If you are buying a beach home as an investment property and plan to rent, there are many things to consider, including the type of property, tax advantages, cost of ownership vs. rental income, insurance, etc. There are also intangibles to consider – will the home be the great investment you expected, and what happens if you stumble across a renter who damages your property? Finally, there are some rental restricted areas on 30A, so it's important to know the differences in neighborhoods.
A few key items to note are:
Here are a few links to other information that might be useful to you as you consider purchasing a rental property: