Los Angeles or Miami?

There are 329 comments on the Lonely Planet story from Jul 22, 2007, titled Los Angeles or Miami?. In it, Lonely Planet reports that:

Hi everyone, The wife and I are thinking of travelling to either Miami or Los Angeles in September /October. What I'd like to know is.........which one of these places would seasoned travellers recommend? We're ... via Lonely Planet

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DeeDeeDee

Miami, FL

#23 Jul 25, 2007
rawkus wrote:
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Right only in South FL you could say that. I dare you to say that somewhere in south central LA and see what happens.
...even more reason to stay from LA. And you don't think Atlanta is humid? I must be messaging with a 17 year old dropout. Go back to your shift at the Piercing Pagoda.

Since: Jan 07

Fort Pierce, FL

#24 Jul 26, 2007
rawkus wrote:
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Wow you sound pretty smart how do you know me so well DeeDeeDee? You do realize that the weather here is the reason most of all is why I hate this place because year round the weather sucks at 100%+ humidity even in December we dont have "cool" months here. No seasons? Thats some miserable shit. Dont even try to compare Miami to LA with weather LA has alot better weather than Miami does. Hurricanes suck too. You must be out of your mind.
Yea Earthquakes, the highest crime rates ever now that's for sure.

L.A. Crips and bloods.

Miami is a tropical paradise now.
blaha

Hollywood, FL

#25 Jul 26, 2007
miamivicefan wrote:
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Yea Earthquakes, the highest crime rates ever now that's for sure.
L.A. Crips and bloods.
Miami is a tropical paradise now.
What??? Are you telling me Miami once the murder capital and cocaine capital in the 80s is not filled with gangs??? Are you blind?? Look on your local news you cant go one day down here w/o murders and robberies everday. I think you are joking.

Since: Jan 07

Fort Pierce, FL

#26 Jul 26, 2007
blaha wrote:
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What??? Are you telling me Miami once the murder capital and cocaine capital in the 80s is not filled with gangs??? Are you blind?? Look on your local news you cant go one day down here w/o murders and robberies everday. I think you are joking.
But that was the 80's, L.A. & New Orleans is even worse now.

Miami Vice Saved Miami.
rawkus

Hollywood, FL

#27 Jul 26, 2007
miamivicefan wrote:
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But that was the 80's, L.A. & New Orleans is even worse now.
Miami Vice Saved Miami.
No actually he has a point. The crimewave in the past couple of years have gone up dramatically all throughout South FL especially Miami. Do you remember last years spike of violent gang warfare??? Everyday it was something new in the paper about a slaying of a family member or two. But oh well thats even in LA and Atlanta as well in every large city.

Since: Jan 07

Fort Pierce, FL

#28 Jul 26, 2007
rawkus wrote:
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No actually he has a point. The crimewave in the past couple of years have gone up dramatically all throughout South FL especially Miami. Do you remember last years spike of violent gang warfare??? Everyday it was something new in the paper about a slaying of a family member or two. But oh well thats even in LA and Atlanta as well in every large city.
But Nothing can top Philadelphia and New Orleans which are even worse than we are.
DeeDeeDee

Miami, FL

#29 Jul 27, 2007
Crimes--violent and property--have gone way down in Miami over the years. Perhaps some here were too young or were living elsewhere during the 1980's, but let me tell you from a firsthand account, things were MUCH WORSE back then. No comparison. Back then, there were multiple riots, druglord shootings in broad daylight, Miami Beach was mostly run down, unemployment was higher, 2-3 murders per day.
rawkus

Hollywood, FL

#30 Jul 27, 2007
miamivicefan wrote:
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But Nothing can top Philadelphia and New Orleans which are even worse than we are.
No actually Detroit has always been up there in the rankings.

Since: Jan 07

Fort Pierce, FL

#32 Jul 31, 2007
DeeDeeDee wrote:
Crimes--violent and property--have gone way down in Miami over the years. Perhaps some here were too young or were living elsewhere during the 1980's, but let me tell you from a firsthand account, things were MUCH WORSE back then. No comparison. Back then, there were multiple riots, druglord shootings in broad daylight, Miami Beach was mostly run down, unemployment was higher, 2-3 murders per day.
Now Miami's a Smooth Place to Live.

