The 5 Best Dating Sites in Mexico (What I Learned)

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A Mexican woman

Here is the quick list of my top five dating sites in Mexico. I’ll go into more detail in my reviews later in this article.

  1. MexicanCupid
  2. LatinAmericanCupid
  3. Badoo
  4. Tinder
  5. Amigos

Just like its northern neighbors, Mexico has embraced dating sites and apps as viable options for finding a significant other. Should you be a lonely expatriate or traveler considering moving to or going to Mexico in the near future, I highly recommend you take a look at the sites I have recommended below. In my book, these are the best online dating sites (and apps) in Mexico.

In the dating world, there are a lot of sites that aren’t reputable and are out to take your money. I wrote this post and other similar posts for dating in other countries out of frustration of not finding any legitimate personal reviews and recommendations on the web of the best online dating sites for countries around the world.

If you’re a single retiree tired of the life in wherever country you are or if you are an expat or traveler looking for a companion during your stay in Mexico, consider signing up for one or all of the dating sites and apps below.

Having spent a significant amount of time in Mexico, I should give you one word of caution. Should you decide to sign up for the online dating sites and apps I recommend below, you might come across a lot of fake profiles. Usually, I can spot these profiles easily. A woman who has only one picture posted (often some sort of selfie in front of a bathroom mirror) or is wearing an overly short miniskirt are usually clear signals to steer clear. Also look out for women who have next to nothing written on their profiles. Just trust your gut.

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A woman from Mexico

OK, without further ado, let’s get to my reviews.

1. MexicanCupid

MexicanCupid was started in 2005 and has since grown to be the #1 Mexican dating site. MexicanCupid is a niche dating site for residents and those interested in residents of just one country: Mexico.

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Mexican Cupid

Despite the limited focus, MexicanCupid has over 1 million members and counting. Much of the activity on this site is North American men looking for Mexican women, demonstrated by a rough split of a 50% Hispanic, 50% Caucasian member-pool.

MexicanCupid has a sleek design, excellent features (though mostly for premium members), and impressive anti-spam procedures to ensure each profile is genuine. If you are Mexican, or you like Mexicans, sign-up for this site.

Sign up Process

MexicanCupid’s sign-up process is smooth and easy. All that’s necessary to start is your name, gender, password, and email address. You then finish the process with a few words about yourself, and your ideal match. Now you’re free to browse profiles.

At times, you’ll need to answer 2-3 more questions for your profile before you’re allowed to carry on browsing.

How to Locate Potential Matches

After providing MexicanCupid with your ideal match information, you can look through a large selection of potentially compatible matches. If these recommendations aren’t working for you, you can easily change your ideal match criteria, or put together a targeted search of your own. Searching through matches in either of these features is made easy with multiple options for browsing and sorting.

How to Communicate with Other Members

As a non-paying member, you have a limited array of options for communicating with other members. “Sending interest” is MexicanCupid’s equivalent to “winking” or “poking” someone. Adding someone to your favorites seems a bit more serious, but achieves the same result: getting them to notice you, and hopefully check out your profile.

Messages can be sent between Standard profiles but they can’t be read until one of the two decides to shell out the cash for a premium membership. One bonus for the freebie-users is the lack of restrictions for communication with premium members. This is a perk you won’t be able to capitalize on very often however, as the vast majority of members seem to be of the Standard variety.

Unique Site Features

While many dating sites claim to have stringent anti-spam protections in place, rarely do I feel actually protected by these measures, or get to see them in action. My experience with this site was a little different.

When I first signed up, I breezed through the sign-up process, barely filling in any information as I just wanted to get in and check out the site. Unfortunately for me, my lack of provided information was immediately flagged by the site, and my account was promptly suspended for suspicious activity. I was able to fix the situation with relative ease, and from that day forward, I felt truly safe and protected on this site.

