Crocodile Bay Employee of the Month – Floribeth Valverde Quiros – Bar and Restaurant Supervisor
Floribeth Valverde Quiros (Nicknamed “Flory”) is one of our most recognized employees as she’s been working in the restaurant and bar of Crocodile Bay for 18 years.
Flory has lived almost her whole life on the Osa Peninsula, as her entire family relocated here when she was only 3 years old. In 2001, just after graduating high school, she started working at Crocodile Bay.
After working for 8 years in the restaurant and bar she was offered the management position. She took to the task and has since created an extensive wine list and custom cocktail selection. One of her favorite cocktails is the “Tico Sour” a mix of Cacique, Lemon and Sugar. She says: “It is a bit sour, but the mix of sour and sweet is really great.”
What Flory loves most about her job at Crocodile Bay is that “It doesn’t feel like it is a hotel, it feels like you’re with family”.
While working at Crocodile Bay, Flory continued her higher education and worked herself through university and successfully completed her Masters degree in Touristic Business Administration and a separate degree in Education 2016. A year after her university graduation she was offered a position as a professor at the local Puerto Jimenez high school, where she graduated from 16 years prior. Now she’s teaching around 28 hours per week of tourism classes to senior high school kids in addition to managing the wait staff of the food and beverage department at Crocodile Bay.
Flory says: “It feels incredible to pass on the knowledge that I have gained over the past 18 years in the tourism industry at Crocodile Bay Resort, to the next generation of kids and tourism students on the Osa Peninsula”.