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Atlanta to San Jose drive

2 travelers   /   driving   /   7 days

Atlanta to San Jose road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Atlanta to San Jose. If you're planning a road trip to San Jose, you can research locations to stop along the way. Find the best restaurants, hotels, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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 Day 1

10:00 am  start in Atlanta
drive for about 5.5 hours

4:15 pm  Pensacola
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 5.5 hours
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 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from Pensacola
drive for about 7.5 hours

5:32 pm  Houston
eat at Uchi
stay overnight at Hotel ZaZa
leave the next day around 11:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 7.5 hours
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 Day 3

11:00 am  leave from Hotel ZaZa
drive for about 3 hours

2:10 pm  Corpus Christi
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 3 driving ≈ 3 hours
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 Day 4

10:00 am  leave from Corpus Christi
drive for about 9.5 hours

7:40 pm  Poza Rica
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 4 driving ≈ 9.5 hours

 Day 5

10:00 am  leave from Poza Rica
drive for about 8 hours

6:05 pm  Palenque
stay overnight and leave the next day around 11:00 am

day 5 driving ≈ 8 hours

 Day 6

11:00 am  leave from Palenque
drive for about 5 hours

3:50 pm  Placencia
stay overnight and leave the next day around 8:00 am

day 6 driving ≈ 5 hours

 Day 7

8:00 am  leave from Placencia
drive for about 8 hours

3:53 pm  San Juan del Sur
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 4:53 pm
drive for about 5.5 hours

10:09 pm  arrive in San Jose
stay at Courtyard By Marriott San Jose

day 7 driving ≈ 13 hours

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Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is Atlanta, Georgia.

You can enter an exact street address if you want to get precise directions, but this is optional.

How many cars do we need?

Since there are only 2 travelers, we assume you're driving 1 car. You can adjust the number of people traveling at the top. We assume a maximum of 4 passengers per car, but you can change the number of cars to fit your situation.

Where should I stop along the way?

Pensacola  (20 answers)
    questions about Pensacola:
        Where to stay two hours from Pensacola from St louis
Houston  (76 answers)
    Houston Galleria  (8 mentions)
    Hermann Park  (7 mentions)
    Houston Museum of Natural Science  (5 mentions)
    Cavender's Boot City  (4 mentions)
    Miller Outdoor Theatre  (4 mentions)
    restaurants around Houston:
        Vic & Anthony's Steakhouse
        Gatlin's BBQ
        Goode Company Barbeque
    hotels around Houston:
        Hotel ZaZa
    questions about Houston:
        Best Mexican restaurants in town?
        Young Professional Neighborhood
        Favorite places to eat in Houston?
        What is your favorite restaurant in Houston?
        MD Anderson patient
Corpus Christi  (10 answers)
Poza Rica
Palenque  (4 answers)
Placencia  (10 mentions)
    questions about Placencia:
        Is a trip to Placencia worth it?
San Juan del Sur  (21 answers)
    Playa Marsella  (2 mentions)

Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is San Jose, Costa Rica.

You can enter the exact street address of your destination, but this is optional.

Where's the best place to stay in San Jose?

Are you going straight to a hotel, or looking for a vacation rental or Airbnb?

The best resource on neighborhoods, areas, and hotels is the Trippy page on where to stay in San Jose.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Courtyard By Marriott San Jose, which was mentioned 2 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

Residence Inn  (2 mentions)

Want to research more popular hotels in San Jose? Click the blue button below.

Where's the best place to eat in San Jose?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Costa Rica Beer Factory, which was mentioned 3 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Want to research more popular restaurants in San Jose? Click the blue button below.

What are some things to do in San Jose?

This section could be endless, so rather than trying to suggest every local activity or attraction, we'll leave it open-ended.

These are some of the places people talk about on Trippy:

Tabacón Grand Spa  (7 mentions)
Gandoca Manzanillo  (3 mentions)
Jardín de Paz  (2 mentions)
Museo de Jade  (2 mentions)

Of course, Trippy is the perfect place to ask questions because there's an entire community of travelers talking to each other and sharing tips and advice. Trippy is where you can get answers personalized for your tastes, budgets, trip dates & more!

For example, here are some questions people have asked about San Jose. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

 Ben Pennington from Bogota asked:
Good area to stay in San Jose for one day  (6 answers)

 Ben Pennington from Bogota asked:
Taxis in San Jose  (5 answers)

 Kristen Keenan from Arlington (Virginia) asked:
San Jose - where to stay and is it safe downtown?  (4 answers)

Click the button below to explore more questions and answers related to San Jose.

Do I really have to go back home?

Yes, even this step is optional, because if you're on vacation who wants the trip to end? It's okay, you can start planning your next trip!

Want to plan the trip back? Get the reverse directions for a San Jose to Atlanta drive, or go to the main page to plan a new road trip.

You can also compare the travel time if you're flying or driving by calculating the distance from Atlanta to San Jose. Or get a full Atlanta to San Jose flight plan.

Don't forget about exploring your own hometown with a staycation. You can also find some cool day trips or get away for a weekend.

And if you know Atlanta well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Atlanta!

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At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 3,182 miles
driving time of 63 hours, 34 minutes
San Jose is 2 hours behind Atlanta
108 Atlanta travel answers
20 Pensacola travel answers
76 Houston travel answers
10 Corpus Christi travel answers
4 Palenque travel answers
21 San Juan del Sur travel answers
41 San Jose travel answers

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