After days of cold weather and snow, you might need an escape. But even if you can't afford to escape the country to somewhere warm, you can still feel like you are on vacation. There are several places to visit in Calgary that will make you feel like you're in the tropics.

So, how do you recreate the feeling of a sunny getaway in the city? You can seek out warm indoor places that have cocktails with beach umbrellas or have palm trees. 

Many of us right now are dreaming about getting away for a week to relax at an all-inclusive beach resort. Unfortunately, after all that holiday shopping, you might be strapped for cash.

Within the city, we are lucky to have so many fantastic cantinas that will make you feel like you are in Mexico for less than the cost of a flight and hotel.

One top pick is to visit Tropical with your friends, where you can enjoy margaritas bigger than your head.

Or you can visit a free botanical garden in the Core Shopping Centre. Here you can take off your parka, and explore the lush oasis filled with palm trees, fountains and fish ponds.

Sitting at a table with a tropical drink will make you quickly forget that it's still below zero outside, trust us.

Here are seven spots you need to check out if you'd rather be in Mexico right now: 

Devonian Gardens

Address: Core Shopping Centre, 333 7 Avenue SW., Calgary, AB 

Why You Need To Go: Exploring the tropical garden will make you forget the cold weather outside. Here you can see lush living plant walls, palm trees, and even a pond filled with colourful fish.


Address: 2116 4 St SW #2, Calgary, AB

Why You Need To Go: You don't need to fly to Mexico to try some delicious tequilas. Instead, inside this vibrant restaurant, you can try one of their 200+ tequilas.

Ricardos Hideaway

Address: 1530 5 St. SW., Calgary, AB 

Why You Need To Go: You will feel like you are on a beach vacation as you sip one of their tropical cocktails with a beach umbrella in it. Plus, you can snap picks against walls with a flamingo or banana wallpaper.

Calcutta Cricket Club

Address: 340 17 Ave. SW., Calgary, AB

Why You Need To Go: It is a dreamy oasis from the snow. This restaurant has a bold jungle mural and palm tree patterns that make it feel like it is summer every day.


Address: 1424 17 Ave. SW., Calgary, AB

Why You Need To Go: Chow down on delicious Latin American snacks and margaritas bigger than your head for real vacation vibes.

Chilitos Taberna

Address: 1309 17 Ave. SW., Calgary

Why You Need To Go: You can escape the cold and warm up over some super cheap tacos during their happy hour.

Blanco Cantina

Address: 723 17 Ave. SW., Calgary, AB 

Why You Need To Go: You can enjoy some mouthwatering Tex-Mex food at this eyecatching cantina. Close your eyes and feel like you're closer to the border than you really are.

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