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: Communicate with all members, audio/video chat, Instant Messaging, ad-free browsing, anonymous browsing
  • Platinum – All of the above, plus: Better ranking in searches, VIP profile highlighting, extra profile space, access to advanced matching algorithms, message translation, extended search capabilities

2. LatinAmericanCupid

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Latin American Cupid

LatinAmericanCupid is the second best online dating site in Mexico in my opinion. If you ran out of options on MexicanCupid, this site is where I would focus my attention. LatinAmericanCupid has tons of members in Mexico and is part of the Cupid Media family.

Sign up Process

Registering for LatinAmericanCupid is a fairly straightforward process. Once you fill in your name, your gender, password and email address, all you do is write a paragraph describing yourself briefly and what you are looking for in a partner, and that’s it.

Although your profile isn’t totally finished at this point, you are still allowed to browse around and search other members if you want. When you have a chance, you can go back and complete your profile. In the meantime, there are a lot of members on this site, so you may be searching for quite a while.

How to Locate Potential Matches

After providing the criteria for your ideal match, the site will give you some matches to look at. You can view them by Profile, Basic View, Photo View, and Detail View. You can also sort them by Photos First, Newest Members, Relevance, and Last Active.

The site also allows you to customize your searches by either including or excluding profiles depending on location, age range, body type, ethnicity as well as their Zodiac sign.

How to Communicate with Other Members

When you’re a free member, your options for messaging are quite limited. You are only allowed to freely communicate with people who have a Premium membership.

There are some ways of getting the attention of other Standard members. You can send Interest, add as a Favorite, visit a profile, or send a “locked” message, which means you cannot have a real conversation.

The other member will be notified of your existence and your interest in them, but for any real contact, one of you has to upgrade your membership to Premium.

Once you become a Premium member, you can enjoy some really good messaging features that include audio, video and/or IM chat.

Unique Site Features

Without a doubt, a really unique and helpful feature on LatinAmericanCupid is that you can have your messages translated into other languages. This can be done right on the site with one click of your mouse. You don’t need to bother with Google Translate at all!

The majority of people on this site speak very little English, if any, so you’re going to find yourself using this feature all the time.

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 Mexico

A massive worldwide online dating site launched in 2006, Badoo is an OK option for Mexico. 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 MexicanCupid 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.

If you’re interested in signing up for Badoo, check out my in-depth review of this dating site over on my reviews of the best dating sites in the Dominican Republic.

4. Tinder

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Tinder

Whether it’s Tinder or another dating app, more couples than ever are meeting online. But Tinder has always had a twist.

When Tinder made its debut back in 2012, it famously introduced the “Swipe” feature, allowing users to match with people based mostly on their photos. Stirring immense controversy at the time, it has now become a mainstream feature of most dating apps.

Before you dip your toe in the Tinder pool, I’m here to help you understand everything you need to know about it so you can swipe like a pro and (hopefully) find the perfect match.

Overview

Tinder is an online dating and social networking app that allows you to anonymously like or dislike other profiles based on their photos, bio, and shared interests. To like somebody, you swipe right. To dislike somebody, you swipe left. You only match if both of you swipe right.

Tinder also includes a “Super Like” feature, which shows other users in advance if you’ve “Super liked” them a.k.a. you really liked their profile.

After matching, you can then begin to swap matches. From these conversations, people decide whether they want to meet up in person or not.

1. Tinder Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Good way to meet new people
  • Many free features
  • Swiping is addictive and fun

2. Tinder Cons

  • No way to filter users based on their intentions
  • Some features like Boost are a little pricey
  • Swiping can be too addictive 

Note: Tinder originally was dubbed a hookup app. While that may be some users’ intentions, many people have married or had long term relationships with their matches. Each person is different and may be looking for one thing or another. Tinder just connects you; it’s up to you to decide where you go from there.

Sign up Process

In the early days of Tinder, you needed to sign up for Tinder using a Facebook account. You can now either use your phone number or Facebook to create an account.

