Hispanic dating features high on the list of many. It’s different, it’s charming and can be a lot of fun if you play your cards right.
There are some cultural nuances you should know to ace the dating game, though.
So, read on to get familiar with Hispanic dating rules covering all the tips you need to elevate your dating game in Latin America.
Respect the Family
In Latin American countries, families are at the top of the priority list. This unique aspect of collectivism differentiates them from the western world and influences dating. You would be seeing your partner’s family a lot so respecting them is a non-negotiable parameter in the Hispanic dating culture.
Respect culture, tradition, and religion
Your partner might not be inclined towards religion and culture, but his/her family would often be. Factor this in when you are invited for family functions and other celebratory gatherings.
It is a good idea to know about your partner’s take on faith and religion, as it will help you build compatibility. While it is fine to ask questions, be respectful while you’re at it.
Get used to Hispanic Time
Latin societies are laid back, and meeting times are more of a general idea than a strict appointment. One of the first rules of the Hispanic dating culture you’ll learn is that an hour’s delay is widely accepted!
If you are fussy about time, you’ll need some deep breaths and tell your partner to be ready by 8 PM if you plan to go out by 9.
On the other hand, if you are invited to your significant other’s place, you would surprise everyone by being there on time unless you want to help them with the preparations. Get there an hour after the time you were invited for.
Brace up for spontaneity
If you like to plan everything, another one of the unwritten Hispanic dating rules will take some getting used to:
Plans change, and they change fast. A casually planned evening in the nearby bar might end up at a beachside carnival!
When you are planning a date, factor in the possible variations in time and place – it will be a fun, exciting time if you let yourself loose.
There’s always food
Hispanic people, especially women, are a friendly, caring lot. Their nurturing persona and affection for near and dear ones often manifest through food. There is always plenty of it at home! There will be plenty of Spanish delicacies to stimulate your taste buds whenever you are around them.
Things are changing, though, and the Hispanics in the United States or other countries might not be the best cooks. They would still love food, even though it is from restaurants and take-outs.
Prepare for many social gatherings
Dating Hispanic men or women means being invited to many social and cultural gatherings. There would be many generations of your partner’s family and a large group of friends and relatives.
You do not want to be the odd one out in that environment – it will be easy to notice and may be misinterpreted for hostility!
Blend into the group, interact with people, and try to learn more about the culture. It is impolite to refuse food and drinks, so accept a small portion as a respectful gesture, even if you do not want it.
Handle hotness with care
If you are dating a Spanish woman, you have to get used to attracting attention wherever she goes. Her friends would be all around her, hugging and kissing her. They work a lot on appearance and like getting complimented for it. You should get used to playing second fiddle and not taking this to heart.
Be slow but steady
No matter how many TV series portray Spanish women as bikini-clad, sex-hungry beings, the reality is different.
Just like in any other dating culture, take things slowly during initial meetings. Holding hands and kissing are pretty much accepted while you are still getting to know each other. However, do not try to get her into bed at the first available opportunity.
Win her trust, let things build organically, and you will be fine.
Dropping the girl home means a lot
In the Hispanic dating culture, dropping the girl home is viewed as a special gesture. If you are dating a Latina and drop her home, it would mean the world to her and show her how much you care.
If you are a European or American woman dating a Hispanic guy, do not take this gesture casually as you perhaps would in your own country. It is a strong indication of how much your date likes you and would go to lengths to protect you.
Dinner is late
Meeting people in the neighborhood during the evenings is a standard social practice in Hispanic societies. Given their laid-back nature, this often means returning home at seven or even eight. Thus, dinner time is anywhere between 8 PM and 10 PM, which is quite late for the English culture.
And it does not stop there! Expect to be up until midnight (or even past it) texting your partner, describing your day, or exchanging those sweet nothings.
Sleeping through noise would be handy
Hispanic households have a habit of starting their day early. It means waking up at 6 AM or even earlier. If you are a morning person, this should not affect your schedule, but if you sleep late, we recommend getting used to sleeping through the noise that will be there in the house after 6 AM!
Learn basic Spanish
You do not need to master it, but learning basic greetings would show that you are interested in the language and are making efforts to pick it up. There’s nothing like someone living a world apart talking to you in your language, even if it is a basic como estas (how are you)!
These tips for dating Hispanic men and women should help you succeed in South America’s dating game. On top of all of that, remember to stay true to yourself, be kind, and stay safe.