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Best and worst beaches to wear an Olympic volleyball bikini

While the Olympics opened the door for a more conservative beach volleyball dress option, in the U.S. there are some beaches where showing up dressed like Misty May-Treanor or Kerri Walsh wouldn't turn a head, while others would get some stares. We rounded up the top beaches  -- from the hottest to the most conservative.

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Juliana Felisberta Da Silva of Brazil.

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Best: Panama City Beach – Panama City, Fla.

“A bikini is a must at the beach here. During spring break you’ll get more people on the side of the roads in barely anything,” said Susan Green a Panama City resident and employee at Bibby’s By the Beach.

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U.S. beach volleyball players Kerri Walsh, right, and her partner Misty May train for the London 2012 Olympics.

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Best: Clearwater Beach – Clearwater, Fla.

There is no shortage of micro volleyball bikinis on this beach.

"People stand up on the pier and look down at all the shapely bodies," said beach expert Dr. Beach.

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Larissa Franca from Brazil signals to her teammate during the Beach Volleyball match against Netherlands at the 2012 Summer Olympics. 

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Worst: Ocracoke Island—Outer Banks, N.C.

“You might find a group of college students where everyone is in string bikinis and board shorts, but then you drive further down and find a family. It’s not conservative to the point where people are covering up, but its mixed."

Beach volleyball is also popular on the island so it’s not hard to find a game or an annual tournament to join.

2012 Ocracoke Island Realty Photo Contest

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United States' Kerri Walsh, left, and Misty May-Treanor chat during a beach volleyball match.

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Best: Venice Beach – Los Angeles, Calif.

On the Venice Beach boardwalk you’ll find one of a kind street performers like artists, palm readers, chainsaw jugglers, ripped roller skaters, and sexy belly dancers.
 

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Worst: Coast Guard Beach – Eastham, Mass.

“It tends to be more conservative. A regular bikini with some cleavage you know isn’t a big thing, but a fanny flosser is kind of usual and catches our attention.”

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Czech Republic's Kristyna Kolocova celebrates after her team defeated Australia's Nat Cook and Tamsin Hinchley in a beach volleyball match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London.

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Worst: Reid State Park, Georgetown, Me.

Reid State park offers a great place for children to swim and fly kites. The privateness of Reid State Park makes it a peaceful beach where you won’t have a hard time relaxing.

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Austria's Doris Schwaiger reacts after missing the ball during a beach at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

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Worst: Harbor Beach - York Harbor, Me.

Locals refer to this beach, as Mothers' Beach because it's gentle surf is perfect for toddlers. At this beach you won’t be seeing scantily clad beachgoers.

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Brazils Maria Antonelli, right, and Talita Rocha hug after making a shot during a beach volleyball match against Australias Becchara Palmer and Louise Bawden at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

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Best: South Beach--Miami, Fla.

Called "one of the most liberal beaches in the U.S.," South Beach often hosts models on photo shoots and topless sunbathing isn't uncommon.

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Best and worst beaches to wear an Olympic volleyball bikini

While the Olympics opened the door for a more conservative beach volleyball dress option, in the U.S. there are some beaches where showing up dressed like Misty May-Treanor or Kerri Walsh wouldn't turn a head, while others would get some stares. We rounded up the top beaches  -- from the hottest to the most conservative.

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