To register to the site is free and you can choose to sign up through your active Facebook account or you can fill out the registration form which asks you to fill in the basics: your name, gender, age, and location. If you sign up through Facebook, all that information is already completed for you.
After you’ve signed up, you’ll be taken to a screen that asks you to upload a photograph either from your Facebook account (if that’s how you registered) or you can upload photos from your computer. I signed up through my Facebook account and was able to look through all of my photos to find the perfect profile photo. I only uploaded one photo, but you have the option of having five pictures on your profile.
Once you’ve uploaded the photo, you’re going to see little pop ups on the bottom left corner of your screen showing you random users who are online. The pop ups show you the person’s name, their photograph, age and location. There’s also a link included so you can check out their profile.
Personally, I find this pop up feature a little irritating just because there wasn’t an “x” to make the pop up go away so I could finish filling out my profile. Of course, this is just a personal gripe and it may not bother you as much as it did me.
The profile is one of the most important things you’ll want to do before you start looking through the database of eligible singles. The profile has a lot of questions and some of them get pretty personal. These questions pertain to your appearance, your lifestyle, your background and culture. There’s even a portion where it asks you to list your measurements, which you can choose the option, “Prefer not to say.”
While I appreciate how in depth you can go with the details of your profile, I especially appreciate having a place on my profile where I can let my personality shine by telling people more about yourself and what you’re looking for in a partner.
What’s really cool about CaribbeanCupid is that you can choose a variety of interests that’ll show up on your profile. These interest categories include what you like to do for entertainment/hobbies, type of cuisine you enjoy, what sort of music you like to listen to and what sports/activities you enjoy. I find the “interests” portion to be really helpful because I’m not a sporty kind of person and I prefer not to date someone who’s a die-hard sports fanatic.
There is a section that I haven’t seen before on other dating sites and that’s the IMBRA tag. This section is designed to help keep members of the site safe by asking all members to answer questions about your criminal history, marital status, and your resident history.
Although I’d like to say that everything on this site is free, that’s not really the case. CaribbeanCupid has three membership plans you can choose from. The standard plan is free, but you’re only able to show interest in someone, have basic matching, and you can communicate with paying members.
The next membership tier, the Gold Plan offers more features so you can get more use of the site. Additional features include no ads on the site, you can browse the site anonymously, use the instant messenger for live chats, as well as the features listed in the standard plan.
Pricing for gold membership is:
12 Month Subscription for $8.33 USD per month billed in one payment for $99.98 USD
3 Month Subscription for $16.66 per month billed in one payment for $49.99 USD
1 Month Subscription for $24.98 USD
The top tier subscription, the Platinum Plan, gives you the most bang for your buck. Not only do you have access to all the features that are included with the gold and standard plan, but you have additional features such as: rank higher than other members, double your profile space, exclusive search features and advanced matching algorithms.
Pricing for platinum membership is:
12 Month Subscription for $10 USD per month billed in one payment for $119.98 USD
3 Month Subscription for $20 per month billed in one payment for $59.99 USD
1 Month Subscription for $29.98 USD
There are a few different payment methods available, which is pretty helpful. You have the standard option of paying with your major credit card, but you can also use PayPal, PaySafe Card, direct bank transfer and Skrill.
I want to point out that if you do go for a membership plan but you don’t want it to be automatically renewed, you can go to the “Billing” option on the “Settings” menu and select “No” where it says “Auto Renew My Membership.”
It should be no surprise that CaribbeanCupid has an app that you can use to keep in touch with your favorite singles on your phone. The app is free to download for Android users but it isn’t available for Apple users. The app itself is easy to use and organized in a way that just makes sense.
Remember those pop ups that appear on your screen as you use the site? When you click on the “View ’s Profile” link, you’ll be taken to their profile. There you will see their member overview and more about them. Next to their answers, you’ll find dots that indicate if you match their criteria. It makes trying to figure out if you’re compatible with someone far easier than reading paragraphs upon paragraphs of information.
If you know what kind of person you want to date, you can use the search feature located at the top of the screen. From there you’ll be taken to a screen where you can get as specific as you want. The default selection for each entry is listed as “Any,” but if you click on the “Expand Section” button on the right side of each list category, you can get into more detail. I find this incredibly useful because I love a guy with a well-groomed beard and tattoos!
What’s really cool is that there are a few different search features you can use to find your match. For example, you can save your searches for another time. You can also search by CupidTag, Member Number, or by specific keywords.
There’s another really cool feature that shows activity toward you (people who’s made you their favorite, who’s viewed your profile, or shows interest in you) and activity from you. Also, there is a “Block” feature that comes in handy should you ever have an interaction with someone that you don’t care for.
What I really like about CaribbeanCupid is that you can get pretty specific with your match criteria. While other sites just ask you the basics, CaribbeanCupid gets pretty detailed. You can specify the age and location of the person you’d like to be matched with, but it also goes deeper than that.
You can specify different aspects of their appearance like height and weight, but also look for singles based on their lifestyle choices. So let’s say you’re a non-smoker and you don’t want to date someone who smokes, you can specify that you don’t want to date a smoker.
The site also gives you the ability to look for people based on their nationality, education level, religion and what languages they speak. To me, I liked being able to go that far in detail about what I do and don’t want in a match. There’s nothing more awkward than finding out the person you’re interested in has vastly different ideologies than you.
There’s an option where you can assign yourself something called “CupidTags.” I don’t find them to be extra useful, but it’s nice to see how other users describe themselves.
If you discover that CaribbeanCupid isn’t the right dating site for you, you can turn off the auto-renew feature and switch off your account by going to the bottom of your “Profile Settings” where it says “Switch off Profile.”
Do keep in mind that if you choose a subscription plan and wish to cancel partially through the subscription period, the only way you’ll be able to receive full refund if:
You experience technical difficulties
The site is down for an “unacceptable time period”
You request a refund before initiating or receiving contact with other members of the site
Upon publishing this review, CaribbeanCupid does not offer partial refunds for unused time unless you haven’t had any interaction with other members.
For those who haven’t tried online dating in the past, you may be under the impression that CaribbeanCupid is just another site on the net. While this may be true, it is designed specifically to cater to those in the Caribbean who are looking for love, friendship, romance, and even a casual fling.
In my opinion, this site is worth looking at, even if you only opt for a one month trial of the platinum membership just to get a feel for all of the features. I absolutely love how in depth you can go on your profile and when you’re searching for singles because you have a better chance of meeting someone that is a great match for you.
I also appreciate that the site asks you to verify your identification because it gives me some peace of mind in knowing that the person I’m talking to online is who they say they are. It just goes to show that online dating has come a long way in terms of keeping their members safe.
If you’re looking to join a dating site specifically designed for singles in the Caribbean, you’re going to love this site. Just remember that you need to turn off the auto-renew feature if you don’t want to be charged for additional time.