It's free to browse and create a picture profile at CaribbeanCupid. As well as being popular for singles of the Caribbean, it welcomes anyone who wants to meet someone from that part of the world. Email access and live chat are restricted until an upgrade is purchased.
As you might expect from the name, Caribbean Cupid is an online dating community for single people who are looking for romance or friendship with a Caribbean match.
Signing up is free of charge and as a new joiner you'll have the option to create a detailed profile in both word and video. After creating a profile, new joiners can enjoy near total access to the site - which includes browsing photos, reading profiles, sending flirts, creating hot lists, and even sending emails.
There are some restrictions on messaging (see below) for non-payers and you'll also have to put up with a few advertisements.
Cupid Media sites (of which Caribbean Cupid is one) offer an excellent choice of search tools: My Matches, will give you and instant list of people who are most compatible with you based on your stated preferences (you can change these settings at any time by selecting your profile tab).
Other searches allow you to refine your preferences further - the advanced search offers the most customization. Everything from ethnic background to family values and religious beliefs can be set. The latest photos, and popular members are fun searches which add novelty value.
Instant messaging and video mail are available if you choose to upgrade to one of the paid premium accounts - premium members are also listed first in searches which means you are likely to receive more responses.
The main advantage of upgrading however is that you will be granted unrestricted access to email. Paid members can communicate with anyone on the site, whereas free account holders can only correspond with paying members. Unfortunately there isn't any way to search on membership status.
If you do happen to meet someone who sparks your interest, an English/Spanish translator is offered in order to bridge communication gaps.
Caribbeancupid.com offers a venue where you can meet up with other singles and stay actively social with them using messaging chat and video. Before signing up, prospective members are invited to take a site tour and get a firsthand look at all the available features.
By Tara Miller