11 Things That Came As A Culture Shock To This Miami Girl When I Moved To L.A.

Going from one sunny spot on the east coast to another sunny city on the west coast can’t be that much of a culture shock, can it? While Miami and Los Angeles are both amazing cities that do have a lot of things in common, here are some things I, as a born and bred Miamian, noticed when I moved here from the 305. 

1. Yes, traffic is as bad as everyone tells you it is.

Latinos are already notorious for being late. Adding in the 45 minutes it takes to cross 7 miles on the 405 doesn’t help your case.

2. BUT, L.A. drivers actually pay attention to basic road rules and signs.

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Shocking, right? People in L.A. actually use their blinker and will let you through! In Miami, your signal tells other drivers to speed up and NOT let you in.

3. A proper cafecito cubano is an enigma.

Alright, I know I haven’t been here long enough, but I’m going to need something stronger than a $6 Ethiopian pour-over. SHOW ME THE WAY!

4. It’s sunny like Florida, but the shade can get a little fresquito.

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While it doesn’t snow, it does get chilly when you’re not in direct sunlight – something Miamians aren’t used to. Abuelita’s advice to always have a sueter on hand will finally make sense.

5. Don’t expect to swim in the beach.

Both coasts have beautiful beaches, but while Miami’s beaches are as warm as a hot bath, SoCal beaches…are very cold. Sorry, I’ve been spoiled by the Atlantic Ocean.

6. Flake level is pretty much the same.

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“We should hang out sometime!” generally means “I will probably never speak to you again” in both cities. Ugh.

7. You will never get tired of the mountains, hills, and landscapes in L.A.

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…especially when the biggest mountain in SoFla is a garbage dump next to the Turnpike 🙁

8. The dry air and low humidity means your peinado will last longer than a day.


*emoji prayer hands* I am finally out of the swamp!

9. “It’s so beautiful today!” is a phrase that’ll get old quick.

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It’s sunny and clear – a lot. So get used to it.

10. You’ll be feeling yourself when you expertly drive the L.A. streets when it actually does rain.

Those afternoon Florida storms have been training you for this moment all of your life.

11. Your social media handles are *very* important.

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Since I’ve been here, I’ve had tons of people ask me for my Instagram or Twitter name rather than my phone number, and I’ve never felt so incompetent with my follower numbers. (Follow me @danieluh, thanks.)

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Did you move to L.A. from Miami or another city? What are some things that you love? Or things that you have to get used to? Let us know below!

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