11 Best Craigslist Personals Alternatives for Casual Encounters

Many dudes say that getting laid in this day and age of the Internet is extremely easy, and I couldn’t agree more! In this article, we’ll talk about some of the best alternatives to craigslist personals when looking for casual encounters, since the craigslist personals section is now, unfortunately, closed.

We have covered everything from hookup sites to swinger sites and even apps dedicated to gays, such as Grindr.

Top 11 Craigslist Personals Replacements

Given the number of options for casual dating sites, it can be hard to tell which site is reliable.

So, I have made it easier for you by providing you 11 of my most recommended alternatives.

1. Craigslist Activities

craigslist activityThe Activities section of Craigslist is where you should post to look for potential partners that you can perhaps indulge in some casual sex. In fact, when ccraigslist personals closed down, people went to this section to post ads for casual encounters.

But the biggest downside is that you’re not allowed to post pictures here so you cannot expect to find nude photos of anyone with whom you can have a casual encounter. Furthermore, this section will not allow you to be naughty with your post, such as using raunchy titles.

This place is not really meant for casual sex encounters. It’s where people post ads about the different services they can offer and not just sex. Yet, it has been found that quite a few of the ads posted on this section of Craigslist are advertising sexual activities and looking for potential partners.

Sure, it may not be as exciting to browse and not as personal as those on the Personals section of Craigslist, but still, it should help you find like-minded individuals who might be interested in some sexual fun with you. It’s easy to use. Simply post an ad to let everyone know that you’re looking for some “fun”. But don’t be too straight about it in order not to get your ad removed. If you get a response from anyone, just exchange email and phone numbers, and you can take it from there.

There are a few cities in the US that haven’t made the switch to Craigslist Activities yet. If you belong in any of these cities, don’t worry. There are several other options for you below.

Pros

  • Easy way to post ads for sexual encounters
  • A good alternative to Craigslist Personals
  • Can reach out to thousands of users in your area

Cons

  • Can’t post nude photos or use raunchy titles

2. Fetlife Classifieds

fetlifeFetlife is familiar to a lot of people. But are you aware that it has a section for Classified ads that you can use as an alternative to Personals? What’s great about the users of this site is that they usually consist of horny and kinky individuals who are guaranteed to blow your mind!

As you browse through the listings, you’ll come across many naughty photos. Some are wearing leather, chains, whips etc. There are also slaves looking for potential sex masters and hunters looking for prey. This is what makes this website really interesting.

This website works like Facebook Groups, which means you need to register and create a profile before you can use it. Different users have created groups on this site and the biggest of them is known as “Classifieds”, having around 140,000 members.

But whatever you post here will be seen by pretty much anyone all over the world. Therefore, it can be somewhat tricky to look for someone close to you.

Pros

  • Classifieds are free to use
  • The crowd is extra kinky
  • It features detailed profiles and pictures of members

Cons

  • Has only ~100,000 active users worldwide
  • Listings are not locally organized
  • Requires a member to sign up to create groups

3. Adult Friend Finder

adult friend finder imgWhen looking for a potential date, Adult Friend Finder is always a good idea. It’s an online community for sexual encounters and those they call “no-strings-attached” kind of relationships.

If you sign up for this dating site, you’ll be seeing Personals Ads in your Newsfeed along with photos and descriptions of people who might be interested in hooking up with you.

I have had great success in using this site to look for potential casual encounters after Craigslist Personals was shut down. It’s somewhat similar to Craigslist when looking for potential partners for some casual hookups.

As a matter of fact, most of those I have met at the Adult Friend Finder site were regular users of Craigslist Personals. Of course, the website has its flaws as well. Still, it gets things right when it comes to looking for potential sexual partners.

In fact, it has lots of great features, such as video cam chatting, forums, and there’s even an option to feature your own blog.

Pros

  • Easy to use when looking for Casual Sex partners and Swingers
  • It’s free to use
  • Members are horny and kinky

Cons

  • Free members are only allowed to message gold members
  • $30 monthly subscription to access all features

4. Locanto

locanto personalsLocanto is another familiar name when it comes to posting Classified Ads although they are not really the best in this industry. But now that Craigslist has taken down its section for casual encounters, most users have turned to Locanto as an alternative.

When looking for casual encounters in your area, simply use the search bar of Locanto and key in the name of your city. Then you’ll find listings of categories that are similar to Craigslist Personals. Choose your preference, whether it’s man, woman, trans, couples, fetish, M4M, etc.

Each ad will display the user’s profile, including his or her location, age, landline number, and the details of the ad. What’s great is that users are allowed to post sexy pictures on their profile, which is what I really like about this website.

Unfortunately, Locanto doesn’t have as many users on its Personals as of yet. Also, they have the tendency to sneak into the details of some listings and sometimes label ads as “sponsored”, instead of making it appear like actual ads, which is somewhat disappointing.    

Pros

  • Free to use when posting classified ads
  • Gives you the option to search by the city
  • Similar vibe and style as the Craigslist Personals

Cons

  • Occasional spam listings
  • There are not as many members as in the Craigslist Personals

5. Reddit R4R

reddit r4rIf you’ve been using Reddit for a while, then you must have come across the R4R, one of its “subreddits”.

You can use this section to post an ad looking for potential partners online. Even if you have no account with Reddit, you can still browse through its ads. What’s great is that the section has no spam since there are moderators around.

But Reddit’s R4R is somewhat tricky to use since you have to manually locate R4Rs in your local area to get in touch with someone near you. Currently, the most popular one is in Southern California. It has numerous members and has around a dozen new posts every single day.

To look for an R4R near you, just Google the name of your city followed by R4R. Perhaps the biggest downside is that it’s only available in bigger cities like SoCal.

