sh beaches 090114 2sb surfer 090114 1Beachgoers thronged the sands of Sandy Hook, above, and Sea Bright, right, on a hot, muggy Labor Day that marked the unofficial end of summer Monday. For locals, of course, a new season of free access to wide-open beaches begins.

More photos after the jump… (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

sb beach clubs 090114The beach clubs in the North Beach section of Sea Bright were packed. (Click to enlarge)

shrewsbury river 090114A view of the Shrewsbury River looking toward Sandy Hook Bay from the Azzolina Bridge.  (Click to enlarge)

sh spermaceti cove 090114Enjoying the bay side of Sandy Hook. (Click to enlarge)

sb kiters 090114 2A kiteboarder took air in the surf off North Beach. (Click to enlarge)

sb labor day 090114 2Heading home over the seawall in Sea Bright. (Click to enlarge)