I stayed at the Costa Vida (not sure why the title was switched to the Howard Johnson, except I noticed the title in a few of my other reviews ended up with the wrong titles as well), a hotel that also served as a timeshare, and that is how I was staying there, as a timeshare guest. So, I paid less than $50, but I think the room normally goes for a bit more.
Anyway, the rooms all look out onto the water with a little balcony to boot. There is cable television in every room, a mini kitchenette with stove, refrigerator, microwave and coffeemaker. The shower stalls were very large and the water was wonderfully hot all day long. The room itself was spacious, with a king-sized bed and room enough for the sitting area which included a couch, coffee table and a dining table with chairs.
Downstairs, the restaurant was on the pool and the food was OK, although nothing special.
The bar by the pool was large and played sports from the United States, like football and basketball, all day long on different TV screens - there was always tons of men sitting there.
Around the rest of the pool, aside from the regular guests, were those that had their timeshares from the beginning. They all seemed to love the place, all knew each other and, it seemed, just kept coming back year after year, even though it was apparent they could afford to stay in more expensive accommodations.
Town was close by i.e. a cheap taxi ride away, and I would say I enjoyed staying at Costa Vida very much.
Oh yes, they had free Internet access downstairs for the guests to use at their leisure.