However, the price for a gallon of regular gas remains above the state average for all but one of 10 Northwest Florida counties.

Summer travelers are looking at gas prices that are the lowest in 12 years, according to AAA, the auto club.

The statewide average in Florida dipped to $2.182 on Tuesday, down from $2.201 on Monday and $2.266 a week ago.

Motorists are beginning to find prices under $2 per gallon at some stations around the Sunshine State, though those prices are pretty much in central and southern cities.

The average in Fort Walton Beach was higher than the state average at $2.273 on Tuesday morning. That was down from $2.353 a week ago and $2.410 a month ago, AAA data shows. A year ago, the price was $2.363.

Elsewhere across the Gulf Coast on Tuesday, the average price of gas (change from Monday in parentheses) was $2.349 in Freeport (no change), $2.357 in Crestview (up .014 cents), $2.316 in DeFuniak Springs (no change), $2.308 in Destin (down .004 cents) and Panama City Beach (down .002 cents), $2.273 in Ocean City-Wright (down .008 cents), $2.272 in Mary Esther (down .008 cents), $2.278 in Gulf Breeze (down. 002 cents), $2.279 in Laurel Hill (no change), $2.268 in Panama City (down .009 cents) and Niceville (down .002 cents), $2.262 in Miramar Beach (down .003 cents), $2.228 in Pensacola (down .004 cents), $2.219 in Milton (down .006 cents), $2.184 in Pace (down. 012 cents), $2.180 in Navarre (down .002 cents) and $2.077 in Paxton (no change).

Looking at county averages Tuesday, according to the gasbuddy.com website, the average prices across the Panhandle were (highest to lowest): Gulf $2.414, Okaloosa $2.317, Walton $2.273, Bay $2.264, Escambia $2.219, Washington $2.217, Santa Rosa $2.206, Holmes and Franklin $2.183, Jackson $2.075.

The statewide price is the lowest since December 2016, according to AAA, whose data is collected from credit card swipes and direct feeds from 120,000 gas stations nationwide in cooperation with Oil Price Information Service and Wright Express.

AAA called the declines a “free fall,” with Tuesday the 24th consecutive day of price drops.