The district of Santa Bárbara de Heredia is one of the six districts that make up the canton of Santa Bárbara, Costa Rica. The district of Santa Barbara is maximum usually called Santa Bárbara de Heredia, however also called the municipality of Santa Bárbara. It is an essential business and transportation hub, approximately seven miles from the provincial capital of Heredia and five miles from the provincial capital of Alajuela. Before the Spanish settlers came, Santa Bárbara became at the beginning occupied by using the Huetares, an indigenous tribe. The Huetare King, Cacique Garabito, dominated the vicinity
. When the Spanish arrived, they initially referred to as the place Churruca or Surruco. Heredia, Barva, and Alajuela, three neighboring cities, have been populated and settled within the past due 1700s. As change multiplied between the 3 cities, Santa Bárbara developed as a waypoint. Though nonetheless usually called Churruca or Surruco, the name for the municipality and canton of Santa Bárbara changed into first mentioned in documents from 1821.