[Updated August 2012]
Geocaching Favorites is a simple way to track and share the caches that you enjoyed the most. For every 10 caches that you have found, you will be able to Favorite 1 exceptional cache in your find history. The Favorites accumulated by a cache are displayed in search results and on the cache page so everyone can see which caches stand above the rest.
What does it mean when people say a cache is a Favorite cache?
A Favorite can mean many different things. It could mean that the location is interesting or unusual in some way, or that the hiding place or cache container itself reflects the creativity of the cache owner. The one thing you can say for certain is that the overall quality of the cache is likely to be above average.
Who can earn Favorite Points?
Only Premium Members earn Favorite Points. They get one point just for being a Premium Member, then further points by logging geocaching finds, at the rate of 1 Favorite Point per 10 finds.
Can Favorite Points be spent on any geocache?
Not exactly. You need to find a geocache in person and log your find on the website before awarding a Favorite to that geocache. To award a Favorite point, go to a cache listing that you have logged as found; on the right side you'll be able to click "Add to your Favorites". We want geocachers to trust Favorites, and who better to gauge the quality of a cache than someone who personally found it, and returned to tell the tale?
If I purchase a Premium Membership later, will I be awarded Favorite Points for the caches I found when I was a Basic Member?
Yes - for first-time subscriptions! If you upgrade to Premium Membership we will add up your past geocaching finds and award Favorite Points accordingly. From there you can visit the cache pages you found while still a Basic Member and "spend" the Favorite Points on the best ones. However, if your subscription lapses for any reason, you will not be granted Favorite Points until you renew your Premium Membership. At which time the Favorite Points will start accruing again. You are only prorated Favorite Points the first time you subscribe.
My Favorite Points total doesn't seem to match my find count. Why?
Only the first "Found it!" log (or the equivalent "smiley" log for Webcam and Event Caches) that you post to the cache page counts toward your total Favorite Points; duplicate finds are not calculated. Finds on caches that you own are also not included. The result is that your Favorite Points count may be slightly less than 10% of your total geocache finds.
I had a great time at a geocaching event recently. Can I Favorite the cache?
Since the point of Favorites is to recommend great caching experiences to others, it doesn't really make sense to spend a Favorite point on an event which has already taken place. For this reason Event Caches do not accept the awarding of Favorite Points. Be sure to tell the event host how much you enjoyed the event in your cache log.
Can I get the Favorite Point returned if a cache is archived?
When a cache is archived the Favorite Point remains with the cache. Removing a Favorite Point from an archived cache and awarding it to a new one is up to you. Visit your Favorites List and look for caches with the red strikethrough indicating that they are archived, and then remove the cache from your Favorites List to free up the Favorite Point. There is nothing wrong with leaving a Favorite Point on an archived cache if you prefer it.
How can I find caches near me with the most Favorites Points?
Do a search for caches the way you normally do, then click on the icon at the top of the list. This will allow you to see the caches within your search that have the most Favorite Points at the top of the search results.
You can access your Favorites List by going to http://www.geocaching.com/my/favorites.aspx