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)
To broaden his athletic prowess, Jones, who also wrestled in high school, spends part of his off-season alongside brother Jon, training in martial arts. As if anticipating the question his fans are wondering, Jones' Twitter page declares, "People always ask me why I run so fast. … I tell them I'm chasing my dreams." Witnessing that impressive balance of determination and focused energy these past few weeks got us wondering if Jones ever unwinds.
As a Ravens player, you travel a great deal with the team. So when you finally have time off, where do you like to go?
I try to make an annual trip, with my brother [Jon] or by myself, to the Bahamas. Its just so beautiful there, so peaceful … and great weather. It's easy, just a short flight.
Where do you stay?
Nassau, at The Cove — right at Atlantis [resort] … so beautiful, right on the beach.
What time of year do you like to visit?
Earlier in the off-season, like February-March. I try to go to Disney World first with my son and afterwards I go to the Bahamas.
How did you discover this getaway spot?
The first time I went with my brother and a whole bunch of UFC fighters. I had such a good time that now I try to go back and make it a yearly thing.
What do you like to do there?
Swim with the dolphins, parasailing, fishing. … I try to do a little bit of everything. They have a lazy river and waterslides. When I'm there, I'm just a big kid, I just want to enjoy myself as much as possible and get away from it all. I am a beach person and I like to be out there all day.
Can you describe your favorite day?
It was my first day there. When I first arrived, it was raining, and I thought, "Oh man, my trip's going to be ruined," but then it became beautiful and I got outside and saw the view, ate dinner and loved doing absolutely nothing.
Where do you eat?
I like to get off the resort, venture out and find little restaurants where I can have a cocktail and just enjoy eating dinner.
Do you have a favorite cocktail there?
A pina colada; you can't go wrong.
Do you have to do anything to stay in shape when you are on vacation?