Celebrity traveler: A Raven in Paradise
Defensive end Arthur Jones heads to the Bahamas to hit the beach
Baltimore Ravens defensive end Arthur Jones on the beach at the Atlantis resort in Paradise Island, Bahamas. (Photo courtesy of Arthur Jones, Baltimore Sun / December 16, 2012)
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Do you have one item you will not travel without?
I take my camera — just my Android phone. You never know what you're going to see or what's going to happen. I bring an iPad; it helps me keep in touch with my friends and family. I also bring an iPod, download my favorite music.
You get to see a lot of this country while on the road with the Ravens. Which is your favorite city to visit?
I would say Pittsburgh. It's always exciting there. [On the last trip,] we had little kids [flipping] us off, their parents throwing beer cans and eggs at our bus. It will remind you of an intense high school rivalry. Good time!
Where would you like to go next?
I really want to see Spain.
If you go
Located on New Providence Island, Nassau is the Bahamas' capital and its largest city. AirTran Airways flies from BWI to Nassau's Lynden Pindling International Airport nonstop in just 2 hours and 35 minutes, starting at about $111 each way.
Arthur Jones stays at The Cove, a posh sanctuary at the Atlantis resort on Paradise Island, which is connected to Nassau by two bridges. Often called the "Disneyland of the Caribbean," Atlantis is a tropical fantasyland of theme parks, island environments and extravagant entertainment complexes. The Cove aims to be a quieter, more sophisticated respite from the buzz surrounding the rest of the property. There, every guest room is an ocean-view suite with sunken living rooms, flat-screen TVs, Jacuzzi tubs and custom-stocked bars. Nightly rates begin at $800. Go to thecoveatlantis.com
Other options include Atlantis' Beach Tower, where rates begin at $460 per night, or The Coral Tower, from $510. The resort often offers packages with discounted rates and airfare rebates.