“Catch me if you can”

Since: Jul 07

Miami

#33 Aug 1, 2007
rawkus wrote:
Some of you people have absolutely no clue. LA is very nice and yes they do have nice beaches w/e you Miami natives like to have I personally could care less about the beach its overrated especially when you are talking about Miami Beach. If you like big cities then you'll love LA. If you like being locked up at home in a room with nothing to do besides stare at the wall you'll love Miami. Yea this place sucks I hate it. The only thing I have a problem with LA is the price of living there and the gas prices. Ouch. But other than that LA sure beats the hell out of Miami there is so much more to do there. Get off the beach and realize there is much out there fools.
I need to come get you out of your Kendall townhome room and put you on your own waverunner and show you the views of miami from the water on a week day. Its a totally different view than say from Kendall town house with nothing but playstation to do.
Chris

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#34 Jan 16, 2008
rawkus wrote:
Some of you people have absolutely no clue. LA is very nice and yes they do have nice beaches w/e you Miami natives like to have I personally could care less about the beach its overrated especially when you are talking about Miami Beach. If you like big cities then you'll love LA. If you like being locked up at home in a room with nothing to do besides stare at the wall you'll love Miami. Yea this place sucks I hate it. The only thing I have a problem with LA is the price of living there and the gas prices. Ouch. But other than that LA sure beats the hell out of Miami there is so much more to do there. Get off the beach and realize there is much out there fools.
I totally agree with you. Miami sucks. there is shit to do and i hate the weather. i dont speak spanish and think that the cubans here are racist. I am from miami but have spent a lot of years in other places, LA, NY, Michigan, and Orlando. I am so bored here. i have to leave. But i dont htink LA is that great either. It is so cramed with uptight assholes and the place is a police state.
Miami Reppa

Miami, FL

#35 Jan 17, 2008
Chris wrote:
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I totally agree with you. Miami sucks. there is shit to do and i hate the weather. i dont speak spanish and think that the cubans here are racist. I am from miami but have spent a lot of years in other places, LA, NY, Michigan, and Orlando. I am so bored here. i have to leave. But i dont htink LA is that great either. It is so cramed with uptight assholes and the place is a police state.
Just because you got no life, don't take it out on Miami.
real american

Binghamton, NY

#38 Jan 17, 2008
miami has hotter chics but its also got the highest aids rate in the country.
HELP MEee

Istanbul, Turkey

#39 Mar 22, 2008
i'll go to a language school in usa.which place you prefer miami or los angeles?and why??please answer me quickly because i've to choose 1 of them in a short time
Jay

Sheffield, UK

#40 Jan 8, 2009
Rawkus i dnt knw if i shud believe u or nt bcus im moving 2Miami soon i live in england but i thought L.A is mre of a gambling casino place??:S dats wat i heard!!!,,,(im moving der bcus i knw Brooke Hogan)shes my m8 Gosh is she buetiful:P.
Blueneck

Boca Raton, FL

#41 Jan 9, 2009
Los Angeles, by far.

Los Angeles is much mor of a "big city". They have real celebrities, i.e. actors and actresses living there, not just a few dumb rap stars and a bunch of wannabes.

Los Angeles has real "corporate" jobs that pay more, while Miami pays in sunshine dollars.

Los Angeles may be traffic-choked, but at least the drivers there aren't as reckless and generally, if the cops catch you doing something stupid, they'll get ya (cops are plenty).

Los Angeles is a truly diverse city, while Miami is just full of Cuban refs.

Los Angeles has a great climate, which generally never gets cold, but only occasionally gets extremely hot (dry heat). Miami on the other hand is hot/humid pretty much all year round.

Los Angeles has a wider variety of "scenes", not just a reggaeton (refaeton) amd hip-hop scene like Miami.

Sorry...Los Angeles wins hands down; it's a proper city, unlike La Republica Miami-Dade.
Blueneck

Boca Raton, FL

#42 Jan 9, 2009
Miami Reppa wrote:
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Just because you got no life, don't take it out on Miami.
What "life" is there in Miami, you dumb fucking clone?

I'll tell you: "da club", driving like a maniac, being a wannabe, pretending you have money when you don't (i.e. driving a Lexus while still living with your parents), being rude, obnoxious and generally ignorant -- that's Miami "life".
tiasma

United States

#43 Mar 25, 2009
I lived 2 years in miami and can assure you it is a shithole not because of the weather but the people. Regardless colour or race or religion they all have that thing in commun uneducated assholes, you take all the rich scumbags from all over Latin America all the mean jews from NY all the scumbags from Europe and you make a city and you got Miami, remember that that half the city was built on cocaine money, it is a thirld world city without it s advantages, everybody seems to be pissed all the time, nasty drivers, hookers everywhere, yes the beach and the ocean are great and the weather is the best for 6 months the year, police is nasty at all times, they don t get pay and deal with crazy stuff all the time. LA sucks to me as well but I prefer it, people are fake but friendly, in Miami they are fake and mean, LA is more diversed , the geography is far superior, Miami is flat forever like the state, LA is far more artistic than Miami, LA traffic is much much worst than Miami but you don t get cut off like in Miami, don t get fooled by the post card, Miami is great for assholes....
tiasma

United States

#44 Mar 25, 2009
Oh yeah LA is for fakes but like it better, anyway San Francisco is way better than these 2 suburbs packed with malls, i rahter be in San diego.
Remember there is only 3 great city in America , NYC, Chicago and San Francisco that s it, the rest are not cities but big suburbs.....
Ariel Martinez

United States

#45 Mar 26, 2009
Miami 100%, LA is not safe and has too many gangs :(

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