If you do use your Facebook account, Tinder never publishes anything to your Facebook or uses your data in any way. It’s simply an identity verification tool. That’s it. It also makes account recovery easier if you experience any technical issues.

How to Locate Potential Matches

After you set your dating preferences, you can start searching for matches. You don’t need to have any pictures or profile information to begin swiping. However, you’re much more likely to receive matches if you do. So be sure to set this up beforehand. You don’t want to miss out on anyone great!

Next, set the distance you want to search for matches and age range. Turn on your GPS and allow Tinder to have access to your location. Tinder allows you to set a distance of between 1 mi (1 km outside the US) to 100 miles in range and 18-55+.

Naturally, if you live in a large city, you’ll have many more nearby options so you can set a closer range whereas if you live in a rural area, you’ll need to set the maximum distance farther.

How to Communicate with Other Members

Once you’ve matched with somebody, you can send a message to them right away. Even after you’ve matched, it’s no guarantee that the person will actually talk to you or respond to your messages. Some users swipe right on a lot of people and then filter from there.

It’s up to you what you say to somebody. You can just say hi, but you’re more likely to get a response if you ask a question or comment on something specific about the other person. You could also send a funny GIF as an icebreaker.

It’s all on you what you want to say. If you think somebody is cute then be engaging. Don’t just answer questions with one-word replies, but put some thought and effort into it. Likewise, ask questions back.

There are no rules with how long you should wait to set up an in-person meeting. However, it’s a good idea not to wait too long. You don’t want to get emotionally invested in a person only to find you have no chemistry in person.

Note: As with any dating app, there are some bad users on the app. Catfishing, harassment, and other issues can come up. If this happens to you, block the user and report them to Tinder.

Unique App Features

Now that swiping has become mainstream, Tinder has created some additional features. As mentioned, “Super Like” allows somebody to see in advance if you like them or not. You get one free super like per day. 

You can also use “Control Who Can See Your Profile” to determine whether everyone or just people you’ve swiped right can see you. 

The last useful free feature is “Smart Photos,” which is a machine learning algorithm that fixes the orders of your photos based on user swipes. Basically, it sorts your photos from best to worst based on how other people swipe on your profile to appeal to a broader audience.  

That’s about it for basic. It also includes tools like blocking users and personal security to protect user safety. If you sign up for a premium membership, you can get access to cool things like: 

Boost

Often called the best-paid feature. You skip ahead of other users to appear at the top of the user list for thirty minutes. You get ten times more profile views and a much higher chance of a match. 

Swipe Rewind

Ever make a mistake and swipe on a colleague or ex? Or left swiped on your future soulmate? With the rewind button, you can check the previous profile and decide if you made the right choice or not. 

Passport

If you’re headed out on a trip, Passport lets you swipe in a given location in advance. You can break the ice and get to know someone before your flight even lands. 

Passport allows you to swipe anywhere in the world, but your current location will remain the same. 

Unlimited Right Swipes

Tinder Basic only gives you 100 right swipes per day. If you live in a popular area and have become a swipe pro, you’ll notice how quickly that can go by. Unlimited lets you swipe to your heart’s content. 

No ads

Self-explanatory. Don’t swipe right on a Dunkin’ ad ever again. 

Hide Distance

Distance is a factor that determines if people will swipe you or not, especially if you want to combine with the Passport feature. 

Hide Age

It’s unfair, but age discrimination does happen on Tinder. Hiding your age helps people remember that age is just a number! 

See Recently Active

See the most active users lately for people you’ve matched with. 

See Who Likes You

See who likes you before you start swiping in a gallery. 

Top Picks

Daily selection of profiles based on the Tinder algorithm instead of the regular queue.

