Moving from Miami, FL to Los Angeles, CA

Moving from Miami, FL to Los Angeles, CA

You’ve got quite a long move ahead of you! 2,731 miles to be exact. Whatever your reason for moving from Miami to L.A., this guide will help you learn more about your trip and how Los Angeles compares to Miami in terms of education, weather, things to do, and more.

Traveling from Miami to Los Angeles

It will take 38 hours if you drive straight through. But more than likely, you’ll make plenty of stops along the way. You’ll be passing through six different states, so you’ll really get to see the beauty of the southern portion of the country. Before you head out of Florida, be sure to hit the beach in Miami and the theme parks in Orlando one last time. Then stop in New Orleans for some Cajun food before making your way to Houston. After Houston, you can stretch your legs in San Antonio (and visit the Alamo!), before arriving in Phoenix. If you’d rather fly, you can catch a 6 hour flight direct from MIA to LAX.

L.A. population

Los Angeles is much bigger in size than Miami. In fact, L.A. has a metro population of 13 million, while Miami’s metro is only 5.5 million. That’s still a lot of people, but you’ll definitely see how much bigger L.A. is after you settle in and start getting to know your way around the city.

The weather in Los Angeles

Compared to Miami, it’s a little cooler in L.A., but not much! Winters will still be warm with lows in the 50s, and summers will still be hot with highs in the 70s-90s. The one thing you’ll love about L.A. is the abundance of sunshine. There are more than 3,000 hours on sunshine in a given year. Be sure to stock up on sunscreen!

Learning in L.A.

If you have school-aged or college-bound kids, you’ll be happy about all the learning opportunities in L.A. There are three public universities in the city, including the University of California Los Angeles, California State University Northridge, and California State University Los Angeles. For private education, L.A. has many to offer, such as Mount Saint Mary’s College, Antioch University, and Marymount College. The Los Angeles Unified School District serves more than 800,000 students. There are many private schools in the area, too.

Public Transportation in L.A.

If you were used to using Miami-Dade transit to get around, you’ll have no problem transitioning to the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (METRO). Click here to learn the basics about L.A. public transit from the Discover Los Angeles blog.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Moving from Miami to Los Angeles, you’ll find similar things to do since both cities are thriving with nightlife, entertainment, and adventure. If you are a Heat fan, you might enjoy catching a Clippers or Lakers game every one in a while. And while you might miss the Atlantic Ocean, you’ll enjoy the Pacific just fine. Take a trip to Venice each and soak up the sun! Here are even more ways to have fun in L.A.:

  • Shop on Rodeo Drive
  • Check out Hollywood (you might just see a celebrity!)
  • Visit Disneyland or Universal Studios Hollywood
  • Take a stroll along the Hollywood Walk of Fame
  • Enjoy the Santa Monica Pier
  • Go to the Los Angeles Zoo
  • Take in all the Getty Center has to offer
  • Visit the Griffith Observatory

Making the actual move from Miami to Los Angeles

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Happy moving from Miami to Los Angeles!