5 Reasons Barbados is the Best ICC Men’s T20 Destination

The 2024 ICC Men’s T20 Cricket World Cup is trending across the Caribbean, and Barbados has started to welcome fans to its beautiful coastlines. Whether you are a cricket fan or completely foreign to the sport, here’s why Barbados is the hottest ICC T20 destination to visit right now.

Several direct flights to Barbados from major cities are available

Airplanes on Tarmac at Grantley Adams International Airport in Barbados
Barbados direct flights service key gateways across Canada, the Caribbean, South America, the United Kingdom and the United States.

It is easy to fly to Barbados from major international cities. If you are traveling from the United States, there are a total of 518 direct flights to Barbados. The airlines offering these direct flights are American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and JetBlue.

Air Canada and WestJet are the two airline options for travelers looking to fly direct from Canada. Both airlines fly out of Toronto’s Lester B. Pearson International Airport year-round with direct services.

If you are traveling from London Heathrow or Manchester International Airport, British Airways and Virgin Atlantic offer direct flights to Barbados. Our Europe-based friends also have a direct flight option out of Frankfurt to Barbados on German airline Condor.

Our South America-based (cricket) fans also have several direct flight options available. Conviasa and COPA Airlines fly out of Caracas, Venezuela and Panama City, Panama respectively.

For guests looking to take in all of the action, you can easily island-hop thanks to direct flights to neighbouring Caribbean islands. Caribbean Airlines, InterCaribbean Airways and Surinam Airways service over 10 Caribbean destinations including ICC Men’s T20 host destinations of Antigua, Guyana, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent, and Trinidad and Tobago.

Barbados has a full match schedule… plus the Finals

Kensington Oval located in the island’s capital of Bridgetown is considered the Mecca of West Indies Cricket.

This point is self-explanatory. Barbados has the honor of hosting the most thrilling match of the series – the finals. But that’s not all.

In addition to the finals, the island will also host several matches on the wider ICC Men’s T20 World Cup schedule. Legions of cricket lovers will flock to the legendary Kensington Oval on the following dates:

  • June 2: Namibia versus Oman
  • June 4: England vs Scotland
  • June 5: Australia vs Oman
  • June 6: Namibia vs Scotland
  • June 8: Australia vs England
  • June 20: Qualifier Matches
  • June 21: Qualifier Matches
  • June 23: Qualifier Matches
  • June 29: Finals


You can enjoy live matches from other ICC venues

Our friends based in the United States are fortunate to have a total of 518 direct flights to our destination. The airlines offering these direct flights are American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue and United Airlines.

The Pelican Craft Centre has been transformed into the Pelican Fan Zone for the 2024 ICC Men’s T20 Cricket World Cup

If you love cricket and don’t have tickets, you can still watch live matches through different options when visiting. Stay close to the action of Kensington Oval with large-screen, live match broadcasts at the Pelican Fan Zone located at Pelican Island on Princess Alice Highway in Bridgetown.

Hayman’s Market Barbados
Hayman’s Market is one of the newest attractions in Barbados.

In the north of the island, Hayman’s Market in Hayman’s, St. Peter will carry live matches on their 25-foot screen. Both options are perfect for families, with lots of space, restaurants, activities, and on occasion, post-match music and entertainment.

Besides these main stages, the island is also home to several sports and other bars that will be carrying live televised cricket action. Some popular ones include Bubba’s Sports Bar, Lucky Horseshoe Bar & Grill and Abbeville Arcade and Bar on the south coast. The Tavern Pub is more centrally located in St. Thomas, plus many more.

You can visit iconic cricket landmarks

3Ws Monument Barbados
Many statues, monuments, grounds and more bear the names and likenesses of Barbadian cricketing legends. (Photo source: Visit Barbados on flickr)

In between the excitement of the ICC Men’s T20 tournament, Barbados offers several iconic cricket landmarks to explore. At the forefront is the historic Kensington Oval in Bridgetown. Since 1882, Barbados has been a prominent location for thrilling international matches featuring legendary players. A tour of Kensington Oval outside of match days is absolutely worth your while.

Across the street from Kensington Oval is the Cricket Legends of Barbados Museum. Explore the impressive careers of Barbadian cricketers through memorabilia, photographs, and stories of their success in the national sport. Souvenirs are also available for purchase at the museum.


3Ws Oval UWI Barbados
The 3Ws Oval at the University of the West Indies in Barbados is one of the most respected cricket grounds across the Caribbean. (Photo source: Mapio)

Another notable landmark is the 3Ws Oval at the University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus, named in honor of cricketing legends: Sir Frank Worrell, Sir Clyde Walcott, and Sir Everton Weekes. This landmark is possibly the most sacred cricket ground in the whole Caribbean, as it is the final resting place for all three greats. Just a short walk due east from the University is memorial bust of the 3Ws monument, located on a small green space that locals enjoy for recreation.

Fun fact: You might just meet a famous West Indies cricketing great at these places!

Bonus: Enjoy an overdue Caribbean luxury getaway at Saint Peter’s Bay

Saint Peter’s Bay Barbados
Saint Peter’s Bay sets an idyllic scene for any Barbados luxury getaway

We specially invite you to enjoy cricket from the lap of luxury. Our collection of bespoke holiday rentals sits in a luxurious beachfront gated community on Barbados’ west coast. Our mantra is quiet luxury, and our essence is old-world island charm.

A Barbados luxury getaway with us includes spacious rooms stunning ocean views and villa-style service. Our luxury beachfront suites offer three spacious bedrooms, and our penthouse category features three- and five-bedroom suites. Our luxury accommodation sleeps up to 10 and each bedroom features an en-suite bathroom.


Saint Peter’s Bay Barbados
Stay in our luxury suites an enjoy an array of bespoke villa-style services.

Our service is villa-style and includes in-room check-in, personalized butler service on arrival, private chef services, personal concierge services, self-catering kitchen and beach- and poolside elevators. Room service, babysitting and designated parking on property is also available. The property also offers an all-day restaurant, water taxi service, 24-hour gym facility and much more.

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Let our concierge team help you plan your trip to Barbados. Sit back, relax, and enjoy your perfect getaway.


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