What is Included in Each Membership Level

Tinder Plus:

  • Unlimited Right Swipes
  • Swipe Rewind
  • No advertisements
  • 5 Super Likes Per Day
  • 1 Boost a Month
  • Passport
  • No Ads 

Tinder Gold

  • All Tinder Plus Features
  • See Who Likes You
  • Recently Active
  • Top Picks

Tinder: The Bottom Line

Tinder is easy to use, and you can get started swiping in minutes. It’s a great way to meet new people both in your community and around the world (if you unlock Passport). You never know what you’re going to get on Tinder. You could find love, your new best friend, or a lot of frustration.

Ultimately, Tinder is just a tool. It’s up to you what happens next.

5. Amigos

Amigos

Amigos

Amigos.com has long been a reliable online dating platform for those seeking love in Mexico. The quality is not what it once was, but, because of its huge membership base (more than 7 million registered users), I advise you to go ahead and give it a try. It is important to cast your net as wide as possible in the online dating arena because it is truly a numbers game.

Sign up Process

Signing up to Amigos is straightforward. The first part is filling in your ideal match, the type of person you are looking to meet on the site. You can also set an auto-reply to those who are interested in your profile.

Next, you fill out a personality section that will ask you detailed information about your educational background, political and religious views, habits, interests, expectations in marriage, and whether you would like to have children or not.

After filling in the personality section, you will be funneled to the physical description page where you will need to fill in information about your hair color, length, eye color, whether you wear glasses or contacts, and your cultural background.

To add an even more personal touch and to increase your response rate, upload your best photos, and then you are all set. Try to use photos that show you in a variety of situations (relaxed, formal, travelling, etc.).

You also have the option of uploading audio and video introductions to the site, a great way for anyone coming to your profile to see and hear the real you.

How to Locate Potential Matches 

As a basic member, you can search on Amigos using the following search criteria:

  • Your gender
  • What gender you’re looking for
  • What they’re looking for (friendship, dating, etc)
  • Age Range
  • Location
  • State/Province
  • Zip Code (US only)
  • Show only Gold/Silver members

If you upgrade to a Gold/Silver membership, you can search using these additional criteria:

  • Language
  • Race
  • Location to within a specified distance from where you are located
  • Photo-only profiles
  • Members who have confirmed their identity (known as Confirm ID)

Gold Members have even more search criteria possibilities, which include the following:

  • Level of education (High School, Bachelor’s Degree, Masters, etc.)
  • Smoker vs. Non-smoker
  • Want children vs. don’t want children
  • Body type

In addition to those search features, you can receive matches via email. These matches will be based on the preferences you indicated upon signup.

How to Communicate with Other Members

Amigos has a live chat and instant messenger feature that enable you to communicate with other members in real-time.

You also have the standard messaging feature. You’ll receive a notification whenever you receive messages in your inbox.

Unique Site Features

One of the more interesting features on Amigos is the Point Scheme. If you introduce friends to Amigos, write articles for Amigos Magazine or post blogs, you acquire points. If you accumulate enough points, you can upgrade your Standard account to a Silver or Gold account free of charge.

What is Included in Each Membership Level

  • Standard – Create a profile, basic search, view profiles
  • Silver – View and contact members, save searches, set how many matches will be displayed per page, access the languages, race, location range, and personality-type filters, set how many matches to show per page and save searches, limited access to blogs, groups, and Amigos Magazine, 24/7 phone support
  • Gold – Appear at the top of the search results, search based on physical traits, habits, desires for children, filter only users who have video or audio introductions, full access to blogs, groups and Amigos Magazine, access to large photos

How to Get Started

My first piece of advice would be to book a flight to Mexico…preferably a major city or tourist destination like Mexico City, Guadalajara, Cancún, Playa del Carmen, etc. You’ll have a lot more success with your boots on the ground inside the country because you can easily connect with dates online and then take the communication offline.

A lot of what I learned while dating online was through trial and error, planting a lot of seeds in order to get success. If you need help 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, check out my e-book, Online Dating Success: How to Find Love Anywhere in the World.

Happy dating!

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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