We drove into the Carib territory from Emerald Falls. The Caribs are a native Amerindian population in all the Caribbean. The east coast of the island is much more rugged, and this is where scenes of Pirates of the Caribbean 2 and 3 were filmed. We enjoyed our drive, and there is lots of places to stop by buy native Carib baskets and other crafts. We stopped for a small hike at the Escalier de Tete de Chien, which has beautiful views of the cliffs crashing into the ocean.
Although the villages we drove through were obviously poor, there was a lot of evidence of international development, with clean water projects, and newer housing (side by side with very rustic housing). From the Carib Territory to Portsmouth, it was about a 3 hour drive. The west coast road is very good, an easy drive.
There are many shops set up along the side of the road to buy baskets. We were surprised by the number of these shops, given how few tourists we saw.