We choose to look over all the options when we travel. We have done it both ways. I was giving an option not something carved in stone as a way to travel to ONLY Ambergris Caye.
We like to see more of Belize, get to know more than a few people and get knowledge of the peple that live in the country, not just gringos etc.
What's an extra 20 minutes drive in the city.....2-3 Belikins on a caye vs a learning experience.
Some people who read this forum like to save a few dollars if they travel as a family or a group.