Pros

  • Free to use
  • It allows explicit posts
  • Available in big cities

Cons

  • Is available only for large cities
  • Not separated in sections
  • Will not allow advertising of escort services or sex work

6. Grindr

grindrIn Craigslist Personals, one of the most popular sections is the M4M section, which caters to the gay market. Now that it’s been shut down, the best alternative that we can find is Grindr.

This is a great venue for gays looking for casual encounters. It works just like Tinder, except that it caters mostly to gay sex. And just like Tinder, this app is easy to use and will not cost you money.

This app is very visual and will use your location in searching for any guys near you. It will display every guy’s profile with attractive pictures so you can easily tell if it’s someone you will be interested in hooking up with.

If you find someone you like, simply send him or her a message and take it from there!
Gays are the largest community there, but the app is designed for BI, trans and queer people as well.

Pros

  • Comes with chat messaging feature
  • Dedicated to gays and M4M hookups
  • Visual and engaging since everyone has pictures

Cons

  • Can only be used through an app
  • Is only dedicated to gay users

7. Switter

switterSome of the users of Personals use it to look for any escorts they can hire, which is actually the main reason why the website was taken down. So, for those who are looking to hire someone for escort services, go check out Switter.

Switter is a great place to look for escorts and those that offer sex services. This website is like a combination of Craigslist Personals and Twitter. Here, you’ll find different escorts and providers posting ads that will show up on your feed.

Just like Twitter, you can choose to follow certain users and get updated with their posts every single day. Thus, you’ll know the daily activities of your favorite escorts.

It’s easy to use Switter. Simply sign up for an account and type in the name of your city. A listing of different hookup opportunities will then come up along with pricing, which ranges from $100 to as much as $600 per hour!

Pros

  • Free to use
  • No spam
  • Perfect for escorts

Cons

  • Escorts are expensive
  • Not intended for free casual sex
  • Only a few escorts for M4M

8. KinkyAds.org

kinkyadsAs the name suggests, it’s clear that this website is dedicated to Kinksters or those who love the kinky stuff. This is a great place to look for casual sexual encounters if you’re someone who is looking for something more and not just pure vanilla sex.

To look for someone who might be interested in some casual sexual encounters near you, simply search for the name of your city.

From the search results, narrow down the list even further with the displayed fetish categories. For instance, if you want feet fetishes, then filter the search results with this category.

Pros

  • Classifieds are free to use
  • Easy to sort based on location and kinky fetishes
  • ​The website allows users to post naughty headlines and display explicit photos

Cons

  • A new website that requires more improvement
  • Not a good choice if you’re looking for vanilla sex

9. DoubleList.com

doublelist previewDoubleList used to be the biggest competitor of Craigslist Personals. So, when Personals was shut down, the owners of this site were probably jumping for joy.

What makes DoubleList stand out is its unique way of verifying accounts. After you sign up for an account, they will verify it with your phone number. But this can be a hassle for people who find it annoying to have to enter their phone number. Nevertheless, this method of verification has helped minimize spamming.

The biggest advantage is that it’s somewhat similar to Craigslist Personals. So, if you’re looking for a good alternative to Craigslist Personals, then you have found what you’re looking for!

Pros

  • Free to use
  • Excellent user base

Cons

  • Phone verification can be a hassle
  • You can’t display explicit pictures

10. Bedpage

bedpage previewBedpage is similar to Craigslist in many ways. In fact, it seems like a duplicate of Craigslist Personals. However, its interface is more modern, which is an improvement to Craigslist.

Perhaps, the only thing we hate about this site is that the registration process is more complicated than Craigslist. They make sure to validate all details so there won’t be any fake users, which is somehow a good thing.

To address the prevalent issues about fake personals and spam ads, Bedpage has stepped up its efforts of verifying accounts. While this method is truly great, some of the sections in the Bedpage are still empty so you have limited options when looking for casual encounters.

Pros

  • Very similar to Craigslist
  • Applies stringent measures to minimize fake personals and spam

Cons

  • Some sections are still empty

11. OkCupid

okcupidOkCupid has been around for quite a while now. Thus, a lot of people are familiar with this online dating site.

It’s a US-based social networking site supporting a wide range of communication including instant messaging, email, chats, etc. But the best thing about it is that it’s totally free to use!

This website has been updated continuously in order to keep up with other dating sites and to conform with the non-traditional gender options, including transsexual, pansexual, asexual, etc.

Pros

  • US-based online dating site
  • Free to interact with other users through chat, email, etc.

Cons

  • Rather old platform

Why Did They Take Down Craigslist Personals?

It was Craigslist who made the decision to take down the Personals Section in order not to get into trouble with the law.

They made this decision after the government passed the law known as FOSTA – SESTA. According to this law, websites must moderate their ads. Otherwise, they will be held responsible for illegal sex trafficking transactions that take place on their site.

Unfortunately, there were some underage users who used the site to sell sex services, which is totally against the law.

So, in order not to get into trouble with the law, Craigslist made the decision to take the personals down, to the disappointment of its many users.

Conclusion

It’s truly unfortunate that Craigslist has taken down the personals section since it was probably the best venue to look for casual encounters.

Sure, they are doing it to prevent prostitution but I strongly believe that there’s nothing that can stop sex traffickers from using online sites to create fake accounts and victimize unsuspecting users.

Thankfully, there are lots of good alternatives to craigslist personals and hopefully I have provided some good ones on the list above. These sites are worth checking out for those days when you feel like hooking up with someone in the neighborhood.
If you have any other suggestions or wanna share your experience – please don’t hesitate and do it in the comments below.

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