I have not visited any other island...except Hawain; but, Tulum, about 2 hours from Cancun; has beautiful beaches; ancient Astec (sp) ruins; and nice weather. I don't think at its resorts there, you have much worry about crime; though, precautions no matter where you go is the "watch word." No night life to speak of; but good food and splendid hospitality for young and old.
In this mornings...Sunday..."Washington Post Travel Section," there was a nice article about Tulum worth reading...perhaps, if you Google the "Washington Post's" travel section you may be able to read it and judge for yourself.
A few thoughts.
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Search the El San Juan Hotel in Puerto Rico. All the woodwork is hand craved Mahogany, on site casino, restaurant's, & shopping. Excellent!!
Has the area changed? Last time I stayed there was in '89 and the grounds were crawling with security at night and they even advised us against walking down the street to McDonald's for breakfast. New married and no money left at the end of the honeymoon.
Malmok, Boca Catalina, Salt & Pepper
Too many to list!!
One more to consider
I can add one more possible to your list. While it is not quite like Aruba, Barbados is a very nice island to visit. The locals treated us very well, lots of beautiful beaches and great food as well! (St. lawrence Gap is an area with plenty of eateries all in walking distance. ) We stayed at Divi Southwinds and had a wonderful week! (so much so that we went back a couple years later and did it all again!) Good luck wherever you decide to go! We will be back to see all our friends at the Divi/Tam in 18 more days!! Woo Hoo!