, it’s a great way to meet other singles looking to mingle.

What is Included for Each Membership Level

  • Free – Sign up, create a profile, browse and contact other members. Basically everything except the perks below
  • Premium – See who likes you in Meet Me, see who has viewed your profile, contact the most popular users, contact new users before others do, “message read” notifications, chat and email support 

 

Online Dating Strategy: 

  • A lot of what I learned while dating online was through trial and error, planting a lot of seeds in order to get success…learning what works and doesn’t work and refining my approach along the way. You might have your own online dating strategy, and that is cool, but if you don’t and need a starting point, go and buy my e-book, Online Dating Success: How to Find Love Anywhere in the World. In the book I go into detail about how to set up a profile, what I recommend writing for your initial and follow up messages, when to ask the woman/man you’re interested in to go offline for a date, and more.

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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.

Further Reading

  • Worldwide Online Dating Site Reviews: Be sure to check out my country-by-country reviews of the best online dating sites in the world.

  • Worldwide Moving Guide: Everything you need to know in order to plan your move to 65+ countries around the world.

  • Worldwide Jobs Guide: If you are interested in working in this country, be sure to check out my posts on how to find jobs in this country and other countries around the world.

  • Worldwide Apartments Guide: If you are interested in renting an apartment in another country, take a look at my articles on how to find an apartment in various countries around the world.

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